• Lillee Jean

Valentine’s Day Siren Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

*Natasha Denona Face Glow Hydrating Primer

*Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, Gobi

*Cover Fx Cream Foundation, N100 + YSL Touche Eclat, 2

*Too Faced Bronzer, Snow Bunny

*NYX Cream Blush, Boho Chic

*Marc Jacobs #instamarc Filtering Powder, Mirage Filter

*Nars Liquid Illuminator, Copacabana + Laura Mercier Matte Radiance, 01

*Besame Cosmetics Brightening Vanilla Face Powder *Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

*ABH Liquid Lipstick(s): Trust Issues, American Doll

Just as I stress always, be sure to wash your skin good! The simplest thing of just splashing warm water on your skin can make the difference between dull and youthful skin. For me, I decided to go along with my usual Murad Time Release Acne Cleaner! This stuff is the best for acne stressed skin, even hive ridden. Literally with just a pea-sized amount smoothed over my skin into a foamy formula, then washing off with steamy water, it leaves a unique skin texture! Considering most acne washes dull and dry the skin out, definitely unique- it actually moisturizes those areas while combatting them. After applying my cleanser and washing it off, I applied Fresh’s Seaberry Oil all over my skin extended out to my hairline! Oil’s take a longer time to dry then regular creams, know your stuff and make sure every bit sinks into your pores for optimal hydration.

The first and foremost step in any makeup routine is to add primer certain areas. Whether you work on the eyes first, or face, a good time wearing primer is needed! With that being said, I lightly dashed finger tip amounts of ND Face Glow Hydrating Primer onto all zones of my face (tops of my cheeks, on my nose, center of my forehead, and on my chin). I then proceeded to gently blending it in with fluent side stoke motions that emphasized pushing out towards my hairline! Be noted that every primer is different texture wise, similarly to the oil/cream duo one always takes longer to absorb, plus you must take into account the thickness of your product. In fact, some primers such as color correcting one’s take layers on certain areas! Just for some common knowledge, I let the ND Face Glow to set for 5 minutes, by this point it was sunken into my pores enough.

I have not used my Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in FOREVER, well at least it feels that way. This baby def surprised me as I got to use it in a different way then usual (you’ll find out that part once I speak about blending the cream contour in)! I really have to get my hands on a pump, pouring out a pea-sized amount or gauging it is a pain in the butt. This stuff is super messy, and just not conventional at all, if you’re following this routine to an exact science perhaps choosing a pump formula is better and time friendly. At any rate, picking up from the pea-sized amount on the back of my hand, I then dipped my Makeup Geek Stippling Foundation Brush into it and gently began to stipple it onto my right cheek. I’m not one to start from the center as I find the same finish is achieved either way! Following through with the light stippling motions over my entire face, I then went back for an extra light coat (don’t use too much, I left over a decent amount) and buffed out harsh edges with downward stroke motions. Since I went along to cream contouring my skin I avoided allowing the foundation to dry, i’d just be re-moistened anyway!

Most people like to allow their cream contour to set, or proceed to baking methods, for me I prefer moving straight along to the bronzer! The Too Faced Snow Bunny Bronzer is another product I used to use all the damn time, it gives off such a beautiful glow. With my favorite Mac 168 brush I blended the product from my temples, down to the hollows of my cheeks and around to my jaw line. I avoided applying the bronzer to the sides of my nose since it contains shimmer particles, this will hinder any goals of chiseling your nose! The reason why it works for applying to the “3’s” of your face is because it forms a gradience when contour powders are added. Speaking of contour powders, I went over each area bronzed with the deep taupe shade provided in Marc Jacob’s #instamarc pallet, exclusively contouring the sides of my nose too!