Aug 23, 2013

Makeup routine : Special Occasion

I had a ton of people tell me that the makeup I wore on my birthday was really good. I posted my earlier ten minute makeup routine here, so I thought I could use my birthday picture to illustrate my special occasion makeup.

This routine takes around 15 minutes, so not that much of a difference but its a little more elaborate than the other one.

The line up

For face, I moisturised with my everyday cream which is the Olay 7 effects CC cream. I mix it with a couple of drops of Benefit's "girl meets pearl" . I apply a little extra to my cheeks since they are so dry.

I have tried the Smashbox primer and Benefit's Porefessional and the Benefit one works the best on me. Its lightly tinted but I take a very small amount and apply to only my t-zone and on my eyelids.

I apply the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Tan only to the lower/outer half of my face and blend it to the upper half. I leave my under eye triangle, forehead and nose untouched.

I powder my T-zone with the Neutrogena Mineral Sheers in Tan.

 For eyes, I have been on the hunt for a nude matte eyeshadow and I have had no luck with that. This Maybelline eyeshadow in "Cinnamon Spice is nude but shimmery, so it works perfectly for an understated but dressed up look.

I used the Maybelline gel liner in black to line my eyes and waterline.

The Wet n Wild eyebrow palette suits my needs to fill in any sparse areas.

Lastly I concealed my under-eye area with the Revlon PhotoReady concealer in Medium Deep.

I curled my lashes with an ELF eyelash curler and applied one coat of Benefit's "They're Real" (My birthday gift from Sephora).

Cheeks and lips

I kept the cheeks simple with this Bouncy blush from Maybelline in the shade Plum Wine. The blush is pretty pigmented, so a light brush of colour is enough for a natural look.

For lips, I debuted my Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in La Raffinée. Its a shade lighter than my lips, so it was perfect for brightening up my look. The colour didn't really last through the meal but I applied only one coat and blotted it, so I wasn't expecting it to.

Lastly, I dusted the ELF HD powder all over my face. It is supposed to give you an airbrushed effect in pictures. It is very light and translucent and I really think it looks really good in pictures. This is a great dupe for the SmashBox photo finish powder.

There you have it. It is a pretty simple face routine. I am such a newbie to the whole makeup thing, so I have no idea how to blend in multiple eyeshadows and get a pretty smoky effect. I do love experimenting though and if I manage to find an easy way to do it, I will share it here for sure.

What are some of your holy grail beauty products? Do you have a recommendation for a nude matte eyeshadow?

FTC disclaimer : None of these products were gifted. I bought them all with my own money.

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