I have decided that now is the perfect time to introduce you to my new monthly series called Inspired. Basically, I see something, I like it, I do it. Pretty simple to follow, yeah?
Well anyway to start us off with I thought I would ease my way into this series with a simple eye makeup tutorial I saw on Shaaanxo’s Youtube Channel recently. You may have seen the video tutorial for this look so I have done this photo tutorial on my experience of trying to follow along! If you don’t know Shannon (a.k.a Shaaanxo) is New Zealand’s most famous YouTube Beauty Guru and she recently did a one brand look only using Sleek MakeUP. I absolutely loved the look and though I would try it out with the Sleek MakeUP Palettes I recently bought. Below you can find my “how I did it” tutorial with all the products I used to try and recreate her look. 🙂
Note: As I am doing a bit of a project pan you will probably see me use the same products in a few tutorials in the future.
STEP ONE: Face Basics
I started off by applying a dollop of Olay Day Moisturiser to my face and neck. After that had sunk in I went on to apply a small 10 cent piece size of Aloe Vera creme to act as a sort of primer (as I still don’t own one) The Aloe Vera smooths out your skin by helping to smooth over any pores and lines. Next on to foundation!
Using a slightly damp beauty sponge apply a pea sized blob of foundation to the back of your hand and then apply all over the face. I like to use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, pictured, with the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation. You could also used a foundation or stippling brush but I prefer to use my blender as it gives me a smoother finish.
(This next step isn’t necessary unless you feel like you need to and I actually chose not to today.) Apply a concealer under your eyes and cover any blemishes on your face. I used my Thin Lizzy Concealer in Minx with the detailer brush from Real Techniques.
Lastly for my face base, I used a bronzing powder lightly all over with a Kabuki or bronzer brush. (Sorry I picked up the wrong brush when taking this photo.)
STEP TWO: Contouring (You can completely skip this step if you don’t feel comfortable contouring, just add a bit of blush on the apples of your cheeks and don’t skip the all over bronzer!)
To contour my face I like to use the Maybelline FITme sticks in a darker and lighter colour than my skin. Draw lines with the dark one under the cheek bones, down the sides of the nose, on the jaw line and a triangle on both of the temples. I use the lighter colour in the middle of my forehead and down the middle of my nose, above my cupids bow and the middle of my chin. Then shade in two large inverted triangles under the eyes and extending onto the top of the cheeks. You can see in the second picture above where I place the two shades, however this contouring will not necessarily suit everyone, so make sure out try out contouring beforehand. Buff them together with a buffing brush (I use the Real Techniques one) going from light to dark.
If you really want your contouring to stand out brush over the darker areas with your bronzing powder and a contour brush like the Real Techniques one, which is what I like to do but you may, or may not need it. Again its really up to what you are comfortable with.
Finally, I chose a lighter pink blush I had and blended a small amount onto the higher parts of my cheeks with a blush brush. (I don’t currently own a good blush brush so I just use my Thin Lizzy brush).
STEP THREE: Eye Prepping
Now it is time to prep my eyes!! To start of with I filled in my eyebrows with the e.l.f Eyebrow Kit. I use the dark gel with the Real Techniques brow brush (or the angled brush in the kit) and draw and fill in my eyebrows. Next I used the same brush (or the bigger flexible side of the brush in the kit) and pick up some of the brown powder and completely fill in my eyebrows, without cleaning the so the powder sticks to the brush and makes it easier to apply. Last for the brows, I use a spooly brush and comb your brows into a nice positions to create a softer natural look.
Next up, I cover the lids of my eyes with a soft pink creme shadow to act as a primer (stops creasing) and make my eye shadow last longer. (No brush needed, just use your finger, or if using an eyelid primer they normally come with their own doe foot brush). You can also use a specific eyelid primer or a white pencil liner all over the lid. The white pencil makes the colours more vibrant after applying.
Eyes Part One
Okay, let’s get started with the eye shadows (oh goody!!) First I applied the light khaki green colour to the crease of my eyelids with the Real Techniques deluxe crease brush. Next, using the darker green colour above it I blended it in from the corners of my eyes up into the crease. Both these colours can be found on the Original Palette. (Sorry I couldn’t find the proper names for the colours in the Original and Sunset palettes)
Eyes Part Two
Using the Rio Rio Palette I picked up the black colour on one side of my base shadow Real Techniques brush and the blue colour on the other side. I applied the blue colour on the middle of the lid and then blended, with the black, out towards the outer-corner of my eye. Next, using a pencil brush I brushed the yellow colour into the corner of my eyes out towards the center of the lid. (Don’t blend it into the blue just yet!) Make sure you pack the colour on a bit into the corners so it really stands out.
Eyes Part Three
Nearly there, this is getting exciting! For the last part of the eye shadow I wanted to get a bright blue metallic colour on the base shadow brush to brighten up the blue in the center of my lids. (The Original Pallete or Sunset) Next with an accent eye brush, using the light gold colour I highlighted under my brow bone and on the lower water line. Then I picked a light green colour from the Rio Rio palette to blend the yellow and blue together on my lids with a basic shading brush. Make sure you blend well at all stages to make the colour transitions look smooth. Lastly, under my lash line I used the bright metallic gold colour from the sunset palette closest to the corner of my eye blending out to the blue and green to ward the outer corner.
Eyes Part Four
Using an Avon black eye liner I did a thin line with no flick, as well as tight lining in between my lashes and on my upper waterline. (DON’T DO THIS IF YOU TEND TO POKE YOURSELF IN THE EYES EASILY!) To finish of the eyes I just applied some mascara to the top and bottom lashes. You can also use some false eyelashes, I just don’t have any and am not very good at applying them yet. If you aren’t going for false lashes you will want to use a mascara that thickens and lengthens your lashes. I like to apply the Benefit They’re Real mascara on the top and bottom lashes. Then I use my Rimmel Lash accelerator to further lengthen them. Well that’s it for the eyes, now on to the lips.
STEP FIVE: Lips
My lips weren’t feeling too smooth so I used my Lush lip scrub to get them to a smoother base. After that you will need to apply a lip balm (I used a random one from the Warehouse “I love…” range) and let it sink in for a while. If you are doing this next you will be lining your lips with a light pink or nude lip liner that matches or is similar to your nude lipstick that you have chosen for this look. I chose to use a light pink liner, just for something a bit different, and a nude lipstick from Avon.
Shannon opts for the nude lip look in her video but also suggests that a certain red lip could look good with this look. I have both pictured here for you. I’ m thinking that the nude looks gorgeous, especially for day. I would probably only wear the red at night if I were to go out somewhere.
STEP SIX: Fragrance
Add your favourite perfume or scent and you ready to go out! (Or if you are like me and just like to play your makeup, stay in and watch a movie or some more of Shannon’s tutorials!)
Voila! So what do you think? Did I nail it or fail it? Also I would love to hear you views on whether you love this look with a nude lip or a red lip (or both!) I thought I would do both just to show you so please let me know what you think in the comments below.
Well that is all for today folks! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and look out for my “Inspired: Take Two” in September!