I did this dramatic makeup look for a formal dinner recently, and here are the details on how I did it. Be warned, I used A LOT of products. Reason: I either stuffed up or changed my mind on what I wanted to do half way through the makeup. Instead of removing it and starting afresh, I just layered different shades over it. I was short of time and I’m lazy like that, but it turned out alright 😉 Warning before you proceed: It might be confusing!
I applied MUFE HD primer in 02 before applying foundation. The foundation I used was Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Intensity 2.0 (sample) then realised it was 1 shade darker. So, I layered my MUFE HD foundation over it. I skipped concealers because the base was heavy enough already. The only area I applied light concealer was my undereye area. I used the Clinique Airbrush concealer. I set the foundation with Dior Light Amplifying Face Powder. I made sure I brought the foundation down to my neck and my ears so that my skintone looked even.
All cheek products were by Lunasol. With Shading Cheeks 01, I lightly shaded the hollows of my cheeks, temples and also my hairline to make the foundation look more natural. There would be lots of flash photography, so some shading added dimension to the face. On the apples of my cheeks, I applied Coloring Cheeks 09 and highlighted with Illuminating Highlight 02. <swatches and review here>
I filled in my lips with Nude lip liner by No7 before applying Revlon Matte Lipstick in Mauve It Over. This nude lipstick is by far the most flattering on me as doesn’t wash me out. It is also affordable which is a bonus. I can’t believe I haven’t talked about it before. I’ll get to it in the near future 😉 I used the powdering technique to make the lipstick last longer too.
Below is a HUGE photo so you can see every detail from my eyes to cheeks to lips, and not to forget the pores. No, this photo is not edited.
Photo above shows the swatches of the eyeshadows used. A lot, I know, but only because I didn’t like the first version, and changed it half way through. I didn’t want the makeup remover to mess up my base, so I just went ahead and changed the colours along the way. I used Estee Lauder cream eyeshadow in Smoky Plum (A) as a base and layered a light taupe (B) over it. With the darker purple (C), I shaded the outer corners of my eyes. The matte reddish purple (D) was used to add more depth but I didn’t like how the red base look on my eyes. To tone down the red, I tapped Half Baked (E) lightly over my lids before layering the black (F) over my lashline (upper and lower) and outer corners. The purples still showed through but they looked more neutral now. With the light taupe (B), I applied it over Half Baked (E) again. It is a purple smokey eye after all. In the photo, you probably couldn’t tell I used Half Baked at all. To smooth out edges, I used Buck (H) to blend. The highlight under my browbone and inner corner of my eyes was Virgin (G). Whew! Oh, not to forget the black pencil liner by Revlon which was used to line the waterline. Put on the Dolly Wink false lashes, filled in the brows… done.
Finally! Did I confuse you? Haha… I was a mess when I did this look and it probably translated to my writing too. I panicked when I looked like I had a bruised eye and it was nearly time to go! I was cussing at myself for not preparing earlier, and in the end, I just went with my gut feeling. If you asked me why Half Baked could neutralise the red, well, I can tell you a logical answer now (because of the strong yellow base), but at that time, it was all intuition. Plan B was to take off the eye makeup, apply foundation over it, black liner and lashes only, and change the lips to red.
I could have lied through my teeth and wrote only the necessities, but I wanted you to know that makeup application is not always as smooth. There will be hiccups, but it’s not the end of the world. There are many unnecessary products used, because they were mistakes, but if I were to do it again, I’d be wiser: Start prepping for a big night MUCH EARLIER!
Either way, I hope this post is detailed enough for you to try it out yourself, MINUS all the mess.