I still remember my formal night crystal clear. Perhaps cause it was so hectic and I didn’t know what I was doing. I literally did my own makeup for formal and if I look back now (NAH!!). It was not a nice look. However, I am thankful for those moments cause, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to be as good now. You might think, narcissist much? I feel so grateful when people trust me for their makeup for their big FORMAL night. I was able to trust myself even more, when my clients loved the look and shared their nice experiences of the night.
Alright, I will stop blabbering now and get straight to the point. For this particular makeup look, I did as per my client asked, of course, I added my own touch to it. My client had planned to wear a red dress so she wanted earthy warm tones in her crease followed by some gold’ish glittery lid. We also decided to keep the base ultimately full coverage with muted lips. I think this makeup look balanced out perfectly cause as most of the attention was drawn to her eyes and her dress, keeping rest of her look subtle worked very well to pull everything together in the end.
Let’s start with the star of the evening first, shall we? Of course, I am talking about her eye makeup.
- Brow: I have recently changed up my makeup process. I started with the brows first cause I find it harder to do. I shaped and cleaned up her brows to give that bold yet natural fluffy look. I decided to rather leave her brows in her own natural shape and not overline it too much cause it was already pretty thick.
- Eyes: First off, I went ahead and put concealer all over her eyes to mute the natural darkness and contour of her eyes. I went ahead and set the concealer with some powder so that it won’t crease throughout the night. I went ahead and used the shade “burnt orange” (All the products used will be listed below) in her crease for that slight transition. Then, I went ahead and used the shade “realgar” (brick shade) and carved out her crease. I made sure I was very light handed through this process cause these eyeshadows are very pigmented and I wanted to build the colors slowly rather than going all out at once. So, I took my time building the intensity of the crease color. I also made sure all the crease color that I used start from the outer corner and reach towards inner. I opted for the “halo” smokey look so I made sure to fill the inner and outer crease with same colors leaving the middle of the lid empty for our glitter. After the brick shade, I went ahead with the shade “red ochre” (Sienna) and topped off the crease color. I also went with the shade “love letter” (raspberry) and just kept it on the outer part to make it darker. I also made sure to go ahead and keep blending the each shade I use step by step with a clean fluffy blending brush. Then, the star of the show, I used the gold’ish shade (it’s more like olive gold) and kept it in the empty part we left out. Before, I added this shade, I cleaned that part out with concealer and also set it with the cream matte shadow. That way, our lid color can pop more. The mixture of earthy brown and warm stones with the goldish shade in the middle part makes this eye look like a sunset and it complimented her skin tone even more as she is rather towards the tanner side. To tie this eye look together, I went with some sharp winged eyeliner and some natural whispy lashes.
- Base: I went ahead and wiped the fall outs with makeup wipes first. Then, I used some primer and let her skin absorb it. Then, I went ahead with a full coverage soft matte foundation that matches her skin tone and blended it very well to avoid the cakey look. Then, I highlighted the highest features of her face such as underneath her eyes, her nose bridge and forehead with some concealer that is 2/3 shades lighter than the foundation and blended it very well. Then, I went ahead and baked underneath her eyes with some loose mineral powder and wiped it off straight away without keeping it for longer than thirty seconds cause she had very dry skin. I made sure to use the same powder brush and tap it all over her face to set her makeup.
- Contour and Highlight: In order to emphasize her cheekbones even more and mute the rest of her facial features such as her temples, sides of the nose bridge and underneath her chin. I went ahead and contour her face to give her that sharp structures. I used a plum shade blush to compliment her tanned skin and blended it pretty well with the contour. Now, its time to add some glow. I used the mixture of “gold” and “bronzy” highlighter and highlighted the highest point of her face such as on top of the cheekbones, underneath the brow bone, her nose bridge and the tip of the nose and cupid’s bow.
- Lips: It is the final part of the makeup look. So, before going ahead with the lipstick I asked her to put some lip balm on. While we wait for the lip balm to settle, we also set her whole face with makeup setting spray and waited till her skin soaked it in. Then, we went with a nude lip liner and lined the curvatures of her lips. We went with brownish/reddish nude tone for her lipstick and filled her lips in. I think, adding a nude look to the lips helped to balance the whole look without coming off as “too bold”.
That’s the end of her makeup look. As per the hair, we went with the straightened hair with the glossy finish. I also added some highlighters in her collarbone and on the sides of her shoulders to appear glowy in the pictures.
Thanks for making this far.
EYES: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette in the crease & Fenty Beauty Kilawatt Freestyle Highlighter in TROPHY WIFE in the lid.
CONTOUR: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer
SETTING SPRAY: Nyx Cosmetics Makeup Setting Spray