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Bronzed Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

*Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

*Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, Porcelain

*Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, Fair Neutral

*Cover Fx Cream Foundation, N100

*Nars Multiple Stick, Copacabana, Portofino

*Givenchy Poudre Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder, 4

*Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit, Light/Medium

*Colourpop Highlighter, Smoke N Whistles

*MUFE HD Setting Powder

*Urban Decay All Nighter Spray

Black lipstick is Limecrime Black Velvet and the orange lipstick is ABH Melon Lipgloss.

Please excuse my hair and attire for this post I literally just jumped out of the shower. With that being said I had a pretty clean canvas from using Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, and my normal Fresh Seaberry Oil to moisturize right after. Anytime I use an Origins face mask my skin literally is porcelain. These are inexpensive compared to most face masks and do a heck of a better job especially for my dry Winter skin! Depending on if you’re doing a daily routine or not, I would recommend doing a quick hydrating face mask, or refining pore facial mask to have immaculate skin when time comes for black lipstick!

Although not one of my favorites anymore I used Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer to prime my skin. Normally I’d be using my Hourglass N28 primer but unfortunately that exploded and I’m left with this stuff. Enough of my complaining, I squeezed a pea sized amount on the palm of my hand then rubbed my hands together to warm the product up. Starting from the center of my face I moistened the product out towards my hairline, similarly to the process of applying a face moisturizer! Allow this to set for a few minutes; depending on how much oil is present in your primer gauge the amount of time you’d like your pores to absorb the product.

I’ll be honest, my foundation did not even apply the same with this primer. Yes, I am still going on it is bothersome to think my FAVORITE primer decided to explode. Moving along from that side of the spectrum, squeeze out one pump of the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation on the back of your hand. With you favorite blending tool (I went for Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting Foundation Brush) carefully plunge your brush into the foundation and begin to stipple it on all zones of your face. I like to begin with my right cheek and simply place the product on working clockwise. Once you have stippled the product on you should have some reaming on the back of your hand. This should only be used on areas needing extra coverage! Focus on blending the product seamlessly in towards your hairline with long downward brush strokes. Never use upward strokes because this will illuminate peach fuzz and all that hides stuff you never realized was there. By this point your foundation should be fully applied and buffed out completely! Most people like to let their foundation sit for a few minutes but I just went straight to cream contouring and cream highlighting.

In addition to the cream contouring and cream highlighting part I also will be explaining the placement and blending technique of the Multiple Sticks by Nars!

Once the blush and highlight is taken care of move on to bronzing! I went for Givenchy’s Poudre Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder in #4. This added a lot of warmth back to my face; whenever you use contouring products the taupey shades draw the face back and strip its natural color. With my Mac 168 Brush I gently swept it from my temples, to the hollows of my cheeks, and back down to my jaw line. Repeat the same “3” shape until you’re satisfied with the pigment. If you happen to be using a matte bronzer you can use this as a settlement for your cream contour!

To just add that extra dimension back and contour the sides of my nose once more I went into the first color from Smashbox’s Step By Step Contour Kit! With the same 168 brush I gently swept it right under my cheekbones and with upward sweeps brushed it up the sides of my nose! This was more of a quicky, nothing special just used to bring the contour back to life.