Special Occasion Makeup: Lips, Lashes, Sculpted Face
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Hope you all had a great weekend. On Saturday I Instagrammed the above pic of my makeup look for a special event. I was the emcee for a fundraiser concert to benefit a local group that helps the homeless- The Lighthouse Shelter. I did this last year and am glad to have kept a connection with the group since leaving the TV station. The founders and volunteers do incredible work- not just providing food and shelter for those in need, but truly helping them get back on their feet in terms of employment. I love supporting this cause and there was a really great turnout Saturday!
I find that the things I do in everyday life tend to prompt my ideas for blogs and videos, and given the interest on Instagram, I thought I'd go ahead and explain this look for you. I also saw lots of great red lips as I watched the Grammy's last night- so I figured this post would be timely! :)
As far as the face makeup- this is something I want to do a video on. I went very full coverage using Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, and I used some cream-based products to contour and highlight. I'm loving MAC's Pro Sculpting Cream in Pure Sculpture to use around the nose & cheekbones, as well as Mally's Under Makeup Highlighter. I then reinforced those steps with powder, as well as bronzer and highlight in powder forms. I've also been enjoying using two types of highlights- a less shimmery one like Wet n Wild Reserve Your Cabana for pore-prone areas like the nose and cheeks/cheekbones, and a more shimmery one for the cupid's bow and brow bones like The Balm's Mary LouManizer. I know I can get by with less product and coverage, but since I was on a stage under bright lights, I wanted to use these highlighting and contouring techniques to my advantage.
This isn't a great pic of the eye (should have taken more pics but started running out of time, oops!)- but the eye really wasn't that complicated. I went light to dark on the lid, starting with Virgin in the inner corner, then to Sin, then to the sparkly Sidecar shade over the majority of the lid. I blended the matte brown Buck in the crease, and blended a tiny bit of Toasted above that. I used Darkhorse for the outer corner and also smudged it below the eye. I once again used Virgin as my under-brow highlight.
Why use the Naked palette? I knew I wanted to pair my red lips with a neutral look, and I hadn't used this palette in awhile. I want to incorporate it into an upcoming tutorial, so I just wanted to play around with it. Of course I also had to throw on my Salon Perfect Demi Wispies. Duh. :)
The shades I used from left to right: Virgin, Sin, Sidecar, Buck, Toasted, and Darkhorse
Now for the red lips! This shade is not playing around, my friends! It's from the Maybelline Vivids Collection and it's called On Fire Red. It's definitely one of the more bold red lipsticks that I have in my collection... one of those "LOOK AT ME" colors, for sure. This was all I used on my lips, and I applied it with a lip brush for a precise application. Despite all the talking I was doing at this event, I didn't need to reapply. (Granted, I wasn't really eating or drinking much).
This creamy shade has a little shine to it, but once you've been wearing it for awhile and it kind of "sets" into your lips, that shine seems to go away. I think this could be very tricky to wear (getting on your teeth, fading outside the lip line) if it is OVER applied. It really doesn't take much for this product to pop on your lips, so don't bother making multiple passes over them with this lipstick. Because it has a shine- it can become hard to manage, so apply just enough to get your desired color and it'll actually have nice staying power. I hope that made sense. Oh here's how I could have summed that up- less is more with this lipstick! LOL.
Overall this look incorporates coverage, contouring, neutral yet glam eyes, and a super red lip. While I used a lot of different products for my face makeup, when I looked in the mirror I couldn't SEE a lot of makeup. Why? I believe using various textures (liquid, cream, powder) kept the whole face from seeming cakey. I also misted on some Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. The look still seemed fresh after I passed out on the couch from exhaustion at the end of the night (haha). Seriously though, the day before I found out our family cat Mr. Nut (21 yrs. old, got him when I was in 4th grade) passed away and my eyes were still super puffy on Saturday from all the tears. Thank you, bag of frozen corn, for making them look human again for this event.
- I've been having my daily chats with Mom since the Mr. Nut situation and as his constant caretaker, she is taking this especially hard, as you would imagine. Thanks to my Twitter friends for the thoughts, prayers, and kind words.
- I shot a Valentine's tutorial today, which I plan to post tomorrow. It's classic "pretty" with a twist.
- Found the Cupcake collection of Lip Smackers yesterday in Walgreens... and reverted to Jr. High me and bought it. Thanks to all who gave me a heads up on that. I DO NOT need 6 lip balms, but now I have them, and will review those scents for you :)