For those of us that live and breathe makeup (#addicts) there are some days when we just feel like sporting Kim Kardashian style glam makeup that’s subtle enough to nip to Tesco in (and avoid the paps).
So, I’ve tried to create a glamorous yet effortless makeup look that can be worn during the day, using a matte foundation but softening the look with nude lips and a subtle smokey eye. I personally think that earth-toned neutrals work really well in achieving daytime glam which is why my smokey eye revolves around brown tones rather than grey tones (as some smokey eye looks do).
I can’t stress enough that your makeup tools are the real trick to creating this look! I for one can’t remember life before an eye-shadow blender brush, it’s saved my life (melodramatic much?).
I’ve listed all the makeup I’ve used to create the look above but want to walk you through some useful tips that hopefully you’ll love too! With foundation, so many people get trapped into using just one shade. How wrong they are! You will rarely find one foundation that works for your skin-tone; my trick has always been to mix your shades and even brands to find your perfect fit.
In the look above, I’ve mixed my saving grace Estee Lauder Double Wear which is a medium to heavy matte coverage with MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid, a slightly lighter consistency which balances the double wear out. Double Wear is a ‘pink’ base whereas MAC is a ‘yellow’ base so the combination of the two actually works wonders for my complexion. I always use my fingers when applying foundation as I find it lets me work the liquid properly into my neck area without the constraints of a brush.
I use the lighter shade of MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer under my eyes to cancel out dark circles and the darker shade on other areas of my face that need covering up (spots anyone?).
If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts you’ll know that I’m a massive fan of Tom Ford’s bronzer and blusher – the pigments are amazing yet subtle enough not to look too extreme or over the top. The bronzer in particular is buildable and gives that lovely sunkissed look that’s a nice to have when the weather is so dismal and you’re dreaming of Espagna!
The smokey eye is really key to this look. I never ever do a smokey eye without my trusty assistants – Tom Ford eyeshadow brush 12 and Tom Ford eyeshadow blender brush 13… I’m not saying you need to spend a fortune on makeup brushes – boots do good ones too! I’m just saying that these brushes are the foundations of the look to get that beautifully blended brown smokey outcome.
Using the Tom Ford Nude Dip palette, I tend to use the bottom two shades the most. Start by patting the lighter of the two shades onto each eye-lid using your eyeshadow brush followed by the darker shade. Repeat. And then use the blending brush to ‘sweep’ it all into place. Follow with eyeliner under and on the eyelid and then your mascara. I always put a little of the darker eyeshadow shade under my eye, but only three quarters of the way across. Otherwise you’ll look like a vampire, gurrrl.
The matte nude lips in this look make it much more daytime. I’ve literally used most nude lipsticks under the sun and can honestly say that for a satiny matte look, MAC’s peach stock is the best. The only issue with MAC lipsticks is that they can dry your lips out so i’d recommend using a lip balm underneath – I like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream as it’s multi-purpose.
I hope you’ve found the above useful! Try it with your makeup and let me know what you think!
- Estee Lauder Double Wear in Ivory Beige
- MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC35
- MAC Studio Finish Concealer Duo NW25/NC30
- Tom Ford Bronzing Powder 01 Gold Dust
- Tom Ford Cheek Color 02 Frantic Pink
- Tom Ford Eye Color Quad 03 Nude Dip/Tom Ford Blending Brush 13
- Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder Kohl Pencil
- Chanel Le Volume Mascara Black
- Chanel Lip Liner 59
- MAC Satin Peach Stock