Summer Make Up Routine

As summer is drawing to a close I thought I'd do a post on my post summer makeup routine. I've had many requests on my make up for the Zoo Project so here is a quick overview of the products I used to create this look.

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Seeing as I was on holiday in Spain, the sun and sea did wonders on my skin. There really isn't anything better than the sun kissed glow you get from being on holiday, but if you didn't get to go away this year  you can still fake the bronzed look.

The Base

To start I used a small amount of MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter for my undereyes so it gives my eyes a bit of a lift (perfect when creating the famous Kim Kardashion luminous undereye look). For a base I opt for Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. I absolutely love this product as its a primer, moisturiser and colour all in one with added SPF 35. The thing I love about BB creams is that they are light and just subtly evens out our skin tone without the heaviness of foundation.

To conceal I mixed Sleek Luminaire Highlighting concealer with L'Oreal True Match concealer. As my skin tans at least 3 shades darker than my normal colour, I find it extremely difficult to find the perfect shade so don't be afraid in mixing concealers until you find the right colour for you.

The Eyes

Time for the eyes. To create my smokey look I used my trustworthy Naked 2 pallet by Urban Decay, blending in shades 'Bootycall, Chopper, YDK and Busted'. At £36 a pop they can be on the pricey end for eyeshadow but I find them totally worth the money since the colour is so pigmented it stays on for hours. For a more purse friendly option I would recommend Sleek's eyeshadow palettes which are also very pigmented and a steal at £7.99 each. Go for the Au Naturel palette which I found has almost identical shades to Naked 2.

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Naked 2 and Sleek Au Naturel Palette

Mascara and falsies are a must for this look and my go to mascara for the past two years has been L'Oreal Mega Volume Collagene in Extra Black. Try it and you will never look back. When it comes to fake eyelashes I love the Girls Aloud line from Eylure (my favourite are Kimberley's) but I have found purchasing packs of falsies from eBay cheaper. The ones I am wearing are from here.

Finish off the eyes with some liquid eyeliner in a cat eyed flick on the upper eyelid and smudged some black eyeshadow on your bottom lash line for a more natural smokey effect.

Brows are such an important make or break feature as they frame your face. For my eyebrows I use Sleek Brow Kit since personally I find powder eyebrow filler much more natural than pencil.

The Lips

I kept it fairly subtle with my lips for this look as I wanted my eyes to stand out. As some may know it is almost impossible finding the perfect nude shade for your skin tone and I've found the answer in Too Faced Lip Creme. It's moisturising balm keeps your lips soft and the pigmented colour stays on for hours so you only need one coat.
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Too Faced Lip Creme in Nude Beach

The Glow

To finish off, I apply Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette. Now I've tried hundred of bronzers/contouring kits and blushes in my lifetime and I have found the ultimate combination in the product. A bronzer, highlighter and blush all in one I couldn't imagine my makeup kit without it. Like all Sleek products it's very pigmented and blends so well.

To contour, suck in your cheeks and using an angled brush apply the darkest shade (the bronzer) under your cheekbones. To highlight, choose a contour brush (I love Real Techniques Core Brush Collection) to apply the highlighting powder under your eyes up to the highest part of your cheekbones. Finally using a blusher brush dust the rosy pink blush on the apples of your cheeks. Voila!

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Real Techniques Core Kit

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