Makeup Log- 1st Week, in which I start off the project

I’m doing my own makeup at my wedding, that was exactly 3 months away at the beginning of this week. So I’ve been practising. I’m keeping a record of the combinations of products and how they work out for me – in terms of durability, how they look, colour combinations, etc, so I thought, why not share? It may be useful for someone and forces me to keep a photographic log of the looks I tried, what I used and how my skin looked.

Monday

The white eyeshadow I used all over the eyelid was too cool toned. A beige or cream would work better. The foundation looked a bit cake-y. I used a brush to apply it though, might have worked better with a beauty blender. I forgot to take a picture of the eye look right after I finished doing my makeup, so I had to take it in the office’s bathroom.

Products used:

  • Clarins Instant Smooth Base
  • Catrice HD Liquid Coverage foundation in 010 Light Beige
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
  • Nars Luster blush
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP)
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
  • The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude palette:shade Matt Malloy
  • Kevin Aucoin The Art of Sculpting and Defining vol. II: shades Brighten, Cool Tan and Ruddy Earth
  • Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in shade Blacquer
  • MAC Extreme Dimension Lash mascara in the blue shade – I don’t see a shade name anywhere…
  • Huda Beauty Resting Boss Face Setting Spray
  • Clinique Pretty Easy liquid eyelining pen

Tuesday

Today I decided to bust out my single eyeshadows. I also confirmed what the perfect primer for the wedding was, in longevity and smoothing abilities. Skin texture just disappears. The Avon eyeliner is great, but not for the waterline. I’m starting to get the hang of filling in my brows. And this Ciaté blush doesn’t need a highlighter on top.

I also could use a bit of contour on my round face, and under eye concealer.

Products used:

  • Nivea Men’s Aftershave Balm: smell like a dude, look like a queen
  • Catrice HD Liquid Coverage foundation in 010 Light Beige
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
  • Ciaté blush in the shade In too Deep
  • UDPP
  • L’oréal Color Infaillible eyeshadow in shade 002 Hourglass Beige
  • Urban Decay eye shadow in shade Laced
  • Sisley eye shadow in shade Ebony 19
  • The Body Shop Nature’s Minerals Eye Colour in shade 07 Nude Gypsum – great for highlighting under the browbone
  • Clinique Pretty Easy liquid eyelining pen
  • mark. Avon The Big Gel Paint Pencil in shade cobalt
  • Kiko Jelly Jungle waterproof mascara in 01 Active Black
  • Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
  • Huda Beauty Resting Boss Face Setting Spray
  • Lancôme Color Fever lipstick in shade 256 (I think this was limited edition)

Wednesday

I was on a major rush so I fell back into my 5 minute basic routine. No eye look this time, it was just eyeliner on the waterline and mascara. Still remembered to try another foundation with the Nivea Aftershave Balm as a primer – and that primer is magical. The Marc Jacobs mascara might be my favourite ever. I have to check if they make a waterproof version.

Products used:

  • Nivea Men’s Aftershave Balm
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation in Y315
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
  • Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in shade Blacquer
  • MAC Extra Dimension blush in Seduced at Sea

Thursday

Just trying to use up the MUFE stick foundation. The “stick” part is gone, now we have a dip. I’m starting to understand the hype around the Laura Mercier loose powder: you can apply 5 layers that it won’t look different on the skin from just a single layer. No added cakey-ness. I’m very impressed. I used the NARS Man Ray palette today – felt like trying something more warm toned.

Products used:

  • Guerlain Météorites Perfecting Perles primer
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation in Y315
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
  • UDPP
  • NARS x Man Ray Love Game palette: shades Lady Killer, Dominant, Dirty Talk and Blind Date
  • Clinique Pretty Easy liquid eyelining pen
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in shade Blacquer
  • Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
  • Avon Glimmerstick Diamonds eye liner in shade Sugar Plum
  • Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
  • MAC Extra Dimension blush in Seduced at Sea
  • Huda Beauty Resting Boss Face Setting Spray

Friday

The theme for today’s products seems to be “discontinued”. That Jelly Jungle mascara from Kiko is no good. It never was any good and now it’s expired. Kiko has some of the best and worst mascara I’ve tried. I need to start trying out different blush and highlighter combinations for the wedding makeup: I’m thinking a light pink blush, or a very neutral beige, and I’m still not sure if I want a strong or subtle highlight. Sir Fiancé liked today’s look the most – even though it could’ve used more blending.

Products used:

  • Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation in Y315
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
  • Estée Lauder Signature blush in 01 Tender Petal
  • NYX Mosaic Powder in 01 Highlighter
  • UDPP
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
  • Sephora Eyeshadow in Cashmere Coat
  • H&M eyeshadow in Fine China
  • Clinique Pretty Easy liquid eyelining pen
  • Kiko Jelly Jungle waterproof mascara in 01 Active Black
  • Milani Liquif’eye eye liner pencil in 04 Aqua
  • Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
  • Huda Beauty Resting Boss Face Setting Spray

The Nivea Aftershave Balm beats any other primer by a long shot. The Clinique Pretty Easy liquid liner and the Urban Decay Primer Potion are also amazing. And I’ll be using the Urban Decay setting spray on the wedding day vs the Huda Beauty one, but might as well use this last one up.

Everything else remains pretty mush undecided.

3 thoughts on “Makeup Log- 1st Week, in which I start off the project

  1. How fun that you’ll be doing your own makeup! I love how you are testing out all these different products. I actually have never heard of the Nivea balm. I’ll have to check it out. Thursday’s look is my favorite! 🙂

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