First of all, a big LOL at me titling this ‘date night makeup’ as if it is in any way a legit makeup tutorial. I’d never attempt an actual tutorial because my makeup technique is essentially ‘get a load of this and slap it on your face'; but I thought I’d give you a run-down of my makeup routine, and share the up-close, non-filtered fruits of my labour.
These snaps were from a recent date night, hence that titillating title, but tb-100%-h this is basically how I do my makeup all the time. For day-to-day there wouldn’t be false eyelashes (though I’m slowly considering becoming that extra), and if I was going out-out then there might be a darker lip and a more intense contour. BUT basically these are the products I am loving right this very minute.
For my base, I start with Seventeen’s Stay Time Primer, and then apply Too Faced’s Born This Way foundation with a Beauty Blender. You can read my Born This Way review for the full details, but the quick version is that it’s a medium-coverage foundation with a gorgeous finish. I’ve recently been using Maybelline’s Eraser Eye Concealer as a concealer and a bit of a highlight – I do like it and have re-purchased a couple of times, but I don’t LOVE this concealer as much as some other people do. I think £8 is pretty pricey for a drugstore concealer (#tight), and I think ones like Collection’s Lasting Perfection and Seventeen’s concealers are just as good for around the £4/£5 mark.
After foundation and concealer, I then go in with my contour. Having accepted that looking orange is not always a great idea, I’m currently using Benefit’s Hoola bronzer for my contour because of the cool tones. I then use the matte highlighter from Seventeen’s Define & Contour palette on my cheekbones, nose, forehead, cupid’s bow and chinny-chin-chin. I’ve gone on about the highlight in this palette for YEARS, but I still love the way it brightens my face and sets my under-eye makeup. Finally, I use MAC’s Soft and Gentle highlight on my cheekbones to transform into a shimmery queen.
Ever since Bourjois discontinued my beloved Twist Up the Volume mascara (heartless MFs), I’ve been really struggling to find one I like. I’ve got a few on the go a the moment, but my fierce lash game in these photos is thanks Nouveau false eyelashes. I became a #LashGang member at the start of the year and I’ve been LOVING trying out a few different styles from the brand. They’re all really comfortable to wear, easy to apply and the range of styles is amazing. These are the strip lashes in Naural / Style 2 , and they’re perfect for more casual evenings out or dressy day events.
Eyeliner-wise, I’m using Seventeen’s Make Your Mark Eyeliner Pen (can you tell there must have been a deal on Seventeen lately?) for my upper lids and Smashbox’s Always On Gel Eyeliner for my waterline. The eyeshadow look was created with a few of the warm browns from a Makeup Revolution palette I have, but I also often use the bronzer from Define and Contour as a warm eyeshadow tone. Brows were done with a mixture of NYX Micro Brow Pencil and Anastasia Beverley Hills’ Dip Brow.
Of course, I couldn’t possibly do a makeup post without mentioning a nude lip. My current favourite combination is the NYX Lip Liner Pencil in Nude Beige (review here chicas) and Maybelline’s Color Sensational in Tantalising Taupe, but if you need more nude recommendations (ooer), I rounded up some of my favourites recently here.
And that’s IT my little eggs – just a few products (heehee) for a really light layer of makeup (heeheehee).
These are my current favourite products, but what are yours? Let me know in the comments!