Summer Makeup Tutorial

summerA number of weeks ago, I posted a picture tutorial on a copper smoky eye. A number of you have contacted me since, asking me to do another post like this, so finally here it is. All of you know already, that I have no formal training in makeup, so there may be some technical things that aren’t right, but to be honest, I like it and I have gotten many compliments on this particular look.

The look I chose, was the one I wore in my Glossybox Youtube Video. This is a 2 colour look, that will suit all eye colours, but seriously makes blue eyes pop. It is the perfect look for a night out, without too much work involved. Hope you enjoy it

Step 1

step 1

The very first thing I do, before a scrap of makeup touches my face, is prepare my skin. As you can see from the picture above, I was not having the best skin day when I was taking these pictures, so prepping my skin was even more important. The first product I apply, is the Mac Fix +. By applying this, it gives the skin more moisture, freshens the skin and give a more glowy look. I love Fix+ and notice the difference in my skin the days I don’t use it.

The next product I use, is the La Roche Posay Cicaplast. I use this as a moisturiser and I find it works fantastic as a base for your foundation, while at the same time adding moisture to the skin. I love La Roche Posay products, my skin always feels amazing after using them.

Finally I add primer. Some people skip this step, but you might as well be pouring you foundation down the sink by not using a primer. A primer helps the foundation to stay on your skin all day, by smoothing out the surface of your skin and helping your makeup stay put. I have used a number of different primers, but I find the Smashbox Photofinish  works best for me.

Step 2

step 2

Apply your foundation and fill in your brows if needed. I used the Armani Hydra Glow foundation here. This is now discounted, but I found a full, unopened bottle still in the bag during the week and have been using it since. I love it and I am so devastated that they don’t have it anymore.

I don’t need to fill in my brows, as I have recently gotten my 1st treatment of Embrowdery from Up to my eyes. This is a semi permeant eyebrow treatment that is said to last 18-24 months. It takes 3 sessions for the eyebrows to last 18-24 months and I am due to get the second session this week. I will post a full blog post when I have finished  the full course of treatments.

Step 3

step 3

Next up, add an eyeshadow primer. I used Mac painterly pro long wear paint pot. You can also use a concealer here or an actual eye primer. This will help your eyeshadow to last llonger and stop it creasing. If you have oily lids this step is a must.

Step 4

step 4

Apply your transition colour. I used the Mac Pro colour coral. This is such a beautiful colour and while it does look a little scary in the picture, when blended out it is so beautiful. It photographs a lot more orange than it is, as it is a far more subtle colour than the picture suggests. I applied it slightly into the crease and slightly above the crease. After this picture was taken, I actually went back and blended it out even more. I just don’t have a picture of this stage. Blending is key in this look.

Step 5

step 5

Next step is to apply the main colour. I used Mac Star Violet. I have only recently bought this colour and my god it is gorgeous. I applied this with a flat brush onto the lid and then swiped it into the crease. I then blended it out more with a fluffy brush. Again I went and blended out the edges again after taking this picture. You really need to blend a lot.

Step 6

step 6

I always leave the eyes for a little bit and move onto concealing and highlighting. I applied my concealer in a triangle under my eye and blended it out with a Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki brush. I blended down a little too far in this picture, so went back in with my foundation brush , which you can see in later pictures. You should blend down to mid point on your nose. I used the Nars radiant creamy concealer. I had held off buying this concealer for ages, as I thought all the good reviews i was ready  was just hype, but my god it is amazing stuff altogether. I will do a full blog post once I have used it more.

Step 6

step 7

I use the Mac prep + prime highlighter in radiant rose, for highlighting. I apply it down the centre of the nose and up over the eye brows, down the side of the face and above the lip. I blend in with the Sigma F86 tapered kabuki brush.

Step 7

step 8

I then move back to the eyes and add a little eyeliner. I used the essence eyeliner pen and lined the top of lid very close to the base of the lashes. I did not do a lot of liner here. I also used a kohl liner, to line the bottom water line. You don’t need a lot of liner for this look. You would normally add mascara here, but as I have semi permanent lashes, I don’t add mascara.

Step 8

step 9

I contoured out the cheekbones, using the Nars Laguna bronzer. I am seriously loving this bronzer lately. I use the Real Techniques conturing brush to apply the bronzer. I applied most of the product back near the ear and then blended.

Step 9

step 10

I applied some of the Mac Star violet under the eye with a pencil brush and blended out with a fluffy brush. After that I applied some blusher to the apples of my cheeks and back a small bit. I used the Hourglass ambient lighting blusher in diffused heat. I adore this blusher. I also applied the Inglot Sparkling dust in a V around my eyes, on the brow bone and into the inner corner of the eye. This is a fantastic highlighter.

Step 10

step 11

I applied the Inglot Lipstick in 254. I just can’t get enough of this lipstick. I have a feeling I will be wearing it all summer long.

step 12

There you have the finished product. I love this look. It really makes my eyes pop. Like in my previous tutorial, I haven’t photoshopped anything. Everything in the pictures is as you would see it in real life. There is no filters or picture trickery, you see me blemishes and all 🙂

Hope you found this helpful. I would love to know what you think of this look and if you would like to see more posts like this.






























































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  • Reply
    May 26, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Great post! Well detailed with lots of info. I’m in love with that blusher!

    • Sinead K
      Sinead K
      May 26, 2014 at 11:41 am

      If you haven’t already got this blusher, you NEED it. It’s so beyond gorgeous

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