Wedding Makeup Look

Last Saturday I did this makeup look for my cousins wedding. I was wearing a black dress so decided to go for a smokey eye and neutral lip. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I tend to wear more natural makeup during the week, so on weekends I love to play around with different eye shadows and colours for a more dramatic look, especially if I have something on.

For this look I primed my face with my Zo Skin Health Dr. Obagi Sunscreen and Primer to start – this is a product I use regularly as part of my skin care regime. I started using Dr. Obagi products about five years ago after a visit to my dermatologist and have never looked back since. But I’ll do a full post on that another time!

This primer is amazing for holding your make up in place, and it has a very slight tint so it gives a lovely glow to your skin too. Once I applied this, I followed by a blending my foundation over my face.

Given that it was an early start and I was tired, I then applied a generous amount of concealer under my eyes, on my nose, the top of my cheek bones and my chin using my Charlotte Tilbury ‘Retoucher’ concealer pen to cover any dark circles and blemishes. I find this Retoucher pen so easy to use, and the consistency of the concealer is light meaning it blends well into your foundation.

To complete the face, I blended a light layer of face powder over my foundation to seal it then applied blusher to my cheekbones using ‘Legendary’ blush from the MAC Marilyn Monroe collection.

I followed this by dabbing a small amount of highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones with my finger using this fab gold shimmer cream highlighter from the RiRi Loves MAC collection. This one of my favourite highlighters but I use it very sparingly as it was a limited edition range and I’m trying to prolong running out!

To finish off my cheeks, I applied light dusting of MAC mineralise skin finish powder in ‘Soft and Gentle’ to give an added glow.

I wouldn’t usually highlight as much as I did here, but as it was a wedding and I wanted the glow to last all day and night.

Now on to my eyes…

After filling in my brows with my MAC brow pencil, I started by applying ‘Foxy’ from my Naked2 palette all over my eye as a base coat, adding a touch of ‘Bootycall’ to the inner part of the eye for a pop of brightness.

This was followed by adding a mix of black from my NARS Self Portrait 2 palette, and YDK from Naked2 in the crease of my eyelid and blending together. I then added a light layer of ‘Busted’ from the Naked2 palette on the eyelid and underneath the waterline on the bottom of my eye to enhance the smokey look. The mix of black and brown gave a perfect day time smokey effect without being too dark.

Once I was done blending, I then applied a thick line of eyeliner to the upper eyelid, and black kohl eyeliner to the waterline of my bottom eyelid for a more dramatic effect. I finished it off by applying mascara to both my upper and lower lashes.

To complete the entire look, I puckered up and applied some ‘Revved Up’ from the Ellie Goulding collection for MAC to my lips for a slightly tinted neutral lip.

So there you have it. A perfect day-to-night smokey eye look!

Here’s a look at the full list of products I used:

  • Zo Skin Health – Oclipse Sunscreen &   Primer Protection
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (NW25)
  • MAC Sudio Fix Powder (C35)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher Concealer Pen (Shade 2)
  • MAC Marylin Monroe Blush (Legendary)
  • RiRi Loves MAC Cream Highlighter (Diamonds)
  • MAC Brow Pencil (Spiked)
  • NARS Andy Warhol Self Portrait 2 Palette (Black, White & Silver)
  • Urban Decay Naked2 Palette
  • MAC Penultimate Eyeliner Pen in Rapid Black
  • YSL Faux Cils Mascara
  • MAC Eye Kohl Pencil (Smolder)
  • Ellie Goulding for MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil (Revved Up)

Don’t you just love playing around with makeup?!

Happy Wednesday…

Sorcha x

All About Neutral Eyes

If you love fashion and all things Hollywood, you’ve probably been stalking your Twitter feed or the online pages of your favourite glossy mags to get the low down on all things Golden Globes today.

I dip in and out of the celeb world to be honest, but I do love a good awards ceremony and all the style and glamour that comes with them. I couldn’t sleep last night with this flu I’ve been fighting but it did have one benefit – I was awake long enough to have a sneak peak at all the gorgeous gunas (or dresses for my non-Irish readers!). White, metallics, blue and mustard were the most popular colour choices of the night, with natural, soft makeup looks also taking centre stage.

Although accompanied by an even mix of both neutral nudes and deep reds and pink lips, it was clear that soft smokey tones were dominating the eyes of the ladies on the red carpet. Varying shades of golds and browns were sported by many, with just a hint of eyeliner to frame the eye. Rosie Huntington Whiteley, JLo, Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson were just some of the stars rocking this look:

Photos Getty / Jason Merritt (from Popsugar.com)

I love a good smokey eye and usually opt for dark browns and greys, but as I’m home in bed sick today feeling sorry for myself, I’ve decided to occupy my time by recreating the soft golden smokey eye look with some of my favorite products. We all have our go-to beauty products but here’s what I used to recreate my version of this popular look:

  1. Benefit Erase Paste Concealer in Medium
  2. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
  3. MAC Brow Pencil in Spiked
  4. MAC Fluidline Pot Eyeline in Blacktrack
  5. YSL Faux Cils Mascara in Black

Step 1: Brows – I’m just going to pause here. I have the worst brows ever, mostly due to scars I have from when I was younger meaning they don’t grow in certain places. So brow pencil is a must for me. Always. I never leave the house without it. Seriously! Anyway, after pencilling in my brows with my MAC brow pencil, I dotted some Benefit Erase Paste concealer under my eye and around the nose area to lift the dullness.

Step 2: I followed this by applying a thin base coat all over my eyes using ‘Bootycall’ from the Naked 2 palette.

Step 3: Once I had covered my entire eyelid with the base coat, I began to apply even amounts of ‘Chopper’ and ‘YDK’ on each eye, blending as I went along. These colours are light and shimmery, and so easy to use.

Step 4: To complete the eyeshadow application, I then added in a small amount of ‘Busted’ on the upper crease of my eyelids to add definition and enhance the colour.

Step 5: The next step was to add eyeliner. Taking my MAC brush 266, and using my MAC Fluidline pot, I applied a very thin line of liner to the bottom of my upper eyelid. Usually I would wear a thicker, longer line of eyeliner, but kept it minimal for this look.

Step 6: Finally, I finished off my eyes with my old reliable YSL Faux Cils black mascara.

Here’s a look at each stage of application:

Quick Six Step Application
Final Look

So there you go… My attempt at recreating a golden smokey eye. I’m no makeup artist but I do love playing around with colors and looks so hopefully you like it. Probably not the best application I’ve ever done, but not a bad effort from my sickbed!

Sorcha x