I had originally planned on posting this last Saturday but due to some family issues I needed to take a break as my head felt a bit clouded and to be honest blogging was the last thing on my mind. As much as I needed the few days off, I did miss blogging so today I am back with the post I had originally planned a few days ago. Here I am trying to re-create one of Charlotte Tilbury's Iconic Looks The Dolce Vita, now that I have finally got my hands on a few essential pieces from the range. This look created by this superstar artist is all about embracing femininity and feeling powerful enough to conquer the world. In CT's words it exudes 'killer curves, luxe perfume & a sultry smokey eye'. I'm not sure about everything else that is described here, but I tried my best to re-create the sultry smokey eye and I hope you can see that in the finished look. Here's how I went about it…
First things first it was all about the flawless base and there was no better way to create a perfect canvas then using my trusty Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge paired with L'Oreal True Match Foundation. To add the bronzed glow that Charlotte Tilbury creates on all her clients I used Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector in 03 Bronze Shimmer mixed in with the foundation.
My newest discovery has been MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer in NC20 and I have to admit that it has blown me away in terms of coverage, longevity & how seamlessly it blends onto my skin. I will do a separate review on it soon all about this little gem. To set it all in place for even longer lasting results I used Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in 53 lightly dusted over the entire face.
Contouring & highlighting was of course a no brainer as I used the CT Filmstar Bronze & Glow for a perfect natural finish. At the end I quickly gave my face a bit of a refresh using MAC Fix+ as it prevents a cake-y face (ain't nobody got time for that).
Moving on to the eyes where I primed my lids with my much loved Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer and pretty much followed Charlotte Tilbury's step by step for the Dolce Vita palette here and used the shades accordingly to their numbers. As much as I loved the finished look I will definitely leave out the no. 4 shade (the khaki brown one) in the palette in the future for this exact look, because I personally prefer having the no. 2 the burgundy shade as the main focus. As mentioned in my review about the palette here I used Mac Fix + on my eye brush to help me pick up no. 3 the bronze glittery shade as I then patted it on the lid.
To finish off the look I roughly lined my eyes (waterline also) using Rimmel Special Eyes in Black and then smudged it out using MAC Carbon. For full lashes I used Blinc Black Lash Primer (which I just can't get enough of) and Rimmel Wonder'full Mascara.
I have to admit that I am becoming quite lazy with my brows lately, especially since I am still growing them out and they're not looking in the best shape. Hence why I'm constantly using Benefit Gimme Brow, it's quick & simple not to mention that it looks really natural so it takes the focus away from the brows (in my opinion).
I tried to mimic the Dolce Vita lips with what I had in my stash, so I opted for L'Oreal Contour Parfait Lipliner in 656 Honey all over the lips, which surprisingly enough felt really comfortable & not drying at all. A gloss on top of this would have been perfect but I don't have a neutral/nude shade believe it or not so I opted for Rimmel Apocalips in 101 Celestial and dabbed it on lightly with my finger.