It’s my favorite time of the year! I don’t know about you, but it certainly felt like I was robbed of a proper winter last year, so now that I am finally seeing some cloudy skies and cooler weather, I am already dusting off my winter boots, pulling out my best scarves and thinking of all the autumn and winter inspired makeup looks that I could recreate.
Admittedly, I haven’t been wearing much makeup lately. I think that with the combination of the heat and being in my third trimester, I just don’t have the energy to play around like I used to. But autumn has me all sorts of inspired, so I created this quick makeup look that is perfect for everyday wear and really easy to transform to suit your personality.
FACE: Revlon ColorStay Normal/Dry in Nude 003, CATRICE Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette in Ashy Radiance, LA Girl Velvet Blush Contour Stick in Velour, Benefit Posit Tint, Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick in 200-Pink Light
EYES: KleanColor Brow Pencil in Dark, Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette, Clarins 3-Dot Eyeliner in Black, Essence Forbidden Volume Rebel Mascara, Essence Forbidden Volume Rebel Mascara Top Coat
LIPS: LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Rebel
I didn’t want to over-complicate this look by layering too much product, after all, my idea is to keep it simple enough to wear daily. So, while I usually start any look by color correcting and adding an illuminating primer, I didn’t feel I needed to with this particular look. Instead, I used a buffing brush to apply my foundation and built up the coverage around my eyes, where I’d usually use concealer. The Revlon ColourStay Foundations are still at the top of my list – I love the natural coverage it provides and especially like that it doesn’t dry out my already dry skin. Instead, it seems to add hydration which gives it a natural, fresh feel and look.
I have also started doing my brows before moving on to the rest of my routine. I guess it is just a personal preference, but I like having them done beforehand, as I get a better idea of how the other products will work to frame my face. Again, in the past, I would have included a brow wax, a liquid brow pen, and a brow gel or shadow, but with the motivation to keep things simple, I opted for my favourite brow pencil from KleanColor Cosmetics.
Next, I move on to adding a light contour below my check bones, using my favourite contouring duo from CATRICE. I have searched high and low, but keep coming back to this duo because of the beautiful ashy brown shade that it offers – I am yet to find another quite like it. Just above my contour, I dotted the LA Girl Velvet Blush Stick and the Benefit Posie Tint, to give a natural flushed look.
You have to be so careful with the velvet blush sticks from LA Girl, as they are quite pigmented, so without proper blending you can easily look like a clown. The Benefit Posie Tint helps to almost neutralize the cream blush, giving a gorgeous glow. Lastly, for my face, I used the Revlon Highlighting Stick which has been a firm favourite since its launch, last year. All three products can be blended with your fingertips, making these products especially easy for autumn mornings, when you may have hit the snooze button one too many times!
I have been harping on about this palette from Wet n Wild for ages, so it only seemed right that I finally show you ways of using it. The one side of the palette offers a nice range of very wearable shades, perfect for every day, while the other side offers darker shadows perfect for date-night or smokey-eyed looks. The first shade that I have used (1), is a beautiful warm-toned nude which is great on its own for when you’re in a hurry, but add some of the other highly pigmented shadows from the palette and you’ll very quickly see why this palette is a must-have. The shadows are soft and buttery, making them easy to work with.
I used (1) all over the lid, blending it outward toward my brow bone. Using a smaller brush, I used (2) and blended it in both the inner and outer corners of my crease, creating a halo effect in the middle of the lid, where I used my finger to press (3) gently, to highlight the area. Using a liner brush, I used (4) on my lower lashes so that I didn’t have to use an eyeliner and could avoid harsh lines.
As always, I completed my eyes with some liquid liner, this time choosing the Clarins 3-Dot Liner which is every girl’s best friend! Thanks to its unique design, the tip is able to get right to the root of your lashes, making defining your eyes easier than ever. For mascara, I opted for an affordable duo from Essence – the Forbidden Volume Rebel mascara and top coat work together to give you voluminous and full lashes.
To complete this look, I pulled out another budget friendly product from LA Girl, this time it being their Flat Finnish Pigment Gloss in the shade Rebel. I personally love the shade offering from this range and have found several of them offer a long lasting formula that doesn’t crack or crease. However, I would strongly advice against putting any other lip products on top of them, as they tend to become patchy when the formula is combined with something else.