Naked (eye makeup tutorial)
There is a makeup look that will never go out of fashion, that look would be the nude/neutral eye. I haven't done a huge tutorial in a long while, so I wanted to start again with this makeup look for you all. Click the image of the product to go to the producer's website (if it's still sold).
The final eye:
Every great neutral face and eye starts with a cleaned and moisturized face, it's summer so the moisturizer is extremely important. In this warm weather people sweat and that means salt crystals on the skin, that plus the burning sun create an easily dehydrated skin. I've been using Shiseido's The Skincare Range's Day Moisture Protection SPF 15 (at night I use their Night Moisture Recharge Light) as my daily moisturizer and I also use Estee Lauder's Daywear Plus Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Lotion SPF 15 I love using different moisturizers depending on what my skin needs, the Shiseido moisturizer is a little richer and the Estee Lauder moisturizer smells sooo summery . The eye cream I'm using is by Elizabeth Arden's PREVAGE® Eye Anti-aging Moisturizing Treatment.
Because I'm someone who doesn't suntan I always stay pretty light. I do however hate looking pasty pale when everyone around me has a healthy glow, I found a way to make me instantly tan (depending on how much you put on your face) and it's streakless and very easy to apply. This Clinique (click the image to go to the website) Self Sun face bronzing gel tint is a product I heard about on youtube when Pixiwoo was raving about it and I HAD to buy it and I love it.
I always apply this all over my face (taking extra care around the hairline) bringing it down my neck and then blending it out. I never apply this over my eyelids because I don't think this is great for the eye area and if you blend it properly you just have brighter eyes which is something we all try to achieve with makeup. Having moisturized beforehand means you can blend this better and it's not a flaky application. Do remember to scrub your face every couple of days when you're using self tanner.
I LOVE this Smashbox Illuminating Serum which isn't sold separately. You can only get this in the Master's Class Vol. 4 Rescue Beauty kit sold at Sephora.com (click on the picture to go to the website). This serum gives you a NATURAL healthy glow and wearing it alone makes your skin look perfect and not shiny or shimmery. Wearing it under a tinted moisturizer makes it a little less glowy but still naturally healthy, under a foundation it's a minimal glow, but you can use it on top of your foundation as a highlighter on top of your cheekbones. I always work from the centre of the face blending outward because I want the most of the glow to be in the centre (the lit from within look). This tube contains rose extract and hyaluronic acid to moisturise and revive the complexion. The tube has a great "nozzle" to give you the pea size amount you need for your entire face.
I told you about the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer that I love this summer because it seems to eat my shiny-ness. I tell you more about it here. It applies a little "stiffer" then the Smashbox Primer I love, but it does wonders for my shine this summer, so I'm loving it.
My skin looks pretty amazing now, but I still want it to look a little more perfect so I'm using the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer I talk about in this post. The colour I'm wearing is Sand. This tinted moisturizer is pigmented enough to give me a perfect complexion. I seriously need no more coverage.
Next up is the Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener. This little tube is something I thought I'd never use, but I actually have three and I use it on everyone I make up. When I'm not wearing any foundation I use this on the top of my nose, on my cheekbones, cupid's bow and around my eyes. For this look I only used it on my cupid's bow and on my eye-bone (see picture).I blend this with my fingers.
Next up I use concealer, the one I'm using for this look is Laura Mercier Undercover Pot in no. 3 which contains the Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer. I tell you more about this product here. I use my fingers to blend the Secret Camouflage and the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush with it's flat tapered synthetic brushhead. I love how the tip is perfect for concealing blemishes. The Secret Concealer is slightly softer then the Secret Camouflage and is perfect for under eye concealing.
I am more tan thanks to the Self Sun, but I still want a little more contouring under my cheekbones and on my temples. For this I use Chanel Bronze Universel. I don't want to contour too much because I'm going for a natural look. On the picture you can see why I almost never use a blusher, I have a natural flush.You can also see how many more freckles I get in the summer.
Next is powder to set everything. I've been using Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder which is in the Laura Mercier Undercover Pot. I tell you more about it here. Up close the powder looks like this (and this is all I used on my entire face). I use the Laura Mercier Camouflage Powder Brush for applying powder under the eyes to set the concealer. To put the powder on the rest of my face I use the Laura Mercier Velours Puff. I skip powdering my apples and the tops of my cheekbones, I do this because I want these places to have a glow and I know that the makeup won't budge even without powder.
To prime my eyes for the eyeshadow I love using the Urban Decay Primer potion. I prime my entire eye and what's left on my fingers I blend under my eye.
Now I can start with the eye shadows. To start of with I'm using a colour that's slightly lighter then my skin tone but it's so sheer that it's perfect as a colour base. I use an eyeshadow all over my eye because of the primer I used, the primer keeps the eyeshadow longer, but it also makes it harder to blend. Blending is easier if you place a neutral shadow as a base. I'm using Smashbox Vanilla, which is a matte shadow. (Click on the picture to go to the website.) I use a fluffy shadow brush (by Smashbox) to blend this all over my eyelid. Remember to clean your shadow brushes once a week to make sure you work hygienic.
The thing that I love to do when doing a neutral eye is using shadows to make the eye look more open. The colour I use to manipulate my eye shape is Naked by Urban Decay (click the image). This colour is slightly darker then my natural skin tone, it's a matte eyeshadow. To place this colour I'm using a stiffer brush, namely the no. 4 Concealer brush by Smashbox. This is a synthetic brush that's made for concealer and cream eye shadows. This stiffer brush means I get a more precise application and more control over the blending. I pack the colour only on one side of the brush and I apply it holding the colour to the eyebrow side of the eye and I'm holding the brush like this:As you can see I'm applying it on the topside of my crease and I'm only applying it on the outer half of the crease. I then turn the brush a quarter and blend:Put the side that the eyeshadow was on on the side of the nose. Blend and blend until you get a natural shadow and your eye looks like this:
I wanted a slightly darker brown to make it a little more shaded. I couldn't find a matte dark brown until I found this brown in the Smashbox Smokey Eyes Eye Shadow Trio which is no longer sold. The trio has a champaigne with gold flecks, a aubergine colour and a dark brown with a hint of gold. As you can see the gold is almost non existing and I took very little of this on the no. 4 brush. I did the same thing I did with Naked and blended what was left on the brush after blending under my eyes, when I was done my eyes look like this:
I took up a brown cream eyeliner pencil from Smashbox in the colour Midnight Brown (no longer sold) and used that on my upper waterline pushing it into my eyelashes. I don't want anything on my lower waterline because this will close up the eye and it will make the makeup less natural.
The thing that finishes this makeup is eyelashes. I use my Shu Uemura Eyelashcurler, mini Lancome Cils Booster XL which I got in the Sephora Lashstash Mascara Deluxe Sampler and Rimmel London Secy Curves in waterproof Black.The Cils Booster XL really makes my lashes appear longer. The best way of showing you is by showing you the picture of my "naked" face and the one after the mascara is applied, which is also the final eye. When I close my eyes it looks like this:
On my lips I'm wearing Urban Decay's XXX Shine Lipgloss (cooling lip gloss) in Heatherette.
I hope you guys like this HUGE tutorial.