Sunday, 10 April 2016

The Face | Clean-Cut Bronze Eyes & A Minimal Base

Segment numero due is very aptly called 'The Face'. The general gist of this is me grabbing anyone obliging (friends, family, my dog), sitting them down and slapping some makeup on their face. The deal is: I get to pretend that I am Charlotte Tilbury for a little while and they can sit back, relax and essentially have a fun face massage. Win win? I think yes. Who knows, I might even do something wild like feature them on my beauty blog...

Today's victim is Dominique. She's my Chilean goddess of a friend - if you couldn't already tell from the luscious brows, dark eyes and impossible tan for mid-April in Melbourne. Keeping the flattery theme going, Dom is also blessed with an AMAZING complexion. With these features in mind, we went for an extremely light base, a lotta glow, and some winged-out bronze eyes. Dreamy.

For the eyes:
The secret to that super clean-cut wing is only an Officeworks run away: scotch tape. It'll set you back about $5 and up your makeup game by approximately 99.99%. Eyes were undoubtedly first for this look, down to the tendency of the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette to produce a bit of fallout, and the fact that we weren't really doing much to the skin anyway. First up, you want to stick some scotch tape along your lower lash-line, tilting it upwards to create that perfect sort of stencil for the eyeshadow to fill in. From here on in you can be as messy as you like - think of it is a colouring book with the impossibility of going outside the lines. How good. I took the warm, matte shades from the Smashbox palette and worked these into the crease of Dom's eyes with a fluffy brush, and gradually deepened this up with the chocolate brown matte in the very outer 'V'. Next, I went in with the champagne shimmery shade all over Dom's lids, and then concentrated that gorgeous gold shade in the very centre. This adds depth to the eyes and makes everything look a little bit more 3D. I finished up with some of that majestic NARS Albatross Highlighter in the inner corners because it provides an almost blinding pop of glow.

Adding definition, I went in with the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick in (wait for it) Bad Bronze Girl. Ha. Subpar naming aside, this shadow stick doubles up as an amazing, creamy eyeliner. I went along Dom's upper lash-line, following the scotch tape as a guide, and then smudged it along her lower lashes for that extra smoky finish.

Top it all off with your fave mascara et voilà... you are now a Bad Bronze Girl. Sorry, couldn't help it.

Brows were a no-brainer. All Dom needed was a little bit of the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil for that extra structure and shape. The waxy formula makes application a dream, and it comes with a spooly for some easy grooming.

For the base:
Nothing does that whole dewy/minimal finish quite like a BB cream. I worked L'Oréal's Nude Magique offering into Dom's skin with a M.A.C 187 - the ultimate multitasking face brush. I also used this to bronze Dom up. My pick: Too Faced's Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer. To finish off, a plentiful sweeping of Albatross all over the cheekbones provided that gorgeous gold sheen which really compliments Dom's skin tone. Oh so JLO.

For the lips:
Being a lipstick skeptic, Dom wasn't all that keen for anything heavy or high maintenance on her pout. We opted for a light layer of M.A.C's Angel and called it a day.

Stay tuned to see whose face I'll be borrowing next time.

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