Last Friday, I posted a GRWM using a coloured smoky eye for events and work functions. And then I realised that not everyone may be comfortable with a full on smoky eye especially for a work function. So todays post is a bit more muted (but no less glamorous) as compared to last week. And better yet, you can tailor it to a look you are comfortable with.
A clean base is key – I’m using a combination of L’Oreal True Match foundation in 6N and Milani Conceal + Perfect foundation in Tan. This combination matches my skintone beautifully especially at the start of summer. If you need to, set your foundation with a light dusting of powder – I’m skipping powder and leaving my skin dewy.
- Shadow – choose a shade that is close to your skin tone. A bit of shimmer is fine and in fact adds to the look.
- Shadow blending brush because blending is key!
- Kohl liner – like last time, choose a liner that is easy to smudge.
- Pencil brush (cotton buds work just as well) to smudge the liner
Always start with primed lids. This keeps the look vibrant and last a lot longer. Next, apply the shadow all over the lid using the shadow blending brush. Blend away until the edges are smooth and you don’t see a harsh line. I’m using the Milani Shadow in Sand.
Using the kohl liner, line your lids as you normally would. Start closest to the lashes and draw your liner – winging it is optional. I usually like to use a thicker winged liner that’s reminiscent of the 60’s and the Bollywood stars (a la Aishwarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra). But you do you – if you’re more of a subtle liner person, go for it!
Next comes the easiest part – smudging! Get your pencil brush or cotton bud and smudge the kohl so it’s a softer version of the liner while still maintaining that overall border.
You can leave the liner as is and skip to mascara. But if you want to up the ante, line your waterline with the kohl pencil and using the brush or cotton bud, smudge a little bit into the lower lashline. So you’re left with a hint of a kohl rimmed eyes without venturing into panda eye zone. Apply mascara on the top and bottom lashes. You can follow up with falsies if you wish. I’m using my Benefit They’re Real mascara. It’s long lasting and doesn’t budge.
Keep your brows relatively natural. Overdrawn brows combined with heavily lined eyes will quickly make your look dated. I’m using my Milani Brow gel to just comb through and keep my brows in place.
Cheek, Highlight and Bronzer
Last week, I used a powder blush on the cheeks. For today’s look, I’m using my blush from my Sleek Eye and Cheek palette in Midsummer Dream. It is a really warm blush and has this beautiful rose gold undertone to it. Alternatively a similar blush could be NARS Orgasm blush. I’m doing a little bit of facial sculpting using my Clinique bronzer just in the hollows of my cheeks, which brings a beautiful warmth to your skin. For added light, use a powder highlight (I’m using my Physicians Formula palette in Warm Nude) on the high points of the cheeks.
For lips, I’m using my Maybelline matte lipstick in Touch of Spice. It is a nicely nude-ish shade for me. To ensure a long lasting lip-stain, apply the lipstick to your lips, blot, reapply. This way, you keep the focus on the eyes and the cheeks. For an added oomph, use the Gilded Cage Charisma lip gloss.
There you have it folks. It’s slightly pared down yet is beautifully elegant for that special function coming up. Hope this has inspired you. If you want to check out my previous look (the colourful smoky liner), click here.
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