So, in a random spur of the moment. I sat down at my desk this afternoon and put some makeup on. Probably shouldn’t sound unusual for a beauty blog, but I haven’t worn makeup much lately, and especially throughout last week as I had an unpleasant allergic reaction which left one of my under-eyes red and uncomfortable. So today, I just grabbed some products from my collection and improvised a look, which I think turned out nicely. I think this look would be more appropriate for a day when it isn’t raining, but something compelled me to create this look, so here we are. So I want to talk you through how I got this result.
As you would expect, we need to prepare a base. I didn’t use a primer – although I did use the MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal base in ‘Green‘ on any redness on my face. This included areas where I have acne, around the sides of my nose, as well as my chin and forehead. This has a nice soft formula, so just dabbing your finger into it to warm it up then applying light layers until you get the results you want works. To actually conceal any noticeable imperfections that are left, I used my trusty NYX HD Concealer in ‘CW01 Porcelain‘. The shade is a teeny bit too dark for my pale skin, but blended out enough I can just about get away with it. This was applied to acne marks and a couple of uneven areas that were still showing through after the green base. It’s no surprise to most that I have very oily skin, so I used my Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying Powder in the shade ‘10 Classic Ivory‘ to set everything. I don’t see much coverage from this powder which is fine with me, and I dusted this all over my face using my Ecotools Kabuki Brush, using pressing motions on the central t-zone for a bit more punch.
Moving on to brows, I used three brow products just to clean up my brows a bit. I wasn’t really in the mood for anything super precise. I went in first with my Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil, which I have in the shade ‘Brownie Points‘. The brow tint end seems to have dried up for me now, but the pencil end is still going, which is the part I used just to lightly fill sparse areas. I found this didn’t quite add enough depth as I have very dark hair, so I used my Gosh Brow Kit, using the darkest brow powder to just fill in a bit more. I have long brow hairs and wanted to fill in the areas of skin that sometimes shows up if my hairs move out of place. To try and keep it all in place, I used the brow gel end of my Hard Candy Brows Now! Brow Fiber Gel + Highlighter to smooth the hairs. I plan to throw the gel into my empties basket as it seems to have dried out, but I did want to give this a mention as it did do a little bit, it’s just past its prime now. Unfortunately, even though I kept all of the packaging for the products I bought from my trip to Canada (and road trip down to the States) I can’t find the packaging for this specific product to quote which shade I have.
Moving on to my eyes next, I started off by applying the Essence The Velvets eyeshadow in the shade ‘Coral Me Maybe…‘ all over my eyelid using my Ecotools Eyeshadow Brush. It took a couple of layers to get the pigmentation I wanted, although if I had remembered to use an eyeshadow primer, I probably wouldn’t have needed to work so hard. It’s a nice warm coral shade, but with enough coolness to it that it doesn’t look like I have hayfever or just washes out my neutral-cool undertones. To add some very subtle definition, I applied the Essence eyeshadow in the shade ‘20 Rosy Happiness‘ to my crease and slightly onto the eyelid using my Wilko Smokey Eye Brush (3rd from the top). The eyeshadow brush is really nice for packing on precise colour, but I think I should have used a slightly darker shadow to create more dimension. I am the type to get nervous about over-doing it with makeup, so in a way I’m grateful I used this shade instead. To really add some contrast, I used my Real Techniques Shading Brush to pack my Maxfactor eyeshadow in the shade ‘105 Terra Firma‘ into the outer corner and extend a little into the crease, as well as a bit under the bottom corner of the eye to add some shape. I initially used my Precision Beauty Eye Shadow Brush (2nd from the top) but it just wasn’t applying the shadow intensely enough, so I plan on testing if this brush just isn’t very good or better for applying in a different way. If you’d like me to review it in detail, please leave a comment so I know if that’s something you’re interested in. After wiping down my brushes with my Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover Pads, I used my Real Techniques Brush again to apply my L’Oreal Paris Color Riche eye shadow in ‘206 Little Beige Dress‘ to my inner corners to add a little sparkle. I went back later with one of my ring fingers to tap the pigment on instead since the shadow is a bit chunky, and using a brush made the chunky parts apply to my lids instead of all of the formula.
Moving on to eyeliner next, I used two that I wanted to talk about. To create my little wing, I used my Gosh Xtreme Liquid Gel Liner in the shade ‘005 Bronze‘. One of the drawbacks I find of this formula, at least when I first bought it, was that it had a tendency to get in the individual lashes and harden into clumps, although it looks like today it hasn’t done that, which I’m really happy about. I like this specific shade for when I want a more subtle wing without going a super dark brown or black. To give my lower lash-line a little bit of depth, I used my Models Own pencil liner in the shade ‘Chestnut‘ along the outer third. I smudged it out a bit with my fingers to smooth out the slightly rough line, which I think turned out nicely.
Moving back to the face, I focused on giving my cheeks some dimension. I used two cheek products today, starting with the Rimmel Royal Blush Cream Blush in the shade ‘003 Coral Queen‘. I used my ring finger to warm up the product (my office is pleasantly cool today for once) and tested it on the back of my hand, before gently dabbing the colour on main area of my cheeks. It is quite a warm shade for my neutral-cool undertones, so I took my E.L.F. Complexion Brush and lightly dusted my Essence Silky Touch Blush in the shade ‘10 Adorable‘ over the top. This blush is a little cooler in tone and toned the warm tones down a bit, while also setting the cream blush underneath – as my cheeks do get slightly oily at the moment. The paranoid ‘natural makeup’ wearer in me thinks I may have overdone it, but I’m used to applying my makeup to the point you wouldn’t know it’s there, so let me know if you think it looked okay. For highlighting, I finished off the face with my MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter, applied with my E.L.F. Small Tapered Brush. The highlighter is definitely on the cooler toned side, so a bit of an odd pick to go with warmer makeup, but with my neutral-cool undertones, I found it helped to keep the balance so the entire look wasn’t so warm it made me look ill or just overwhelmed.
Finally, for the lips, I stuck to only one product, and to keep things from looking to over-the-top, I used my Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet in the shade ‘04 Ravie en Rose‘ for a slightly warm-toned coral shade. I think my photo makes it look slightly warmer than it really is, unfortunately. This line of their liquid lip products aren’t as pigmented and opaque as the main Rouge Edition Velvets, but I really liked it for this look. I think this specific shade kept the coral theme rounded out throughout the face, and the subtle pigmentation compliments my undertone really nicely. I’ve worn more opaque shades in this warmer undertone and it just washes me out. On my lips, I think this shade looks much more cooler as my natural lip colour cools down some of the warm undertones.
Overall, I’m really happy with how this look turned out. I didn’t have it planned out, and picked out shades as I went, but I think I managed to pull it together nicely. It was also really nice to break out of my comfort zone of subtle, cooler toned makeup and use some of the warmer toned makeup that I otherwise shy away from. Maybe in the future I’ll try contouring, but at the moment I’m still too nervous that I’ll look muddy or overdone, since it’s so easy to do on very pale skin like mine.
Thank you for taking the time to read my impromptu ‘Rainy Day Warm Makeup Look’ post. It was refreshing to write about something different from my normal review posts. Tomorrow I will write my empties posts as per usual, and the day after, I want to share some products I’m choosing to pass on, so I hope you will look forward to reading those posts too. In the mean time, please take care and I hope you are doing well.