Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Birthday Glam Routine


It is very nearly my birthday, so I thought I would do a blog post all about the makeup I will be wearing on my birthday. I know that I’m not old because I am only 22, but it is just scary getting older. I have friends that have babies and are getting married and here I am with my only priority being to buy a new Chanel bag!

In case you are wondering the bag I’m after is the Chanel Timeless Caviar Flap Bag in the colour nude. I have a black one but the nude one with lighter outfits just looks the bomb. So I think that is what I’m going to treat myself to after my birthday. Even though I hate going to London to Bond Street to the Chanel store because I just feel so intimidated.

It really is like that part in Pretty Woman where she goes in and they won’t serve her because they don’t think she has the money. What they don’t know is that I am a very good saver and I probably have more money in my bank account than all of them put together. There arses and they make me feel uncomfortable with the way they look at me… but they have the best handbags in the world.


Anyway, for my birthday I am off to London to watch Wicked. I always go away with the girls when it is my birthday so that is the plan for this year, so I thought I would do a little talk through on the makeup that I am planning on wearing on the night, so let’s get started…

I want my base to look perfect so I am going to do some pinpoint concealing before I go in with my foundation. I like to use the MAC Studio Fix Concealer. It is full coverage and a nice and thick consistency so you know it will cover everything you want it to. I apply this with a MAC Concealer Brush and then go in with the MAC 130 Brush just to gently blend it, so it doesn’t look like a blob on the skin.

Then I go in with my foundation. When I am going out for an occasion or anything that is a little dressier I like to use the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation. This is a medium to full coverage foundation which is definitely buildable. And we all know I love that full coverage look, if my skin looks anything less than Kylie Jenner perfect it isn’t acceptable. I use it with a Chanel Foundation brush to paint it onto the face and then a damp BeautyBlender to push it into the skin.

Next up is under eye highlighter. This I like to be really bright and flawless so I like to use the Tarte Amazonian Clay Creaseless Concealer. This stuff is thick as hell but I love it, I have a lot to cover underneath my eyes and this stuff just works perfectly. And I don’t want to insult your intelligence but it really is in the name, this is creaseless, especially when it is set with a setting powder. I go in with this in all the usual places with this stuff, forehead, under the eyes, chin and ever so lightly down the bridge of the nose, brow bone and cupids bow. I apply this using a MAC 217 brush and blend it out using a Zoeva 110 Brush. Then I will ever so slightly press it into the skin using the same Beauty Blender I used for the foundation, I just find that it gels the two products together.

Then the part which is like a magic removable face lift… contouring. I know it is bad but now I can’t go a day without doing this. I saw an image I think it was what Huda Beauty put on her Instagram of a giant egg with the caption – how I feel before contouring. Could anything be more perfect? Anyway, I like to use my MAC Full Coverage Crème Foundation. I haven’t found anything that I like more to contour my face than this crème foundation. It is blendable, full coverage and it doesn’t move the product which is already on underneath. I apply it using the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Brush along the cheekbones, forehead, jawline and this brush is great for getting nice thin lines down the sides of the nose. Then I take my Illamasqua Blush brush, which is a great small brush, I like to dip this into the Chanel Universal Bronze Crème and blend it out. I find that by using a medium tone colour to blend it out it makes it more seamless into the foundation. Then again, I will go back in with the same damp Beauty Blender to make everything look perfect.

Then before I go onto apply any more product I just go in again with my Zoeva 110 that I highlighted with just to make sure that the contouring colour haven’t encroached too much into the highlighted areas.

Then I lock everything in place with a setting powder. For this I use the Laura Mercier loose setting powder. I have tried so many different powders but I always go back to this one because it is just the bomb. It is so finely milled that it doesn’t sit in any fine lines and it just blurs out any imperfection… check me out I sound like I’m advertising it, but I’m not I promise! I tip some of this powder out into the lid and then take my still damp Beauty Blender and I apply a layer of this powder in all the areas that I highlighted. I wouldn’t say that I bake because I don’t do it to get an intense lines, I just do it to make sure there is a good coverage. Then around the rest of my face I go in with the MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation. I know I shouldn’t add a foundation on top of a foundation but it’s my birthday and I will do whatever I want!

