Valentine’s Day is coming up this week some of us are lucky enough to spend it with a special person.
If you’re not in a relationship why not pull a Leslie Knope and celebrate Galentine’s Day (with your girlfriends) instead? Either way, if you’re stumped on what makeup look to go for here’s an easy look you can re-create with my step by step tutorial to achieve a Mila Kunis inspired look.
You can wear this look for day or night. Go a little light handed on the eyeshadow application if you’re planning for day wear, a little heavier for evening.
1. Apply moisturiser, choice of foundation and concealer to your face.
2. Curl lashes with an eyelash curler and apply an eyeshadow primer I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance to the eyelid.
3. Cool based taupe/plum eyeshadow shades tend to look great on all eye colours. I like to use By Terry Ombre BlackStar Cream Eyeshadow Misty Rock (1) as a cream base (or it’s perfect to use on it’s own) which in Australia you can buy from Mecca Maxima.
If you own a dark taupe cream shadow base you can go ahead and apply that instead – it just adds depth to the powder shadows you apply on top. If you don’t own one don’t freak out – it’s not a necessary step, you can skip it.
Pat a shimmery plum or taupe powder shadow to the eye lids up to the crease with a flat shader brush. Then apply with a smudger brush to the bottom lash line.
I prefer to use M.A.C “Satin Taupe” (2) eyeshadow. Alternatives to this include the original (first one) Urban Decay Naked palette shadow in “Hustle,” Urban Decay 2 palette’s “YDK” (3) or Makeup Geek’s “Moondust.” This colour is quite common in drugstore palette’s too.
4. Apply a light creamy pale brown or mauve shadow such as Urban Decay Naked 2 in “Tease” or M.A.C “Haux” (4) with a fluffy brush (similar to M.A.C 217 brush) in the eye crease to add dimension to the eyes. Use back and forth sweeping motions and add more as needed.
5. To smoke it up a little more and add the sexy use a pencil brush to add a darker shade in the outer v. I like to use M.A.C “Smut” but you can use any deep brown or black shadow, apply lightly and build up as needed. You could use Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 in “Busted,” “Snakebite” or “Blackout.” If you feel the need smudge a little of this shade on the bottom lash line too over the shimmery taupe shade.
6. Blend all the shades together with a tapered blending brush similar in shape to the M.A.C 224 to remove any harsh edges.
7. Line the eyes with either a black or brown gel liner or if you’re in a rush or just crap at applying eyeliner (believe me I’m not particularly great either) apply a black or brown shadow to your lash line with an angled liner brush. My faves are “Busted” and Lorac Pro Palette’s “Espresso.” This will make your lash line look fuller and more defined. You could even smudge out the line for something a little extra.
As per the image of Mila Kunis her eyes are tight lined so if you want that look apply a waterproof kohl pencil to the inner rims of your eyes – but it’s fine to skip this step.
8. Add lashings of your mascara of choice to the top and bottom lashes. Once dry, curl lashes with your eyelash curler for extra volume and to look extra awake.
9. Fill brows and set with brow gel. I use Anastasia Brow Wiz in “Medium Brown” (5).
10. Set foundation and concealer with a setting powder. I prefer Ben Nye Banana Powder and Australis “Fresh and Flawless” Powder (6).
11. Contour by applying a bronzer under the cheekbones and around the hairline – I’m loving the Kardashian “Cabana Bronze” Bronzer (7) right now.
13. Lipstick time! Top the look off with a neutral pink lipstick such as M.A.C “Patisserie,” “Hue,” Gerard Cosmetics Jaclyn Hill “Buttercup, “ (9) or NYX “Summer Love” Round lipstick. It’s up to you whether you want to go down the gloss route – but I love me a slick of NYX “Perfect” Megashine Gloss or Kardashian Honey Stick Lipgloss in Nude/Wild Honey (10).
14. Set your well beat face with a setting spray such as M.A.C “Prep and Prime Fix Plus” (11) or NYX Makeup “Setting Spray.”
Most importantly have a great Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day!