Monday, 20 October 2014

FOTD: Cosmopolitan Blog Awards.

As you all know, I was lucky enough to attend the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards a couple of weeks ago, as I was shortlisted for Best Established Beauty Blog.

I've shared the events of the night with you here, and whilst dressing the part is all well and good, being a beauty blogger means the real focus was the makeup.

So today, I thought I'd share with you the steps taken to create this look:

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London: here I come! #CosmoBlogAwards

First up: I cleansed and toned and finished with plenty of moisturiser - my choice is the Nivea Pure & Natural Day Cream. It sounds almost counter-productive to long-lasting makeup, but trust me when I say a well-moisturised face will make your base last much, much longer… just make sure you leave yourself a good amount of time for the moisturiser to sink in! 

Next up came some pre-concealing…


I am lucky to have relatively clear skin, but when I do get the odd spot, it tends to leave a dark mark behind that can’t really be covered by my normal choice of concealer without beginning to look cakey – thankfully, the Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Makeup in Medium-Deep comes in pretty handy for covering pesky hyperpigmentation, and as it's waterproof, it doesn't budge all night. The smallest (and I really mean that!) amount of this buffed into the problem area with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush covers the offending area… this product can be really drying if your skin isn’t moisturised, so all the more reason to slap the day cream on like there’s no tomorrow!



Next up, creating a totally uniform skin-tone – my pick? L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation in W7, Golden Amber which provides flawless medium coverage, but can easily be built up to full without looking cakey… what’s not to love? 
My top tip for making your foundation last is to apply several light, thin layers, buffing each one in (the aforementioned brush is my pick for this) thoroughly to make sure the product is really well blended. I don’t have perfect skin, and find that one full pump of product is far too much for me, so there’s really no need to layer this stuff on thickly!


I concealed any dark circles and redness using the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Biscuit, and dusted my T-zone (where I tend to get shiny… nice) with the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder. 

I then left my base and attended to what was to be the main focus of my look: the eyes.
 

I applied the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base to my ‘lids, which tend to get rather oily (shiny T-zone and oily eyelids… really selling myself here). If you wear eyeshadows on a daily basis, or want something that’ll make your eye makeup last on a night out, this is the stuff to go for. Not only does it make your eye makeup last much longer, it also preps your eyelids for the shadow pigments, allowing them to show up much brighter on the skin. Genius. 
Next came the eyeshadow in the form of the most beautiful palette ever… I’ll just give you a moment to take it in if you haven't already read my review:


Say hello to the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in Dolce Vita. I’m sure I’ve lost you ladies to a makeup coma, because just look how pretty it is. I turn into a heart-eyed emoji every time I look at it... I cannot cope.

I finished the look with a feline flick using the L'Oréal ParisSuperLiner Perfect Slim, along with the Eylure Volume 100 Strip Lashes.


I then filled in my brows with an angled brush and a matte dark brown powder before moving back onto the skin...
Now, I have zero cheekbones, but am completely useless with the complicated Kim Kardashian method of contouringdo I have time to blend 4 different shades of foundation into my skin? No, no I do not.
  
The L'Oréal Paris Glam Bronze in Golden Bronze* is a taupe coloured bronzer, which provides a natural contour to the face, without a hint of unsightly orange shimmer. I apply this is a ‘3’ motion, across my temples, under my cheekbones and under my jawline using a Real Techniques Blush Brush. 
Next up: my favourite step… blusher:


I started off by applying the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Spicey, a pink-peach shade, using the Real Techniques Stippling Brush to my cheeks.
I’m not one who goes sparingly with the blusher, so came the second product.


To create a shimmery ‘pop’ of colour on the apples of my cheeks, I applied a small amount of NARS Blush in Orgasm, a peach shade with finely milled gold glitter running through it, using a Real Techniques Blush Brush. I love using the Daniel Sandler Blush, as it creates a long-lasting flush to the cheeks, and combined with NARS Blush in Orgasm, the cheeks have a gorgeous, healthy glow.
 

To create a dewy sheen to the high points of my face, I dusted the Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Radiance Face Powder along the tops of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and Cupid’s bow.

The final touch was lipstick…


I’d planned on doing an autumnal berry lip to complete the look, but had a total change of heart on the day. Instead, I opted for the L'Oréal Paris Liquid Lipstick in Molto Mauve* (above), a nude peach colour, so as to not compete with the strong smokey eye I’d gone for.

Et voila!


I was really pleased with the finished look… but I’ll let you guys be the judge, what do you think?


*PR Sample

A modified version of this post originally appeared on the Epigram website, click here to read it.

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