This is the start in a series of blogs where people in my life let me make them over.
I’m not an MUA, just a makeup junkie from way back. I love all things about makeup not only on myself, but on others.
Over the last few years, my friends have often taken me to various make-up stores and asked me to choose colours for them and more often than not, they buy something that they’re really happy with!
My first volunteer (or victim) was Laura from LauraLauraBlog, one of my very dear friends. This girl is just an amazing person and always has a kind word (or a cheeky word) to say to make you smile.
As you can see, Laura is a different skin colour to me – a lot paler – so I did some research into contouring and shadow colours for her skintone. Cue NikkieTutorials! I’ve followed her YouTube channel for years and she actually has a lot of similarities with Laura in her skintone and her eye shape.
Let’s start with the before and after pic below.
First off, Laura’s skin is normal ie not oily or dry. She doesn’t have any imperfections to cover and rarely breaks out. She has a lovely natural brow shape that she’s worked hard to achieve.
I chose to do a sultry, glamorous look that was still daytime appropriate, but could take you through into the night.
Here is a list of the products I used on Laura:
Primer – Laura wanted to havea more of a hydrating primer that would give her skin a luminous glow, so I used Napoleon Perdis Auto Primer, applying with a Real Techniques Foundation brush.
Concealer – Laura doesn’t really use concealer, so I used colours from my Australis Cream Contour Kit to cancel out the very slightly purple tones under her eyes. It blended in beautifully.
Foundation – I don’t have any light colour (obvs) so Laura brought her own foundation Maybelline Fit Me Foundation which I applied with my Real Techniques small foundation brush (that you get in their face brush kit). I then blended in with my ChiChi makeup sponge, which is a dupe for the Beauty Blender. I worked the foundation in and made sure to blend into the concealer.
Contour – Australis Cream Contour Kit applied with Cailyn O Wow Brush and blended in with the Chichi sponge. I then set using a light taupe eyeshadow.
Face Powder – Australis Contour Kit, applying the lightest powder to set the face.
Under Eye Powder – ELF Under Eye setting powder. I applied generously and left to bake, also allowing it to catch any shadow fallout.
Blush – Milani Luminoso
Highlighter – Elizabeth Arden Gold Illumination
Eyes continued below …
Brows – Anastasia Dip Brow in Soft Brown. I applied this following Laura’s natural brown line, but created less of an arch than she’s used to. I lowered the arch and pulled the brown to the side creating more of an elongated brow look to focus on the shadow. Think Sophie Loren. I set with the Loreal Brow Artist Plumper in Brown.
Primer – Lorac Eye Primer, set with eyeshadow from the palette below.
Shadows – all from the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette, but you can use any similar colours to achieve this look. I set the primer using Skimp, a light matte cream. For the transition colour I used Stark, a light cool toned beige colour (very similar to Mac Malt, perhaps a little lighter). Then I deepened the crease using a mix of Zone (similar to Mac Cork) and Anaheim (similar to Mac Quarry) until it reached my desired intensity. Then I used Punk, a deep warm toned brown (you could use Mac Embark, but it’s not quite as warm as this one), on the outer lid and used a fine brush to add more intensity into the crease – blend blend blend. All of the colours I pulled out to the sides of the eyes, as I did the brows, trying to elongate the look.
All the magic happens on the lid. I used a base of Mac Paint Pot in Indianwood, which actually could have been perfect on it’s own, but I wanted to amp it up. I applied Mac Fix+ to my brush (which intensifies the colour) and then dipped into Mac Melon pigment and packed it on the lid – being very careful not to take too high because Laura has slightly hooded eyes so we needed to keep it low.
I used Melon on the inner corners and then swept a mix of Zone and Punk under the eyes to smoke the look out.
For the brow bone highlight I used Bathwater – a beautiful shimmery cream colour.
Lips are continued below …
Base – Mac Lip Erase in light applied with a sponge. This is a great product as it cancels out your natural lipcolour. Laura and I bought ours at the same time and love it!
Lipliner – Mac Subculture. This was actually mine and it never showed up on me because my lips are just too pigmented. It looked amazing on Laura.
Lipstick and Lipgloss – I decided to go for a peachy nude with this look using Mac Toledo lipstick and Lipglass both in the shade Oxblood, but any peachy nude lipstick and lipgloss would work. If you want to try something similar then the Gerard Cosmetics lipstick and lipgloss in Nude would give you a similar look.
There you have it. All the rest of the pics are shots of Laura in various poses showing how va-va-voom she is.
I hope you like Laura’s makeover. I had so much fun doing it and I have to say a bit thanks to Laura for being so patient with my 3 kids running around. The wine made it a bit more bearable!
And I just want to say, Laura is beautiful before and after. Makeup allows us to dial up and dial down our features any way we want them.
If you haven’t seen Laura’s blog then click here, it’s amazing!