I’m no beauty expert (hands up, I’ll be the first to admit it). Actually, beauty is something I’ve only gotten really interested in during the last year or so. It’s so fun to experiment, and as a 26 year old woman who is finally earning a good salary, it’s nice to actually splurge and buy good products. Products that are great for my skin, will be long lasting, and feel good to wear too.
This smoky-eye look is one of my favourites at the moment, so I thought I’d show you what products I use.
I’m fully converted to Mac eyeshadow, and find it’s silky and long-lasting. The palette below I put together myself (you can do that in Mac) and they stick on with magnets so you can change them in and out when you’re done or want a change. It’s like eyeshadow pick and mix.
The other palette I use for this look is this one by Lily Lolo. I love the browns, and I actually use the pink on my lips just to give them a bit of nude colour.
Then of course, there is mascara, eyebrows, eyeliner and lashes. Ardell lashes are my favourite, and I like to switch up the styles I wear. Wispies are a safe bet though, and have this lovely natural-ness to them.
My mascara at the moment is Volume Million Lashes by L’Oreal. I get pretty attached to mascara because I’m so fussy with it – and this one has been my go-to for about 15 months now. It’s pretty affordable (about £9.99 I think) and builds up really nicely with no clumps. My eyeliner is also L’Oreal.
Before foundation and concealer and eyeshadow, I like to prime my skin. This Dr Jart primer is amazing, and not to matte or too heavy. I’ve tried the benefit primer that so many rave about – but actually found it dried my skin out, and made the make-up look a bit too matte for my taste.
Eye shadow primer is something I wouldn’t go without now, but I didn’t really start using it until a year or so ago. I have a few from different brands, but this Urban Decay one leaves a little gold sheen, so it’s especially nice for evening looks.
The Antipodes loose translucent powder isn’t for priming, but rather finishing the look. I have a few breakouts on my chin at the moment and a find dabbing a bit of this power on there after I’ve put my concealer and foundation on it, really seals it and sets it for the day.
Skin, Concealer and Highlights…
For my skin, I use L’Oreal True Match at the moment. I tend to change foundation as my skin changes throughout the year, as I find different brands match tanned skin, better than pale skin. This shade is currently a perfect match for my winter skin, but I doubt I’ll be using it when summer arrives.
I also use Mac pressed powder to finish it off and Illamasqua concealer (which is THE BEST concealer ever). A little dab of highlighter on the cheeks, and finished!
I try to go easy on blusher and contouring for this look, because it’s already quite heavy.
Just a nice neutral Mac matte lipstick for my lips, because with such smoky and dramatic eyes, I tend to avoid any bright lip colours. I also dab a little of that pink eyeshadow over the top of my lips too, just to give it a bit more dimension.
What it actually looks like…
Here’s the final result