One of the nice things about it still being winter (okay, the ONLY nice thing) is that winter is a time for heavier makeup. You can get away with a really bold eye, a bright lip, a thicker brow (sometimes all three in combination). And if you love to play with makeup, as I do, this means winter is a time for experimenting with cosmetics. Several weeks ago I attended an evening wedding, and I photographed my made-up face so that I could share it here.
I did my eye makeup first because I tend to make a mess with eye shadow. This way I can clean up the grey powder all over my cheeks before I’ve already applied blush and foundation. I started with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on my lids (you could use foundation instead). Then on just the lid, I applied a basic matte cream eye shadow (mine came from the LORAC palette but any neutral shade will do). In the crease of the lid, I applied a shimmery dark grey shadow. I blended the shadow up until I hit the brow bone, which I left bare. It always takes me a couple tries to get that line between the grey and the bare brow bone to look correct. I wipe off the excess shadow from the brush and reblend, or use a q-tip to remove the shadow from my lid wherever it’s too heavy.
For eyeliner, I used Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Stormy Grey, which is the creamiest, easiest-to-use eye pencil I have. The only bummer is that it doesn’t have great staying power, probably because it’s so malleable. But I use it anyway and just do a couple touch ups throughout the night. Because I have small eyes, I always do a cat eye with my eyeliner, even if it’s a small one. It makes my eyes look much bigger and more awake. As with the eye shadow, there’s always some touch-up needed with a q-tip. I applied a very small amount of liner on the bottom, too, and I smeared it a bit with my finger. After that, I used an eyelash curler on my eyelashes, then my trusty Maybelline Falsies Mascara on top and bottom. Then I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat, a miracle product (review forthcoming) that waterproofs regular mascara. Finally, I thickened up the appearance of eyebrows by applying a little bit of eyebrow pencil to the innermost part of the brow.
Just some of the products mentioned here–it takes quite a few to achieve this look.
Then I applied my current favorite tinted moisturizer, Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Snow Glow. Yes, the palest of the pale for this gal. I applied Smashbox Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer under my eyes in a “v” formation, then used a bit of powder just under the eye to set it. On my cheeks I used Skinn Cosmetics Color Touch cream blush, applying to the apples, then blending up and towards the hairline. I find it helpful to blend, then wait a few minutes and recheck–your cheeks will get pink from the stimulation of being touched, so it can be hard to tell what is just natural temporary flushing, and what is actual product. Finally, on my lips I used Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner in Perfect Nude (my favorite lip liner of all time, which I’ve used for years), then topped with L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lip Color in Forever Frappe.
And that’s the look!