Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My Thanksgiving/Holiday Makeup

Thanksgiving is almost here and I am a mad planner.
Seriously though, I started thinking about what makeup I should plan on wearing November 28th. (Thanksgiving) before Halloween. But hey, I love makeup! Here is what I plan to wear this year from The first Macy's float to the moment I slip into a turkey induced coma. I think this could be a good look for any holiday party with friends and family. I kept this look not to over the top (let's save that for New Year's Eve) and somewhat natural looking. I hope you enjoy and away we go...

I went with a medium coverage look since Thanksgiving is a day usually spent around a family table I feel no need to have full coverage. I applied Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Snow Glow with my fingers(I did a review on this Here) and Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation in Light 48 on top, applied with a powder brush that was a gift with not a brand name to be found on it, wish I could tell you.

I then used Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer in Medium 22 on my lovely under eye circles (thanks dad!)for coverage and then Benefit Erase Paste in Fair where you could still see a touch of darkness by my inner corners. I used my fingers to apply these in a dabbing motion and NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder to set it right away with an e.l.f. Stipple Brush. I didn't like this brush for its intended use so I use it for this instead. I then used Benefit Hoola Bronzer to contour with an e.l.f Studio Angled Blush Brush Can I use a brush for its rightful use? I don't know. This is the only bronzer I use to contour because it doesn't have an orange tone but more of a clay tone. I contoured my cheek bones, jaw line, my nose and a little bit around my face. I used the nameless brush that I used for foundation and blended in my contour with the little excess left on this brush.
At this point I filled in my brows with the tiniest bit of Kat Von D Lucifer eye shadow, that can be found in a few of her palettes. I applied it with a Revlon Double Ended Smokey-Eye brush. Another brush that is trash for its intended use but brilliant for another. Remember makeup has very few rules but rather guidelines. It seems like I'm playing KVD favorites but this was just what I reached for. Then I used Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden all over my lid and a little in the corners where I highlight. I pulled out my UD Vice2 Palette, that I reviewed here, with a one other UD color for back up in Zephyr. (Laced is in the picture but I ended up not needing it.) I started with the color Dope as my brow-bone high light, followed by Habit all over the lid and then used the blending side of the Vice2 duel-ended brush to apply Rewind into the crease then topped off with a touch of Ambush for extra shimmery depth. I wiped my brush on the back of my hand, removing shadow from the domed side and used Zephyr on the inner corners to brighten. Now for the eyeliner, at first I was going to skip this but decided I wanted my eyes wide awake in family pictures. I went for a black liquid line just to open up my eyes and thicken the look of my lashes. Very thinly I applied UD 24/7 Liquid Liner  in Perversion from the beginning of my lashes out, thickening slightly as I went with the tiniest of flicks at the end and coming back in to connect at the bottom corn. I uses NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pure Gold along my water-line.

Now for some rosy glow I used Tigi Glow Blush in Brilliance. Yes, the company best known for hair care such as Bed Head and S-Factor makes makeup as well. Its good stuff too and is in a reasonably affordable price point. I used a blush brush I've had so long the name has worn off. Another nameless brush I'm afraid but it is rather generic anyhow. Writing this post has shown me it must be time to go new-brush-shopping! I applied it starting at the high point of my cheekbones (by my ear) and blending down.
Time for one of my most well loved products, 
the Too Faced 

Candlelight Glow Duo Powder. This is holy grail status people! It helps defuse harsh lighting and illuminates the skin. I again used the e.l.f stipple brush for a soft application on top of my cheekbone, down the center of my nose, my chin and the center of my forehead. Basically anywhere light naturally hits my face.

   After curling with a Revlon Extra Curl Lash Curler I used my favorite (at the moment) mascara, Too Faced Better Than Sex. This makes lashes so long and soft. Wiggle up and out starting at the root.

My new shade for fall is UD Revolution Lipstick in Bang. Let's take a moment to talk about how spot on all the new Urban Decay formulations are, can we? Less fall out from shadows, better brushes, better coverage and textures from foundation and hydrating lipstick that stays in place! I could die. These new lipsticks launched in late summer/early fall 2013 and I rushed out and bought four after seeing they have jojoba oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and avocado oil to nourish lips along with matching lip pencils and high pigmentation.I was on vacation  in San Francisco and nicely demanded I be taken to the nearest Sephora. This shade is classic retro orange/red and reminds me of Marilyn. I touch of pinup glam for the holidays.

I hope your days this holiday season will be merry and bright, no matter who you're with, where you are or what you're celebrating. I hope this has given you ideas and inspired you to try this look. Remember you can use what makeup you have, this is just what I have and you can pick the steps that work for you and skip the ones that don't. Do what makes you feel beautiful. I just love this time of year and I thought you may like a fun and simple look to try with loads of links to find what I'm talking about and to read further if you are a beauty info lover like me and you want to know everything from ingredients to packaging. I also got the face charting book from Make-Up Designory
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I tried this look today and it is absolutely going to be one of the looks I'll be wearing coming up this winter.

(I do have purple in my hair, this is not a filter.)

  Thanks for reading!

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