Enhancing Brown Eyes Look

I am on this binge of making brown eyes look bambi-esque. So, in the name of all desi-kind, I put down the kohl pencil and used soft brown shades on the eyes to give it depth. And for those of you who wondered about my love for the LORAC highlighter (angels will sing when you open the compact) and if I really was as obsessed with it as I stated, I used it in this look (and had to force myself to put it down. two victories in one look!). I hope you like it.

Make-up Used:

  • MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Naturals in medium/dark
  • Chanel long lasting concealor in Beige Santal
  • LORAC Perfectly Lit Oil-Free highlighter in Radiant
  • Nars Casino bronzer
  • Nars Orgasm
  • Chanel eyeshadow in Cinnamon
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow in Secret Service
  • Bobbi Brown Espresso Ink gel liner
  • Maybelline Falsies mascara
  • Dior Rose Decollete lipstick
  • Bare Escentuals Buxom lipgloss in Sandy

Tools Used:

  • MAC 182 brush
  • MAC 109 brush
  • MAC 239 brush
  • MAC 217 brush
  • MAC 222 brush
  • MAC 214
  • Rock and Republic angled eyeliner brush
  • Smashbox fan brush

Step 1:
Buff the mineralize skinfinish with the mAC 109 brush into your skin to create an even platform. I like to keep the powder light and allow the natural skin to show through.

Step 2:
Dot the Beige Santal concealor on the inner corner of the eyes and blend out with the MAC 217.

Step 3:
If you'd like to use a primer, which I was too lazy to use, pat it on your lids. Then, pat on the Cinnamon eyeshadow with the MAC 239 brush and blend outwards with the MAC 222 brush right above the crease and into the brow bone.

Step 4:
Use the MAC 214 to line your lower lash line with the Urban Decay Secret Service eyeshadow. Keep it as close to the lash line as possible and keep the line thin.

Step 5:
Carefully line your top lid, starting at the very inner corner. Keep the line as close to the lash line as possible, again. As you get to the outer third of the lid, make the line thicker. Extend the liner past the outer corner to make a thin, wispy flick.

Step 6:
Apply the bronzer with the MAC 109 brush the way you would a blush: on the apple of the cheeks and blend outward towards the temple.

Step 7:
Smile and apply Nars Orgasm on the apple of the cheeks with the MAC 109 brush and blend into the bronzer. Do not extend the blush all the way to the temple and keep it primarily on the apple of the cheeks, and keep the blush on the subtle side.

Step 8:
Dust the LORAC Radiant highlighter with the Smashbox fan brush on the brow bone, blending it slightly into the shadow, onto the top of the cheekbones, and on the cupid's bow.

Step 9:
Apply lots of mascara on top and bottom lashes.

Step 10:
Fill in lips with the Dior Rose Decollete and finish with the Sandy lipgloss.

LORAC Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder Renders All Other Highlighters Irrelevant

It's not often that I rave about a product like this. I have a deep, somewhat unhealthily obsessive, love for highlighters. I love the lit-from-within, I-swallowed-a-lightbulb glow. I think, if I were to diagnose my make-up psychology further, that I have a mild form of separation anxiety when it comes to highlighters. There's that much love (I'm lucky highlighters can't file some kind of police report or restraining order). So now, to claim that LORAC's Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder makes every other highlighter of mine obsolete is might sound like delusion but mostly truth.

The Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder comes in a round compact, the size of my press powders, and you get a very generous amount for the price. Since I'm an nc45, I use the shade Radiant, which is a golden brown with a touch of champagne. It looks like a face powder in the pan and doesn't look exceptional until you put it on. I use a Smashbox fax brush to lightly dust the powder over the top of my cheekbones, browbone, bridge of my nose, and cupid's bow. And the result beats every other highlighter I've ever tried, without a single ashy or artificial tone to it.

There's nothing artificial or even remotely powdery about the finish. The effect is not just as if it's a gentle candle-lit glow on your face, but it also looks like someone was magically able to photoshop the candlelight to perfection to flatter you even more. It makes my blush, bronzer, or bare face look impeccable.

