Hello! On Saturday I am attending the first of my friends in my year at schools 18ths. Does that even make sense? It's casino themed and I wanted to go quite heavy on the eyes and incorporate gold into a really dark smokey eye. Without further adieu, the components:
After applying my moisturizer I used NARS Sheer Glow in Deauville all over my face followed by a little bit of Soap & Glory's Kick Ass Concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes. I warmed up my complexion with some of Bourjois' choco-bronzer (you know the one) and added a slight flush to my cheeks with Dior's Rosy Glow blush, one that really just adds that I've-just-been-out-in-the-cold look to your cheeks. Doesn't sound too cute but I love it when I'm going heavy on the eyes. In the event of fancying a highlight, I'll use a very tiny bit of Half-Baked eye shadow from my Naked 2 Palette as it's warm and keeps you glowy! With my base done, I applied some of my Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm to prepare my lips for later. Onto the main event...
Base: Benefit's Cream Shadow in My Two Cents all over the lid; a beautiful true gold colour perfect for warm, shimmey tones. Mixed in with that I added in some of Maybelline's Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze more towards the crease rather than all over the lid as it is slightly darker and perfect for amp-ing up browns.
Shadows - Crease: Now here it gets all mixed up and a little messy but still looks so beautiful. I started in my crease with Rimmel's single shadow in Smokey Quartz which is very similar to On and On Bronze. To deepen this colour I added Busted from my Naked 2 Palette into my crease and to add some shimmer applied a little bit of YDK, also from my N2P. A lot of colours in one crease, I know. I applied this all with a flat brush and then blended it out with a Real Techniques Duo Fiber Brush. I used Tease (N2P) and Smokey Quartz under my eyes as I find using shadow is softer than liner but you can still build it up.
Shadows - Lid: For my lid I wanted a super pigmented gold. In order to do this I put some water onto a cotton pad and swirled my flat brush in it before picking up some Half Baked (N2P) and applying it to my lid. This ensures that the shadow goes on really intense and strong. Finally, as if I didn't have enough shadow on already, I applied a tiny bit of Chopper (N2P) into the gold and finished it off with a little bit of a blend where the dark and gold met. If there's fall out (I don't have this trouble with my Naked Palette but just in case) swipe it away with the brush you applied your foundation with.
I didn't want to do a big flick with my eyeliner so I just did a thin line along my top lash line with my Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner. I find this liner super easy to use and I always have to have one of these on the go because, for me, it's fool proof.
Here is where I normally do my brows because I end up getting mascara everywhere if I do it first. I fill in my brows with the 'Tint' end of Soap & Glory's Brow Archery which allows you to fill in sparse areas really naturally by drawing in individual hairs. Then I go in with the pencil end to add in a nice arch before slicking on a little brow gel to hold them in place (I use Maybelline Brow Drama!)
To finish off, a lick of my favourite mascara, Maybelline's The Rocket and a little bit of Rimmel's Nottinghill Nude which is almost the exact shade of my lips but I love it for a nude lip and Tanya Burr's lip gloss in Chic. So cute.
For things like this it makes me wish I did videos as there is so much to explain but it really is easy to recreate if you use a dark brown and gold shadow. A super glitzy smokey eye for a night out, or in my case, a poker night. Check back in on Sunday to see my outfit!