Welcome back love bunnies! I do apologize immensely for being a tad M.I.A. these past few days, but make no mistake, it was for a well off reason. Shortly said, I had an allergic reaction to some products, but luckily four (4) days later I believe it's safe to say the swelling went down, hence it's time to get back ta' business! During my healing time, I took the liberty of viewing a few previous tutorials of mine. Two (2) things stood out to me the most -- a lack of light purple, and a lack of white gold. Gold and purple is a timeless combination, but it's the hue in which you manipulate the shades that really brings the full eye makeup look together! White gold is not necessarily a color I've delved into, so this was a nice change up. Do be noted ANYONE can recreate this look, however it will require some skill on blending, and some background knowledge of what exactly a halo eye is! Fret not, your Lilz shall explain all this way no-one feels left out.
Do be noted, as a disclaimer, ALL products were purchased with my own money, anything stated below is MY opinion, and all photos are raw, with minor touch ups of a lighting change, sharpness enhancement or a saturation enhancement. These factors DO NOT physically change the construct of each photo, they make it so you loves can see em' clearly!
Time to complete this tutorial: 26 Minutes (professionals/myself)
34 Minutes (beginners/ intermediate)
Marc Jacobs Beauty - Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer
L'Oreal Paris - True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, W2 Light Ivory
Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer; One (1) Pump of Primer
M.A.C. Cosmetics - Powder Blush, Well Dressed
Anastasia Beverly Hills - Liquid Lipstick: Catnip, Trust Issues
Nars Cosmetics - Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
Isn't it interesting how a few steps back can change the lighting drastically on one's selfie? At least I find it fascinating...*hint*, *hint*, expect a new addition to my Photo Series soooooon. As you loves know I prefer keeping the face makeup VERY simple, taking into consideration the products used, in full, that includes the eye makeup products too, I have added a new time frame for beginner and intermediate makeup users! Some of you complained my normal time frame's were too unrealistic for the average person, understandably so, hopefully this new add on can help ya' out :). Anyhow, onto the actual tutorial! After washing my skin thoroughly, and setting it with a creamy moisturizer, I swiftly moved right ahead to the priming stage. It's safe to say the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer is a staple product in all my tutorials. Despite me being a beauty blogger, I am human and in all honesty the MJ primer is the ONLY product I've come across to combat dryness in a pinch, while keeping my skin hydrated all day long! With that all being said, squeezing a pump of product out onto my Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer, I quickly transferred the milky substance onto the sponge pad provided in L'Oreal's True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, hence picking up a well off amount of foundation (the products should mix gradually together during this process), then transferred that mixture onto my skin starting from my lower jaw line working my way up towards my cheekbones with tiny stipples, and wide circular blends. Think of this as the alternative to mixing foundation and primer together BEFORE applying it to one's skin, the circumstances are just a tad different, as the L'Oreal Lumi Cushion is indeed a flat cushion with foundation underneath! Given about two to three (2-3) minutes to fully absorb into my pores, I added a soft flush of immaculate pink by swirling Well Dressed by Mac Cosmetics directly on top of the apples of my cheeks with a Sephora #74 brush. As a tip, applying your blush directly to the apples will concentrate the shade, thus light will direct center of your face, and create a soft appearance. Applying the blush to the hollows of your cheeks will form a more chiseled effect, which is not what we're aiming for here today.
Glooooowiiiiiinnnng! Still to this day the word glow makes me feel all warm and tingly inside. Since I already have a soft focus glow from the immaculate pink blush, I decided a brief dusting of Starlight Illuminator by Anastasia Beverly Hills was all I needed! The soft gold was taken across the tops of my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose, mainly with a Mac Duo-Fibre 132 Brush. To the right you shall see a close up of the lips! I normally don't do lip photos, but I felt the combination of Trust Issues, with a light coating of Catnip Liquid Lipstick by Anastasia was quite beautiful and made for the perfect mauvish plum, especially for Fall. Please be careful with the lip choice, a weird remark, I know, but when I happened to put on a soft lilac color it threw all the shades off! Experiment, loves. For setting purposes I softly dusted Nars's Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder across all highlighting zones of my face (under eye area, sides of nose, mainly), to ensure a matte finish with select glow areas would carry me through the day!
Anastasia Beverly Hills - Dipbrow Pomade, Auburn
Morphe Brushes - 35U Multi-Color Shimmer Eyeshadow Pallet: Row 5, Column 6 (center of lid)
Makeup Geek Cosmetics - Eyeshadow Pan/ Foiled Eyeshadow Pan: Carnival (outer third, inner third); Day Dreamer (lower lash line); Curfew (softly brushed into crease)
Violet Voss Cosmetics - Glitter, Goldie
Mac Cosmetics - Eye Kohl, Smolder
Revlon Cosmetics - ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner, Black Out
KoKo Lashes - Marilyn Lashes
The funny part is once one get's the hang of blending, a halo eye is a WALK IN THE PARK! To master this dreamy halo eye, the first step is lightly defining your brows. Brows too harsh, and too thick will take away from the soft beauty the gold and lilac create, be aware of this factor! I personally like to take my Morphe R44, dip into the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Auburn, then softly flick my brow hairs up while gradually building up pigment and definition. Spooling after is IDEAL! Something I don't feel is necessary is using an eye primer-- if you coat over your lids with foundation, there is no need to add more product, it's truly a perspective step. Some say they can't live without an eye primer, others like myself, could care less for it! Just so you loves know ahead of time, ANY type of white gold, that includes your highlighters, can be used for the center of your lid, I just fell in love with Row 5, Column 6 and decided to dig in. Speaking of shadows, Row 5, Column 6 is indeed the first color I applied to my lids! The shade was streaked down the center of my eyelids with a Sephora #18 brush. I tried concentrating the color closer to the center, thus pigment build up was completed, there is no need to blend just yet! To begin getting that soft lilac effect, I switched eyeshadow pans to Carnival by Makeup Geek Cosmetics, and with the same #18 I swished the matte color across the outer third of my lids and inner third of my lids with a break point towards the center. For a bit of extra definition, Curfew was taken directly onto the outer third of my lids with a Sephora Pro Airbrush Crease #31, and swept inwards towards the inner third of my lids! The point of Curfew is to not only add drama, and defintion, but to pull things together. This beautiful shade can be sheered out tremendously, thus making it a connector to the corners of one's eye (we kept the center lid clear of lilac, remember? A halo eye ONLY flows if definition is present, but a smokey effect is still there).
Any excess left on the #31 bristles was smudged across my lower lash line, followed by Day Dreamer smudged over excess and emphasized on the inner corners! By this point it's safe to say you have succeeded on creating the basic halo eye shape, now it's time to add on some dazzling features. Being I ended my shadow with the lower lash line, I decided to glide Mac's Eye Kohl in Smolder straight across both waterlines! One eyeliner, means another is comin' up. Taking Revlon's ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner in the shade Black Out, I thinly lined my upper lash line with sharp medium thick wings! Keep in mind thicker wings, means less lid space will be present, this a more doll like effect will be yielded, as opposed to a sweet and dreamy outcome. Just before patting Golide by Violet Voss on top of Row 5, Column 6, I coated my natural lashes with L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara, and applied my KoKo Lashes in Marilyn! While the order in which I applied everything might seem odd, it's much easier applying the glitter after, because one, the eyeliner pen won't be contaminated, and two the finish look cleaner. With my ring finger, previously sanitized, I dipped into the white gold, and gently patted it on to the center of my lids. A glitter base was NOT needed since this glitter adheres rather well on it's own! Hope you love bunnies enjoyed, XOXO, your Lilz.