India being a culturally rich land, festivals and weddings are equally variant, vibrant and filled with glamour. Outfits are very important part of any festivity and the choice of bright reds, pinks, gold is most common. Pairing beautiful costumes with simple everyday look might be underwhelming so a little something something that would look festive and enhance natural facial features is what I try to achieve. I am a blogger but not a niche makeup artist so my skills for makeup looks might corelate with most girls and they can easily doll up without too much precision. Today’s makeup look is versatile so women of every skin tone and wearing any outfit can easily doll up without any extra effort.
I am using all drugstore products to make it even more accessible for both high end beauty lovers and newbies. These products have stood test of time and can make a perfect beginners capsule collection in my opinion.
I have used two palettes to create a very simple eye look that does not need tons of brushes or hefty amounts of concealors and excessive blending.
To prime my face after my skincare routine, I apply a pump of Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimising Skin Refinisher. It is actually a skincare product but I love how it helps to blur and create a smooth canvas. A must try product in my opinion.
Let’s begin with the eye look,
-For the eye base I use a drop of L’Oreal Extraordinary Boosting Oil (Oil) mixed with my concealor from Maybelline New York and applied with a flat brush(you can use your fingers).
-Then taking a blending brush I swept 3rd Shade from the left of L’Oreal LA PALETTE NUDE 02 BEIGE all over my lids taking up to the crease (Cr). If, you have pigmented eye lids use a mist on the brush and then apply which will allow to give more opaque finish. You can repeat until you get desired intensity but don’t overload otherwise it may look cakey.
-Now take the second from top shade from Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick in Rose Gold and apply with the same flat brush to inner corners of your eyes taking outwards to 3/4 of your lid (IC).
-Use a smaller blending brush(if you have any) and apply 4th shade from the right of L’Oreal palette and apply on the outer corner of your eyelid (OC).
-Moving to the lower lash line, apply the same shade from Makeup Revolution to the inner corners taking towards the center of the lash line and brown shade from L’Oreal palette from the center towards outer lash line.
-I also added bit of deep shimmery purple in the center of the lower lash line from MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Eye Shadow in Medley Of Mauves(optional).
-For the eyeliner I used Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Eyeliner in Black Jam (E) and gave a thin winged look with Maybelline Hyper Matte Eyeliner in Black (E).
-Finishing off with loads of mascara from Maybelline New York Lash Sensational in Washable Black (M). My current favourite!!
Now that we are well and done with the eyes let’s move on to the face.
-I am using a combination of two concealors from Maybelline New York Fit Me and using those as the base. Adding a drop of light weight oil(I used L’Oreal Extraordinary Boosting Oil) adds luminosity and allows the product to spread very smoothly without looking cakey.
-I used the shade Light under my eyes and high points of my face where I want to emphasise.
-Once I blended the first concealor, I used the shade Sand Sable to the rest of the face and blended taking towards the neck so there isn’t a sharp line between the neck and face colour. I use Expert Face Brush which is a multitasker.
-Let the concealors set well and you will not need any powder. As the formulation of Maybelline Fit Me is oil free, using powder over it can unnecessarily make the face look flat. However, I like to dust just a little on my T Zone area to make the base stay longer. I don’t contour 99% of the time but I know it can make a tremendous difference to the shape of one’s face. So, for this tutorial I used Maybelline V Face Blush Contour Palette in the shade Peach and used the brown colour (Contour) just to the sides of my nose and hollows of my cheeks. I also took the brush without taking extra product to the jaw line and temples. A simple eyeshadow brush will work fine to contour the nose.
See the picture below. (If you have rounded face, you will need to apply bit of contour to the sides of forehead and jaw line as well).
I blend with the same fluffy face brush used for concealors.
-With another fluffy brush apply blush from Maybelline Fit Me in the shade Medium Pink (B). I really love these Fit Me blushes. They are very light and blend effortlessly. You can easily go heavy handed and still not look overdone.
-Just to add a touch of highlight I used the top shade from Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick in Rose Gold (H) making a straight line down the centre of my nose and patting a little on my cupids bow.
As the first outfit is black and gold I did not want to go darker on my lipstick, instead went for a natural lip.
-For this a perfect peachy nude lip from NYX Cosmetics in the shade Nude Pink (1st) will finish off the look.
If you are going to be wearing whites or lighter clothing with glittery embroidery, I suggest going for a bright or deep lip colour.
– In the picture above, I am wearing No.10 from Kate Moss Collection of Rimmel London (2nd). It is a very pigmented lovely red but in a creamy formula.
To make it last longer and avoid embarrassing lipstick marks on the glasses, I use a very simple and old trick which always gives perfect matte pout.
-Take a tissue(usually 2 ply ones) and separate because we need only a thing veil of blotting. Place the tissue on your lips making sure you don’t move it or your lipstick will spread. Take a powder brush and dip in any loose powder. Now pat that brush on the lip area covered with tissue. This instantly mattifies the lipstick and blots excess at the same time. You can apply bit more lipstick afterwards and the powdered base will make it stay longer.
So, this is how I love to create my looks mostly without the worry of matching the eye makeup with outfit or possibly overdoing it.
What’s your favourite festive or party look?
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