As both Astrid and I had a lot on our respective plates during the last weeks (moving to Shanghai on my part), the blog unfortunately had to go and hibernate for a bit. Fortunately though, the lovely Paola from The Beauty Report offered to step in today and has a wonderful spring tutorial for your viewing pleasure. Go out and check her blog for more beauty goodness – you won’t be disappointed!
So. Spring makeup. It can be a challenge, with all those pastels and whatnot, but then who isn’t craving something bright and luminous and happy for spring? Especially when spring isn’t cooperating?! That’s where the following tutorial comes in. Everybody can wear it, it’s appropriate for all occasions, and you won’t have to go out and buy ten new products first. You’ll have something like those products in your stash, promise! So, easy and wearable on all counts. Let’s dive in! *hands mic to Paola*
First, I applied Laura Mercier Radiance Primer all over my face using my fingers. This product will provide a great base for foundation to stick to and to add and extra boost of luminosity to the look.
For foundation I’m using the latest CHANEL foundation, Les Beiges Healthy Glow in shade 30 applied with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. This is a beautiful product to add that glow we’re striving for here.
Now we begin with adding bronze tones to the eyes. We start off by priming the eyelids with a MAC Paint Pot in shade Rubenesque. I applied it using my fingers up to the crease.
This next product is technically a face one, but when I saw it sitting on my drawer, unused for quite some time, I couldn’t resist it. With a Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, I applied this MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Gold Deposit all over the lid and blending across the crease.
Next, using another face product, Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in shade 40, and the same Real Techniques brush, I applied the product on the outer v and blended with the Gold Deposit shade. It’s a very subtle shade that enhances the bronze effect.
Using a Real Techniques Dome Shadow Brush, I applied a tiny bit of my Benefit Hello Flawless Powder Foundation in shade Honey on the brow bone. Because this is a powder foundation in the same shade as my skin, it’ll diffuse the products I’ve applied even further.
This is that type of look that you can pull off without wearing eyeliner, but I like how it makes my eyes look bigger, therefore I’m using it. First, I took a Real Techniques Bold Metals 201 Angled Liner Brush and lined the top lash line with the Inglot AMC Eyeliner in the color 90. I didn’t do anything too elaborate; I got as close to the lash line as possible and make it ticker towards the outer end. Then, with an Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in shade Demolition I tightlined. You can also use the Inglot gel liner on the waterline and trust me, it will not move!
To balance the eyes look, I took the same Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil again and lined my bottom lash line until about 2/3 of the eye. Then using my finger I smudged and softened the line.
They say “eyes are the windows of the soul”, therefore the eyebrows must be the frames! I filled in my brows with the fabulous Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown (can’t live without it!) and then I used the Maybelline Brow Drama gel in Dark Brown to set my brows in place. I still have some rebellious hairs with a mind of their own, though. C’Est la vie!
To finish the eyes, I applied a few coats of Benefit Roller Lash Mascara on the top lashes. This is probably a good time to add false lashes. I’m a lazy girl who cannot deal with the hassle of falsies, therefore I go nuts with the coats of mascara!
Once again using my Benefit Hello Flawless Powder Foundation and a Real Techniques Bold Metals 100 Arched Powder Brush, I applied all over my face to set the foundation. I buffed the product into my skin to give the it a more natural finish.
And now it’s bronzing time! Using the same brush I applied the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder on the high points of my face, where the sun would usually hit: forehead, cheekbones, and even a little bit on the nose. With whatever was left on the brush, I ran the product down my neck, too.
I combined two products as my blush: first I applied this beautiful Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon using my fingers. Then with a Real Techniques I set that cream product with a MAC Blush in shade Peaches. You don’t have to use two product really, one would suffice. I did because I really wanted to use my Beach Tint and make sure it would last as much as possible! When your skin is on the drier side (like mine is right now), the product will fade rather quickly.
No glowing skin look is complete without a little highlighter. I used a Jouer Cream Tint/Highlighter (from their Blushing Beauty Palette) and applied the highlighter shade Feather with my fingers on my cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and top lip. This is one of those products the camera doesn’t pick up well and if it does it probably means you put too much for real life!
And finally, for the lips, I’m using, like on my cheeks and combination of two products: first I lined and filled the lips using a MAC Lip Pencil in shade Dervish. Then I grabbed the Becca Beach Tint again (it is, after all, and lip and cheek tint) and dabbed with my fingers on the center of the lips.
There you have it! The final look! Very, very easy to do and one that you can wear all the way through spring and probably summer, too!
Thank you so much Paola!!!
Paola is a communicator and knowledge enthusiast with a passion for blogging, learning, and all things new, shiny, and beautiful. She owns more makeup than she ever knows what to do with and writes all about it (as well as other beauty products and trends) on her blog, The Beauty Report.