I rocked this eye look to the Common show in London in December, if you don’t know who Common is YouTube him now, GO! (No wait…read this post first haha!) Anyway I’m no make-up artist but I’m rather please with how this look turned out and it was quite easy to do.
I first primed my eyelids with MAC Prep + Prime Eye in Medium. I’m not sure whether this product is still available. It doesn’t really prime my eyelids in any way but it neutralises the discolouration, you could easily just use concealer if you have this same issue. I then used Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the eyelid
For the orange colour I blended “Rule” by MAC into the crease and blended out and above the crease line. This is really important if you, like me, have small eyes that are spaced quite close together.
Afterwards I used the Barry M Dazzle Dust in “Bronze” all over the eyelid. This is one of my all time favourite pigments to use as it is so flattering on all skin tones and it costs next to nothing.
Afterwards for the warm brown colour, I used “Embark” by MAC in the outer V of my eye and packed on the colour on in layers whilst blending into the Bronze pigment, I used a bit of Rule again afterwards to blend the three colours into each other.
As a final touch to the eyeshadows I took Rule and blended it lightly under my eyes and then used Embark on top. You want to focus this towards the outer corner and make sure it meets with the edge of the eyeshadow on the lid, blend in for a smouldering, winged look. I then took a bit of the bronze pigment and placed it on the inner third to open up the eye.
To finish the look I lined my waterline with Clinique Kohl Shaper (Black Kohl) and wing-lined the top with Urban Decays Liquid Liner in Perversion. For my eyebrows I used the MAC Eyebrow Pencil in “Spiked” and after two coats of Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara on the top and bottom lashes the look was done!
ELF is one of my favourite make-up brands because they do great cosmetics for cheap prices. They also do a lot of dupes of high end brands. I did a little haul for some of their products which I will review and swatch for you.
The first product is the High Definition Powder which retails for £6.95. They come in three colours but I went for Translucent option. This is a dupe for the MUFE HD Powder. HD Powders are really finely milled white powders which you use at the end of your make-up routine to remove shine from your face. This HD powder blurs your skin to make it look airbrushed. The powder also makes skin completely matte which is brilliant because my T-zone can get super oily. I would recommend this with for anyone who hasn’t had much luck with normal pressed powders because this really keeps shine at bay. One thing to note is to apply this very lightly and blend the product out because you don’t want to be left with a white cast.
Next I bought the ELF Blush in Twinkle Pink (£3.95) which is a dupe for Nars Super Orgasm. This is a light pink pressed powder blush with flecks of glitter in it. I use is as a highlight because the colour is a bit too light for my skintone to be used as a blush. This blush is really lightweight and blends out nicely but unfortunately I’m not a big fan of this colour because it’s a bit too glittery for me.
I also bought two of the Baked Blushes for £3.95. One is Rich Rose which is a coral brown colour, perfect for bronzing and Peachy Cheeky which is a light peach colour. I LOVE these blushes. They give the skin a pearl finish and they look really expensive. You can wear them alone, or layer on top of other product as a bronzer or highlighter. I use the Blush Brush from Elf (£3.95- pictured at the top of the post) to blend this blush.
I bought ELF Mineral Blush in Peachy (£5.95). The mineral blush is free from parabens, dyes and preservatives. Peachy is a deep peach colour which blends to a dewy finish. It has a slight shimmer to it which gives the skin a glow.
I bought two HD Blushes in Diva and Encore (£4.50 each). Both are hot pink blushes but Encore is slightly darker with a purple undertone. They are a dupes for MUFE HD Blushes. This blush comes in a pump which actually dispenses more product that you need, because a little goes a loooooong way. It is a mousse-cream which blends to a dewy soft finish. Once the HD Blush has been blended it looks just like my natural skin which I love.
I do find this blush quite difficult to blend with my fingers so I use the Studio Stipple Brush (£3.95 pictured at the top of the post) also from ELF to blend the product. This brush is a super soft synthetic brush and has two layers of bristle to give the skin an airbrush finish.
Finally I bought one of the Baked Eyeshadows in Burnt Plum (£3.95). This colour is so beautiful, it’s a deep warm toned purple eyeshadow and can be used dry or wet. To really make the eyeshadow colour pop and last I use the Eyelid Primer in the colour Sheer (£1.95) which works amazingly well for its price.
Which ELF products do you love? Let me know in the comments sections 🙂