Soft but Sharp
It’s been a while since my last post, things have been BUSY! All good things, but keeping a balance is always a constant struggle. I am excited to share the details for this recent look with you! I can best describe it as sharp but soft because it’s still a great day to night transitional look but adds the right amount of drama.
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Steps and Products Used
After prepping skin with Murad’s Essential C Moisturizer and Clinique’s All About Eyes, I applied YSL’s Touche Eclat Blur Primer. I love this primer during cold weather since its light but still provides a hydrating glow. One of my favorites!
This time I used a flat foundation brush to apply Huda Beauty Faux Filter foundation. I received a sample of this from Sephora and was excited to try as it’s been sooo hyped up but tbh I wasn’t the biggest fan. I wanted to love it, I really did. The coverage is great but I could not get over the SCENT. It was so strong and lasted long after I applied. I’m not opposed to a little fragrance every now and then, but this was just too much. Sorry Huda, I still love you!
I used my tried and true Laura Mercier eyeshadow primer in Linen. This is my go to for most looks.
For eyeshadow, I started with MAC’s vanilla under the brow focusing on the outer edge. Next I took a fluffy blending brush (224 by MAC) to apply Quarry in the crease. Quarry is a gorgeous soft matte purple shade that creates the perfect backdrop for any taupe or purple look. After that I took a dense dome shaped brush and blended Shale into the outer corner, sweeping inward and blending with Quarry. Then I added BareMinerals Celestine to the lid for some sparkle. Last up was Graphology, one of my favorite deep matte purples. It’s almost a black/purple, perfect for adding a little drama!
Super thin line of Nars liner Via Veneto blended into the lash line. I also add this into the upper and lower lashes and smudge out for more staying power.
One of my favorite steps is when it’s time for concealer. Nothing pulls the face together more than adding concealer (actually brows do this too!). I used Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fusion under the eye and on acne scars on my chin (ugh they are taking forever to fade). This is such beautiful full coverage but doesn’t get cakey even under the delicate eye area. LOVE it.
Right after concealer, I generously apply Laura Mercier’s translucent powder for baking. I like to let this sit on the skin for at least 5 minutes. Your skins natural warmth helps the product settle in perfectly while brightening at the same time.
For this look I wanted a darker brow so doubled up with Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip brow and Brow Whiz in Taupe. I’m due for my microblading touch up (will do a post on that when I get them redone in January!) so find myself doing a darker brow to compensate.
Almost done! Lashes are next, I used Azeredo Cosmetics in Legendary. These are SO dramatic and I love them. The band is also very flexible which makes for easy application to all eye shapes. I always get annoyed when the bands aren’t flexible and don’t hold easily to the inner corners! Use code SB10 to save on your order :)
At this point the translucent powder is ready to be brushed out. I use my big fluffy Chanel powder brush. Next up is blush in Conquest by Nars (top row, far left in the palette below), contour powder by Tarte (bottom left) and then finally highlight (top right) . *Cue the tropical house music in the back round because I am almost done!*
MAC’s Fix Plus in Rose is up next, you all already know how I feel about rose scented anything ;)
AND THEN FINALLY Fenty Beauty gloss bomb on the lips. I love this shade because it’s SO universally flattering on so many skin tones. It looks more nude/light brown in the bottle but turns more pink on my skin. Rihanna can do no wrong in my book.
Eyeshadow swatches from left to right: Celestine (BareMinerals), Quarry, Shale and Graphology (all MAC)