Last night was my final ball at Cardiff University which honestly made me really sad. As much as I’ve always wanted to be back home in my familiar surroundings and my small countryside town I have grown to really love Cardiff and can’t believe how fast time has gone and how quickly it’s all coming to an end. I’ve made some amazing friends from my time here whom I will definitely keep in touch with and last night was a chance for us all to get together before the deadlines set in – and what better way than to get glammed up for a ball?!
For today’s post I thought I would share with you my make-up look which I really enjoyed creating. I was wearing a mauve/purply/brown dress which was lace and I decided to keep the make up look fairly neutral with a subtle contour and a dark brown lip.
BASE, CONTOUR AND HIGHLIGHT
I firstly primed my face with Bare Minerals “Prime Time” Primer before applying Estee Lauder Double Wear all over the face ensuring every area was covered. I used Rimmel London’s Wake Me Up Concealer to hide blemishes on my cheeks and by the eyebrows.
To highlight I then used L’Oreal Paris True Match Concealer in a much lighter shade and applied under the eyes, along the chin and across the t-zone. I actually used the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, which is essentially a beauty blender, to apply this and was really impressed as usually I just blend so much with a brush that it just loses the highlight effect and this made sure it looked natural without completely disappearing.
To contour I used Make-Up Revolution’s Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette‘s darkest shade and applied this in lines along the temples, the hollows in my cheek and to outline the nose before buffing this in to ensure a natural, smooth finish.
POWDER AND BLUSH
I set my base with Bobbi Brown’s Foundation Powder and further accentuated the contoured areas with Bobbi Brown’s Bronzer. I feel going over the contoured areas with a powder gives a deeper finish and is great for achieving a really contoured look. I also like to add bronzer along the jawline to give a more chiselled look and along the neck to blend with my fake tan. For blush I used Benefit’s Bella Bamba to add a slight pink colouring – nothing to subtle, but just enough to give a rosy finish.
I used my favourite Benefit Gimme Brow, a gel which tapers brows in place as well as adding a little colour, before going over them with Benefit’s Brow Zings wax and powder. While the brow gel does give a little shape and enhances your natural brows I like to have mine more defined. Mine are slightly dodgy (remember they’re sisters, not twins!) so they do need that helping hand that Brow Zings offers. As you’re probably aware I love Benefit for all my brow related products! I also used the tip of the concealer wand to outline the brows which really gives them definition.
The eyes were primed with Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer and then using my favourite palette, Urban Decay’s Vice 3, I got to creating a subtle smokey eye. I tend to just throw anything on in the hope that it will fit but I primarily used “Undone” as a base all over the eyelids before adding some “Reign” into the eye socket to create a darkened look. I also applied a little “Brokedown” to give a golden shimmer. It’s a ball after all so I wanted to add a little glamour! Then to highlight the brow bone I used “Last Sin”; this opens the eyes and makes them look large and alert.
For mascara I used my trusty MAC In Dimension 3D Lash Mascara which I love and then I lined the waterline with Urban Decay’s Perversion eyeliner which is bloody amazing!! I like to take this right into the tear duct to really give a smoked finish. For the winged liner on the eyelid I used Collection 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner which really is great and so long-lasting, before adding some of my trusty Eyelure 101 Lashes for that extra volume and length. To blend these together with my natural lashes I add another layer of mascara which blends them together.
I wanted to use a rather dark lip shade to give a dramatic finish and Topshop’s Sashay Away fits the bill perfectly here. I just love this lipstick – it’s my absolute favourite.
I think this is a look that anyone can recreate and while it does take a little extra time it gives a lovely, natural look that still has a glamorous edge. In my opinion it’s the perfect look for a ball, wedding, engagement part or even a night out if you’re wearing nude and neutral shades!
I’m really considering doing some more lengthy make up tutorials with step-by-step guides to applying which will help out lots of people who aren’t quite as confident in applying and creating smoky eye looks. I’ve been asked by a friend to start doing reviews on here a few times and I think I just need to pluck up the courage and create the time to do so. Is this something you would like to see?
Lots of love,