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Thursday, 8 June 2017

GRWM: The Beach Holiday Edition//Video


My ideal holiday look is slightly sun kissed skin with a touch of blush and nude lips. You know me, nothing new or adventurous there. I filmed this look while I was in Dubrovnik and it was a gloriously warm day, so I didn’t want to put on too much makeup. I skipped using any base makeup and stuck to using a concealer to even out my skin tone. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer offers a fairly full coverage but glides smoothly onto the skin and leaves behind a velvety matte finish. I always pack this when I’m travelling because it’s long-wearing and doesn’t settle into the lines.

After that, I dusted a light layer of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light under my eyes to set the concealer. Some setting powders can be chalky and just too matte, but this one imparts a radiance like no other, thanks to the presence of light-reflecting particles that help to create a natural soft-focus finish. I’m not an everyday eye shadow wearer but occasionally I like to do up my eyes. Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist is a deep taupe-y, bronze shade with just the right amount of iridescence. I applied a sheer wash of colour and blended it out with a fluffy brush, but this creamy colour can easily be built up to something more opaque. No look of mine is complete without smudged out kohl-rimmed lids, so I used MAC Teddy to define my eyes. It’s is a beautiful bronze shade that looks good on its own or can be used to smoke out a look. 



To add some subtle definition to the face, I applied the Clinique Chubby Stick in the shade Curvy Contour to the hollows of my cheeks. This is one of my all-time favourite cream bronzers – it’s wonderfully light, blends in beautifully and leaves behind a faint hint of colour. Next, I used Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Dusk to add a wash of colour to my cheeks. It's almost impossible to define the texture of this blusher; it falls somewhere between gel and cream. Housed in a dinky tube, this blusher is sheer, super chic, and easy to travel with.

I’m not a big fan of highlighters because they look extremely unnatural during the day and emphasise any textural issues, but the Glossier Haloscope completely changed my mind. Designed with an oil core, this highlighter is translucent, non-greasy and imparts very ‘je ne sais quoi' glow to the face. I swiped it onto the tops of my cheekbones and blended it out with my fingers for a natural finish. 


Finally, I applied a swipe of MAC Retro to my lips and patted it in to sheer it out. While I love a bold lip as much as the next person, I find that they require constant touch-ups or they end up fading quite unevenly. On most days I prefer to wear a lipstick that’s a shade or two darker than my natural lip colour and Retro is the kind of lipstick that you can apply without a mirror.


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