When I'm in a rush to put my makeup on for an evening out, I like to stick to products I know are easy to work with and create a fail safe look with no fuss and that's what I've done here. Since I was out to celebrate my birthday with my dad, I thought it would be the perfect occasion to show off my new AX Paris Peacock Dress and what better way to accessorise than with green eye makeup to compliment the look? Hazel eyed ladies take note; green eyemake up will bring out the colour of your eyes. Wear it.
For my base, I used the NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation in 03 Natural on a flat top kabuki brush with a little of the Under Eye Concealer from George which is one of those wonder products you rarely come across in life, all set in place with the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 005 Silky Beige. This look wasn't so much about contouring as it was to show off my already bronzed skin underneath my foundation and concealer and with that notion, I deviated away from my faithful MAC Matte Bronze Contour powder and flirted with my old friend, the Bare Escentuals Warmth Powder to give my most bronzed areas a colourful boost. Of course a little of the MAC bronzer had to be used to contour the sides of my nose, after all no one deserves to be subjected to that landmark starring back at them. A quick sweep of the Bare Escentuals blush in Laughter across my cheeks and my coral bronzed face was well and truly back in business.
Moving onto the eyes and it was time to revert back to my fail safe look when it comes to eye make up- a light matte shade on the brow bone, something darker but still light on the lid blended up to the brow bone, with particular attention paid to the inner corner of the eye, and a darker shade on the outer third blended through the crease. This works with any colour combination and is perfect for when I'm in a rush as I don't have to think about what I'm doing, my trusted friend autopilot kicks in and my eyes are finished in no time. This evening saw In The Buff from the Naked Eye Palette by Too Faced swept across my brow bone to lift and highlight my face, with my new Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Fantasme placed delicately over my lid, blended with my finger up to the brow bone, with a little extra added to the inner corner for some added sparkle- oh this really is a gem. Oh and that darker shade I talked about? Well this time it was the turn of MAC's De Menthe Eyeshadow to be blended through the crease, complimenting the dark green of the peacock feathers in my dress perfectly. Bringing out my features was the NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in EP03 Medium Brown across my brows whilst I lined my eyes using yet another classic product of mine (hey, if its not broke, don't fix it) in the form of Collection 2000's Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in black across the upper lash line and my favourite Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in 01 Onyx along my waterline, all topped off with a coat of my mascara of the moment, the NYX Doll Eye Mascara.
When it comes to lips when going out for a meal, I'd suggest a lipstick that is neutral but moisturising and hydrating so as not to leave you looking patchy, dried out or ridiculous, if it decides to make a run for it across your face. My suggestion? Slick on a bit of the cult favourite Beehive from the 17 Mirror Shine range. Oh and don't forget to pop it into your Mulberry for a quick touch up in the bathroom just after the main course.
A review of the NYX products will be coming up on WhatLauraLoves very soon...