My Version of Glam

If you saw my last post, you know that day to day I try to wear my makeup as naturally and fresh looking as possible. Occasionally I feel like having a bit of fun and I can really pile it on. This look is about as glam as I get (and about as complicated). We’re talking a full face- foundation, heavier eye makeup, highlighter, contour, the whole lot. Every once and a while it’s fun to get a little intense.

I’ve been testing Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation (I’m shade 2C3) and I used it for this tutorial. Surprisingly, although it’s a full coverage foundation, I still feel like my skin looks decently natural. Just like my fav tarte foundation, it bonds with my skin after it dries down, so there’s no shifting and patchiness evident as the day progresses. I really appreciate the lack of shiftiness.

Apologies now for the slightly overexposed photos. Clouds were appearing, disappearing, and playing with my fragile sanity. I adjusted after a few shots, but the cloud mind games were relentless.

As for application, it’s the usual. Stripes. Miracle Complexion Sponge. Spot conceal.

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If I had to do this over again, I probably would have done my foundation last (serious makeup rookie error.) I used lots of shadows and had lots of fall out during the eye makeup pile on, but oh well. Live and learn.

I started by priming my lids with MAC’s Paint Pot in Painterly, then sweeping a light layer of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural to set. I have such a deep crease that I get eyeshadow creasing no matter what I do, but a layer of the powder seems to delay it a bit. Then, I highlight under my brow bone with a bit of my favorite highlighter pencil.

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Next I started building color. First, I drew a really thick and rough line of brown eyeliner along my top lash line. I really pushed the liner into my lashes. Then, I took an angled liner brush and smudged, smudged, smudged, blowing out that line and softening it a bit.

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I really work the product into my lashline and create the slightest wing as I pull it out along my eyelid. Once I’ve softened the line a bit, I start by adding a bit of dark brown shadow along that line and concentrated at the outer corner. For this look, I used MAC’s Club eyeshadow, but any dark brown shadow will do.

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Again, I try and keep my eye open to place the shadow where I want it, then close my eye and blend inward. I build up the color as much as I like along the outer corner, and into the outer crease. Sometimes, I keep it quite light handed. This is where you can personalize to your liking. On my mobile lid, I patted a bit of MAC’s Satin Taupe to blend the darker outer color into the lighter inner corner. It creates a nice gradient.


I rounded the outer corner on my lower lashline with Club, then added a bit of Satin Taupe to connect to the inner corner. I lined my lower waterline and tightlined my upper water line with more brown liner.

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If I was going for a softer look, I would have left my lower waterline unlined like I did in the pic above (bottom right-left eye). I added the eyeliner for impact. Also, in the above pics, you can see that by lining my lower lashline with shadow and connecting it to the outer corner, it created a slight cat-eye shape, which I like. A little concealer in the inner corner to counteract any blue tones, then lots and lots of mascara. No false lashes for me. They photograph beautifully, but I cannot be bothered. So I don’t. It’s that simple.

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To finish my skin, I added a layer of the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural. I also decided to add a bit of contour AND highlight, which I never do. It’s a lot. So, I started with a bit of contour for some shape. I used a mix of eyeshadows in the tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Palette. A cool gray mixed with a mid-tone brown (and of course I didn’t get a picture). I added a neutral blush on top towards the front of my cheekbones (bottom right pic below)

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You can see (I hope) that it adds just a bit of shape to my face. Next, I ran a bit of highlighter across the tops of my cheekbones and around the tops of my brow. I used the Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer because if you are going for highlight, might as well go all in.

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Overall, I like this look a lot. Bit of drama, and a bit of fun playing with some of my lesser used products. I added just a touch of MAC’s Patisserie to my lips since it’s my ultimate MLBB shade (my lips but better).





I usually try and capture all the products I use in one shot, but instead I thought I’d take a shot of all the products out as I try and decide what to use… ABSOLUTE CHAOS!


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