Bronzed Up Make Up

A lot of you enjoyed my last make up look, so I decided to share this bronzed up face look that I wore on a date night with Ali recently. On the night in question we went for pizza and were going to go for a few drinks. We ended up sacking off the drinks in favour of going to the arcade! It was such a change to a usual evening out together and we had so much fun – he even won me a puppy teddy from a grabber machine!

As you might be able to tell from the fact my hair is a lot longer in these pictures, or if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know this was a fair few weeks ago now. But hooray, I finally got off my ass and wrote this post!

I had a couple of samples of Lush’s Gorgeous moisturiser from various gift sets, so this is what I used on my skin first after washing and cleansing it. My skin has gone to pot since I ran out of this sample so I’m really upset because I really don’t know how I feel about paying £40+ for a moisturiser. I think I’ll pop into Lush for some advice on which of the less expensive moisturisers will suit my skin. I’ve tried several moisturisers recently and none have agreed with me other than this one – apparently my skin has expensive taste!

The rest of my prep went very much the same way as my last make up look – prepping my lips with Lush’s Santa’s Lip Scrub (review here) and Nivea Express Hydration Primer.

I went for a medium coverage with this look – with bold eyes and lips I didn’t want my entire face to look too heavy. Moving into the warmer weather I have been turning back to the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in Ivory. I used this for the latter half of last summer and while I was on holiday. When my skin is in good condition I love this stuff – but it clings to dry skin something rotten so using it really depends on if my skin is good or not! It provides just the right amount of coverage, evens out my complexion and settles to be fairly matte on my skin.

I went in with the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. I originally gave this quite a hard time but I’m suddenly really getting on with it. I did think that it would darken my under eye area in the winter and be way too orange, but it hasn’t been too bad! I do switch up my concealers quite regularly, this was just the one I picked up on the day. To finish I set the concealer under my eyes with the Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying Powder.

I didn’t put too much colour into my cheeks because of the rest of the look being quite heavy, but I did use my Benefit Hoola Bronzer to bring some warmth into my complexion. This was the top choice for cheeks because it has a matte finish, whereas the eyes and lips are shimmery!

As always I filled in my brows with my trusty Sleek Eyebrow Stylist – simply the best drugstore eyebrow product I’ve ever used!

I used two eyeshadow palettes for this look – the Rimmel London HD 5 Pan Palette in Brixton Brown and the Cargo Vintage Escape palette – reviewed here and here. I laid down a base of a matte light brown shadow on the lid and smoked a darker matte brown through the crease. This provided a base for me to smoke out a darker slightly shimmery warm brown through the crease and to pack on the copper colour all over the eyelid. I then went in with the darkest matte brown to provide some depth to the socket and highlighted the inner corner of my eye.

I layered on a big black wing with the Bourjois Volume Clubbing Liner which has a matte finish to it so it wasn’t too much alongside the intense shimmer. I’ll be reviewing this soon so keep your peepers peeled. I added a couple of layers of my trusty Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara Cat Eye which I am still IN LOVE with. Bae of drugstore mascaras – read more here. As always, if this isn’t enough for you, add falsies!

So for lips, I didn’t use a lipstick… I have been lusting after the Coloured Raine liquid lipsticks particularly the bronze shade Fame. I decided to do a little experiment to see if I could create a similar colour. I popped lip balm on, and then patted the copper shade onto my lips with a dense brush. I then mixed some more on the back of my hand with a clear lipgloss, applied it to my lips with a brush and then set it with blotting paper before repeating. Obviously this didn’t hold up anywhere near as well as any lipstick would, but I was happy with it. I will note we went out for dinner and I more or less ate it off with my food but that’s ok for a quick experiment!

I really enjoyed experimenting with this look, and it’s given me some more ideas for future looks! If there is anything in particular you would like to see let me know in the comments below!
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