If you guys follow me on Instagram you'll know that I received some lusty worthy makeup for Xmas. I was most excited about getting the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette and Becca's x Jaclyn Hill's Champagne Pop highlighter (it's sold out online but my brother got it for me in store). They're both so good, as are all of the products here, which is why I've been playing around with them none stop. It's also how I landed on this look and realized, it might be a lot of makeup for everyday, but it's totally NYE appropriate!
To prime my face I used Nivea's Post Shave Balm for Men in sensitive skin. Nikkie Tutorials, Jaclyn Hill and Kathleen Lights have all rave about this product as a primer, so I had to try it. It's about $8 at the drugstore and hold up better than so many other primers I've tried. Love!
2. FOUNDATION, CONCEALER
Once primed, I use foundation (Urban Decay's Naked Skin foundation in 5.0, not pictured) and my first concealer, Kat Von D's Lock-It Concealer in 24. This shade is really close to my skin tone so what I do after I've buffed this with my Beauty Blender, is brighten it up a little with Sephora's Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer. (I use two concealers because I want my under eye to look natural while still being bright.) I love the coverage and price tag on the Sephora concealer so much that I'm willing to overlook the shitty wand.
3. EYE SHADOW
I leave the Sephora concealer on my under eyes unblended as I work on my eye makeup. That way it's easy to buff away any fallout from my eyeshadow. For this look I played around with Punk, the deep burgundy colour from the UB x GS palette, around the outer corners of my eyes, with NYX's Prismatic shadow in Fireball (rusty orange shimmer), and then topped off with 1987 (bright yellow gold shimmer from UB x GS).
With my shadow complete I take a damp Mini Beauty Blender and pat in my under eye concealer. You'll be happy you waited to do this because you'll be cleaning up that eyeshadow fallout I was talking about.
4. EYE LINER, MASCARA
Using my L'oreal eyeliner pen in Black. I drew on a thick exaggerated line along the top of my lash line and extended it more than usual for drama. I lined my waterline with a black liner from NYX and set it with powder (for extra staying power), with the shade Blackout, from the UB x GS palette. My lower lashes are coated with Cover Girl's The Super Sizer Mascara and my top lashes are coated with L'Oreal's Voluminous Superstar Mascara.
Right now I'm loving L'Oreal's eyebrow powder. I use it as a base and then fill in the rest with NYX's Micro Brow Pencil in Chocolate (a good dupe for Anastasia's Brow Wiz).
6. CONTOUR, HIGHLIGHT
With my eye makeup complete, I use Kat Von D's Shade & Light Palette to contour & highlight my face. The yellow and peach shades are excellent for setting and brightening the under eye, and the lightest shade in the palette is perfect for setting around my forehead, middle of nose and sides of nose. For contouring I just play around with the contour shades of the palette on the hallows of my cheeks, around my forehead, nose and jawline. Then blend, blend, blend so there are no harsh lines.
7. BLUSH & LIPS
I find using two colours of blush works. The first wash of colour is a subdued shade from NYX. I'm not sure they don't make anymore since I didn't find it on their site. The second wash of colour goes on the apples of the cheeks. I use a brighter corally-pink blush from NYX called Summer. Then with a clean brush, blend again. For the lips, I used Buxom's Au Naturel Lip Foundation. I find it is a bit drying so apply a lip balm before using this one.
8. HIGHLIGHT & SET
Using a small fully brush (I LOVE Real Technique's setting brush), highlight your nose, cupid's bow, cheekbones, eyebrow bone and inner corner of your eyes with Becca's Champagne Pop. Now you're almost done! Set your makeup with MAC's Prep + Prime Fix + for extra staying power so that you'll still look flawless well after you ring in the New Year!!
Thanks for reading and Happy New Year's Eve!!
Disclaimer: Everything in this post was purchased by me (or my family), other than the L'Oreal products and Jenny Bird ring. All opinions are my own.