Sometimes I like to test my confidence levels by surrounding myself with ridiculously good looking people. Just joshing, but in all seriousness, meet Emma, a girl with a face hand painted by Aphrodite herself. Emma has been a rather vocal supporter of my blog from the get go. I.e. she jams it down anyone's throat that will listen. Thanks gurl. You've got my back. Both she and I have been keen to have her do a post with me for ages and this reading break we finally got around to it. Emma has some seriously blue eyes, something that I'm far off from having myself, so I wanted to seize my opportunity and play them up with contrasting colours.
As I didn't have anything particularly suitable in my kit, Emma brought along her own foundation. She uses MAC's Stuidio Fix Fluid in the shade NW13, a shade that I didn't even know existed until she informed me. She's going to love me saying that. We went in with just a touch of concealer under the eyes (the rest of her face is borderline disgustingly perfect and doesn't need anything more). For that we used a mix of the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (Fair) and some shades from my Kryolan Dermacolour Camouflage Palette. Then, it was time for a bit of contouring with the Sleek Contour Kit and some blush with the Stila Convertible Colour in Petunia. We also popped a little of Emma's Nars Copacabana Highlighter on the tops of her cheekbones. That highlighter is stunning if you're wondering.
Because Emma has a beautiful lip shade to begin with, I kept the lips very simple, adding only a light wash of clear gloss.
I was a bit hesitant to have the brows competing with the eyes so I just lightly filled them in with my NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder (Ash/Taupe) and strengthened some areas with my Anastasia Brow Wiz (medium brown). If I'm honest, I think I'd bulk up the brows next time for this look.
The eyes are where the magic happened – where Emma's baby blues came to life. I chose a variety of contrasting eyeshadow shades to ensure her eyes would really pop (warm browns, coppers, bronzes, burgundy, etc. work beautifully on blue eyes). I started out with a base of Rimmel's Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick in Bad Girl Bronze, taking it all over the lid and under the eye and blending out the edges. I then took a little of the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust and smudged some around the lash line. I used a Matt Hung, a deep brown, from theBalm Meet Matte Nude Palette to define the crease. Then I took some Zoeva Graphic Eyes Eyeliner in Glance, a cool toned bronze shade, in the waterline and on the top lash line to add that extra drama. Finally Emma coated her top and bottom lashes with mascara and BAM, her eyes were done.