January just went past like zooo...m and we are in February already! Happy February!
Over the weekend I just played with makeup and while I was roaming around the house with makeup on, we decided to go out for a small drive and little bit of 'us time'.
The focus of this look was luminous skin and I spent most of my time in perfecting and getting a flawless skin. I was inspired by Charlotte Tilbury's latest video featuring her new lipsticks (watch here).
Skin Prep starts a night before - For perfecting my skin I started by using my Alpha-H Liquid Gold a night before, which really helped regain the luster and glow back and also helped reducing pores. I love this stuff for it does, but, it didn't do much for my hyper-pigmentation. I am anyways almost at the bottom of the bottle and planing to give Sunday Riley Good Genes which I have heard is good for hyper-pigmentation. Any thoughts on this? Please share below in the comments, I would love to hear them out before buying!
Cleanse - After morning chores and running some errands I cleansed my skin using Clinique Cleansing Balm by massaging it really really well (yep, I don't use it for removing make-up).
Toner & Moisturizer - After thoroughly cleansing my skin, I used my Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner all over my face, which helped toning my skin and also removed any gunk left over. I then used my Clarins Hydraquench Moisturzing Gel Cream. I skipped SPF as I was just running errands and by the time we left home it was almost evening and hence, the post title 'Date Night Look'. However, use a SPF if your planning to rock this look during the day.
Prime & Perfect - For my primer I used two primers. I rubbed Becca Back Light Primer Filter all over the face and then used Clinque Pore Minimizer on targeted areas such on my cheeks and around my nose.
Luminous Base - To go with the theme of luminous and dewy look, I decided to go with my Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #7.5. Since, my skin is more on dehydrated and the weather is also less humid, I can get away with all 'luminous' products without getting shiny.
Correct & Conceal - This is the most important step in my make-up routine, as I have to conceal my dark circles as well as hyper-pigmentation marks.
To conceal my dark circles I used my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Biscuit to correct the darkness under my eyes and MAC Prep+Prime Pen in Light Boost (yellow toned) to brighten underneath. I not only used this pen under my eyes, but also on other areas of my face wherever I wanted brightness (bridge of my nose, forehead and chin).
To conceal my hyper-pigmentation marks from old acne, I used Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX11 (Love this stuff for spot concealing) using a fine liner brush.
Frame the portrait - As they say, eye brows frame the face. For my brows I used Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz + dip brow in Chocolate and set the hair in place using her clear brow gel.
Set the Base - To set my foundation and concealer I used Chanel Natural Finish Lose Powder which doesn't give a flat matte finish. Under my eyes I used my trustee Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.
Bronze & Rosey Flush - Before I powdered my face using Chanel Natural Finish Lose Powder, I used Chanel Bronze Universal (Review here) and afterwards topped it with Lumière D'été Illumination Powder (LE, view in action here). As I was going was rosey flushed cheeks, I used MAC Cosmetics Blush in Dollymix.
Glow that Face: For that intense glow and highlight I used Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige (review here).
Eyes to Mesmerize: For getting the look of mesmerizing eyes I started with my trustee Urban Decay Primer Potion, which a must for me! For my eye shadows I used only one product - Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Bette, which is beautiful metallic bronze shade. MAC Paint Pot in Indianwood could be a good dupe. As wide elongated eyes look most flattering on me, I decided to a soft wing using Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Bourbon and Bourjois Eye Pencil in mettalic bronze shade in the lower water line. Per usual I used a black eye pencil in my upper water line to tightline. To finish the look, I applied couple of coats of L'oreal Million Lashes Mascara.
Rose petal Pout - To mimic the look of rose petal, I applied MAC lipliner in Soar + Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #501 (loving this combo lately, and hence found a place in my second consecutive blog post).
And, this is the finished look (sorry for some sweaty-droplets as I was over enthusiastic about the look and lets face it, we are in Mumbai and during the day it's nowhere close to pleasant leave alone cold!).
Share your thoughts on Sunday Riley Good Genes, as I am on the verge of buying it and I would like to learn as much about it as possible beforehand.
Lots of Love