Teal Blue Eyeliner Summer Face

The kit

The kit

Following on from yesterday morning’sSummer Melt Make-up, the sun was still in full force which was great!

If you missed my sneak peak on Tasha’s Face Instagram, I wore:

  • Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in medium/deep
  • Benefit Boi-ing in shade 4
  • Bourjois  Contour Clubbing Waterproof eye pencil in Blue Remix
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Hot Cocoa (discontinued)
  • No7 Intense Volume  waterproof mascara
  • Model Co Crème Rouge in Just Peachy
  • Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in shade 17
  • Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant
Teal eye

Teal eye

Natural lips

Natural lips

Please ignore the failure to blend – I was in a rush and covered it up with dark sunglasses (and thick rimmed spectacles) anyway!

I feel an “Outfit to Match the Face” post is needed…

Summer Melt Make-up

Summer Melt Make-up

Summer Melt Make-up

Summer Melt Make-up

The UK is in the midst of heatwave, with the hottest July day ever recorded reaching 36.7 degrees Celsius (98.08 Fahrenheit)!

This is what I call holiday weather and I don’t really wear make-up on holiday except for the evenings and for weddings. The thing is, I’m not on holiday, I’m not about to jump in a pool or the sea and I still have to go about my daily business. I need a little complexion boost and this is how I do it.

My make-up will melt anyway so I apply it to look melted in to start with.  If that’s my look when I leave my house, there will be no need to worry throughout the day that my face has slipped.

My under-eye dark circles get worse in the summer, probably because I don’t drink enough water. To fix this, the best thing to do is to increase my water intake but for an instant confidence boost, I cover my dark circles using Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in medium/deep and an EcoTools concealer brush then conceal with Benefit Boi-ing in shade 4 using another EcoTools concealer brush.

I use waterproof eyeliner such as my Bourjois  Contour Clubbing Waterproof eye pencil in Bleu Néon along the top and bottom lash line. I picked a bright colour for summer but any colour will do as I have a few to choose from! I don’t want it to look too precise so to make it look melted in I smudge the whole line using a soft precision make-up brush such as my Models Own blending brush or MAC brush 219. I don’t put eyeliner on my waterline as my eyes are irritated from hayfever (allergy to pollen which is amplified ten-fold in weather like this).

Waterproof mascara is a must.  This is the only thing I do not want to look melted in so it must stay in place. I put two coats on my top lashes and one on the bottom.

Cream blush such as my Model Co Crème Rouge in Just Peachy in my favourite at the moment.  It is a great natural blush shade for me and is such a good product.  It can go on the lips too!  I pat this on the apples of my cheeks and blend it out along my cheek bones with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

If I’m wearing a bright eyeliner, I’ll also put the Model Co Pot Rouge on my lips using a lip brush just so that I don’t look like a multi-coloured clown. It give my lips a natural rosy finish. If I’m wearing a black or brown eyeliner, I’ll wear any lip colour as lip products don’t tend to slip on me (unless it is red lipstick without lip liner).

Finally, I use blotting papers to remove excess oil on my forehead and nose. Some shine may be left but in this weather, it is difficult to avoid. If I really need to mattify because I feel like a total grease-ball, I’ll lightly pat some powder foundation, such as my Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in shade 17, on my T-Zone (nose and forehead).  Other than that, I do not use foundation.

This is how my make-up and I survive the summer!

From the unpublished archives…Flawless Photoshoot Face

Flawless open eyes

Flawless open eyes

As the title suggests, I had to make sure my make-up was flash-photograph ready and able to withstand studio heat and also last the day. In fact, these photos were taken after the photo-shoot with minimal touch ups. I probably just touched up the lip colour and patted my nose with some powder. I had been wearing the make-up for most of the day so I think I did pretty well!

I wanted to look like the best version of myself. I kept the look natural looking except for the topliner – no-one has eyelids like that! Do you think I successfully portrayed what I set out to achieve?

Flawless...eyes

Flawless…eyes

Flawless...lips

Flawless…lips

Flawless...face

Flawless…face

It looks like I used the following products:
Laura Mercia Smooth Finish Foundation Power in 17
Sleek eyeshadow palette in Au Naturel
Sleek Contouring Kit in Medium
Clinique blusher in Smouldering Plum
Bobbi Brown lipgloss in Nude 87
Bobbi Brown lip pencil in Cocoa
Bobbi Brown lipstick in Hot Cocoa (I think)
Lancome Artliner
Kiko Luxurious Lashes waterproof mascara
Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze
Bobbi Brown corrector in Dark Bisque
Bobbi Brown concealer in Golden
YSL Touch Éclat in Shade 5
Laura Mercier foundation primer
Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl waterproof eyeliner in Cocoa Bean

So much kit!

So much kit!

Last kit pic!

Last kit pic!

More kit

More kit

Spot the Real Techniques brushes! I think I used the:
Duo-fiber face brush
Duo-fiber contour brush
Duo-fiber eye brush
Setting brush

I also used:
Bobbi Brown cream blending brush
E.l.f. Eyeshadow “C” brush
MAC brush 219

Not that many brushes though...

Not that many brushes though…

Also see “Make-up looks from the unpublished archives…” for more looks that were nearly hidden away!

From the unpublished archives… Daytime Glow

Full face

Full face

For this look I wanted to look fresh-faced and glowing in the middle of November. My safe colour is always gold and I went with the pop of green because I was wearing green but I didn’t want to be too matchy-matchy. My eyes almost resemble the Jamaican flag, don’t you think?

I can only guess at what make-up I was wearing. I have too much- there I said it! I mean that although I love having choice, my make-up will expire before I get to use it all and using it up seldom happens!

Back to guessing:

Bobbi Brown lipstick in Cocoa with the matching lip liner
Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl eyeliner in Aquabat/Aquabelle
MAC Fluidline gel eyeliner in Blacktrack
A Kiko waterproof mascara
Either Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar or Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze
Sleek Contour Kit in Medium
YSL Touch Éclat in Shade 5
Well these tend to be my glow essentials so I must have used them.

Eye close-up

Eye close-up

Also see “Make-up looks from the unpublished archives…” for more looks that were nearly hidden away!

From the unpublished archives… I Don’t Care What You Think Orange and White

I Don't Care What You Think Orange and White - full face

I Don’t Care What You Think Orange and White – full face

For some reason I love the combination of white eyeliner and orange lips. I wear it all year round. To make this wearable, make the brows strong and keep the lips matte. The rest of the face needs to stay a colourless natural, meaning no coloured blush or you risk looking like a clown.  For me, that means contouring and using a bronzer to warm up my face and give me cheekbones. For some people, bronzer might be a step to much (I am basically the colour of bronzer) so very natural contouring should work instead.

The key kit for me was my Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Mahogany for my brows, Illamasqua lipstick in Flare and e.l.f. cream eyeliner in ivory.

Why “I don’t care what you think”? Because people might stare or think this combination is odd but I don’t care.  I like to have fun with make-up and so should you!

I Don't Care What You Think Orange and White eyes

I Don’t Care What You Think Orange and White eyes

I Don't Care What You Think Orange and White eye close-up

I Don’t Care What You Think Orange and White eye close-up

I Don't Care What You Think Orange and White kit

I Don’t Care What You Think Orange and White kit

Orange lips - Illamasqua Flare

Orange lips – Illamasqua Flare

Also see “Make-up looks from the unpublished archives…” for more looks that were nearly hidden away!