Hello blog world and happy Christmas Eve!
Once again I’ve utterly dropped the ball and neglected this blog for months on end…I’m sorry. But I return today with a post about the makeup I wore when I performed at Woolworth’s Carols in the Domain last week!
Because I knew it would be broadcast live on national television, I wanted everything to give definition without looking overdone or too heavy. I started out with my tried and trusted Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation and MAC Pro Longer concealer – I knew these would be long lasting and look good on camera, and went in with the Cover FX Cream Contour Palette, using the darkest shade (4) along my hairline, a bit under the cheekbones, and the lightest shade (1) under my eyes and along the bridge of my nose.
After that I set everything with the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural (which btw, I’ve had for three years and still haven’t made much of a dent!) and used the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder under my eyes. Once everything was set, I used the Kat Von D powder contour palette to further define my jawline and forehead using the ashy shade, and the banana shade on the centre of my forehead. I don’t like to go overboard with contouring on my cheekbones because I think more often than not, with down lighting, my cheekbones stand out pretty well on their own and if I add too much product, it just looks like a line of makeup.
Next, as always, I primed my eyes with MAC Paint Pot in Layin’ Low and used my well loved Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage palette to highlight my brow bone and define my crease.
The light neutral brown shade is absolutely beautiful and blends so easily – I brushed what was left over on my brush down the sides of my nose too for a bit of a nose contour. Then I went in with my newest Tom Ford love – the Honeymoon palette. I used the reddy shade to further deepen the crease, the bronze shade on the lid, and the deepest shade to create more depth in the outer V. Then lined my eyes using my new favourite Essence’s Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (and as a bonus, it’s $5!), topped it off with a coat of Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara and added Manicare’s Cara lashes.
With the lashes on, I felt like it needed a little something extra, so I popped a tiny bit of the pressed glitter shade from Charlotte Tilbury’s Vintage Vamp palette just on the centre of the lid.
I finished off the face with Nars Dolce Vita blush, and Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter. After the initial hype surrounding Champagne Pop died down, I kind of got over it and thought it was a bit much for day to day, as I don’t really like a metallic highlight, but I was so happy to discover that it’s the perfect highlight for the collar bone and tops of the shoulders! I also applied it very lightly to my cheekbones. Note: very lightly.
To finish things off, I used MAC Cherry Lipliner (seriously, it’s magic. I’ve used it every time I’ve worn a red lip for the past two years and it’s only halfway finished. HOW?!) and Tom Ford Ruby Rush Lipstick. Tom Ford lipsticks are a massive splurge but Ruby Rush is just the perfect true red, plus it’s a non drying matte formula, it’s long lasting and transfer proof. I will never say that you need a $78 lipstick in your life, but if you have cash to splash and want something a little fancy, they are a good pick.
To finish I sprayed L’oreal Makeup Fixing Spray to make sure everything was locked down and wouldn’t melt off under the stage lights.
If this sounds like a long process, it bloody was! But makeup is my hobby and I had a great time painting my face that night. I hope you enjoyed reading through this get-ready-with-me and maybe have a few ideas for post-Christmas shopping 😉
Have a great holiday season and stay safe!