The Attic's New Year Makeup Look
2018 is almost here, and thank God for that. Of course, there is a measure of uncertainty for the new year, but considering how 2017 went, I kind of look forward to celebrating its end. The Prosecco is in the fridge, the panettone on the table, and a Gloria Gaynor playlist is ready to go at midnight. The right look has also been decided: I have been wanting to do an under-eye colour pop all year long but never felt brave enough for it, but now I have the perfect occasion for it. So, without further ado, let’s get on with the tutorial!
- I start with the base: Nuxe’s Splendieuse Yeux is an amazing eye cream that reduces under-eye circles (this is an under-eye look so we want that area to be nice and even!).
Then, I apply Caolion’s Pore Tightening Bounce Cream, which I first found disappointing because I am a very impatient cookie, but it’s actually been really effective.
- Next I apply my primer – in this case: Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer (you might have guessed it, I have quite the obsession for making sure to have poreless skin).
- I conceal my under-eye area with Sisley’s Phyto Cernes Eclat (shade 1): its slightly orange tone is good for some very effective concealing.
Then, I apply my foundation, Nars’ Sheer Glow Foundation (shade ‘Mont Blanc’) with a beauty blender.
- I finish my base with Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade Light 1 ‘Chantilly’) to highlight the center of my face and the bridge of my nose, and follow with Becca’s Soft Light Blurring Powder (shade, Golden Hour).
- Contouring, my friend, is something I am not sure I would have ever gotten right if not for the Smashbox Contour Palette (shade, 'Light'). I use the cooler tone to darken the space slightly above the hollow of my cheeks, and then blend with the bronzier tone, which I also use to emphasise my jaw and around my hairline.
- Now comes my favourite part, the eyebrows. I used Benefit’s Ka-Brow for a long time, but have recently switched to back to using a pencil because I found it just so much more practical. I now use Goof Proof Brow Pencil (shade, 'Medium') to fill a couple of spots where my eyebrows refuse to grow now for some reasons. There actually is not much to do for me, as I tend to have very dark and full brows, so there literally is just a bit of filling in.
- The fun continues with the eyes – I use Nars’ Love Game Eyeshadow Palette (from their Man Ray limited edition collection). I apply a nude pink tone (shade, ‘Blind Date’) on the entire eyelid using my fingertips, and then I darken my crease with a matte reddish brown colour (shade, ‘Momentum’). I intensify the outer corner of my eyes with a slightly darker and bronze-y shade (shade, ‘Long Game’). For both of these colours, I use Real Technique’s Domed Shadow Brush from their Travel Essential Kit for subtle blending. Time for that pop of colour! I take the green eye shadow in the palette
- I don’t use false eyelashes, as I have never really felt the need. One thing I truly feel blessed for is my eyelashes. So, for mascara I have been using the Victoria Beckham for Estée Lauder, which I found to be perfect for that extra bit of volume and definition.
- Last, but not least, I apply my new favourite nude lipstick. Smashbox’s Be Legendary Triple Tone in Nude Ombré. I have a very complicated relationship with nude lipsticks as I will always be a red-lip kinda-girl; but, this lipstick because it is not too pale and actually allows you to blend three colours is the perfect compromise between colour and nude.
So, here we have it! Let us all know about your NYE looks in the comment section below or on Instagram using the tag #NewYearAtTheAttic
I wish you all a Happy New Year, filled with joy and success,