Summer is all about that bronzed look, so I thought that I would finally get around to sharing a new makeup tutorial – I know, I know, it has been forever!
As always, I start my makeup routine with cleansed and moisturized skin. At the moment, I am using the Dermalogica Microfoliant in the morning and Clarins’ One-Step Gentle Exfoliator Cleanser in the evenings, combined with the Dermalogica Intensive Repair Cream. The Intensive Repair cream is a luxuriously thick moisturizer that can be used sparingly, as the smallest amount leaves skin feeling nourished and refreshed. I especially love using it before applying my makeup, as it leaves my skin looking and feeling more supple, moisturized and the makeup just glides on!
I have never been one to wear bronzers, but this look was all about creating luminous looking skin, perfect for summer. Instead of going full bronzer, I decided to mix a squirt of KANGOL’s new Instant Body Glow with my usual Revlon ColorStay Stay Active Foundation. The Revlon ColorStay Foundation is a lightweight foundation, that provides excellent coverage. It’s a non-drying formula and gives skin a gorgeous and natural glow, perfect for everyday wear. The new KANGOL Instant Body Glow is not a product that I am all too familiar with, but loved that the formula wasn’t orange like others that I have tried before. I have finally started playing around with my new Real Technique Makeup Brushes and love the airbrush finish that my new Stippling brush gives, while working the bronzer and foundation combo onto my skin.
Of course, I used my Real Technique Contour Brush and added a bit of shape to my face, with the help of CATRICE’s Luminizing Bronzer from their Illumination Limited Edition Range. Admittedly, I am a bit scared to see what happens when this bronzer finishes as it has been one of my most talked about products this year, and never fails to add just the right amount of glow and dimension to my face. For this look, I applied contour below my cheek bones, around my nose and just above my temples, by my hair line.
To complete my face routine, I added just a touch of Essence’s Silky Touch Blush in Autumn Peach and blended in the contour using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I then squirted one drop of Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil on my Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick, and then rubbed the top of the highlighting stick with my Real Technique’s Contour Brush and applied the highlight on the tops of my cheeks, before drawing and blending the highlighter on my nose, and forehead.
For the eyes, I started with my Real Technique’s Delux Crease Makeup Brush to apply the bronzed-brown from my Design Palette, which is an in-house brand from Edgars. I absolutely adore this palette, it is pigmented, cheap and very versatile. I used the bronzey-brown on my crease and blended it out toward the brow. I also filled in my brows, using the Kleancolor Retractable Eyebrow Pencil which is a favourite find from my Miss-A Haul and is easily the best $1 that I have spent on a brow product (see full $1 haul here).
To lighten the lid, I use the ever useful Essence’ 2-in-1 Eye Shadow and Eyeliner to prime the lid, before packing on CATRICE’s My Name is P’Earl with the ELF Crease Makeup Brush.
The real star of the show is CATRICE’s My Mermint eyeshadow, which I packed on using the ELF All-Over Eyeshadow brush. I kept building up the colour to get it looking bold and vibrant. To define the brow, I used the Real Technique’s Detailer Brush and Essence Camouflage Concealer and highlighted just below the brow.
To finish up the eyeshadow part of this look, I defined the edges with just a touch of black eyeshadow from the Design Palette, from earlier. I found the Real Techniques Accent Brush to be an excellent brush for this sort of job, it’s soft, small and adds the perfect amount of detail.
Of course, to complete the eyes, I used Revlon’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner with one of my all-time favourite mascaras from Almay, the One Coat Multi-Benefit Mascara (see review here) which gives me thick, full and voluminous lashes without the need for falsies.
To pull the whole look together, I opted for a bold lip. I used the lightest shadow from the Essence All About Bronze Eyeshadow to highlight my cupid’s bow, before applying 2 layers of the CATRICE Treasured Twinkles Lipstick, and added just a touch of gloss for some shine!