Just want to share some tips and tricks on 'transforming' your face. This will be a kind of tutorial, with step by step pictures of what I did, and also what you can do to make your makeup last the night, especially for dinners/ clubbing, etc. You want to look glam, but not overly done, cos at the end of the night, when the lights go on, and you go home... you don't want to look all wilted and washed off... Ok. So let's start.
Step ONE: This is the blah face. FOUNDATION - I used a tiny amt of primer. Then I mixed my MAC studio sculpt and MUFE HD foundation. I used my fingers to apply my foundation. At this stage, you DON'T set your foundation yet. Because you are going to prime other areas of your face with other cream products. Layering your makeup is the key to making them last the whole night/ day. And the logic is cream on cream. You don't want to put cream over powder cos that's just gonna mess up. Ok... so now we have a clean canvas, as shown below.
STEP TWO: FIll in your brows. Apply eyeshadow base. Depending on whatever color you like, or use UDPP, paintpots etc etc at this stage. Here I used my Shu Uemura brown cream eyeshadow only on the lids. I also used a cream color stick (MAC Pink Vivid) for my cheeks. So you don't need to touch up your cheeks throughout the night. One of my pet peeves is to see girls at clubs, huddling in the ladies the whole time, powdering and caking their faces. GOSH. The only thing you need to touch up is your lip products, OK? So... here we have.
STEP THREE: Eyeshadows. Since I am going for a smokey look, I am not going to do the inner corner and outer corner light/ dark pattern. I will just pack the dark color all across the lid. I am using the FREE $75 eyeshadow in Glided Black. (Quick review - it is super creamy and pigmented, with some fallout. LOVES)
Do not worry about blending at this point yet.
If there is fall out, you can clean it up later.
STEP FOUR: BLENDING eyeshadows. I used a darker brown, in this case MAC Cocomotion pigment to blend out the black. You can use any other mid tone color to blend. This is what you should get. Then add the highlight colors, in this case I used Vanilla e/s and a bit of White Frost e/s just under the brows.
BLENDING is very important to achieving very polished and glam eye makeup. Makes it look like you spent lotsa time doing your makeup or, as though you used lotsa colors.. but it's really simple!! Also makes your eyes look bigger!! At this point, I also line/ fill in my lips with Illlamasqua nude pencil in Hex.
STEP FIVE: LINE your eyes. And MASCARA or FALSE LASHES. Here I am using the 'double' lash (remember, from the Starry Starry Night entry). I didn't line my lower waterline because I find that it makes my eyes look smaller. I also dabbed a little Solar White e/s in the inner corners. This is optional. Also coat your lower lahes with lots of mascara.
We are almost ready.... BUT I HAVEN'T set the foundation. So that's next. I am using the MUFE Matte Loose Powder since the foundation is already quite a thick coverage. The powder immediately mattifies the whole face, but making it look flat.
I lost count of which step already.
Next, CONTOUR and CHEEKS. I applied NARS Laguna Bronzer with a dupe MAC134 (from Coastal Scents) around the temple and jawline and then intensify the cheekbone area using MAC168 to apply. This is followed by NARS Sin and then highlight with MAC Pink Porcelain, also using the MAC168 brush. Because I used the cream base, this means my cheek colors will be very lasting and the color will stay true for a long time.
On the lips, I topped off the lip pencil with MAC Ever So Rich Creme sheen glass. Pop this in your purse to touch up.
For extra smooth loooking skin, I also lightly dust MUFE HD foundation. This is totally optional.
For the rest of the day/ night, you just need Facial Blotters to keep your face fresh.
Voila at the transformation!! Haha. I am being very self-entertaining now, obviously.
And a few clearer pictures. Don't mind the unkempt hair.
Thanks for reading and hope this has been helpful!