Lashes & lips


Last Saturday I was a friend’s date to a wedding.  Perhaps most excited about dressing up for the occasion I chose to go with a spring-time look for my makeup.  I wanted to rock Shocking Coral by Maybelline, so I chose to go with a neutral eye with some dramatic falsies to really set the look apart.

Here are the steps to create it.


1. Prime your face with a foundation primer (I used Smashbox Photo Finish primer).  Then, working straight on the eyes, apply either an eyeshadow base or a neutral coloured cream eyeshadow. I used Bare Study Paint Pot by MAC.

2. Using a matte light brown eyeshadow, apply this in the crease area.  I used Naked by Urban Decay.

3. Apply a neutral eyeshadow to the lid area.  I used Naked Lunch by MAC.

4. Going back to the crease area, grab a darker matte brown eyeshadow (like Buck from the UD Naked palette), and using a pencil brush (in the photo it’s an angled one but I used the one in the right photo – that makes sense, right?), and darken up the outer V area.  Because this look is pretty neutral, don’t go too dark with this.

5. Apply a gel or liquid liner, winging it out slightly at the ends.  I used Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Gel Liner.

6. Apply a coat of mascara then pop on some falsies.  I used Velour Lashes in Lash in the City.

7. Done with the eyes for now, apply a full-coverage foundation.  I used Laura Mercier’s Silk Creme Foundation, applied with a Beauty Blender.

8. To cover up dark circles and lighten the area, apply a concealer that’s a shade lighter than your foundation under your eyes.  I used Make Up For Ever’s 5-Color Camoflage Concealer palette.  Once you have applied your foundation, make sure you set everything with a powder.  I used Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder (not shown).

9. Moving onto the eyebrows, fill them in.  I used Buck from the UD Naked Palette.

10. Time to finish the eyes.  Grabbing the same darker matte brown (like Buck), apply this along your lower lash line.

11. With a white eyeshadow (like Virgin from the UD Naked palette), apply this to the inner corners of your eyes.

12. To open up the eyes even more, apply a white cream eyeshadow along your brow bone.  I used Rimmel London’s ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick in Witness White.

13. To finish up the eyes, apply a nude-coloured eyeliner to your waterline.  I used It Cosmetics Brow Power Lift (the matte side).

14. Almost done!  Grab a bronzer and contour your cheeks, forehead, and along your chin and jawline.  I used It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores bronzer for an airbrushed finish.

15. To brighten up the cheeks, apply a pink blush.  I used Super Orgasm by NARS.

16. For a radiant glow, apply a highlight to your cheekbones, forehead, and cupid’s bow.  I used High Beam by Benefit.

17. And finally, for the lips, apply a pink coral lipstick (or any bright shade) to finish the look.  I used Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Shocking Coral.

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I hope you enjoyed the look!

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