I personally like mixing up the brands I use – to me, it makes sense to spend a little more on certain products (like foundation & concealer) and go with more affordable options for items like lipstick & gloss. That’s why I love shopping the beauty department at Nordstrom – because they carry so many different brands, I can try a wide range of products, mix both high & low and find what works best for me. Plus, their customer satisfaction policy is second to none so I know if I have a problem or need to return something for any reason, they will be accommodating.
I purposely chose colors here that would work well on any skintone (dark plum, icy lavender & soft mauve) + you can easily adjust the intensity of the eyeshadow & eyeliner if you want a more dramatic look. Here are the steps to recreate:
Start with a good base. Primer is crucial to creating an even finish & helping your makeup go on more smoothly. Apply a pea sized amount all over your skin & let set for about a minute. Then apply your foundation, concealer & finish with a light dusting of loose powder to lock it all in place. I finally tried this foundation after having so many people recommend it to me. It’s more of a full-coverage makeup than what I was previously using and it stays put, which is perfect for an evening out.
Step 1: Apply the middle color in the eyeshadow trio from lashline to crease.
Step 2: Using the darkest color of eyeshadow trio, apply in small strokes to the outer half of the crease of your eyelid (in the shape of a side triangle). Remember to start with a small application & add more as needed.
Step 3: Apply the lightest color in the eyeshadow trio from your browbone down to the crease, blending the two colors together well.
Step 4: Apply eyeliner along your upper & lower lash lines, pressing in between lashes to create depth. I like to drag it slightly past the outer edge of my eye & smudge it a little with my finger so the line is diffused and softer looking.
Step 5: Curl your lashes and apply a generous coat of black mascara (I love the small thin brush of this one because it’s great for getting all those little corner lashes completely coated).
Step 6: Lightly apply the blush just to the apples of your cheeks, sweeping up towards the cheekbones. Don’t be intimidated by the color of this blush – it actually goes on quite sheer and gives the prettiest natural-looking flush to your cheeks. If you want to take the time to also add highlighter, follow these steps.
Step 7: Apply lip primer around the edges of your lips – this will help keep the color from bleeding or feathering. Next apply your lip liner and the lip color. Then take the lip gloss & dab a small amount just in the center of your bottom lip and on the cupid’s bow. This is one of my favorite tricks for creating more dimension & making the lips appear fuller.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation (Desert Beige)
Smashbox High Definition Concealer (Fair/Light)
Estée Lauder Perfecting Loose Powder (Light)
NARS Blush (Gaiety) EYES
Stila Eyeshadow Trio (Venus)
MAC Eye Kohl (Prunella)
MAC Extended Play Gigablack Mascara