Now that I've gone through Makeup School and I understand the concepts of applying makeup I decided to go back to my roots and bring out those purple tones and try my hand at a natural glam makeup look. This also helped me really get out of the makeup rut that I have been stuck in.
As someone who is professionally in the beauty industry and who also does it as a hobby (and truly loves it) it can be really hard to branch out and you often get stuck in the same rut over and over again. It was nice to take a step back and rewind in time to really explore how I used to do my makeup using the new techniques that I have learned.
For this particular look, I decided to stick with the same base of products that have been my go-to's for the last couple of months. These products don't tend to change a whole lot but it's the technique for applying them that has changed. For example, when I first started with makeup I used my fingers without even sanitizing them and now I was a pre-cleaned beauty blender sponge. Over the year, it's been the little things that have really shifted my focus when it comes to makeup.
One of the biggest things that I've done to change up my makeup routine is color correcting and I've noticed a huge improvement in my complexion. After being on Accutane for 8 months my cheeks have gotten a permanent rosy tone to them, so using a green concealer or corrector helps me to neutralize this redness. The other thing I've noticed is that I don't get very much sleep these days, so my under eyes have become quite dark. To counteract this effect, I place some purple concealer under my eyes and make sure to use a full coverage concealer so that none of that purple shows.
Here are the products I used to create this flawless face base:
Makeup Forever HD High Definition Primer
Wet N Wild Cover All Correcting Palette
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
Covergirl 3 in 1 Stay Fabulous Foundation
NYC Smooth Skin Loose Setting Powder
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny
NYX Powder Blush in Taupe
ELF Studio Blush in Tickled Pink
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Crushed Pearl*
When I used to do looks like this before it was all about doing a really simple eye makeup look because this was the area that I struggled with the most. I remember always smudging my mascara and never being able to apply eyeliner 1) because I couldn't see it and 2) because it used to transfer. Did I mention I also NEVER used an eyeshadow base back then and though that creased eyeshadow was cute! TOTALLY not!
For this look, I decided to stick with brands that I know I loved and product that I knew worked. Of course, you know this means Essence Cosmetics is going to be the main focus of my eyes. Within the All About Vintage Palette, I used the two light lightest green shades all over my lid and then a small amount of the dark forest green in the crease. For the All About Roses Palette, I used the light taupe lavender color all through my crease and transition area and then I used the dark purple shade as the main outer v shade. For some inner corner highlight, I used the lightest shimmer pink in this palette! And tada!
Here are the products I used:
Essence Make Me Brow in Blondy Blonde*
Marcelle Nano Eyebrow Liner in Blond*
Milani Eyeshadow Base
LA Colors Jumbo Stick in Seashells
Essence All About Vintage Eyeshadow Palette*
Essence All About Roses Eyeshadow Palette*
Essence I <3 Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara*
And then, the lips. Which of course I would have to reach for a product that has been reformulated and repackaged and this color has been discontinued. I'm talking about the Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Vintage Pink. Get diggin' through your collections and see if you own this color. If you find it, wear it! This is the perfect shade of lavender pink mixed with magenta to create this beautiful purple tone without being over-powering. However, I could wear bright purple and not care!
So there you have it. A blast from the past and a look that I'm actually really proud of. I think we all get stuck in the 'I need to have perfect winged eyeliner phase' when really we just need to play with makeup and create our own looks. We don't have to be a copycat of the latest Instagram phase or the biggest YouTuber. We just need to be US and play with makeup to create something that suits US! And this looks is completely me!
What is your go-to makeup look from back in the day?
Even better, leave me a picture in the comments or a link to a post where you shared it!
*** Products marked with an asterisk were sent as press samples for consideration or gifts