Requested: My Every Day Makeup Application

I was recently asked to write a post on what order I apply my every day makeup. I really liked the idea because I quite often think to myself that I put my makeup on a little bit backwards! But there’s a reason behind it, and I’d like to share that with you today!

Since I’m a really cack-handed, accident-prone person I always start makeup with my eyes. I’m the kind of person who likes to try things out with my eyes, since I’m new at this makeup thing. I have a tendency to sneeze, blink or just poke myself in the eye with mascara and because of that I’d much rather be able to remove my eye makeup without messing up my base and having to start all over again – and wasting product. I can also wipe away any fallout from eyeshadows without worrying about mucking things up! So whatever look I’m doing I will always start with my eyes.

Firstly I tightline. I don’t always do this but I like the fuller look it gives my lashes. I use the NYX Tres Jolie gel eyeliner pencils because they rarely transfer and they stay put. A lot of people think tightlining is lining the waterline, but it’s actually not. It’s pushing eyeliner between the lashes on the lashline to give a fuller appearance at the base of the lashes. I will use this eyeliner to push product between the lashes and then use a cotton bud to neaten up and remove any product from my waterline. It takes some practice at the start but it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it. I’ll sometimes use a tiny angled nail art brush with a Bobbi Brown gel pot instead. I have very watery eyes, and they’re sensitive too so I make sure there’s no product likely to drop into my eyes.

If I’m using eyeshadow, I’ll do this next, starting with a primer (I use NYX at the moment) and then go ahead with the shadow colours. Eyeliner comes next, if I’m using it and then I’ll curl my lashes and use mascara. I use the CoverGirl Clump Crusher, which is my current favourite. It actually keeps my lashes separated, coated and somewhat curled for the whole day and doesn’t leave me looking spidery. It doesn’t flake either!

Once my eyes are done, I prime. I use the Pür HydraGel lift under eye primer and whatever face primer I’m using at the time. Let those settle a little and then go in with my foundation. Then I use concealer on my face and lastly on my under eyes. I like the Benefit BOI-ING potted concealers.

Currently I set my under eyes with the ELF brightening under eye powder, and my face (only where I’ve put concealer) with the Bare Minerals Perfecting Veil pressed powder. But I’m actually considering picking up the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder because I need some help with oil on my nose before the summer hits.

Next I’ll go onto blush and bronzer (if I’m wearing it) I’ll apply the bronzer first because it gives me and idea of what blush shade I should go for.

Then I’ll use clear brow gel (NYX Control Freak) to tame my eyebrows – I don’t use any coloured products on my eye brows because they’re heavy as they are. They just need setting so they don’t move during the day!

If I’m going to use a setting spray I’ll spritz that next because it will sometimes dull the brightening effects of the under eye products I use. If this happens I’ll tap a tiny amount of Touche Eclat under my eyes and on my nose to highlight, once the setting spray has dried.

Lastly I’ll go to my lips with whatever product I’ve decided will work – balm, gloss, lipstick.

Then I’ll probably spend 10 minutes trying to find suitable light to take a selfie and then I’m done!

I hope you’ve found this useful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to pop those below!

 

How To: Bright Eyeshadow Looks

When Spring was coming to an end I vowed I would start using some of the gorgeous eye shadow palettes that I own, and just don’t reach for. I’m obsessed with the gorgeous colours, but seem to leave my eyelids bare in favour of a colourful lip or cheek. But thankfully this summer I have had reason to use some of the colours, and formulas and now I’m going to share two of these with you!

I promised a post on the eye look I wore to be a bridesmaid a while back, but since I didn’t actually have any photos from that day where you could see my eye look, a post hasn’t materialised. So instead I’m going to show you one look I wore to a family wedding and another I wore to EDC recently.

The first look was to go with a green and navy dress from Karen Millen and used the UDxGwen and UD Electric eyeshadow palettes.

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I primed my lids and went in with Skimp from the UDxGwen palette all over the lid.

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Next I patted Freak from the UD Electric Palette all over my lid.

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I then added Fringe into the crease and to the outer C and blended it into Freak.

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Next I took 1987 from the UDxGwen palette and starting from the inner corner brought the gold colour near to the centre of the lid, blending it in with Freak.

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Once the colours were blended in, I wet my brush and went in with the colours again, patting them in until I got the vibrancy I wanted. And here’s the finished look!

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The next look was for EDC which needed to be neon and crazy. I wanted to use as many of the colours as I could, without looking too mad!

I started by reaching for my eye primer and then applied a white UD 24/7 eyeliner all over my lid. This created a white shimmery base to apply colours from my Electric Palette, which really helps to make the colours pop.

I started the colours by applying a small amount of ghost tape to the corners of my eyes. This helps create a nice line and prevent the ‘I’ve been punched in the face’ look I so often get when I apply shadow too wide.

I went in with Urban first on the crease of my eyelid and bringing it out a little towards the tape.

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Next I added Gonzo to the outer half of my lid, blending it with Urban.

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Next was Freak blended into the other half of my lid.

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Then Thrash on the outer corners. All of these colours were patted carefully for maximum colour impact.

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Next I added savage along the top of the Urban ‘flick’ on the edges of my crease to blend and create another dimension.

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To finish off, I applied a thin veil of Revolt across the whole lid which added a little sparkle and brought the whole look together.

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And here’s what it looked like!

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The day was very warm and humid but I was impressed with how the colour lasted a good 13 hours, with only a little transferring from the bottom lid to the top (which you couldn’t even notice just by looking at me).

So what do you think? I really can’t wait to create some more looks, and hope to use my UD Vice 4 palette more next. What looks have you created recently? I’d love to see them!