Monday, 29 December 2014

My Christmas Day Face

Products Used:
NYX Angel Veil Primer // Nars Sheer Glow Foundation // Nars Copacabana Illuminator // MAC Prolongwear Concealer // MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter (Light Boost) // Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (Banana & Fawn) // MAC Peaches Blush // MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Lightscapade) // Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (Taupe) // Urban Decay Primer Potion // Urban Decay Naked Palette (Virgin, Naked, Sin, Sidecar) // NYX Gel Liner & Smudger (Scarlette) // Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner (East End Snob) // Tom Ford Lipstick (Spanish Pink) // NYX Butter Gloss (Tirimasu) // Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray - phew!

Brace yourselves, because this is going to be one very text-heavy post with no pictures I'm afraid! *Slaps self on the wrist* bad blogger. Christmas Day is the only day of the year I find it appropriate to completely cover every inch of my face in as much makeup as I want and not feel any guilt whatsoever... So I did.

Firstly, I prepped my skin by priming with the NYX Angel Veil primer (Thank you, Kim!). This just helped to even out my skintone and smooth my skin over. In terms of increasing the life of my makeup, I do think it helped somewhat.

Next, I used my usual every-day base of Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, mixed in with a drop of their Copacabana Illuminator, but amped up the coverage by just applying more to the areas I needed it. That's the good thing about this combination, the dewiness allows you to layer it up without things getting too cakey. Then as usual, concealed under my eyes and on any blemishes using MAC Prolongwear Concealer and highlighted under my eyes, down the nose, on the cupid's bow, on my chin and the forehead using MAC's Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost.

I then set any highlighted areas using the Banana shade from the ABH Contour Kit to brighten my face up further. I then set the remainder of my face, as usual, using Rimmel's Stay Matte translucent powder.

Since I'm so pale, bronzer is an absolute essential for me, especially when there may be any photos taken. I took the shade Fawn from the ABH Contour Kit to contour my face and then bronze in all the usual areas. Then to add more life to my face I used MAC Peaches blush on the apples of my cheeks, and MAC Lightscapade MSF on the tops of my cheekbones, on my brow bone, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid's bow.

Moving onto the eyes, primer is essential for my hooded eyelids to keep everything in place with no creasing or smudging. I use Urban Decay Primer Potion to do the job. I went for a typical Alice neutral eye look using the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Naked in the crease, Sin all over the lid, Sidecar on the outer corner and Virgin in the inner corner. Then, to give my hooded eyes some definition, I used Topshop's liquid liner along my lash line without winging it out. Followed my lashings of mascara, my eyes were done. As for eyebrows, a bit of ABH Dipbrow Pomade through the tail of them and they were good to go. You know you're in need of an eyebrow threading when you don't even need to fill in your eyebrows because they're too thick as it is!

Finally, to complete my look, I lined my lips with the Rimmel lip liner that everyone seems to be going crazy over at the minute (Eastend Snob), went over them with Tom Ford's Spanish Pink Lipstick and topped it off with NYX Butter Gloss in Tirimasu.

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