Next is my shaping powders. These are MAC and they are brilliant. I have said it before I disagree with buying readymade contouring and highlighting pallets because you always use all one product and the rest get wasted and if you want that certain shade you like you have to rebuy a new pallet. So these are great. I like to use the a dip of 3 colours in my highlighted places, I go in with my Real Techniques Setting Brush really lightly and the powder is so thin, so it doesn’t feel like your adding another layer to your face. I go in with the colours, accentuate, emphasize and soft focus.

Same goes for the MAC sculpting powders. I use colours, Shadowy, Sculpt and Shadester. Ever so lightly I take this on my Real Techniques Bold Metals 100 brush and go over the areas where I contoured. It doesn’t add any coverage to the face but it just locks in place the colour. I will the go back in with my large powder brush with no additional product and just make sure everything blends together.

Now the base is finished it is time to move onto eyes. When I have done one of these previously I mentioned that I never really do anything special with my eyes and I am the same even when I am going out. I find when I go dark around my eyes it makes them look smaller, I would rather have minimal product to give my eyes a really fresh look. For eyeshadow I first went in with MAC in the shade Brun. I apply this all over the eyelid. Then I am going to go in with mega, again another MAC shadow on a 217 brush and take this into the crease, purely to blend the Brun shade out.

Next is liquid eyeliner. I am a massive advocate of the feline winged look. I wear it no an everyday basis and if I don’t I feel like my eyes look teeny tiny. I never go too big with the wing, just ever so slightly in order to elongate the look of the eyes. As always I use the Seventeen High Drama Liquid Eyeliner, it has a nice precise tip and the tub lasts for ages!

Onto the part that pulls the whole look together which is the eyeliner. Up until this point my eyelashes are normally the same colour of my foundation which is a highly unattractive look. So I applies lashing of the Maybelline Colossal Black Mascara, it is thickening and lengthening and does the exact same thing that a designer brand mascara will do.

While the liner and mascara is drying I move on to my eyebrows. As normal I went in with my Anastasia Brow Powder on the inner portion of my eyebrow using a Illamasqua Brow Brush. Then I brush through with the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel. Once that is dry I go in with the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade on an Anastasia Angled Brush on the outer tail of my eyebrow.

Seen as though it is a special occasion I am going to go in with two pairs of eyelashes and a couple individuals. I know it sounds like a lot but it really isn’t, when you compare them to a pair of Mink lashes like the Lily Lashes they are quite thin. I take two pairs of the Ardell Wispies and sandwich them together then go in with some Ardell short individuals to thicken the bases up.   
Everything is nearly done now guys, let’s keep powering through… finishing the cheeks is the next thing on the list. I like to grab my Nars Ita Brush and take a small amount of my MAC Studio Fix Powder in NW58 to lightly contour in the hollows of my cheekbones. Even though I contoured before with my shaping powders, I don’t do anything precise, I just use them roughly to add colour back to the face.

Then time to add warmth back to face with a little bronzer. I use the MAC matte bronzer. I find that this for my skin tone is the perfect shade of bronze without it coming across too orange. I just go back in with the Real Techniques Bold Metals 100 Brush.

Blush is next. I never go overboard and to be honest it is very rare that I wear it, but seen as though it’s my birthday I will do. I grab my MAC Angled Brush with my MAC Frankly Scarlett Blush and then blend it in with a duo fibre brush.

Even though it might sound like there is a lot of products on my face which there is im not trying to deny it, it still does look natural. But because I have gone a little darker than normal on the eyes I want a neutral look on my lips. For this I am going to grab my MAC lipstick and lip pencil both in the colour Whirl. I don’t over line my lips because they are already big enough, but if you need to or for any correctional reasons, now is the time.

Then that is everything finished. If you want to go heavier in anyway it really is own preference, but for me this is just enough for a sophisticated night out with the gals. And if you made it to the end of here, I am very proud of you babies!




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