Who doesn’t love a dramatic makeup look on a school night?
I am not one for wearing tons of makeup, even though I envy the Kardashians who all have a glam squad at a hand’s reach. I guess if your every step is photographed you do need a team of the best in the industry to make you look picture ready at all times. On the other hand, there’s me. No one takes snaps of me running to Tesco in my sweats. I sometimes pretend I’m famous and wear sunglasses when it’s just about to rain to make myself feel fancy.
My everyday makeup is usually one of the two – I didn’t bother or I made an effort and spent 10-15 minutes in front of the mirror while I was drinking tea and panicking because I’m probably late. But every now and then I do love to spend an hour or so in my glam room (at my desk in front of my light up mirror) and really work on my makeup.
Now that the festive season is long gone but not forgotten thanks to all the mince pies, there aren’t any festivities to attend in full glam. Or are there? Yes, it’s February, which yes, is the second worst month of the year. But it brings us Valentine’s day – a good excuse for a weeknight date with bae. And what better excuse to be just a bit extra with my makeup than a special date night?
Don’t have a date? Don’t you worry, you can still have a fab night in while wearing about six kilos of makeup on your face! In Bulgaria, where I come from, we have our own holiday on 14th February. We celebrate vine growers, winemakers and wine in general. So get your bffs, a bottle of your favourite grape juice and celebrate Trifon Zarezan – the day of the wine!
Now it’s glam time!
Firstly, a confession. I am probably the last person on earth to get the Huda Beauty wagon. I don’t know how I’ve lived until now. I got the Mauve Obsessions palette recently and OH.MY.GOD. The shadows are all so pigmented, blendable and totally amazing! I’ve never really worn such bold colours but these are just so gorgeous this might be my new favourite palette!
The ‘base’ is my usual – Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer & YSL Touche Eclat stick. I still don’t wear foundation, even when I take my makeup a level up, I just don’t feel the need to clog my pores when my skin tone is even and anything I need to cover I can do with concealer. Plus, I am lazy.
To fill my brows, I’ve combined Burberry’s Full Brows and Tanya Burr’s Selfie Sculpt (because I love it too much) and to set my temperamental little hairs in place I use my new bestie – Glossier Boy Brow in clear. These three make my battle with my brows a bit easier and I don’t hate them as much as I did before, so that’s a win.
I prime my lids with Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer in white to get the colour to really pop and stay on for the whole day.
Moving on to the Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions palette – I used the light taupe colour as my transition shade and created a very soft cut crease with two of the metallic colours. I love how I can create this whole bold eye look with just one palette – from the transition shade (matte taupe) to the crease colour (dark burgundy), glitter (sparkling red) & highlight (matte beige)!
I tried the Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black for the first time and quite liked it, as it separates and defines the lashes, instead of clumping them together, which is never a good look.
As my eyes are quite bold and out there, I decided to keep my lips simple, so I went for the Rimmel London Oh My Gloss in Purr Glossy Cat. I’ve been trying to make myself like lip gloss as much as I did when I was 10, and this guy kind of helps me. I am still not the biggest fan of gloss, especially with the crazy winds recently, but give me some points for trying, will ya?
Contour & Highlight
I’ve been wanting to try the Benefit Hoola Bronzer for like EVER and when I got a sample in a Birchbox I was so excited. And then I kind of kept putting it off because I never felt my look deserved this super hyped-up product. Well, this ended today. I love the soft contour the Hoola bronzer creates and how buildable it is.
On my cheeks, I usually use my EX1 blusher in Jet Set Glow, which I think goes quite well with this look too.
Now, my favourite part – highlighter! I have been loving highlighters in the past few months. Sometimes, even if I am only wearing mascara and lip balm I dab a bit of highlighter on my cheekbones because I love, love, love the glow! For this look, I used the Sleek MakeUP Solstice highlighting palette which is THE BEST!!! and By Terry Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact for a magical glow.
Lastly, I set everything with a bit of my Lola Universal Pressed Powder and I’m all done.
I wasn’t 100% sure I would like the mauve shades on my skin, but I absolutely love how it turned out. It definitely isn’t a look I’d wear daily, but it does make for a gorgeous special occasion / night out / I’m just feeling a bit extra look.
So, are you celebrating Valentine’s day or the Day of Wine? Either way, have some fun with your makeup and know you’re loved!