Hey blog fans! Now I know I’ve done one of these posts already but I said in my last “And I’m ready for the weekend post” I had a few events coming up so I thought I would do another one to let you know about my look for this weekend 🙂
I went to a wedding reception on Friday evening and was wearing a black playsuit (I didn’t get a photo of this, but Ill try to get one soon!) so went with a lighter and brighter make up look to make it a bit more wedding-esque.
The base of the look was really similar to last time but I’ll go through it again as it was slightly different (sorry if you read the last post too and feel like you’ve already seen this!)
Oh and before we start, just a quick disclaimer! Below is a photo of me without makeup (shield your eyes!) which I have been super anxious about uploading. Now anyone who knows me will tell you that they‘ve probably never seen me without make up as I wear it everywhere. I love wearing make up as it makes me feel completely put together and I also love experimenting with different colours, looks and styles Apart from that though, it also makes me feel more confident in my appearance. I’ve never had flawless skin and suffer from breakouts and some colour patchiness, and as you’ll see in the picture, last week I had a pretty nasty breakout! However, with good make up application, practise and patience, I can cover this up and be back to feeling and looking my best again until it clears up. I nearly didn’t post this picture, but I figured that I started this blog to help others to look good without breaking the bank, but also to show that anyone can get involved with beauty and lifestyle no matter what your shape, size or appearance – spots and all! If this help’s just one reader get over their insecurities, it will be worth it J
Anyways let’s get started with getting ready…
As always when you are doing your face, I always make sure to start with a clean and dry base to ensure that the primer and foundation sits evenly on the skin to avoid creating any patchiness.
I decided to shake things up a bit for the reception as because my planned outfit was so dark and it was still pretty light outside I didn’t want to look caked in make up, so instead of applying a primer and then a foundation I mixed the two together on my brush and applied this way. (Primer – Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector – read my review of this product at https://lifestyleforless.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/product-review-garnier-bb-cream-miracle-skin-perfector/ and Foundation – M.A.C Studio Fix Foundation in shade NC15)
This gave my M.A.C foundation a really lovely shimmer and gave a really good level of coverage without being too heavy. After blending this all in with my beloved make up brush from Wilkinsons (I picked up some more of these over the weekend for 50p too – but more details of this are to be included in a later blog post!) and adding some Seventeen Stay Time Concealer iin shade Extra Fair on to problem areas, I moved on to setting the foundation with a light dusting of powder. To do this, I used my Mineral Shack Foundation in shade Fair Porcelain (I’ve mentioned this product before, but the eBay shop has recently changed it’s name. They used to be called Bare Skin Minerals but are now called Mineral Shack. I’ll link below, but apologies for any confusion this might have caused!) I have nearly run out of this product, but will definitely be ordering more as it is my fave for both day and night J Anyways, to apply this I dab my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and then apply in circles all over my face. Once this is done, it’s time for contour and bronzing! Like I said before, I really didn’t want this look to be too heavy, so I only used my powder contour set and applied under my cheekbones, along my nose, temples and around my jaw with my Real Techniques Contour Brush (https://lifestyleforless.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/and-im-ready-for-the-weekend/) before blending in with my mineral powder again using circular sweeps. Once this is all done to finish, I sweep over my favourite Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzer on the contoured areas, before applying highlighter also from Mineral Shack (incl link) on top of my cheekbones, nose and eyebrow arch and finish the face with a straight sweep of Rimmel London Blusher in Pink Rose in between the place where I’ve applied my contour and highlighter.
Once this is finished it’s time to move on to the eyes…
Normally I prefer a dark smoky eye, but recently I’ve seen a lot of looks which use pinks and reds to really make the eyes pop, so I thought I would give it a go (I think it worked, although let me know in the comments below what you think!)
To start I began by applying the lightest shade in my Rimmel London Glam Eyes set (Brixton Brown) all over the lid and crease line. To follow this I applied the shade Bootycall from my Naked 2 pallet all over the lid. I applied this by dabbing the colour on, instead of brushing, to avoid any colour spread and to enhance the finished look. Once this was done I applied my crease colour. To achieve a dramatic but summery look, I applied the shimmery red/pink shade from the Rimmel London Glam Eyes Set onto the crease line and onto the outer corner of the eye both on top and bottom of the lashes and then blended this up and out so it was visible when my eyes were closed. To really complete the look I used my black Kohl eyeliner by Natural Collection to both my upper and lower lash line and then added a thin amount of Collection Lasting Colour gel eyeliner in a winged style to my upper lash line. After a quick slick of my 17 Blow Out mascara, I then applied some Eyelure lashes in style 100 (really good for length without being OTT) and the make up is all complete!
For my hair, I just backcombed the top with my backcomb brush (£1 from Primark) before clipping up into a bouffant style and twisting the shorter lengths into a spiral at the back and then curled the remaining lengths and spritzed with hairspray and then voila we are all done and ready to party!
So there you have it! That’s how I achieved my look for the wedding reception I went to recently. It sounds really long and complicated when I write it all down, but from start to finish it takes no time at all! Apologies are in order as well! I went to the reception on Friday and wanted to upload this on Sunday but my laptop isn’t working very well L I’m getting a new PC soon (hopefully in the next week) so once this is done I can upload more frequently and finally branch out in to tutorials and haul vids on Youtube yay!
That’s it from me for now, but as ever I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy writing it! If you did please leave your comments below and remember to share the love with your friends and family 🙂
Lots of love, Leanne xx
Powder contour: Powder contour – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Professional-6-Colors-Contour-Face-Powder-Blush-Blusher-Palette-Kit-6-1-/191261523189?pt=UK_Health_Beauty_Make_Up_Cosmetics_Mascara_PP&hash=item2c88133cf5
Mineral Powder from eBay seller Mineral Shack – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/320848328250