Monday, 3 February 2014
Frugal February | Anti-Valentine's Makeup
With everyone getting fairly giddy over Valentine's Day, I like to remember how it felt when I wasn't with someone. Even in a relationship, I've never been much of a girl to get excited about this manufactured holiday but… each to their own! For all my single ladies--or fellow Valentine's Scrooges--I give you the Anti-Valentine's makeup look.
I started by creating my base, a simple mix of my go-to primer, concealer, foundation and powder. Go a little concealer crazy (paying particular attention to any pigmentation or redness), buffing in the foundation for warmth and dabbing a light dusting of powder to set everything in place: this look is all about drawing back your skin tone to let your eyes do the talking. Perfect time to frame the face with your eyebrows and we want them softly defined, so light strokes of a pigmented powder over the entire brow will achieve this. Make sure to lighten your touch as you make your way to the inner brow, soft focus brows practically scream 'goddess'. Now for the drama piece of the look: grab yourself a golden brown palette, I love NARS And God Created The Woman, and use a sparkly brown hue to line your socket. Bring this colour underneath the eye, brushing outward and down to mirror your lashes. Take a decent helping of bronze and cover your entire lid with it, blending into the brown as you go. A dusting of your lightest golden shimmer eyeshadow on the inner corners and lash line will bring out the white in your eyes. Smudge bronze or brown eyeliner under the lower lash line, and take a black liquid liner on the upper lash line. Grab those curlers and give them a few squeezes, apply a generous helping of your favourite lengthening mascara and apply some serious volumizing falsies for added appeal. Finish up with a touch of bronzer to contour and keep those lips nude and hydrated.
For the hair, I'm taking it back to basics by straightening after protecting the hair with some heat protectant spray. To give it a little texture, I mixed a spritz of sea salt spray and hairspray and ran it through the roots with my fingers. This gives volume and lift with minimal effort, just what we like to see!
Note: This month is Frugal February for Late Night Nonsense. I'm trying not to spend any money whatsoever on beauty products unless I have a gift card to spend or a get treated by the other half! I'm determined to start using the products I already own, and it's a great opportunity to re-discover the cosmetics I've neglected or missed at the back of my drawers. Who's up for the challenge?