I did a romantic makeup look during Christmas and I recorded my step by step in photos here! I wanted to keep it natural looking so I used a light coverage foundation so that my skin can still peek through, and I want the look to be romantic so I had light smokey eyes with rose-hued neutral colors using Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette. The rose hues there are totally wearable and gives that romantic and girly look.
First of all, I used Le Blanc de Chanel multi-use illuminating base (£33) as a base and primer. This base helps to even the texture of your skin and illuminates it to give it a diffused look. Also creating a smooth base for you to apply your foundation. Since it is from the Le Blanc line, it also gives temporary whitening / brightening effect which I quite like. The whitening effect really helps to banish the yellow undertones. Then, I applied a light layer of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua ultra light skin perfecting makeup (£33) in shade 20, this foundation is very very light, you don’t even feel like you are wearing any foundation at all, but it makes your skin look evenly toned, healthy and illuminated from within. I applied both products with Real Techniques face expert brush (£9.99), which is the smaller brush in the below photo. (I love RT’s brush they are such good quality at an affordable price range. More on that in my next post!)
Then, I am going to use Bourjois radiance reveal concealer in 02 Beige (£7.99) to cover the dark circles that I have. I have serious dark circles and this affordable french drugstore brand does a really good job to cover them. I used to use the creamy concealer from Nars (£22.5) but have switched to this. It is moisturizing but still have enough coverage and doesn’t make your undereye area look dry.
I use the doe foot applicator to draw an upside down triangle right under my eyes, then I use a beauty blender to pad and buff it in.
Then I use Candydoll shading powder to apply shading onto my nose, cheekbones and jawlines.
Using Zoeva’s luxe petit crease 231 brush (£9), pick up a little shading product and run it from the beginning of your eyebrows to the side of your nose to give the illusion of a taller straighter nose.
Then using RMK face color brush or an angled face brush, apply shading under your cheekbones and along your jawlines. (If you don’t know where to apply it, just make a duck face.) I have a wide face, so I apply shading not only under my cheekbones but also both sides of my face below my ears to make it look slimmer. If you don’t have a shading powder at home, you can use any foundation that is darker than what you’re wearing on your face instead, or use your summer foundation.
The last step is to highlight, I used the Bobbi Brown highlighting powder in pink glow (£34) with a fan brush. (Mine is a holiday limited edition so it looks different from the regular ones.
Just apply it on your forehead, the bridge of your nose, on your cheek bones and brow bones to give yourself some healthy glow. Optional: if you want your lips to look fuller and to add some dimensions to them, apply some on your cupid’s bow as well.