So this is what happens whenever I have more than the usual 10 minutes to get ready; I pull out a ton of products that I think might compliment each other, sit down, and slap 'em on. I don't think I used every single product I pulled out last Saturday evening, but it was pretty close. Definitely a lot of make-up for the cinema, but I love the ritual and don't go 'out out' as much as I used to, so any excuse...! I saw the Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck in the IFI and it surpassed my expectations. It saddened me quite a bit, actually. Unsurprisingly after seeing it I reverted to my teenage self after seeing it, and listened to countless Nirvana songs!
Base: I used a very thin layer of Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in N130. This is a tad dark for me, but it's one of my favourite bases ever - so I make it work! I concealed zits and redness with Maybelline The Eraser and then highlighted/concealed under my eyes with Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I powdered with the very end of my Chanel Les Beiges compact (which is in rag order, so not pictured). For a light contour I used the two ashier shades in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (loving this), and added some flush with MAC Springsheen blush. Highlight was Laura Mercier Spellbound - this was limited edition but they're bringing out something super-similar again this summer!
Brows: I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade to shape and fill in the brow. I was undecided on this for the longest time but am now really into it. I'm loving it a lot more since I switched to using a tiny paintbrush (the kind I use for gel liner) to apply, rather than the usual angled brush. I find this gives me way more control and I'm able to create a properly defined brow, rather than a slightly blocky one. Because my brows are a bit mad, I sealed them using the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper - it's brilliant, probably the best brow gel I've used to date.
Eyes: For a base, I applied MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, and then got to work with the Smashbox Double Exposure Palette*. There's so much I can do with this, but I went back to my favourite colours - the rusty reddish-browns. To compliment this I used a similar shade of liner by KIKO - it's their Crystal Liner in 03. Mascara was Urban Decay Perversion* - I love this but it's a bit of work because far too much comes out on the brush. I find myself wiping loads off, but once you get that sorted it gives beautiful, fanned-out, plump black lashes. Great stuff.
Lips: I received this Urban Decay duo as a gift from a very kind relative who was visiting from the US this week (thanks Kathy!) - and I am in love. They came packaged together as 'The Ultimate Pair', and that they certainly are. The liner, 69, is beautifully pigmented and velvety without dragging or drying out the lips. And the lipstick, F-Bomb, is quite literally the bomb. It's pretty much a perfect dupe for my favourite red lipstick of all time, MAC's Heartless (which was limited edition). The formula of F-Bomb is actually superiour to Heartless - creamier, more pigmented and longer lasting - so I am quite certain that this is now my favourite red. Highly, highly recommend!