Dragonfly Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial
*Cover Fx Cream Foundation(s), N100+N10
*Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, Chocolate
*Marc Jacobs #instamarc Filtering Contour Powders, Mirage Filter
*Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé, Guava/Moonstone
*Nars Liquid Illuminator, Copacabana
*Natasha Denona All Over Glow Face & Body Shimmer, Powder 01 Light
The foundation is really where the magic happens. I swear, never in my life have I used a foundation that is so luminous, yet covers SO much with only one tiny pump, simply brilliant. If you happen to be on the look out for this brand I highly suggest buying from Beautylish.com! My order came within 2 days plus I got the added bonus of color suggestion, which turned out to be the perfect match (the thoroughly swatch your current foundations next to the ones you’re interested in). Besides my hero worship, I squeezed only one pump to the back of my hand. This is an odd formula; neither thick or thin, so if it happens to take time to come out of the tube don’t stress it! Anyhoo with the ND Face Glow and my Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting brush, I gently brushed/patted the product from the center of my face out to my hairline. I like to start from under my left eye and work section by section, but it’s totally up to you! If extra coverage is needed (there should be enough product left on your hand if you work in light layers, if not add another pump) simply stipple or pat on more product to the desired section. This is amazing when it comes to building up coverage, plus the fact it gives a wonderful glow that happens to be unaffected by adding more product! Allow the foundation to set for a good 5 minutes.
Right after cream contouring I proceeded onto setting it with a powder! Generally you should use a bronzer, then any dark powder for the contour followed by a yellow/peach/pink highlight. For me, I skip the powdered highlight. I feel it dulls my skin out and creates too much of a product buildup (primer-foundation-N10-Highlight-Setting Powder-Spray, way too much)! With my Mac 168 brush and Too Faced Chocolate Matte Bronzer, I brushed the product from my temples down to the hollows of my cheeks and finally to my jaw line. Since this is matte you can also work on the sides of your nose and use this to set your contour! Speaking of setting the contour, with the same 168, I took a light amount of the deep bronze shade from Marc Jacob’s Filtering Powders’ Kit, and wherever I cream contoured the product was place. With any powders, or liquids for that matter work in layers! It is much easier to build up than sheer out.
Another goodie I shall reveal too you guys (even though I shouldn’t) is Becca’s Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé in Guava/Moonstone. This is the most stunning blush I have ever used! It’s long lasting, radiant NOT shimmery, and gives a wonderful flush with and without a brush! For this one I decided to use my fingers and gently dab the coral from the apples of my cheeks up to my hairline. This has similar blending abilities to Stila’s Watercolor Blush, meaning be careful where you place it!
Honestly, this is the FUNNEST part of this entire look- screw the shadow. To begin the glow part start with a liquid illuminator! It’s always best to begin a luminous look with liquids as it acts as a sticky base. With Nars’s liquid illuminator in Copacabana, I took a pea-sized amount onto the back of my hand and with a Sephora Teardrop Highlighting Brush, gently doused the “C’s” of my eyes with the product as well as down the bridge of my nose and on my cupids bow. Excess product was taken onto my chin and forehead! I set the liquid with Natasha Denona’s All Over Face & Body Shimmer using the same Sephora Brush. On the exact areas I liquid illuminated, this product was applied. This gives off a very “adult glow”, meaning not shimmery just simply glow which I don’t say about many products! Layer this on until you reach your desired highlight :)!
As many of you know I do my makeup in the order of face, eyes, lips, setting so today I shall share with you what I had done for my lips that is so strikingly different from other days! First off, this all came about from me being unsure of what lip color to use. I wasn’t quite satisfied with the results I received from ABH’s Trust Issues alone so I lightened the color to a marvelous mauve! Pretty sure there is a color out there identical to this color but there is something so pleasing to the eye about the light pink and purple mending together. I first applied Trust issues to my entire lips and while it was still wet I then took Milkshake and smudged it right over Trust Issues! I repeated the smudging process once more and kept the light pink predominately in the center lip area for a gradience!
Now, you may set your face. As mentioned above I personally like to set right after everything is completed! With that being said I took my Sephora #74 brush and gently brushed Makeup Forever’s Hd Setting Powder under my eyes, on my forehead, between my jaw and cheek contour and finally on my chin. I then set everything with Urban Decay’s All Night Spray :)!
*Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil, Milk
To begin this super fab look begin with defining your brows! I opted in for a skinnier brow than my usual primarily because I needed more space to blend out a few crease shades. How does one do such a thing you might ask? Well it required me to be SUPER careful when shaving down my brows and plucking- daring, I know. Watch out stud. Right after that lovely flirty chat I had with you all and after grooming your brows (if you happened to do so), the first official step is to spoolie through your brows! I chose my Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush, and after doing so I flipped the brush and began to line and fill my brows. Be sure to use light and short strokes when filling in the brows to mimic actual brow hair!
Once you have your brows in tact move along to priming. I used two priming bases though you don’t have to, I just find the white shadow base adds a stronger support for Dragon (base lid shade). Starting off with Bobbi Brown’s Cream Shadow in Bone, I gently blended it on my lid and up to my brow bone. Then I smudged on Nyx’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk to my entire lid area as well as my lower lash line and very slightly blended it in. You want to make sure Milk remains on the eye socket and doesn’t move, the more you blend the less of a strong white base it becomes!
*Urban Decay Vice 3 Pallet: Dragon, Bobby Dazzle
*Urban Decay Electric Pallet: Freak, Trash, Revolt
*Mac Eyeshadow: Plumage
Right after you completed the priming and base stage move along to the actual shadow application! Dragon is a fierce shade but takes time to build up for a shimmery sheen, be sure to work in light layers as this makes for an easier blending stance. Rather a dense shadow brush I went for a longer and fluffier one, this allowed me to create a “blurred” effect that SLIGHTLY went into the crease.
Right after applying Dragon move further down to the lower lash line (I like to work the crease last). The first shade applied is Freak followed by Trash, keep these colors right in the inner corners AVOIDING the tear duct area! I chose a Smashbox Full Exposure Brush as I felt the fluffy side picked up shimmer particles well. Be sure that Trash is slightly closer to the tear duct than Freak, it should look gradient! Then, take the shade Revolt and pop this right in the inner corners! If you do not clean your brush, or pick up a different one, it will reflect blue/green :)!
Being Trash was added to the inner corners of my eyes its only fair to pair a reflective shade on the lower lash line as well! To do this I took a Mac 219 and smudged Peacock on the outer third of my lash line followed by Pixie Dust, in which gradually blended into Revolt :)! To highlight my brow bones I took Bobby Dazzle and gently placed it right below and slightly in my tear duct on top of Revolt.
*Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner, Trooper
*Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes, So Black!
This should be the final outcome :)! Just as a little note, Dragon can lean emerald green OR a teal it depends on the lighting! Also after a full half day of wearing the products, Denona one’s in specific, I can tell the review/haul video is going to be great unlike my other reviews. I’m absolutely obsessed with the Shimmering Powder- as you can see from the photo above I popped it right in the center of my lip for a majestic mauve/gold lip shade. The best part is I PACKED on the pigment for my cupids bow and from the photo it doesn’t look too harsh compared to what many highlights look like when you pack it on, AKA Becca Champagne Pop.