As promised in my Smashbox Full Exposure Palette review today's post is a bronze smokey eye makeup look using the shades within the palette on their own plus adding tons of volume to my lashes with the Esqido Mink Lashes reviewed a little while back. This was actually the look I wore on my first ever date with my other half in London. We've been living here for over a year now but without family to help out when it comes to babysitting, our social nights out including dates have had to be sacrificed. So of course when my sister was here visiting we took the advantage to enjoy an evening out in London (so thanks again lil sis for being such a star & minding Ellie). It was great being able to go out for a change and of course I wanted to make an effort when it came to my makeup so out came the lashes along with a full on smokey eye.
I just wanted to show you the difference these Esqido Lashes in Unforgettable made to my finished makeup look. In my opinion it's got that wow factor but at the same time it's still quite natural & not so in your face. I just loved wearing them and when I get the opportunity to head out again, I'll be sure to make good use out of them.
Like I mentioned the eyes were created using the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette alone, but first I primed my lids using my all time favourite Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, as the shades do tend to fade or crease otherwise & I wanted my makeup to last well all evening.
The shades within the palette haven't got names (instead they are numbered from left to right and there's and S in front for shimmers or M for mattes) so it will be a bit more difficult to explain how I achieved the look, but I shall try my best:
- apply M3 all over the lid to start off with an even base & make the rest of the shades blend smoothly.
- start definition in the crease using M2 & then build up the intensity with M1 (I've tried to create a spotlight effect in my smokey eye so I've brought the crease shades all the way to my inner corner & left the middle of the eye bare for my highlighting shade)
- use a mix of S2 & S3 in the middle of the lid with MAC Fix+ for the best intensity
- for the bottom of my lashes including the waterline & inner corner I used NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Colour in shade Gilt & then I blended it out for some added depth using M6
- lastly I created a cat flick using L'Oreal Superliner in Black as it helps to hide the fact that I'm wearing false lashes. I also used a single coat of my Benefit They're Real mascara before applying the lashes so they would all blend together seamlessly
I wanted to keep my skin flawless with a dewy finish, so I used L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer for that glow from within & then blended out RMK Creamy Foundation using a damp BeautyBlender. This duo work really well together & they lasted on my skin all evening. I then set it all in place using Makeup Revolution's Radiant Lights Powder in Breathe (yes I still can't get enough of this powder) & defined my face using the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar palette. Lastly I added a touch of colour to my cheeks using The Body Shop Highlighting Dome in 02 Pink. My lips were kept nude & glossy using the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Julie with the Essence Mega Gloss XXXL Nude in Taste the Sweets on top.
With that my makeup look was finished and I was ready for an evening out in London, which I really enjoyed and I am definitely looking forward to another one in the near future. Is this a makeup look that you could see yourself wearing? Do you love bronze shades like the ones I used here? I'd love to hear your thoughts…