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Pared Down Pretty

If all goes well, I should be at LFW on Valentines Day, but I thought I’d still get into the swing of things and share some make-up looks with you as we’ll just be delaying our Valentines a few days!
This look is a subtle, yet defined look using some of my favourite items at the moment – including my UD Naked 3 palette and a new NARS blusher I’m smitten with. I’ve included more images as a kind of step-by-step tutorial – so let me know if you like this format. All the products are hyperlinked as always, so just click through if you want to see them.

Firstly, I filled in my brows – for some reason I can’t even begin the rest of my make-up without filling in my brows. Soap and Glory Archery is my current weapon of choice – I used to use both the crayon and felt-tip type end but have just been sticking to the crayon end of late.

Foundation wise – the complexion you see if courtesy of UD, detailed post on it can be found here.

Primer. The UD Naked shadows are amazing, no doubt about it – but they become ten times better when used with a primer. The Naked 3 came with four week-long samples of the primer potion so I’ve been using these a lot. The primer used in this look is just the original one, applied with the flat shader end of the brush the palette comes with.

Next, I used the fluffy end of the brush to pat Nooner onto most of my lid.

I then blended Liar over the top of Nooner, up to the crease in a rounded shape using my Real Techniques Base Shadow brush. I love the shape of the brush as it holds a lot of shadow and doesn’t create too much fallout.

I then blended Factory into the crease, and into a light v shape on the outer corner of my eye. This shade is really great as it helps add depth.

Whilst you can try be as neat as possible – my favourite part of creating a smoky eye is blending! Get a bit fluffy brush and blend the edges until you’ve got a soft look with shape and definition. Here’s what it looks like blended:

I then added some definition with Blackheart, which is a great accent colour. It blends so well and adds a lot of soft definition. I applied this using the Real Techniques Accent Brush which is the perfect shape and size.

To add definition to the cheekbones I used MAC’s shadow in Wedge, which although an eye shadow, works well as a contour as it has a more subtle tone. I used the Real Technqiues Contour Brush for this (because it’s amazing), in the shape of a three to add shadow to my temples, cheekbones and jawline.

I then curled my lashes and added several lashes of Bourjois’ Volume Glamour. Then I added a touch of No7’s Soft Damon Blush to pull the look together.

Here’s the finished look:

What kind of look do you go for on Valentines Day? Are you doing anything for Valentines – single or attached?!

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