A few months ago my friend Danielle came to me with a proposition. She suggested that I take her makeup shopping and then do a mini makeover on her for the blog. It seemed like a pretty fantastic idea to me, so we headed off to MAC and Sephora and showered the sales assistants in dollar dollar bills yall. Just kidding, but products were purchased. Yesterday we finally got around to doing the makeover portion of this endeavor and it was good fun. As per usual, I'll run you through what we did.
Dan has beautiful skin so she certainly didn't need any heavy foundation. A bit of Diorskin Nude BB Cream covered any light redness nicely and left her skin looking still quite fresh. I wanted to focus on bringing a lot of light under her eyes, so I took a couple of light reflective concealers, lighter than her natural skin tone, in a V shape under the eyes. The V shape helps to brighten up the center panel of the face. I then set with some translucent setting powder, did a little contouring (the detail of which is completely lost in the photo) and highlighted the tops of her cheekbones. To keep things dewy and fresh, the finishing touch was a soft dusky pink cream blush.
The eyes are where we had the most fun. Dan had never worn a winged liner before and I thought it'd be mighty flattering on her. Using a gel liner, I kept the wing to the outer half of the eye. This creates the most drawn out effect possible. I then popped a light, shimmery colour on the inner corner and a medium toned matte shade on the outer third of the lid to open up the eyes and amplify the drawn out effect even more. I also added a few individual lashes on the outer third and then Danielle layered on the mascara.
Doing Danielle's brows had a dramatic effect. She has very light brows naturally, so filling them in helped to add structure (a kind of grounding point) to the face. I used a powder to go through the bulk of the brows and a pencil to add in more texture. It's worth noting that when I filled in the front of her brows I lifted them up slightly. I find that bringing the front of the brow up can noticeably open up the whole face.
Dan has a slight bow shape to her upper lip, which I love. It's very flapper girl-esque. However, for poops and giggles I decided to slightly overdraw it. I used a deep pinky, brown shade of lip liner and softened the edges with a q-tip. For lipstick we finished up with MAC Peach Blossom – a nice, easy to wear, pink/nude shade.
I'm no hairdresser so I kept it simple. I ran a straightener through the lengths of Danielle's hair. To add volume, I sprayed some dry shampoo and hairspray into the roots and did a little backcombing. I then clipped back part of her hair to, again, keep her face nice and open. Simple.
That was that. A huge thanks to Danielle for suggesting this idea and lending me her beautiful face!
Product list: Diorskin Nude BB Cream, MAC Prep and Primer Highlighter in Light Boost, Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Fair, Tarte Smooth Operator Setting Powder, Sleek Contour Kit in Light, MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl, Stila Convertible Colour in Lilium, Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (shades: Strange, Dust and Limit), L'oreal Gel Liner, MAC Carbon and Nylon Eyeshadow, L'oreal Telescopic Mascara, MAC Omega Eyeshadow, Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, L'oreal Lip Liner in Au Naturale, MAC Peach Blossom.