Welcome to my very first 'Look of the Day' post!
I had lots of comments on my beautiful outfit the other night (as well as my hair & makeup) & wanted to share with you where I got my outfit from, how much it was & how I did my hair & makeup (as well as what products I used).
Firstly - I start with my make-up; I always make sure I tie hair back from my face.
Here I went for a little bit more of a natural bronzy look, eyes not too heavy as you can see. I was wearing this outfit during the day (didn't have time to change before an early dinner with friends) & then went out to dinner. So it's a look that works well for day & night.
As a base, I began with some normal face moisturizer, a little bit of Lucas Paw Paw ointment on my lips & the Napoleon Perdis Auto-Pilot skin primer. I then concealed the small blemishes or redness on my skin with concealer & blended it with a makeup sponge, this gives great coverage. I then used pressed powder (again with a makeup sponge but a different one that I use just for that powder) all over my face & also blended it into my neck (Do this to avoid foundation lines on your face)
I then used a little bit of Mineral Powder over the top for that little bit of extra coverage & long lasting staying power. After that I used bronzer on my forehead, cheeks, over the top of my nose & around my jawline. I then followed to use the Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette - I used the brown for just underneath my cheekbones (this helps define them), a tiny amount of pink on the apples of my cheeks & the highlighter just on the top of my cheekbones.
I fill them in a little bit with an eyebrow brush with light brown powder to give them that little bit more definition. I then use a clear mascara that I use to control where those crazy things go - My eye brows are out of control & I need them to STAY!
For this look I decided to go a little more lighter as my hair is up, but I still wanted to define my features. I started with my eyeshadow palette. I used the goldy color just on my lids & used the white/creamy color on my brow bone. I then used the pinky purply color from the palette in the crease & underneath my eye on the bottom of my lower lashes with a small amount of brown in the crease & underneath my eye along my lash line. I used a bigger brush to lightly blend the colors together for a polished, neat look. (This is something you have to get better at over time, don't get frustrated if you cant do it - it takes practice!)
I then used the liquid liner along the tops of my lashes (get as close to the lash line as possible); start from the inner corner then work your way along to the outer corner & end with a small cats eye. (Be sure to let the liner dry before you move your eyes around or continue to do your makeup because it will get EVERYWHERE!
I then lightly lined my inner rim of my eyelid with my Napoleon Perdis black pencil eyeliner. Ive poked myself in the eye with this pencil a few times, so be careful if you are a bit clumsy like I am.
After that, I use my Napoleon Perdis 'Long Black Mascara' on my top & bottom lashes, but I am careful not to let them clump together too much. After I give it a few minutes to dry, I then curl my eye lashes with my eyelash curler; I press down & hold until my lashes are curled & looking beautiful (I usually hold mine down 40-50 seconds each lash)
I always do my lips just before I leave the house so they are fresh, looking beautiful & glossy - But don't forget NOT to do them! I've made that mistake in the past, but thankfully I always carry my lip liner & lipgloss with me so I'm not walking around looking like a clown with my lips lined but not filled in with gloss.
To start my lips I use a small bit of Lucas paw paw ointment mixed in with a very tiny amount (and I'm talking tiny, you don't want to overdo it) of concealer on my lips, this helps give them that light pinky color after you apply your gloss. Then I line my lips with Napoleon Perdis lip liner in the 'Pink Slip' color which I very carefully apply on the outer line of my lips & finish the look off with my Napoleon Perdis Luminous Lip Veil 'In the Flesh' color. This is how I achieve my light pink lips without making it look too overdone.
This look is so easy, stays tidy & looks polished. It's something I can create in just a few minutes if I'm in a hurry & don't have time to worry about curling or straightening my hair! If "Babe, hurry up we have to leave in 5 minutes, how long will you be?", "Only 5 minutes honey!" (But really when you say 5 mins - you mean 15) sounds familiar, this is a great do if your short of time & have a boyfriend hurrying you along ;-)
First I brush my hair so I have no tangles, I then spray it with my V05 humidity resistant hairspray Extra Hold finish (This stuff is brilliant) & brush it neatly back into a tight ponytail. Once its tied up I slowly & neatly wrap my hair (starting from the base)* around the hair tie in a circle until I reach the end of my hair. Then I pin the ends of my hair into the bun neatly & lightly spray it again with my hairspray! A nice and simple done up look great for most occasions. Also looks great with some killer earrings.
It's getting a little bit chilly in Australia at the moment because we are slowing moving into winter here so, I went with a dressy look while also managing to keep myself warm too.
- A white singlet $15.00
- Black leggings $15.00
- Royal blue jacket $44.99 (These jackets come in a huge range of colors and I got this one from Hot Miami Styles - Click on the link or go to www.hotmiamistyles.com)
- And my favorite new boots hot off the shelves also from Hot Miami Styles $34.99
I love purchasing from Hot Miami Styles & have been ordering from them for YEARS, gorgeous outfits, reliable service & you would not believe the prices (as you can see above). It's great too if you're living in Australia or somewhere that's consistently cold, (ahem, the U.K) because all of the winter looks are currently also on sale as the US are moving into their summer - So get in quick.
Buying expensive things is fun, but learning to shop for killer priced clothing is something my mum taught me. Sometimes you'll find the nicest things aren't always the most expensive, so don't think you HAVE to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on clothes/makeup/accessories when you really don't have to. It's a great feeling looking beautiful in an outfit that didn't cost you an arm or a leg - And if you spill something on it or ruin it, it's no big deal...
I hope you liked this post, I really enjoyed writing it & letting you in on what products/brands I love to use & wear on a regular basis. Share your looks with me on Facebook or Twitter
LOVE ELLIE x
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♡ PLEASE NOTE; I have not been paid to give a review on any of these products, these are simply clothes/products that have worked well for me for a number of years & I would like to share with you, so you can achieve this look if you want to.