I can't believe it is more than a month since I last updated my makeup menu post/series. You can find the first one here. I really love doing these posts but I find it the hardest to photograph. This is mainly because when I leave for work, it's not very bright so the pictures are not the best. I can't even contemplate taking a picture of my face by that time; I would totally look like an Avatar. Anyway, ignore the weird inconsistent lighting and now that Spring is approaching, I hope I would have better photos. I did not take all these photos in one week; I just picked random days in the month that I had time to take a quick shot before work. Let's dive in...
A Good Mix
I started off by pairing the Kuddy Mattifying Primer with the Makeup Forever HD Foundation because it helps control shine which I sometimes get towards the end of the day . I really love the MUFE HD Foundation but I find that these days it makes my T-Zone get shinier than normal. Of course, I had to use my Revlon Color Stay Concealer which is light weight and conceals any under eye dark circles from late nights. The L'Oreal True Match Concealer took care of my blemishes and I love it because it always delivers good results. I used the MAC MSF to set everything in place and the Kuddy HD Powder to finish everything off. For my eyes, I unearthed the MAC Dashing Lassie Eyeshadow Palette which my lovely sister gave me a while ago. It is ideal for an everyday bronzey look and I used the Sleek Sahara Blush for my crease to add some warmth to the bronzey look. I decided to go a lil' crazy with my Blush and I used the Kuddy Blush Crush Palette which is seriously pigmented (I used it quite a lot this month). For Lips, I used my favourite pink lipstick- MAC Love Lorn and topped it off with Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gloss in Fuchsia Flash.
Bringing out the Big Boys
I had a work conference/seminar to attend in Cavendish Square and it was an all day event so I knew it was time to bring out the big guns. I don't mind using drug store products for everyday/work days but sometimes, I need something long lasting. I started out with the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer to ensure my foundation lasted all day. Of course, the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation had to be used as it is very long lasting. I used three concealers today which is a bit crazy. I started off with the Revlon Color Stay Concealer for under my eyes because it is my favourite. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel was used to highlight and the shade Amande was used for some of my dark blemishes. I set everything with my Chanel Les Beige Healthy Glow Powder which always looks amazing. I have hit pan already but I am not ready to repurchase another one just yet. I never do a heavy contour because I have not mastered the technique. I prefer a light/soft one because it looks more natural and the Sleek Face Form helps me achieve this. For my eyes, I went all the way. I started off with the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pink Gold as a base, then layered it with Light Pink from the Lorac Palette. For my Crease, I opted for Taupe in the Lorac Palette and Sable for my outer V. I blended everything out for a softer look and lined my eyes with the L'Oreal Super Slim Eye Liner (my fav). For my Lips, I shopped my stash and found the Clinique All Heart Lipstick and topped it off with the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gloss in Grenadine. I didn't use the pink blush in the picture and I opted for the Bronzey Blush in the Sleek Face Form instead because I didn't want to look too made up.
A Purple-ish Day
I feel like towards the end of the week I can go wild with colour. I opted for various shades of purple today because I love purple. I actually used a lot of Kuddy Cosmetics today because it is one of my favourite Nigerian Makeup Brands. I am sure that's not news because they have been featured on here several times. I started off with the Kuddy Cosmetics Mattifying Primer* and blended in my Kuddy Cosmetics Foundation which is now almost finished. Sad times! However, it has lasted me for almost a year. I set everything with the Kuddy HD Powder and added some colour and dimension with the Makeup Revolution Baked Bronzer in Rock on World (I love this stuff). I have recently fallen back in love with my Sleek Corrector and Concealer which I used for some of my blemishes and under my eyes. I forgot how much I love this little palette. I sorted out the brows with the Makeup Revolution Brow Kit which is not my favourite as I prefer the Sleek Brow Kit but it's nice to switch things up a bit. I knew I wanted my eyes to be the highlight of my whole look so I used the L'Oreal Infallible Colour in Purple Obsession which is such a gorgeous bright purple base. I could get away with just that on my lids but I whipped out my NYC Broadway Palette in Smokey Green (long time no see!) and opted the lighter purple shade on the lids. I went in with the burgundy/dark purple in the middle to define my crease and the darkest purple (almost greyish black) on my outer V. For Blush, I used the Kuddy Blush Crush Palette (again!) but I used the light peach pink shade (the one that already has a dent) as it's my favourite shade. Since my eyes were colourful, I decided to keep the rest of my face pretty neutral to avoid looking like a clown. For Lipstick, I went with the Kate Moss Lipstick in 03 (alleged dupe for MAC Velvet Teddy) and topped it off with the Kuddy Smoothie Lip Gloss*. I actually really liked this look a lot and I think purple looks flattering on me.
The Chilled Day
After yesterday's purple face, I decided to keep things really neutral or at least natural looking. I know it's Friday and I should have gone all out but sometimes, you just want to chill. I started off with my Becca Rejuvenating Primer which is amazing with all foundations and it is on its last legs now. I opted for the Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation which feels really lovely on the skin (it sets really quickly). I used my trusty NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer on some blemishes which were peeking through. Although the Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation provides surprisingly good coverage for its light texture, some of my blemishes still show so I have to use a concealer. The foundation is a good match for my skin tone but it is a little bit light for my skin. I can still get away with it on its own but the MAC MSF warms it up and makes it look really gorgeous. For my eyes, I whipped out my favourite eyeshadow combo. I started off with the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige all of my eyelid. Then I layered it with the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze (my fav). I find that layering these Color Tattoos work really well and the resulting shade is gorgeous. Now I am going to start layering the rest of my Color Tattoo stash. Then, I used the Collection All About the Eyes (Little Mix) Palette which is such a lovely neutral palette with bronzey and gold shades. It goes really well with the Maybelline Color Tattoos as a base. For mascara, I opted for the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara which is lovely for everyday wear. I kept my lips really simple using only the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gloss in Fuchsia Flash. I used this really generic peachy pink blush I got from a Shout Magazine a little while ago. I really like it but sadly it was made just for Shout Magazine and it is not sold anywhere :-(. That's pretty much my makeup menu for the rest of the month. I am hoping March would be much brighter when I am off to work so I can take some quick selfies but nevertheless I hope you enjoyed this little post...Have a fab weekend...xx