This week’s post was a real treat for me. Not only did I get to flex my makeup muscles, which have been in hibernation for the most part this semester but, I got to give one of my gal pals a makeover in the process. Here is a step by step breakdown of what I did to create this holiday look that was inspired by Kirsten Dunst’s red carpet snapshot.
My model started with a clean face. She applied her own moisturizer and then primed her face with Smashbox’s Photo Finish Color Correcting in Adjust, Oil-Free Foundation Primer. She then evened out her skin color by applying her own BareMinerals Original Foundation in Light. On a side note, I was surprised by how well the BareMinerals created an even finish, my friend swears by the stuff and has been an avid follower for eight years. Of this first shot the model says, “I look like Charlize Theron in the movie Monster . . . I’m clearly not happy about being sans makeup!” Fortunately for her the final result was worth the wait as you’ll see shortly.
Once, my model’s base was finished, I lightly filled out her brows with a brow powder made by Anastasia of Beverly Hills in Ash Blonde. I then swiped her brows with a quick coating of clear brow gel also by Anastasia to keep them in place. For skin discolorations and blemishes I stippled Bobbi Bown’s corrector in Light Bisque to the problem areas. To help reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles I dabbed some creamy concealer in Sand also by Bobbi Brown. Bobbi’s products are always a go-to for me, their quality and blend-ability are unparalleled. Next, I set her face with a mattifying powder in Fair by Jemma Kid, and applied it around the T-Zone with a fan brush.
At this point we were about half-way through completing the look. It was time to add some color and life back into the cheeks. To do this I spread a generous amount of Nars Illuminator in Orgasm to the apples of her cheeks and blended outward. This product is one of my personal favorites because it’s not really a cream blush and not a powder blush but, it dries somewhere in between the two and creates a very natural flushed looked. I then lightly brushed some bronzing powder by Bobbi Brown in Golden Light, to the model’s T-Zone and underneath the apples of her cheeks to create a contrast and add depth to the cheekbones. Then, I dabbed some of Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey to her lips and topped it off with some clear gloss.
Last step were the eyes, Kirsten’s eyes pop out at you in the inspiration image and I tried to re-create that the best I could. I started by applying a cream eyeshadow by Nars in Thebes. I then lined the inner and outer lids with a soft touch shadow pencil by Nars in Aigle Noir. The key here was blending the shimmery cream shadow and the glittery pencil together. I added a fair amount of metallic cream shadow to the inner corners of the eyes. I think this was the icing on the cake for helping create an ideal holiday party look. I coated her lashes in a couple of layers of Laura Mercier’s Full Blown Volume Mascara in Black and called it a day.
Overall, I think the final look turned out really well. I wasn’t going for an exact copy of Kirsten’s photo but, I incorporated some makeup trends being seen this season like the berry lip, and metallic lids. We definitely had a blast doing this look and now everyone is asking when I can give them a makeover next. I’d like to give a big thanks to my lovely model who says of her new look, “I definitely am ready to go out to the bars and pick up men now . . . I feel ready to celebrate the New Year in style!” I hope this post inspires some of you to re-create some of your favorite looks from the red carpet this season, and experiment with beauty.
Until next week, thanks for reading!
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