Autumn Nights | Drugstore Beauty Tutorial

Monday, September 14, 2015

Oh Autumn, how I love you. Give me all of the golds, coppers and bronzes. For today's post, I've created this golden, brown smoky eye perfect for any autumn night out. This post is actually a collab with the lovely Matea from Girly Blog. Matea has created a beautiful, every day make-up look perfect for this time of year, which you can check out here. 

To prep my skin for make-up application, I have used the Maybelline Baby Skin to prime and erase the appearance of any pores and fine lines. I love this primer as it gives my face a smooth and softer look to my foundation. For foundation, the Bourjois Healthy Mix is perfect for anyone like me, with combination skin. This applies seamlessly to my skin whilst not clinging to any drier patches or becoming oily in other areas throughout the night. The goji berry extract within this foundation gives my skin an extra added glow which I'm certainly not complaining about! 

I've heard a lot of good reviews about the Maybelline Brow Drama being the perfect dupe for Benefit Gimme Brow and so of course, I decided to trial it within today's post. Initially, I found the brush a little bit confusing to use. As you can see from the photograph above the end of the brush is quite big and circular whilst there is a smaller and flatter brush extending from this - I didn't understand whether to use both parts to the brush or just the circular section. Overall, this did fill my brows in the way I wanted them too - this didn't give as much coverage as the Benefit offering so if you're looking for a more natural looking brow then the Maybelline Brow Drama is perfect. I found the MBD dries to a much more thicker consistency than BGB so you definitely know your brows aren't coming off all night!

Another new product I have been trialling is of course the blogger's favourite. The Collection Lasting Perfection. I picked up mine in the lightest shade; 'Fair' to highlight my under eyes as well as around the brows. Upon using this under the eyes I could already tell this is the perfect dupe for MAC pro-longwear - this brightens the under eye area perfectly, concealing any signs of a dark circle. The doe foot applicator makes this so easy to apply, with the formula feeling super soft and creamy. I then applied this around my brows to define them, leaving my arches looking crisp and perfected. To hide any blemishes, I have used the Maybelline Age Rewind just to pop a little bit of extra coverage above my foundation, blending in seamlessly with my beauty blender.

To keep all of that goodness in place throughout the night I have used the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. This helped to prevent my under eyes from creasing whilst further adding a little bit of extra coverage to the rest of my face. I like to pat my powder gently, beginning from the nose to add a more natural finish. Once my make-up is all complete, I've kept it in place all night using the NYX Stay Matte setting spray, perfect for keeping any shine and oil at bay!

Firstly I've applied the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer and set with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder just to erase the appearance of any veins and redness. To prime, I've used the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'On&On Bronze'. This blends onto the lid so well, is super pigmented which means you could wear it alone or underneath eyeshadow like I have, this will help to keep your shadows locked in all night. Using the Mark Wins Beauty eyeshadow palette which I picked up on a whim last Christmas for only £5 in Asda, it's one of the best quality eyeshadow palettes I own. Firstly I have taken 'Imagine', a classic orange and applied it right across the crease as my transition shade. Above this 'Beautiful', a true chocolate brown which will help to darken the look; leaving you with a burnt orange effect. Taking a clean eyeshadow brush, apply this through the crease to blend everything together much more seamlessly. To brighten up the lid, I've used 'Vixen', a bright white, this did however show up a little grey due to the colour tattoo but don't worry this is only being applied to ensure the shimmer shade shows up better. For the shimmer, I've used this gorgeous Topshop number in 'Shuffle the cards' this is a beautiful gold with pink speckles running throughout - the perfect transition from summer to autumn. Apply right across the lid and into the inner corner to brighten up the eyes. Taking 'Beautiful' once again, blend right through the lower lash line for the effect of a sultry, smoky brown eye. To lengthen my lashes the Rimmel Wake Me Up mascara is another new offering in my collection. With added cucumber extract this smells amazing, however I'd recommend applying a couple of coats then leaving to dry before applying any more. This is actually a great dupe for Benefit They're Real in my opinion. 

To bronze up the face the Rimmel Sun Shimmer bronzer in 'Natural Bronze' is perfect for adding a natural flush of colour to the face whilst keeping my cheekbones looking super defined. For my highlight, I've used the Topshop Glow Cream in 'Polished' to add a bit of sparkle to any areas I wish to highlight (Cupid's bow, bridge of nose etc..) this is a lovely champagne-silver tone which blends beautifully and lasts all day. 

Prepping my lips for application, I am of course using my trustee Lush Lip Scrub - these are perfect for removing any dry skin and makes applying your lipstick much easier to do. Today's lip of choice is the Maybelline Colour Sensational in 'Tantalising Taupe'. This is a beautiful peach brown nude which looks super natural on the lips - a great colour for transitioning into the autumn months. 

Ta-dah! That is the look complete - I had a lot of fun creating this and was super impressed with the final result. It's nice to treat ourselves with some high end products on a night out but sometimes what's in the drugstore really is just as good quality for more than half the price. If you would like to see any more drugstore only make-up looks then do let me know in the comments below as I'd be more than happy to do so! Until next time,

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