The lovely people at e.l.f (Eyes Lips Face) contacted me through Twitter for an exciting Valentines Day campaign they’re running. I was told that 10 bloggers/vloggers were selected to a tutorial type post based on a bundle that e.l.f would give us. As one of e.l.f’s biggest fans, considering I own half the stuff they gave me in the bundle already, I was incredibly excited about this challenge. The idea was that they would give all 10 bloggers the same bundle and we were meant to do our take on Valentines Day.
My inspiration for the Valentines Day Challenge was to have a going out look. As a single girl, with single friends, I definitely wanted to do a going out look. I wanted to squish the “soft, romantic, gentle” of Valentines Day and go for something bold and all out. I rarely play with colour so this was the best chance to.
So here goes the tutorial…
Here is bare-faced me. I only moisturised about 15 minutes before this photo. Always do this 10/15 minutes before you do any make-up related stuff. Then PRIME! It’s a crime not to prime! I skipped the primer here because e.l.f didn’t give me one, but hopefully my moisturiser will give an okay-ish base.
Next up, foundation. So e.l.f did send me an amazing HD Mattifying Foundation, which is amazingly creamy. I got it in ‘Caramel’ which is usually my shade. But this one was quite light on me, so I used a darker foundation, and tried some (amateur) contouring and highlighting skills. You can almost tell the areas I highlighted using the e.l.f foundation. I can only apologise about the serial killer face. I actually used the e.l.f Studio stipple brush, but photographed the powder brush because it was MUCH cleaner than my stipple one. And it does a similar job.
Foundation? Done. Normally I’d set it with a translucent powder at this stage but again as it wasn’t part of my e.l.f bundle, I skipped it for this stage.
Always do your eyebrows! They frame your face. I’ve been growing mine for quite a while, and they’ve gotten pretty thick by now. I don’t really need to fill mine in but I used a grey/black shade from the e.l.f eye shadow palette to lightly fill in the brows.
Next up, eyes. Now e.l.f didn’t send me a primer, and even though I already own a primer, I still thought it would be a great idea to stick to those products I was given. So cue – lipstick-primer! Now, I don’t always recommend this as I don’t know how long lipstick as a primer stays, but it did last for a good 3 hours, if that’s an indication. The rich pink colour of the e.l.f moisturising lipsticks was just a perfect base for the bold and bright look I wanted to do.
You want to drag the lipstick out onto the lower lashline as well but be gentle. You don’t want to create Barbie pink panda eyes.
Blend! Like all things… just blend it so it doesn’t look stagnated on your eyelid. I used an e.l.f basic line fluffy blending brush. It’s less than £2 and it’s one of my more trustworthy eye brushes, so I definitely reccommend it.
Now for the eyes, I used the colour with the red dot as my eyelid shade and the one with the purple dot as my crease shade. I used the sponge applicator that came with the palette to pat on the pink shade on to my eyelid. I love sponge applicators, they really do pack on a punch and they’re so cheap as well.
Next, I’m going to use the crease shade, dab it on the outer corner of my eye and the just swish it along the semicircle of my eye. I then bring the same crease shade down onto my lower lash line, but only about halfway.
Blend the two colours as much as you can and try and make them look as seamless as possible. I know it feels a bit Barbie-ish but the purple and the pink are so playful for Valentines.
Next, eyeliner. Now I NEVER leave the house without eyeliner. In fact, sometimes I skip the foundation and just go out with eyeliner. But e.l.f again, didn’t send me any eyeliner. They did send me an awesome mascara though. I’ve used this mascara in the past and it was a great lengthener. What I did was use a tiny eyeliner brush and and dipped it into the mascara pot. I used the product to draw a thin winged eyeliner on my upper lash line and then used the same product to smudge it on to my lower lash line for a smoked out look. So next time you run out of eyeliner, use your mascara!
Lick of mascara before putting my falsies on.
Now I never wear false eyelashes, I find them really difficult to put on and as a contact lens wearer I am always paranoid that I might get glue on it, which would be the worst. However, for the purposes of this experiment, I decided to bite the bullet. And only a good 20 minutes later, I managed to get them looking half decent. I can only apologise if my lashes look a bit messy, but this was my best try.
Now for the lips, I was given a very pink lipstick and I don’t normally tend to be a big fan of bright colours in general. Also because my eyeshadow is quite bold, I decided to go for muted lips but trying to tone down Barbie pink can be a challenge. I decided to put the lipstick on my lips and then pat down a shade of brown to mix it in with the pink to create a ‘my lips but better’ effect. It creates a very matte (sometimes very dried out) lip, so I recommend you slosh on some lip balm about 15 minutes before applying anything.
That completed with both eyes and here we go.
Now last step, blushes. I got the most gorgeous rose-gold shade of blusher. I’ve used the e.l.f Studio baked blushers before and they are pretty amazing. I used e.l.f’s Studio blush brush to try and contour my face. The colour doesn’t really show up on my darker skin but as it’s quite shimmery, you can use it as a highlight or just below the apples of your cheeks. I did the latter and this was the result.
And here is my final finished look! It’s a really fun look if you’re out having fun or even if you just fancy going bright and cheery. I know, being single during Valentines Day can be a sad thought, but hold on to the thought of your fun make-up and embrace the colour explosion!
I have to apologise about some of the colouration of my pictures, my camera isn’t too great at knowing the right white balance but the above picture is a perfect guide for the kind of tone my skin is and what the other colours look like on it.
Lastly, nails. I got a very pink coloured nail varnish with slight corally tones to it, called “Bubble Gum Pink”. Now normally I go for muted coloured nails but this was great because it fit in perfectly with my bold and bright look. I love e.l.f nail varnishes, I have a big collection myself so I was more than happy to have yet another one.
So that was my final make-up and nail look for the e.l.f Valentines Day make up challenge. If you haven’t already been on e.l.f or heard of it, GO ON THEIR WEBSITE NOW! They have the most amazing make up for very reasonable prices.
I hope you like my make-up look, there are 9 other ladies that have also done the challenge which you can find on the e.l.f Twitter page. If you try this look out yourself, then post a link to the look that you tried out so I can check it out!
Till next time, thank you e.l.f for letting me a part of this challenge, and happy Valentines Day everyone!