FOTD: Wedding Guest Makeup with Neutral Smoky Eye

Wednesday 9 September 2015

Well, its been a while since I shared a Face of the Day on here, mainly because my daily make-up tends to be pretty much the same most days, and I haven't had a night out since I got pregnant, so there hasn't been much incentive to mix it up.

This weekend was my sister in law's wedding -  you can see my post about my outfit here. It was a beautiful day, really full of love and joy. I'll admit I was a little worried about going at over 9 months pregnant (my baby was five days overdue at this point), so I had to take it quite easy.

Feeling like a beached whale, I wanted to compensate by getting my glamour on, and it was the chance I'd been waiting for to go all out with my make-up look!

I created a look based around glowing skin, a brown smokey eye and a neutral lip that was designed to work for the church ceremony and the evening reception. Here's what I did...


Time to prime. I used Benefit The Porefessional to blur out any imperfections and give my makeup something to grip onto,

Going for the full works here, so I did some contouring work using shades from this concealer palette  - just a non-branded, cheap eBay find but it does the job! I outlined my face using the dark and light shades patted on with a Mac 190 foundation brush.

Dark circles were disguised using the Max Factor Colour Correcting Crayon - I have the yellow shade here, but these are super easy to use and come in other colours for other skin woes.

I blended out the contouring work using my Blend.It beauty sponge, dampened with a bit of water.

Next up, the base. I am absolutely in love with Too Faced Born This Way - hands down one of the best foundations I've ever tried. It gives flawless medium -to-full coverage and a genuine airbrushed appearance without making you look caked in product. Genius.

After the foundation, I set the undereyes, nose and chin using a very light sweep of No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder. This has lots of moisturising goodies in, including hyaluronic acid, so its not chalky at all. I use this sparingly and only on these areas, as I don't want to kill off all the glow in my skin.


After prepping with Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion, I used shades from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette to define my eyes. First, I swept 'White Chocolate' all over the lids and up to the brow bones as a base colour.

The crease was defined using 'Semi-Sweet'. Using an angled fluff brush from Real Techniques, I then worked 'Triple Fudge' into the outer wing, blending up and out.

I added a pop of shimmer to the eyes with the shade 'Champagne Truffle' on the browbones and inner corners.

To add depth, I washed over the lids using Mac shadow in 'Satin Taupe'. This is one of my holy grail shades for day to night wear, and I'm never without it.

Then, under the bottom lash line, I ran the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon eye crayon in the shade 'Dark Pearl' - this has been specially formulated to make brown eyes pop.

To define the lash line, I added a bit of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in 'Stag', a deep brown-black, and smudged it out with the Real Techniques precision liner brush.

After curling my lashes, I added a coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which delivers plump, feathery lashes. Then to add the drama, I popped on a pair of Eyelure lashes in the style 100 from the Volume line.

Then, I went back in with a liquid liner to sharpen up the lash line slightly and give that cat eye shape. Makeup Gallery Pro Liquid liner does a beautiful job and its only £1!


To layer on the contouring and sculpt out my cheeks and jawline a little more, I used a powder shadow in a matte beige brown. Makeup Revolution Mono in 'Mocha Love' is perfect for this job. I used the chiselled kabuki brush from the Sonia Kashuk Make A Face brush set to place the pigment quite precisely.

A darker shadow was added to the outer corners using another eye product - Maybelline Color Tattoo in 'Creamy Beige'. Eyeshadows often seem to work better than bronzer for me! They don't have as many orange tones, so I find they create more realistic shadows on the face.

To add a highlight, I dabbed some Kryolan Highlighter in 'Cashmere' to the outer corners of my cheekbones and the inner corners of my eyes.

To top it all off, I added a sweep of MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter powder.


I've gotten into using stencils when I want a really clean, precise brow. They can be a bit fiddly, but they're worth it for a good look. I used a style from the W7 Brow Masters kit, but only to draw on the lower edge and the tail - I find I get a more natural finish free-handing the rest.

I used Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade to outline and to fill in the tail of my brows, and then used Mac Charcoal Brown powder shadow in the mid-section and inner. This is a bit softer and avoids that harsh, block like look on the inner corners. I also added a quick swipe of Benefit High Brow Glow under the brows to define them.


Using Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil in 'Naked' to outline and get a great shape, then I added some Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in 'Bitch Perfect'. This is an amazing nude shade on warm skintones.

The final result was a neutral but glamourous face that I thought worked very well for the wedding, without being too OTT. What do you think?

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