Friday, June 20, 2014

Recent Looks 2

Hello, beauties! Are you enjoying the summer? I hope you are, because I certainly am. This is one of those seasons when I love to experiment more with my makeup and go either lighter or brighter and just try out all different things and summer palettes. So, here are a few of my recent looks. Hope you'll find them helpful and maybe inspiring.

#1. Summer pastels

Summer pastels

I love this look. It screams "Summer!" to me. It is bright, feminine and interesting yet soft enough to wear even every day, if your dress-code at work is not too strict. It can also be a great look for a summer party or a date night. The pictures don't do enough justice: the color combo here is just so yummy, I loooove it. I used the Balm Voyage! palette for this look.

#2. New smokey eyes

New smokey eyes

I called these the "new" smokey eyes, because this time I've tried a new technique on myself. I've seen it a million times in numerous beauty blogs and videos, but somehow I never tried to apply it to myself. Anyhow, I smoked the eyes out on both sides: both in the inner corner and in the outer corner pairing it with a contrasting light shade in the middle of the lid. I really like the effect, I find it pretty cool looking. It adds dimension to the eye. I used the Naked 3 palette for this look.

#3. Soft cool and warm neutral look

Soft cool and warm neutral look

I really like how a mixture of cool and warm shades on the eyes work together in this look + a slightly warmer tone of the lipstick than I usually wear. So together it still looks very neutral but not boring and quite sophisticated, I think. I used my favorite Laura Mercier Luxe Colour Wardrobe Dual Decker Colour for Eyes and Cheeks (it was already featured in this post).

#4 Summer red

Summer red

This look is all about the lipstick, the eyes are matte and very simple. And this red for me is THE RED for the summer. I feel like it is perfect for the season. In fall and winter we tend to use very opaque full color reds, maybe even deeper and more matte. For the summer, however, I think it is good to update and freshen up your red and make it look not so heavy. For that use something less opaque, and more sheer, shiny and juicy with slightly lighter and pinker undertone, just like this lipstick I've used. Of course, there will be girls who just can't live without their matte lipstick and that's ok, but you can definitely extend your red collection for the summer. After all, it's a good excuse for a new purchase :). For the eyes I used the Naked 3 palette.

#5 Big eyes with a cat eye-liner

Big eyes with a cat eye-liner

Big eyes with a cat eye-liner

Big eyes with a cat eye-liner

I've posted so many pictures, so that you'd be able to see the eye-liner well enough from different angles. I think out of this bunch this has to be my favorite look. I'm so happy with how it turned out, because I rarely wear a winged eye-liner just because it is so time consuming since I'm not as skilled and experienced in wearing it as, say, Alexa Chung. And for my eye size and shape (my eyes are very different one from the other) I have to work hard to find the right balance (size, thickness and shape) of it with my eyes, otherwise it can actually make my eyes look smaller.

Anyway, I recently watched one of Lisa Eldridge's videos actually featuring Alexa herself doing her signature winged eye-liner look.

So I got inspired and thought to myself, "I need to try and do it". If you haven't watched this video yet, you have to, so just click right now and enjoy.

I wasn't trying to re-create it exactly and didn't even think of using the same colors or anything, and my liner is obviously thicker and not even black, and the lipstick is different (oh gosh, looks like everything is different :) ), but I just wanted to mention, where my inspiration came from, because I sort of had it in my mind when doing my look :).

I think it turned out really well. I love all the colors in this look and it's softness. I think it's very feminine, sexy and just grown-up, if I dare say so. Not in the sense that it will look bad on young girls, but in a sense that it just looks very chic, flattering, without anything screaming at you, intelligent and well balanced. Plus, I think the eyes look huge here (at least mine, I know my eyes :) ). This will look good on anybody, any age, skin tone and occasion. It's timeless. Again I used my lovely Laura Mercier Luxe Colour Wardrobe Dual Decker Colour for Eyes and Cheeks (featured in this post).

So, which looks did you like? Would you wear any of them? What have you been wearing recently? Share in the comments below, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you for reading and have a lovely day.

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