22 August 2012

FOTD: Birthday Makeup

...I turn 26 tomorrow.  And while I may be old (and also suffering from a head cold).  I'm not too old for purple smoky eyes!


Skin is pretty simple - I used a light moisturizer and then the lightweigh,t but medium coverage, Urban Decay Skin Foundation in Shade 4.0.  I kept the cheeks sheer and monochromatic with a light plum MAC On a Mission Beauty Powder Blush and NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium.  I love really buffing bronzer into my skin. I always take my time when I apply it and really work it in using a large kabuki bronzer brush from Eco-Tools. I work in the stereotypical E3 shape with a touch down the nose and on the cheeks.


I am a big fan of layering products, as opposed to caking them on my face.  I dislike when dark makeup looks heavy, so to avoid that I use a lot of pencil type products to make a darker base and then layer washes of shadow overtop.  Pretty basic skills in makeup-ery, I know.  So, for this look I took Urban Decay's 24/7 Shadow Pencil in Demolition - a nice purple with purple micro-glitter.  I layered this in a HEAVY line above my lashes and blended upwards with a MAC 217 to pull it and diffuse it out towards my crease. In the outerconer of the eye I took a MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Purple and drew and elogated cat eye shape and blended some more.  To set all the purple, I applied the matte side of the NARS Melusine Duo in the same heavy line I applied the UD 24/7 pencil and blended some more with my 217.  Seriously, if you can blend products really well, you're halfway to mastering most makeup application.  I took a clean MAC 244 and dusted the inner corner of my eye with the frosty side of Melusine.  I then kohl rimmed my eyes with a super black eye pencil, and swept a light line of Demolition under the lashes.  The last thing I did was apply mascara - super black and a ton of it.


The lips are Urban Decay's Oil Slick - which is a super sheer black that acts as a tint and darkens the lip color.  I think it anchors the face nicely without going for the typical nude.  Also, concealer is a must in this look.  I used the Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Undereye Roller in Med/ Deep as a color corrector and then used two layers of MAC Mineralize concealer in NW25.  Once before all of the eyemakeup and once after to clean it up.


It wasn't my intention to use almost all Urban Decay products, but I've been reallllly digging them lately.

- UD Skin Foundation
- MAC On a Mission Beauty Powder Blush
- NYX Matte Bronzer

- UD Demolition 24/7 Shadow Pencil
- MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Purple
- NARS Melusine Duo

- UD Oil Slick Lipstick

Hope you guys like it!