Monday, April 14, 2014

Pinterest Inspiration #4: Glowy Nudes

I'm no stranger to a cateye, though over the years, I've been doing them less and less. I am, however, the kind of person who:
  1. avoids eyeliner under my eyes,
  2. dislikes most nude lipsticks, and
  3. refuses to put highlighter on her T-zone.
This Pinterest photo inspired me to break my own rules. And while the end result is definitely not something I'd wear outside of my house, I can safely say that I don't totally hate the thicker eyeliner look. If I want to wear it in the future, I'll go easier on my skin.

The inspiration image clearly features contouring and a swatch of foundation across the lips. I never use contour, so of course I skipped that, but I DID try using my foundation across my lips. Uh, no, not happening, absolutely hideous. So I went with the next best thing: Bite Madeira. I also tried to concentrate the majority of my blush towards the back of my cheekbones and most of the cheek highlight on the apples, but I'm not sure how successful that was.

As for the absolute slew of products I had to use for this seemingly simple look...

...yeah, it's a mess. Sorry about it.

I primed with the Hourglass Mineral Veil primer and used YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation as my base, bounced on with a damp Beauty Blender sponge. The liner required 3 different products to get the perfect intensity and shape: a liquid (Wet n' Wild Mega Liner), a pencil (Milani Liquid Eyes), and a powder (NYX eyeshadow). Copious amounts of Bare Minerals Lash Demolition mascara gave me that super-thick, chunky lash look. I also used more than one product on my brows, layering MAC Lingering twist-up over the Shu Uemura Hard Formula pencil in Seal Brown to try and get a darker look. I was definitely too light-handed, though. The color cosmetics are Bite High Pigment Pencil in Madeira and Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Moist Glow in Tansoleil. For that in-your-face glow, I used Becca Shimmering Skin Perfect in Pearl on my cheekbones, under my eyes, in the center of my chin and cupid's bow, and down the middle of my forehead/nose. I also sprayed some Skindinavia setting spray on at the very end.


  1. I actually prefer your version sans foundation lips-- the peachy nudes of cheeks and lips work really well together. What shade in the YSL foundation did you use?

    1. I think it takes a model to rock those concealer lips, LOL! I wore B10 here, but don't be fooled; it's actually not pale enough for me.

    2. Haha, that's what I suspected-- I'm pretty much the same skin tone as you and I found B10 a bit dark/yellow. I think BR10 would be pretty good, depending how pink it leans, but apparently it's only available in very select countries :/ Such a shame, because the finish is magnificent.

    3. I totally mentioned that in my upcoming review! So infuriating.