The applicator it comes with, a round sponge, is completely useless and I really recommend using a fan brush to pick up and deposit just the right amount. There are no harsh shimmer particles and there's no over the top shimmer, just the perfect incandescent, youthful glow that has made all my other highlighters fall off my radar. Truly, if you could get one highlighter, skip the rest and get this one.

image source www.sephora.com

Wedding Make-up: Natural but Comfortable

Like I said, i had gone to my husband's cousin's wedding in India. Sure enough, I begged her to let me do her make-up and got to play dress up (my parents never got me a barbie while growing up, hence my dressing-up issues). Here is the breakdown from the reception. Hope you like it.

Tools Used:
  • MAC 187 brush for foundation
  • MAC 129 brush for powder and blush
  • Scott Barnes angled blush brush for contouring
  • MAC 239 brush to pat on shadow
  • MAC 217 brush to blend in concealor
  • MAC 219 brush to smudge shadow and liner
  • MAC 222 brush for crease and highlight work
Make-up Used:
  • Illamasqua Satin primer
  • Dior Forever foundation
  • MAC MSF in dark
  • MAC Fix + (optional)
  • YSL Touche Eclat in #3
  • MUFE Full Cover Concealor
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance as primer
  • MAC Girlie eye shadow
  • MAC Woodwinked eye shadow
  • MAC Rice Paper eyeshadow 
  • MAC Knight Divine eyeshadow
  • MUFE Aqua Liner in Matte Black
  • L'Oreal Lineur Intense in black
  • Chanel Inimitable waterproof mascara
  • Ardell Demi Wispies false lashes
  • MAC Sunbasque blush
  • MAC Dollymix blush
  • Clinique Root Beer lip liner
  • Chanel Orientale lipstick smudged on lightly
  • Chanel Aqualumiere gloss in Glass Quartz

Apply the Illamasqua Satin primer on the face after moisturizer. I love the finish this primer has on non-oily skins.

With the MAC 187 brush, stipple Dior Forever foundation on the skin and buff it into your skin in circles. I love this technique especially with this foundation because it looks flawless in photos and in real.

Dot concealor where you need it (around the lips, on the sides of the nose, under the eyes, etc.) and blend it out with the MAC 217 brush.

Set the foundation with the MAC MSF with the MAC 129 brush.

Apply YSL Touche Eclat to the under eyes, on the brow bone, on top of your cheekbones, on the cupid's bow, and the sides of the mouth. Blend it out with the MAC 217 brush.

Prime eyes with Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

Apply MAC Girlie eye shadow all over the lid to slightly over the crease with the MAC 239 brush.

Define the crease with MAC Woodwinked shadow using the MAC 222 brush. With the same brush, slightly define the outer edge of the crease with MAC Knight Divine. With the MAC 219 brush, gently line the entire  lower lash line with the Woodwinked shadow.

Line the top lash line with L'Oreal Lineur Intense liquid liner. Start at the very inner lash line and thicken it as you get to the outer corner. The line should be of medium thickness and should stop at the outer corners as it is not extended. Rim your bottom waterline with MUFE Aqua Liner in Matte Black.

Apply two coats of Chanel Inimitable mascara to the top and bottom lashes. Then, add drama with a full strip of Ardell Demi Wispies.

Apply MAC Sunbasque along the cheekbone towards the temple with the Scott Barnes angled blush brush. You're defining the actual cheekbone and not the lower part as much. Using the MAC 129 brush, make your cheeks pop with MAC Dollymix blush on the apples of the cheeks. Remember, the blush has to be light because otherwise it will overpower the eyes. Make sure the blushes are blended properly.

Outline lips with Clinique Root Beer lip liner and blend it out. Dab your fingers into the Chanel Orientale lipstick and stain the lips with it. You don't want overwhelming colour, just a light tint. Then, top it off with Chanel Aqualumiere gloss in Glass Quartz.