This month, thanks to the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network, I had the opportunity to write a guest post for Stephanie over at beauty infinitum. The theme was orange, which was a stretch for me because I don't typically wear it. I have a lot of pink in my skin, so orange isn't the most flattering colour. Rather than going for a nail post—the easier option—I decided to get creative and create a post for girls like me who typically can't wear orange. This is what I came up with! What do you think?
I’m a huge user and abuser of vibrant makeup, especially eyeshadows. If there’s an opportunity to use colour, I’ll take it! With this month’s theme being orange, I took full advantage.
To balance out the very bright monochromatic orange look on my eye lids, I opted to go for more of a pinky-coral on my cheeks and lips.
The vibrancy of the shadows make a bold statement, so I made sure to ground it with some black liner. Plus, I love me some winged liner, so it’s very rare that I don’t add one in!
Here’s how to get the look:
Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie through the top of the crease.
Makeup Geek Chickadee all over the lid.
Makeup Geek Poppy on the outer corner and through the crease.
Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean on brow bone.
Naked Cosmetics IV-04 pigment on the inner corner.
I used Poppy on the outer corner of the lower lash line and used Chickadee for the remainder of the lower lash line. I then created the wing with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner inTrooper and tightlined with Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet liner. On my lashes is essence‘sLash Princess mascara.
Rest of the Face
Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 52 Vanilla
Contour: Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach eyeshadow
Blush: Tarte Charisma
Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt
Lips: Revlon Papaya gloss
Is orange a colour you’d wear? There is always shades of peach and coral that many consider to be more “wearable”! But me? I’ll stick to the suckerpunching vibrancy that orange can deliver!
I put a considerable amount of thought into makeup for my sister's wedding this spring. I was doing my own makeup, and I was looking for something special enough for the occasion, glam enough to look good in photos, but also neutral enough that I wouldn't look back at the photos in a few years and shudder. (Just Google wedding photos from the 90s.)
I also spent a lot of time thinking about what my sister would wear—I was planning to do her makeup, too! I didn't have to in the end. Thank goodness! But she and the former pro who did her makeup ended up using my stash, so it was just as well that I had flown half of my collection to Edmonton for the occasion…right?
Here's what I came up with:
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Foundation
I wanted a matte finish for photos, I wanted full coverage, and I wanted something that would last all day. Check, check, and check! (My sister ended up wearing the same thing.)
MAC Studio Sculpt Powder
I wanted to set my foundation with something that didn't look TOO matte. I love the very, very subtle luminosity of Studio Sculpt. It's just enough to look natural.
Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes Palette
This (limited-edition, unfortunately) palette is an incredible combination of soft browns, taupes, pinks and creams. I wore it on several days that week including the wedding day, and got compliments on it every single time. Trust Bobbi to bring the sophistication.
Lise Watier Imagine Blush
Another limited edition wonder. This warm pinky blush provides the perfect amount of flush, in my opinion. Love it. I even have a backup. (Review here.)
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Can we talk about the fact that the cheapest mascara I own is also one of the best? It's BLACK, it provides great volume, separation and lift, and that little brush does everything it's supposed to do. I layer this under Clinique Lash Power Mascara for some extra length and lasting power, and I get all the va-voom I need. Plus, it looks just as good 10 hours later.
Have you put together any special-occasion makeup lately? Tell me about it in the comments!