Wednesday, 31 December 2014

The New Year's Eve Smokey Eye

Happy New Year's Eve! I'm not so much of a wild party animal, as a home bunny who loves nothing more than wearing pyjamas... makeup though, makeup is where I will always get excited about. New Year's eve is the perfect justification for all the makeup - I particularly like going for a smoky eye on NYE. My favourite was a couple of years ago when I went for a full 60s look, and went out and about in Cardiff... ah, drunken memories. This year I think I'll be having a quiet one with Chris and my family; the plan is chinese food, champagne and maybe board games? With pyjamas. Um, sounds amazing. 

Smokey eye new years eve makeup
Charlotte Tilbury filmstar bronze and glow
Charlotte Tilbury rock chick palette

The makeup I went for, for this kind of soft smokey eye and nude-but-not-corpse nude lip... Base wise, something that stays on for hours and hours and hours is Giorgio Armani luminous silk. I apply it with a damp beauty blender so that it doesn't cake on, because sometimes it can look a little heavy. Using a damp sponge (squib) means that it blends so seamlessly into the skin and manages to look a lot more natural. Basically any foundation looks better when applied with a damp beauty blender - they're awesome. The Clarins instant concealer is the best for under eye circles - cannot recommend enough. It covers so well and manages to keep my under eyes moisturised - surely the concealer of the gods. For blemishes, of which I have too many at the moment - the Seventeen phwoaar paint (cringe) is a must. Heavy duty, missile-proof stuff, this. A liberal dusting of the Hourglass ambient lighting powder in diffused light all over with a fluffy brush means that skin is set and will stay that way throughout any dancing (or disco-napping). 

Cheeks chiseled using my new beau - the Charlotte Tilbury filmstar bronze and glow. A Christmas present from Chris (five points to Gryffindor), I am completely obsessing over it. The bronze shade is all sculpty and not too orange, and the highlighter is just... ugh, so pretty. My new soft & gentle? It's gorgeous and shimmery and I love. For blush I went for Estee Lauder witty peach, because a nuder lip and a smoky eye means that I need a blush to make me look healthy. 

Eyes are taken care of with the Charlotte Tilbury rock star palette. 4 smokey grey shades... perfection. Usual Tilbury formula, I like.

Lips are NARS Brigitte. Possibly my favourite Audacious lipstick (although it's such a hard choice), and who doesn't want to look like the oh-so glamorous miss Bardot? A sort of rosy peachy nude. Lustworthy. 

I hope that you all have a sparkly night, filled with glitter, fireworks and food. Whether you're hibernating, like me, or scampering about in town... happy new years! Here's to an amazing 2015... 


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