Happy Sunday Everyone!
So a few people have been commenting and asking about my eye makeup from Wednesday night for my sister's Leaving Cert results. I did my makeup myself I would have loved to get my make up done professionally but money is tight as I am not working at the minute.
I have never been one of those girls who has a talent for beauty or makeup, to be honest while I was working I just didn't have the time to take an interest in it. However since I have left work it is something I am becoming obsessed with and I am taking time and pride in practicing different looks and perfecting them. I am by no means an up and coming make up artist but I am getting much better. So as some of you were interested in my eye makeup here is a step by step of how to recreate that smokey look and what products I also used.
First of all, complete your daily face routine of wash, cleanse, tone and moisturise. It is so important that your face is 100% cleansed before you add make up to it, not only is it extremely bad for the skin but there is only so much makeup can cover and your makeup will go on blotchy and may look dirty as ultimately your skin is dirty if you don't cleanse it. Then you add your primer. Primer helps to seal your pores, it softens the skin, it helps to give your makeup a smoother finish and it helps your makeup to stay on longer. The primer I use is Rimmel London's Lasting Finish Primer. I absolutely love this primer as it very light so it is not too heavy on the skin and I find that my makeup looks much more professional and lasts all night!
Next, I apply my concealer, foundation, more concealer under my eyes and then my powder. A lot of people do their eye makeup first in case the eye shadow goes everywhere. I prefer putting the base of my face on first, I just find it easier but it is 100% up to yourself. I use Maybelline Cover Stick Concealer, Rimmel London Match perfection foundation with SPF 18 and Rimmel London Stay Matte powder. What I love about the Rimmel range is that their products are top of the range high street products in my opinion but at an affordable price. They often have a three for two special offer on Rimmel Cosmetics in Boots stores so I always stock up on them. They are so easy to apply and they help give a beautiful finish!
Next I head onto my eyebrows. Excuse my eyebrows in these photos, they are definitely in need of eyebrow wax but I am holding off until a few days before my holidays! For both my eyebrows and my eyes I use Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 3. You can order this palette online from http://www.makeuprevolutionstore.com/ or you can purchase it in Superdrug stores. I absolutely love this palette, there is such a selection in the one palette from matte to shimmery eye shadows and the pigments are just amazing! This is definitely my Beauty Buy of the week. It is so affordable in store for just under €6.00!
You can create either a brown, bronze or black smokey eye, it is entirely up to you. In this look I created a black smokey eye with a hint of pink. To create this smokey eye look I start with the first colour on the left, it is a brilliant base colour. I apply it to both the lid and the crease in my eye. Having a neutral base allows the other colours you apply to settle but not to disappear. I then start with the outside on the lid. I use an Eco Tool mini eye brush, which is available as a set in Boots stores nationwide, to apply a black line on the outside of the eye from the outside corner of your eye to just under my eyebrow. I use the last colour on the right in the palette to create this line. With an eye enhancing brush from the Eco Tools range I use the fuller end of the brush to fill in the gaps and apply the rest of the dark shadow up til the middle of my eye.
I then start on the inside of my eye. I use three colours for this. Firstly I use the fourth colour from the left, the pale pink and colour in just the lid of the eye up til where the dark shadow starts. I then use the third colour from the left and do the same but then I apply it above the lid to meet with the darker shadow. I repeat with the second colour from the left of the palette. I then use a different and clean enhancing brush and blend gently the pink into the black. I work my way inwards until the colours are smoothly blended. You may add the darker eye shadow on top if you wish to create a darker look. I then use another brush and smooth the outline of the dark shadow. Altogether this leaves you with a silver/ black colour for your smokey eye look.
To finish off this eye look, I use Miss Sporty 'Mini Me' eye liner, no. 010 Black Raven. I follow the dark shadow on the outside of the eye with the liner mid way and apply a flick at the end. I apply the eye liner 3/4 of the way on my water line. You can apply the liner on top also, however it sometimes it can be a bit much and give you an owl look especially as you are creating a black smokey eye. I also use Inglot's brown gel eyeliner no.90 when I am creating a brown or bronze smokey eye look.
Top finish the eye I then use Rimmel London's new " Wonder'Full Wake Me Up" no. 003 Extreme Black Mascara to complete the dramatic look! I absolutely love this mascara, it leaves your lashes feeling so refreshed and soft while staying clump free. The brush goes in slightly in the middle which allows you to get the same volume and look as fake lashes without the hassle of glue! In order to get this sort of volume, I use the brush on top of the lash and then under three times. I repeat this until I receive the volume I desire and then I repeat on the other eye. I also apply mascara on the bottom lash but gently to avoid getting mascara on the skin.
Once your eyes are complete, I contour using Seventeen's ' Define & Conquer' Contour Kit. Once I blend using Real Technique's Miracle Complexion Sponge, I then use a small amount of Collection's Ultimate Bronze Glow ' on my cheek bones. To finish and slightly soften this dramatic look I apply Rimmel London's Lasting Finish Lipstick ' Drop of Sherry', no. 57. Sometimes to keep the intense look especially on a night out I use MAC Matte lipstick ' Fashion Revival' using their Currant lip pencil to give it a more defined look.
So there you have it ladies, that is how I completed that look! As I said I am no professional but I am learning so I hope you enjoyed it and find it useful. Let me know how you get on!