Also .. these photos were taken with my phone so they're not as great as if I were to have a professional camera and although when I look at the photos today I'm pleased but I remember being disappointed when I initially took the photos - the makeup looked better in person. I do have another camera I could potentially try out next time. Plus I wish I went outside instead of just being next to a window. It would've been the perfect day/time to take photos outside.
Anyways here is a before and after of the makeup I did last weekend. I didn't have anywhere to go, in fact I was home all weekend with a sick baby but when she was taking a bath I thought it would be fun to experiment with my makeup - if it turned out totally awful at least I didn't have to redo my makeup before leaving the house. I was quite pleased with how it turned out, however I already know how to make it better for next time.
I really can't say I can think of a photo of myself posted anywhere without any makeup at all. So that's what I look like in case you were wondering. Ha. On a day to day basis I try to do my makeup not so cray cray and more with browns and tans for my eyeshadow. And even though my foundation might vary the bronzer/blush typically stays the same. I have a few different highlighters and concealers but mostly stick with what I'll share in this post.
I knew that I wanted to a smokey eye and this is a very similar look I did for Courtney's bachelorette party (I posted it on my Instagram back in September & that look was brighter on the inner corners and I used a teal blue as the transition). Below I'm going to list the products I used and how I created this look and at the end of the post will be close ups of my eyeballs.
I first filled in my eyebrows with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Go Brow Kit (in medium brown). I like this kit because it's simple and I really just started filling in my eyebrows this past year. Plus it's small and I wanted to try it out before committing to buying things for my eyebrows. I was never really a fan before of filling them in but if you're going to go all out on your makeup for a look like this, your eyebrows need to be done. Especially since mine are already so light. (With that said, the photos make it appear like I didn't touch them .. for photos I should fill them in darker to have a better balance but when I did it .. didn't look so great. Good thing I took enough photos before messing them up!)
I then primed my eyes with Urban Decay's Primer Potion sometimes I use my concealer for this step and it's *mostly* random what product I use for that. I did use my Mac Prolong Wear Concealer to carve out the bottom portion of my brow. I knew I wanted to put a very light color for my highlight so that's why I wanted to use my concealer, I feel like it shows lighter colors better.
My eyeshadows for this look came from Urban Decay's Deluxe Shadow Box (I see this at Nordstrom Rack all the time and it's a great price!!) and the first Naked Palette. Refer back to these photos to see the shadows I used.
|Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box|
|Urban Decay Naked Palette|
Eye Makeup Steps:
- Applied "Virgin" (Far left shadow from the Naked Palette) to my brow bone for my highlight.
- Applied "Naked" (Third from left from the Naked Palette) with a big fluffy brush above my crease and slightly blended into my brow bone.
- Applied "Ransom" (Top right corner of the Deluxe Shadow Box) with a fluffy brush into my crease.
- Applied "Zero" (Center of Deluxe Shadow Box) with a flat shadow brush and packed that on all over my lid NOT going into my crease. Because of my eye shape, next time I would stop Zero sooner because when I blended it out into Ransom it was darker than I had intended.
- Using a blending brush I blended Zero into Ransom and in my opinion, blending is the most important thing when doing any eye look.
- I lined my waterline and tight line with Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in "Zero".
- I put Ransom on a small brush and blended that on my bottom lash line and then I put my Zero eyeshadow closer to my lash line and blended that all out.
- I used my E.L.F. black liquid liner to line my top eyelid but I did not wing it out. I love the way that it looks winged out but..I feel like there are some YouTubers that I watch that do it every single time and .. no. Let's mix it up.
- I applied a coat of mascara to my lashes and place my Ardell "Wispies" on top. I seriously love these lashes.
- The last thing I did was add more Virgin to the inner corners of my eyes to help brighten them up.
Face Makeup Steps:
- I first used some makeup remover on a Q-Tip to remove any fall out from my eyeshadow and to create a solid line on the outer edges of my eyeshadow. Cora (from YouTube) gave a great tip in a video recently and that was to start the Q-Tip at the top and bring it down. It really makes a difference compared to going in the upward motion. I don't always make the edges of my eye shadow straight like this. Most of the time I leave it "blown out" depending on the look I'm going for.
- Since I have such a dramatic, night eye look going on I typically prefer a matte foundation - I save the dewey look for my lighter eye looks or for during the day - I used my MaryKay TimeWise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation. I blended that all over my face with a stippling brush.
- I used my Mac Prolong Wear Concealer again for underneath my eyes and here's a tip that Christian (from the Bridgeport Mac store) told me about concealing my dark circles: only add concealer on the dark parts of what you're concealing, blend it and build as needed. I have a few dark lines that almost frame my bags so I spend some time on that when I really want to hide them.
- I set my under eye make up with my Bare Minerals Veil. I mostly use this since I don't have anything else, it is shimmery but since most of my eyeshadows I own are I feel like it's okay .. haha. Jacklyn Hill (from YouTube) used Mac Pro's "Emphasize" and I really like that and would love to get myself one but with it being fall and winter now I would want something not to white. I do want to get something else to use for when I want a really matte look and not so glittery. I did initially buy this for a highlighter but I ended up using it this way. I also placed a little bit of this powder on my cupid's bow .. another tip I learned from Jacklyn.
- I bronze up my face by adding Mac's Bronzing Powder to the hallow of my cheeks and around my hairline. I don't really "contour" my face but I do give it more dimension by adding the bronzer.
- When it comes to blushes I normally use one blush for a few months and then switch it up. I bought Mac's "Blush All Day" back in September and I totally love it. I told Christian exactly what I was looking for in a new blush and he handed me this one and I seriously love it so much. All summer I've been using a bright pink so it's a nice change to still have pink cheeks but something better for fall. (In the past I've also used "Dame" and "Springsheen" from Mac as well.)
- I then powder the rest of my face with the Mac Mineralize Foundation/Loose.
|After adding some bronzer and blush.|
Again, here is the final look and then some close ups of the eyes. I was experimenting taking photos and yeah .. not super happy about how they turned out but..whatever.