Some of you may already know Toya, the makeup artist (and bellydancer, and mom) and voice of the beauty blog Life of a Ladybug (currently on hiatus). The other day on Twitter she posted a sensational “face of the day,” and, with her permission, I wanted to share it with you all.
Here’s what she’s wearing:
- Mally Beauty Cancellation Conditioning Concealer in Rich
- Bare Escentuals Multi-Tasking Face Powder in Honey Bisque (used as concealer)
- Bare Escentuals Foundation in Golden Tan
- MAC blush in Coppertone
- Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Barbados Tan
- Mally Beauty Evercolor Automatic Eyeliner in Onyx (a QVC purchase)
- Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara
- IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush in Love Story
- Dalton Brow Fix Natural Look Brow Gel in Brunette
- Mally Face Defender Highlighter in Gorgeous Glow
Here’s how she achieved the look:
I started by applying the Mally Cancellation Concealer to my undereye area, patting in with my ring finger to blend. I applied bareEscentuals Honey Bisque with a concealer brush to any blemishes, lightly stippling over redness.
Then I applied bareEscentuals foundation in Golden Tan, using the multi-tasking face brush, paying particular attention to any redness around the nose and mouth. I filled in my brows with the Dalton Brow Fix Natural Look Brow Gel, using a spoolie brush to blend afterward (to achieve a natural fullness without looking “penciled in”).
Under the brows, at the inside corner of the eyes (tear ducts), and on top of my cheekbones, I lightly applied a swipe of Mally Face Defender Highlighter with my fingertips.
To achieve the almond-shaped eyeliner effect, I close one eye and — while looking straight into the mirror — apply small dashes of liner across the top lid, connecting them into one smooth line. Then I place a dot of liner where I want the “wing” to end. Fill in from the original line to meet that dot. Once you’ve achieved the “wing,” line your bottom lid, starting at the halfway point and moving out. Make that line meet the “wing” you’ve created on top. Finish off the eye with two coats of mascara on top and one on the bottom. I get the best results by jiggling the wand gently into the base of my top lashes, then sweeping out to the tips. Put particular emphasis on the lashes on the outsides, to add some lift and give a little oomph of flirtiness.
Cheeks are just slightly warmed with MAC blush in Coppertone on the apples of the cheeks, and I dusted Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer lightly on top. I also put bronzer down the bridge of the nose, around the hairline, and on the tip of the chin, for warmth.
Lips are given a naturally pretty pop of color (these are popsicle lips!) by using one coat of IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush.
For complexion comparison, I am usually NC45 in MAC foundations.