Bridal Month – Look 3 – Natural Look with a bright lip

For the 3rd look of this month’s bridal looks, I have used a different model, to give an idea of how colours work on different skin tones and eye colours. As you can see from the pictures, Ruth is blonde with a fairer skin tone and blue eyes compared to Tory, the model for the previous two looks,who has a much darker skin tone and darker features. For that reason, I have gone for a very natural golden colour on the eyes and let Ruth’s gorgeous features do the talking. Just to brighten it up, I have gone for quite a bright pink lip, but you could just as easily tone it down with a nude pink lip colour such as MAC Hue, which is a very popular colour for brides.

Before - no makeup

Before – no makeup

Before - no makeup

Before – no makeup

After

After

Soft Golden Eyes

Soft Golden Eyes

 

Soft Golden Eyes

Soft Golden Eyes

Natural Golden Look

Natural Golden Look

Below is a product list that I used to achieve this look and a little information on how it was applied:

FACE
Primer – Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – I would always recommend using a primer for bridal make up as it will help the make up last all day (and night)
Buff Make Up Sheer Glow – in Movie Star – this gives a really nice glow to the skin. A small amount applied all over the face with a foundation brush. As you can see from this and the previous two looks, I always use this on my brides
Foundation – BUFF HD Foundation – really well buffed into the skin using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to give a medium to full coverage. This foundation is suitable for all skin types and will leave the skin with a satin finish. Ruth has some pigmentation on her forehead and on the tops of her cheek bones and this covers it really well. It’s also great for bridal or editorial work as it doesn’t have an SPF in it.
Concealer – MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – under the eyes, down the centre of the nose, through the brow bone, on the cupid’s bow and in the centre of the chin
Contour – Nars Laguna Bronzer – to softly contour the cheek bones. This look isn’t about contouring, so that is why it’s just done very softly. This bronzer is a great product for fairer skins.
Blush – NYX Rose Garden – this is a really fresh pink colour, with a small amount of golden shimmer through it. It has just been applied to the apples of the cheeks and blended upwards towards the ears
Face Powder – MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation – I used this to get slightly more coverage on certain parts of the face, namely over the areas of pigmentation, but kept the cheeks and nose dewy.
Highlighter – MAC Soft and Gentle – applied to the top of the cheek bones, through the brow bone, down the centre of the nose and on the cupid’s bow

EYES
Base/Primer – MAC Painterly applied all over the lid and up to the brow to give a really even base to work on. This provides a base for the eye shadow to stick to and helps the eye shadow last longer
Eye Shadows – MAC Kid was blended through the crease using a MAC 224 brush to give a little extra definition to the eyes and then applied all over the lid just up to the crease and blended in slightly. MAC Woodwinked was then applied onto the lid and blended through the crease as well. You don’t need very much of this product as it can look too cakey if you have too much on your brush
Eyeliner – MAC eyeshadow in Carbon was applied along the top lashline, as closely to the lashes as possible using a MAC 266 brush. A very small feline flick was then applied to the outer corner of the eye. I then went over this with Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Eyeliner in Black using a Louise Young LY24A brush. With whatever product I still had on the 266 brush, this was applied to the very outer edge of the lower lash line
Highlighter – MAC Soft & Gentle through the brow bone
Brows – Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde and MAC Omega eyeshadow
Mascara – Maybelline The Flashies in Black on top and bottom lashes
Lashes – Amazing Shine lashes in no 507

LIPS
Lip Liner – MAC Subculture liner
Lipstick – MAC Speed Dial

Gloss – MACPro Longwear Lipglass 
in Infinitely Likeable

Are you getting married and is this something that you would wear on your wedding day?

Thanks for reading and have an Eggtastic long weekend.

Sara.x

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NYX Cosmetics Haul & Review

I tend to be pretty picky about buying new make up. Whilst I love the stuff, I simply don’t want to waste my time (& money) buying products that either aren’t right for me or my kit and don’t do what they claim to. That said, I have been really looking forward to trying out some NYX Cosmetics for a while as I’ve read great things about them in other blogs. Unfortunately, my local Flair store told me that they have stopped stocking the brand as it’s becoming less of a pro product and more mainstream. Shipping from the UK tends to be fairly high when buying online, but I managed to track it down online from http://www.cherryculture.com in the US. This stuff is soooo cheap. The lipglosses were $4.50, cream blushes $5.00 and the powder blush was $5.50. These items were in the sale which still seems to be on. The P&P was just over $11, which I didn’t mind paying as the products were actually cheaper than on NYX’s own website.

So….what did I buy?

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I finally found the Mega Shine Lipgloss in Beige (totally named incorrectly) and also got another gloss in Salsa…it would be rude not to! The blushers that I bought are two cream blushers; Glow and Red Cheeks and the powder blusher in Rose Garden.

NYX SwatchBlusher swatches

I bought the cream blushers as I don’t really use cream blushers on myself and definitely needed some to add to my kit.  I have been so impressed with the pigmentation of them. As you can see from the swatches, the smallest amount goes a very long way. The only problem with buying online is the swatches often don’t truly show the actual colour.  I thought Red Cheeks would be a good alternative to MAC’s Frankly Scarlet blush, but it really is very red. The texture is very creamy and could probably even be used as lip glosses as well to save you money! These would be great on dry skin, as they are sheer, pigmented and creamy and blend very easily. If you wanted to make sure it lasted, apply your foundation, then the cream blush, powder your face and then add a powder blush over the top…..it won’t shift. If like me, you have an oily or combination skin, these won’t be right for you as they are very emolient. The powder blush in Rose Garden has a little golden shimmer through it which I didn’t think would be any good for me, but it’s actually lovely. I’m loving wearing this on my cheeks with just a little contouring. Again, it’s very pigmented, so you only need a little bit on your brush and seems to be quite long wearing.

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After waiting to get my hands on the Mega Shine lip gloss in beige, I was not disappointed. There is nothing beige about it, in fact is a very sweet opaque pink colour, that’s a lot pinker than I thought it would be. I really like the applicator as it’s shaped to apply the lip gloss with accuracy around the lip and the smell is adorable, like sweet cherries. Since getting this product a couple of weeks ago, it has not left my handbag, I love it! I also bought one in Salsa, but I’m not as keen on this as it has way too much shimmer in it for me. It kind of reminds me of the L’Oreal Glam Shine lip gloss that I would have owned when I was a teenager. So definitely not for me. However, I do love the packaging of these NYX lip glosses though with the little bow on the top of the applicator.

Overall, I have been massively impressed with NYX Cosmetics and will definitely be making more purchases in the future. They are so affordable, great quality and have a huge range of colours to choose from which always helps. I think I’m going to try their HD Foundation next. Anyone tried them? If so, let me know what you think of it.

Sara.x