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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Long-wearing subdued New Year's Eve makeup look, FOTD

I saw the Midnight Kiss Makeup Look here and thought it would be a great look to wear for New Year's Eve, provided I made a few alterations. For starters, I did not own a lip colour half as deep or glittery as the one in that look, so I settled for a medium-deep fuchsia I had. 
Long-wearing New Year's Eve makeup ideaFor New Year's Eve, the most important thing is that your makeup should last for a good while There may not be time or opportunities for touch-ups.
I want my New Year's Eve look to be somewhat true to what I usually go in for. You don't want to look like a complete stranger, and I am most comfy in subtler looks.
Right now, I don't want to try all kinds of new things, because my face looks as though all the fireworks starting from Sydney Harbour Bridge, towards the west of the world, exploded on my chin and left cheek. WHY do I have to breakout during the Holiday Season?
The eye makeup looks subtle in natural light, but wait till you see the eyeshadow under artificial lights further below. 

Here are the deets of the makeup look I will be wearing for New Year's Eve.



Face:

Benefit Porefessional

A primer is a must for New Year's Eve. It helps makeup last longer and keeps your face matte. 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Intensity 2.0 

I hate the regular EL Double Wear Stay in Place foundation. It is too thick and breaks me out. The light version gives very good coverage - note that it reduces the appearance of my breakouts to smaller spots - and lasts very nicely on me.

Givenchy Le Prisme compact in Shaping Honey

Setting powder will keep your look in place for longer. This quad has lighter, deeper and medium shades which you mix to get the perfect match for your skintone.

I will be skipping blush, bronzer or highlighter until my face clears up. You don't want to see my pimples emphasised, believe me. Nor is it a good idea to wear blush on the breakout-free side of the face alone. 

Lips

Long-wearing New Year's Eve makeup ideaBarry M TMLP lipstick, reviewed here

This is a colour-changing green-bullet lipstick which changes to your shade of pink/fuchsia. I applied one full swipe and then touched up the sheerer areas. It STAYS on, even through a shower, and is the best bet for such long haul events. 
The only thing is, you have to be careful because the lipstick goes on clear - it is easy to over-apply or even get it all around your mouth. It is difficult to wipe off, so I recommend a thin layer of vaseline or holding a bit of tissue around your lips while applying.

Eyes

Long-wearing New Year's Eve makeup ideaKat von D High Voltage Primer, reviewed here.

My favourite eye primer also doubles as a concealer. This primer holds on to eyeshadow like nobody's business - perfect for New Year's Eve.
Lancome Le Crayon Khol for the waterline
Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara, reviewed here
Bourjois Erasable Eyeliner, reviewed here.

 

Eyeshadows from theBalm's Balmsai palette, reviewed here.

Big Kahuna is on the eyelids, Kawabunga on the outer lid, and Surf's Up in the outer V and Hang 10 is highlighter. I also ran a thin line of Big Kahuna on the waterline.  The photographs above are all in natural light. To the right is a close-up of the lid, taken indoors with flash, so you know what it looks like under all those artificial disco lights.
Big Kahuna, from the Balmsai palette, is a beautiful aquatic green that is subdued and almost neutral in natural light, but shows its true colours with artificial lighting.

What makeup are you wearing for New Year's Eve? Tell me in the comments below! I wish you and yours a safe and Happy New Year!

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