As Valentines day is right around the corner, I wanted to share with you a makeup look I think would be suitable for the occasion. I actually wore this to my Dad's party the other weekend and it was extremely comfortable and long lasting so would be perfect for any special event/occasion you have coming up. When it came to choosing the products I wanted to use (the hardest part) I opted for a full coverage flawless base, a gold smokey eye and a bright red lip, so here is what I did to make me look super glamorous!
For my base I wanted something very long lasting as I would be wearing my makeup all evening so I went for my trusty Giorgio Armarni Luminous Silk which leaves me a dewy, medium to full coverage finish. To conceal my dark circles my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind did the job perfectly as always and then to brighten my under eye area I applied the Estēe Lauder BB Brush on Glow in 01 in a triangle motion. I applied all of this with a beauty blender as I find that gives the most professional looking flawless skin and ensures everything is evenly blended in together. As I was going for a very glamorous look, I wanted really defined cheek bones so for a strong contour I mixed the two bronze shades in my Kiko Sculpting Powder and applied it to the hollows of my cheeks. To add some extra warmth to my face I lightly dusted over some NARS Laguna Bronzer. To highlight my cheek bones, cupids bow and nose I used Benefit Watt's Up and just applied it with my fingers. As I was focussing on a contoured face and a red lip I didn't want anything too bright for my blusher so I lightly swirled some NARS Torrid on my cheeks.
With my base, contour, bronzer, blush and highlight done I moved onto my eye brows, marked out the beginning, arch and end with my Sleek Brow Kit and filled them in with my Soap and Glory Brow Archery. I love using my Bobbi Brown Warm Glow eye shadow palette at the moment, it is perfect for parties and the winter season. I took the top left shade Flesh and used this as my base colour all over the lid. Next I used a dense shadow brush and pressed Velvet Gold (bottom left) all over my lid but not going over the crease line. This is a beautiful deep gold shade which adds the perfect metallic sparkle. To add some definition I took Beige (top middle shade) and put this in my crease. I took a fluffy blending brush to blend everything out, making sure I had no harsh lines. For super long luscious lashes I used YSL Baby Doll.
To finish of the look I lined my lips with MAC Brick Liner, marking out the cupids bow and slightly over drawing my lip line to make my lips appear bigger and more plump. I couldn't decide between MAC Dubonnet or Rimmel Provocalips but as I wanted a true bright red and something very long lasting, I went for Rimmel Provocalips in Play With Fire. This is such a gorgeous stand out red, it didn't dry out my lips and it lasted all evening! Although I did have to attack my lips with numerous face wipes, toner and cotton pads to get it all off! To furthur enhance my lips I added the same highlighter to the centre of my lips and went around the edges again with my lip liner.
Of course when wearing a red lip you've gotta have red nails, especially as it is Valentines Day! Bobbi Brown Siren Red is what I wore, (sadly no longer available) but they have released a gorgeous red for Valentines here. An affordable red nail option? Rimmel 60 Second Nail Polish in Central Love Heart. To make your polish last a little longer, try applying a top coat. I use the No7 Gel Look Shine.
If any of you re create or get inspiration from this then I would love for you to tweet me a photo!