Recently my husband and I attended a black tie event and I have to admit, I was so excited to get dressed up in a beautiful gown, to do my makeup and to get my hair done!
I decided to break out my Naked3 palette because I have only really used it a handful of times since I purchased it and I thought now is as good a time as any! I had seen so many tutorials on Youtube and beauty blogs about how versatile this palette can be so I thought I would see what I could come up with. The rose-gold toned shadows are to die for…
It’s SO important to start with cleansed and moisturised skin. I exfoliated my face the night before to make sure my foundation applied beautifully and evenly.
I have been completely in love with the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. Provides the perfect base to apply foundation and while it is a quite a heavy cream, it absorbs easily and is even great for my combination/oily skin.
This will come as no surprise but I used my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and applied it with the Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush. It is a full coverage foundation and while it does contain an SPF10, I find it photographs beautifully and you can always trust that it will last all night without having to touch up… at all! For under eye concealer I used Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. It is so deliciously creamy and pigmented and it does a brilliant job at getting rid of those pesky dark circles.
I used the Ben Nye setting powder in Buff. This stuff has the slightest hint of colour to it but it is ultimately translucent and would suit a wide range of skin tones.
MAC Cosmetics blush in Springsheen. A beautiful, coral, shimmery blush that compliments any skin tone and adds the perfect “sheen” to the cheek.
NARS Laguna bronzer…. this is such a cult product and I can understand why! The perfect bronzer.
I started off by applying MAC’s paint pot in Painterly. This product is great for two reasons: it evens out any discolouration on the eyelid while priming the the skin which will help prevent the eyeshadow from fading or creasing throughout the night.
I then brought out my Naked3 palette and used Buzz on the eyelid and used Limit as my transition/blending colour throughout the crease. I also blended Limit slightly up onto the brow bone as it helped with blending later on.
Then it was onto Factory which I applied in a more precisely into the outer crease. I also applied this colour to my lower lash line. I was going to stop here but felt I need a bit more definition. So I went in with Blackheart in a “C” shape in my outer crease and along my outer lash line and on the lower lash line too. Of course I blended in between each colour I applied so the shadows would look seamless. As a liner I went back in with Blackheart and gently smudged that into the upper and lower lash lines with a small angled brush. I avoid using eyeliner on my bottom waterline as it closes off my eyes too much!
To highlight the inner corner of my eye I used Dust and to make my eyes “pop” even more I used Strange just under brow bone!
I used my all-time favourite lashes – the Ardell Knot-Free Individual Lash. I applied 6 individual lashes to the outer corners on my eyes for a bit of extra drama. They are SO easy to apply and look so natural!
My eyebrows were defined using MAC’s eyeshadow in Mystery with a MAC 216 brush.
I set everything in place with my Urban Decay “All Nighter” Setting Spray. It’s safe to say my makeup was not gonna budge!
I’m not a huge lipstick kinda gal so I just used my NYX butter gloss in Creme Brûlée. It is the perfect nude gloss!
Annnnnd that’s it! It was such an easy look to do and I loved the way it turned out. It has definitely inspired me to use my Naked3 palette a bit more often and to experiment with all of the beautiful colours!
Oh, and for those wondering how my hair looked, I spoiled myself and had my hairdresser create a romantic up style… I loved it!
Justin and I had such a beautiful night. Thank you to everyone who made such lovely comments on my recent Instagram posts!
Love, Melanie xo