January usually brings grey weather, empty pockets and dull skin so today, I have a fresh faced tutorial for you which focuses on brightening up your skin and bringing the healthy glow back to your make-up after the Christmas and New Year break!
My skin has been very dry lately so I used La Roche-Posay Nutritic Transforming Care for Dry Skin Emulsion, which helped to boost my skin’s hydration, giving it a healthy glow and providing a great base for the next step, foundation. One of my favourite foundation’s at the moment is Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation (which is very apt for this tutorial) in Ivory, which I applied using a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. The foundation itself provides a very natural radiant glow to it, so it can be worn alone or with blusher/bronzer to create a healthy looking complexion.
I then used a Ruby and Millie angled brush and some brown eyeshadow from my Sleek eye palette. I didn’t spend a lot of time on my eyebrows since I have a fringe and so they are not very noticeable, but I always try to use a brown in each look to add some warmth to the look.
I then primed my eyes with MAC’s Painterly paint pot and made sure it had set before adding the main product on top. I didn’t use a primer on my eyelids this time since paintpots do a good job of staying put, however if you have oily eyelids I would recommend using a primer first, so that the colour stays in tact and doesn’t risk straying.
With my ring finger I blended mememe’s Dew Pot in Willow Whisper 5 all over my lids. Each time I blended I added more on top, gradually building up a dewy colour that looked natural, but highlighted my eyes and made them look more ‘awake’. I do find that the Dew Pots have quite a silky texture, which tends to slide off if you don’t add several layers, so I try and build the colour as much as I can.
To make my lashes thicker and more defined, I applied Maybelline’s Gel Eyeliner in Black on my tightline using a thin eyeliner brush. I let it set for 5 minutes and then added a little more for depth. I then added Coral Blossom 9 just below my brow bone to act as a highlighter (and to give that ‘awakened’ wide eyed look) and also applied it gently on the inner corner of my eye.
To make my eyes appear a little brighter, I applied Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes Liner in Nude along my water line. I applied a set of the gorgeous falsies by Shu Uemura and blended my natural lashes in using the Thick and Fast High Definition mascara by Soap and Glory. With a natural fresh faced look, I would normally advise to just apply mascara to the top lashes, however since the mascara builds definition quite subtly, it works well on the lower lashes too.
To finish creating the perfect ‘fresh faced’ base, I applied Rimmel’s Wake me Up Concealer (in the colour Classic Beige) under my eyes and also dabbed a tiny blob gently onto any spots, so that my skin looked clear and natural. On my cheeks I used mememe’s Blush Me! in Coral which gives a gorgeous peachy sheen to your cheeks. Some of the Dew Pots by mememe are multi use as I found with Coral Blossom, using it both on my cheeks and as a pretty shimmery highlighter.
To complete the fresh faced look, I applied mememe’s China Rose Lipstick onto my lips, which is a gorgeous hydrating dusky rose shade, which maintains it’s colour very well and looks extremely natural. Although some might be tempted to leave the lips untouched in a fresh faced tutorial, I think it’s important to add shine and colour to your lips so that the overall look is healthy, dewy and glossy.
So, there you have it. A fresh, pretty, New Year look to bring back your sparkle after the Christmas slump. I hope you like it!
Mememe’s Naturally Nude Kit can be found on findmeagift.com by clicking here. All the images in this tutorial belong to Laura Johnson, so please ask her before using and credit her when sharing.