I decided to try something different with my makeup. I always accidently end up piling it on but since going on maternity leave I’ve had more time to watch YouTube tutorials and wanted to try some different techniques. I was also desperate to try my Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Sandwash Pink because it looked so pretty on Hannah Martin!
I love the way that Katie Jane Hughes focuses on having glowing skin which is not covered or at least shines through with her eyes and/or lips as the focus for colour. Her skin always looks great!
I followed Wayne Goss‘s tips on blending and did an empty triangle for my concealer.
I used Vanessa Evelyn‘s technique for brows and for the overall application paying careful attention to what I was adding and where, especially when it came to my brows. She does brows from afar and I tried that, resulting in a more natural look. I also held the long-handled brush at the very end which is a good technique for someone heavy-handed like me.
I used my Pat McGrath products “without caution”, something you are encouraged to do with every Pat McGrath Labs purchase and I’m glad I did! I was really pleased with how it all turned out!
When using eye gloss, something Katie Jane Hughes uses a lot, you just have to let the gloss and the rest of the makeup do its thing. It will move but that’s the beauty of it. It might even be a good therapeutic tool for a control freak like me! I like things to be perfect and in place but with eye gloss that’s not possible so it helped me to relax and truly have fun with the look.
With regards to adding elements little by little until I had just enough, I added the eyeliner to the tops of my lids after the gloss when I decided my lids looked too empty.
The foundations I used were quite light anyway so I only added more where the coverage was needed. I really wanted my skin to show through. Does it look like I was wearing foundation? I tried to make it look like I wasn’t!
I even put concealer over the top of my foundation for the first time whereas I usually put it on underneath. It really does make a difference!
I didn’t use a separate highlighter because I felt my skin had enough of a glow and I used a warm metallic pigment as a blusher.
Here’s what I used:
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 in 5.75 Golden Honey, 6 Golden and 6.5 Warm Almond , the darkest shade being on my forehead and chin and the lightest shades being on the inside of my face
Bobbi Brown Instant Full Coverage Concealers in Golden under my eyes and Almond to cover redness on and around my nose
Bobbi Brown Colour Corrector in Dark Peach on my chin and under my eyes
Pat McGrath Labs eye gloss in Cyber Clear from the Dark Star 006 collection for a glossy blue tint
Pat McGrath Labs pigment in UltraViolet Blue (from the Dark Star 006 collection) along the upper lash line to add a little depth
Benefit They’re Real Mascara because it separates the lashes and nicely opens up my eyes
Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl in Cocoa Bean (brown) on the lower waterline to define my eye without going too dark and dramatic
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Mahogany to fill in my brows
Browcote to add some volume to my brows
Pat McGrath Labs pigment in Copper as a blusher
Bobbi Brown lipstick in Sandwash Pink
I usually use a lot more makeup but I proved to myself that it is not necessary. I was definitely feeling proud of myself!