I can tell already, this year it’s going to be all about the lips in my makeup world. I was super late to the whole liquid lipstick trend, having never owned one until this past fall, but since then I have been super uninterested in intricately blending 16 eyeshadows onto my lids, and instead going for a very minimalistic eye look paired with a bold lip.
On another note, I’ve also been afraid of pink for far too long. Maybe I just couldn’t find the right shade? I’m not sure, but I always ended up wiping off any pink I applied in disgust. This year will be different.
Many times, I have a firm plan in mind before I even sit down at my vanity. I know which eyeshadows, blush, and lipstick I want to use, and I’ve probably visualized which brushes I will use to apply them. Not so with this look. For once, I simply sat down in front of my makeup and set off without a plan in mind. I wanted to see where things would take me if I gave myself the freedom to explore and experiment rather than sticking to a rigid pre-thought-out plan.
This look is what happened. Read on to see how I did it…
F A C E
I started by applying E.l.f. Powerless Face Primer all over my skin, and then blending my favorite foundation as of late, Too Faced Born This Way in Warm Nude, all over my face with my Beauty Blender. Next I used my Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (another one of my all-time favorites) to conceal my under eye darkness, as well as some redness on my chin and on the sides of my nostrils. I didn’t use this to highlight the bridge of my nose and forehead because I was going for a lighter makeup look and I didn’t want to end up looking to heavy, but if you want to, this is a great concealer for highlighting. I baked using NYX Color Correcting Powder in Lavender under my eyes, down my nose, on the center of my forehead, and a bit on my chin. It sounds counterintuitive, but I feel like I end up looking less powdery when I bake compared to when I just dust on powder the regular way.
To add color, I used my Pixi Bronzer in Summertime, which is a cool toned bronzer with a slight luminous sheen, around the perimeter of my face, under my jaw, and on my cheeks. I didn’t do a separate contour, so I concentrated the bronzer in the hollows of my cheeks to add some light definition, and then I swept it lightly across the tops of my cheeks and the tip of my nose. I then swirled one of my favorite rosy blushes, Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink, on the apples of my cheeks. To finish the face, I dusted Dim Light from my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette all over my face, and then I used Incandescent Light from the same palette to highlight my cheekbones.
E Y E S
I filled in my brows with Maybelline Define + Fill Duo in Deep Brown, and set them with the included powder. I then primed my eyelids with NYX White Eyeshadow Base.
Using the Anastasia World Traveler Palette, I first picked up Soft Peach on a fluffy brush and blended that into my crease as a transition shade. I then applied Bellini all over the lid with a flat shader brush, and then dipped the same fluffy brush into Spoiled and used that as a blending shade between Soft Peach and Bellini. This color does have some chunky glitter in it, but I find that the glitter doesn’t stick to my skin very well, so I just brush it off, leaving Spoiled looking like a matte shadow. I then used a little bit of Fudge on the outer corner just to deepen it up a little bit, and then I used Black on an angled liner brush to define my upper lash line. I felt like my lid was looking a bit bland, though, so I took a small amount of Pink Champagne on my finger and pressed it into the inner part of my lids. For my bottom lash line, I lined my waterline from inner to outer corner using Bella Pierre Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Ebony, and then blended that out with Fudge. I finished the eyes with Urban Decay Perversion Mascara on the top lashes, and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara on the lower lashes.
L I P S
I really wanted to do something different with my lips, so I decided to do a light ombre lip using these two pink lipsticks. These are both from Milani, and are in the shades Flirty Fuchsia and Hot Pink Rage. First, I used a small eyeliner brush to line my lips with Hot Pink Rage so that I would have an even lip line. My lips aren’t completely symmetrical, so I like to even them using my lip color. Once my lips were defined, I filled in my entire lip area using this color. Then I applied Flirty Fuchsia just on the inner rim of my lips, from corner to corner. This gave a flirty and fresh just-sucked-on-a-popsicle kind of look. I think it looks pretty.
This look represents what I want for this new year. I want to experiment. To be free. I want to be bold. All of those things take work, and although a simple face of makeup can’t change my life on its own, it can inspire me to point myself in the right direction.
What’s your makeup telling you?
If you found this post enjoyable, entertaining, or helpful, please leave me a comment below telling me about your makeup plans for this year!
Till next time. ♥︎
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