So I was recently contacted by the lovely people over at The Body Shop asking if I was up for a makeup challenge involving their new range of makeup brushes, as well some of their favourite products. If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a little while now, you’ll know I’m a big advocate of their products – I swear their bronzer is the only bronzer I’ve ever hit pan on, so of course I jumped at the chance. The challenge was to take a day makeup look to a night makeup look using their brushes and products, and here’s what I came up with. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out, I think this time of year it’s great fun to play with makeup a little more than you would at any other time, but you just don’t always have enough time to start your makeup afresh. However, it’s super easy to take a daytime look to something more appropriate for those Christmas parties.
DAY TIME LOOK
When it comes to makeup that’s going to last all day and night, I think it’s crucial to get a good base down. Although I don’t really suffer from greasy skin, my makeup does have a tendency to gather in places throughout the day, so a primer is a must-have for my routine. For this look I chose to use the All-In-One Instablur primer*, which does a great job at, you guessed it, blurring out my pores and imperfections, leaving me with a much smoother base to apply foundation. Using their Buffing Brush* I applied a light layer of my foundation to my skin to help balance out any pesky blemishes that have appeared recently (damn you Christmas food!). This brush is not only super soft, but I really noticed it helping to give my foundation quite a full but natural looking coverage. Then I went in with my concealer, which just using my ring finger, I gently dabbed over any stubborn blemishes that the foundation hadn’t fully covered as well as my under eye circles.
Moving onto the brows, using their Brow And Liner Kit* and the Double-Ended Eyeshadow Brush* I lightly filled in my brows to keep them looking quite natural but just with that extra little bit of definition. I’m a bit rubbish when it comes to brows I’ll admit, but I found this combo brilliant for doing the job and I couldn’t believe how pigmented the brow kit is!
Deciding to go for a neutral/gold eye, I applied their Eye ColourStick in Nevada Gold* all over the lid to use as a base for my eyeshadow. With the Down To Earth Eyeshadow Glow Palette* (a palette with all of the natural shades you could possibly need for any occasion), I used the Flat Shader Brush* with the shade Sahara Dune (a matte cream colour) on top of the colour stick I’d applied. I tend to prefer a defined crease, day and night, so with the Eyeshadow Crease Brush* I applied the shade Peru Clay (a light brown matte) through the crease, and Killimanjaro Rock (a satin bronze) on the outer corners. I also took both of these shades under my eye ever so slightly. With my eyeshadow done, I went for lashings and lashings of the Super Volume Mascara* because I tend to wear quite a lot during the day.
Going back to base, I thought I’d apply a slight dusting of a rose coloured blush to the apples of my cheeks using their Slanted Blusher Brush* to add a little colour to my pale complexion, as well as some highlighter with the Point Highlighter Brush* on the tops of my cheekbones and t-zone to keep things looking glowing and fresh.
And to finish it off, I thought with my eye makeup looking quite neutral, it would be fun to go for a more statement lip. It is the festive season after all, it’s allowed right? For this I picked their Matte Lipstick in Rio Fuschia* which is a lovely bright pink shade that I find really complements my skin tone.
NIGHT TIME LOOK
Taking the makeup I already had on, I thought it would be fun to concentrate mainly on the eyes, creating a smokey look that’s perfect for this party season. With my base holding up well, I decided to go in with some contour to my cheekbones and jaw line using their Contouring Brush* that I found made it super easy to blend out to leave a natural shadow. I’m a total novice when it comes to contouring but I found it really simple to do and I’ll certainly be giving it a go more often!
Since I was concentrating on the eyes, I chose to go for more of the smokey shades in their Down To Earth Eyeshadow Glow Palette* on top of what I’d applied earlier in the day. Using the Flat Shader Brush* I packed on the shade Provence Ochre (a cranberry shade) all over the lid, blending through the crease and outer corner with Bengal Granite (a rich purple shade). To ensure my smokey eye was really blended together, I then spent a little time with the Double Ended Brush* using the fluffy end which I found really helped smoke it out. I then applied a line of the Smokey Eye Definer Pencil in Purple* along the lash line (followed by a liquid liner) and plenty more mascara.
Of course I couldn’t finish up this look without adding a whole load of highlight, primarily to my brow bone and cheek bones. I’ve been after a Fan Brush* for a little while now, and I loved how precise this allowed me to be when applying my glow.
So what do you think? Are there any The Body Shop products you’d recommend I try? I’m really impressed with these I’ve tried out!