It's FINALLY beginning to look like Spring here in Vancouver and so I was inspired this past weekend to make a celebratory spring makeup look, featuring that most springiest of colors: pink!
I love pink eyeshadows, particularly if they're a MEBB (My Eyes, But Better) shade. Yes, I made that acronym up literally just now, but it does perfectly describe what I mean! Similar to my fave MLBB lipsticks, my MEBB eye shades are generally a spectrum of soft pinks with browns or mauve undertones, which is why I love the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette so much.
This palette doesn't get enough credit. I love the concept of it; the Naked 3 is so perfectly focused around a limited color family. It's designed for pink neutral lovers like me and I just get so much wear out of this palette that it's easily my favourite of the Naked series.
Today's makeup look features colors that remind me of the sakura blossoms that are so characteristic of spring in Vancouver.
Here's the details on how to get this look!
- Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF 20 Moisturizer in Light (review)
- Burberry Cashmere Compact foundation in Ochre No. 20 (review)
These 2 right here have become my go-to weekend combo lately. With the sun peeking out, it's time to load up on the SPF. This tinted moisturizer by Dermalogica is fairly oily and has decent coverage, but I've been needing more concealing power lately to cover up some recent blemishes, so I've been layering a powder over top. I think the oiliness of the Dermalogica helps set the Burberry powder to my skin and the end result is matte and glowy.
- Urban Decay Naked 3 palette (review)
- Teeez Spectrum of Stars eyeshadow in Magical Fuchsia (review)
- Clinique High Impact Custom Kajal eyeliner in Blackened Brown
- Stila Lash Extreme mascara
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterpoof Brow Mousse in Rich Brown
For the eyes, I first laid a foundation by taking a fluffy blending brush and applied Burnout, a satin warm petal pink, all over my eyelid. Then I highlighted my brow bone with Strange, a matte warm pink with cream undertones.
To create depth, I then took a smaller blending brush, and swiped a generous layer of Limit, a matte mauve-pink, from my lash line to just above my crease.
Next comes the purple! With a dense shadow brush, I loaded it up with Magical Fuchsia, which is a warm Mardi Gras purple and tapped that just onto the outer corner of my lids.
At this point, my shades weren't super blended and Magical Fuchsia was crazy standing out, so I wanted to tone it down a smidgen, so I went back in with my first blending brush, taking the shade Trick, a pale golden copper, and blending it from the inner corner and across my lid. I didn't want to over blend so that the purple would disappear, so I was careful to just make sure that my edges were softened, but the color still preserved and vibrant. Trick was the perfect touch of subtle shimmer to pull this eye together!
With the top lids done, it was time to smoke out my bottom lash line. With a small tapered shadow brush, I brushed Nooner, a warm brown-mauve, along the outer half of my lower lash line to add some soft definition. If you aren't swayed yet to buy the Naked 3 palette, Nooner is the #1 reason you should - this single shadow can be used for EVERYTHING. It is transition shade heaven!
At this point, the eyes still felt a little too bare, so I tight lined the outer third of my eyes with some dark brown liner. Then to finish things off, I curled my lashes and added 2 coats of mascara and filled in my brows.
- MAC Future MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Otherearthly
- Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer in Sweet Tea
Now, I knew I needed some color in my face, but I had no idea what blush to use as I didn't want to barf from pink overload, so I opted instead for bronzer. The Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer in Sweet Tea mixed with a shimmery, bronze and pink highlight, was the perfect combo of iridescence and warmth to give my cheeks just a hint of color. I'm always a bit scared when applying bronzer, but I find this Too Faced bronzer surprisingly easy to use as it's pretty sheer and not orange at all. Why can't more brands make BROWN not ORANGE bronzers?!
- Essence Matt Matt Matt lipstick in Wow Effect 03
I am so so so surprised by this lipstick. It was literally a "wow" for me when I swatched this and tried it on. This is my first time wearing this (review coming soon!) and it was right up there alongside my Burberry and Bite lipsticks in terms of color, texture and wear. Only difference is that this lipstick is dirt cheap!! Wow Effect 03 is a warm pink and berry tone that I absolutely adore, because you know, I'm all about that #MLBB4LYFE.
Even though this look contains a lot of different colors (pink, purple, gold, bronze) it somehow all works together to create a look that's more soft and pretty than crazy. I just want to wear this one all day, everyday!