B-Day Makeup Menu

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Hey everyone!

It was my 24th birthday on Sunday.
Thanks to everyone who sent me a b-day message!

I'm here to share my the makeup look I was wearing with you all.
I took on the task from a different angle this year.

Normally, on my birthday, I like to pop out my favourite eyeshadow palette and my most luxurious makeup items, probably to create a warm-brown eyeshadow look of some sorts (much like last year's look).

This year, however, I had in mind I would wear my new Essentiel Antwerp dress, which I absolutely adore. The colour combinations in this dress are very odd, I must say, but I thought I would try and match my makeup to it. 

Using pinks, greens and a hint of that bright blue, I created a look that would match my outfit exactly.

It was quite a challenge to find similar shades, and honestly it would have never come to my mind to combine these shades in my makeup look in the first place, so it was a fun experience.

Onto the look then!




BASE

I have used some products I don't normally use this time of year, and also incorporated some new products into the routine.

 Of course, there's always a few I will stick to on a daily basis, such as the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer. I followed up the priming step with the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. Because I had a huge spot coming up right below the corner of my mouth (typical!) I needed some extra coverage with the BareMinerals BareSkin concealer, which is a good one this time of year as it's not drying but has tons of coverage at the same time.

Then I tried out a product that's entirely new to me: the Benefit Shy Balm highlighter. It does exactly what it says: it's a matte-radiance highlighter, which is the oddest thing in the world; it gives me some kind of subtle glow, without having shimmer in the liquid. So strange! I applied this to the high points of my cheeks and down the bridge of my nose. However, the effect of this would end soon because I do always need to powder. (Will have to find a way to use this product to its fullest potential, though!)

I then dug out my l'Oréal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil from underneath the dust and applied it in the areas where I would normally contour. (hollows of the cheeks, around my temples, down my jawline and took it down to my neck as well).

The powder I'm currently trying out is the Rimmel Insta Fix&Matte translucent powder. I promised to keep you updated on how it performs, so here's a tiny review: I still prefer the Stay Matte powder, as this one makes my skin feel really dry. I do really like it to set my undereye concealer, as I feel like this one makes the area look that little bit brighter. It's very powdery and has a lot of kick back in the pan. That being said, it's not the worst powder I've ever used. I decided to keep the powder-process minimal for this look, and set my concealer, lightly touched my T-zone to make sure I didn't go oily in those areas, and finally quickly swept my brush the areas where I wanted to apply powder blush, so it would blend in better.

Onto some colour on my face, and for this look I've used my very new Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose. This is very powdery and very pigmented - I really needed to tap off my brush before putting it onto my face, so I wouldn't go overboard. I'm really happy with this one in my collection though, as it's the only one that comes close to the old blushes you used to get out of your mums makeup bag, or get in one of those sets you could have a go with as a kid. It's just a true blushy pink shade, that suited this look perfectly.

To stay in the pink-purple tones for this look, I've picked up the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Prismatic Amethyst. The pictures really don't do this highlighter justice, with its gorgeous purple-toned reflect.


EYES & LIPS

To fill in my brows I used the Eyelure x Fleur DeForce Brow Definer in Medium, and I've used the lighter shade of the two, then of course I set them in place with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

I made sure to create a sturdy base for my eyeshadows, give them something to stick to whilst cancelling out the veins on my lids. To achieve this, I used the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Crème de Rose. Then I went into the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, and Set down that base with the shade Strange, which is a matte brightening shade (1st in the palette). Then in the crease I went in with Limit and Nooner, the two rosy matte shades (4th and 7th in the palette). On the entire lid I applied the shade Burnout, a shimmery pink shade (3rd in the palette).

Then I went to get my Mac Technakohl Liner kajal pencil in Uniform, to crease a base for the green eyeshadow. I ran it along my upper lash line, created a V-shape in the outer corners and took it down on the lower lash line just on the outer half, then blended it out with a smudger brush. This shade, however is a little too khaki-toned to match the green in my dress, so I layered some Mac Humid on top, the true green eyeshadow in my Mac Custom palette (1st one in the 2nd row). To make sure the green didn't take over from the pink, I did go back into the crease shades and the shimmery lid shade from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, and cleaned everything up.

To brighten up the inner corners of the eyes, I applied Mac Nylon (1st in 3rd row of Mac Custom palette) and mixed it with a tiny bit of Mac Mythology (2nd one on 1st row) to give it that pink undertone. Then for that pop of bright blue, I took the ColourPop Crème Gel Liner in Bee Sting, and ran it into the waterline and along the inner half of the lower lash line. I blended out the edges of the entire lower lash line with a bit of the crease shade Limit on a blending brush.

A coat of my new favourite mascara, the l'Oréal Paradise Extatic and the eyes are completed!

The only thing that's left are the lips. I wanted to bring back that soft pink into the look, as the eyes had quite a dark green-and-blue vibe overall. I mapped out the shape of my lips with the Nyx Suède Matte Lip Liner in Soft Spoken, then finished off the look with the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pretty Social (second shade on top row), which came in the Lips palette from last Christmas' Light It Up holiday set.



Earrings H&M, Dress Essentiel Antwerp, Necklace from KyoKa Maastricht (no brand mentioned)
Not sponsored, just really happy with the purchases ^^



Lots of love,
Charline
xoxo




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