Monday, February 28, 2011

Minka Kelly-Inspired Summery Makeup


Allison, before


Allison, after






Steps for creating Allison's look:

1.) I applied primer to her entire face to help the makeup go on smoothly. I used my current favorite by Mary Kay.

2.) I applied Urban Decay's Eye Shadow Primer Potion to her lids: This prevents feathering and makes the shadow last longer. I've found that there are cheaper versions that work just as well, or you can use concealer.

3.) Using a foundation brush, I applied a foundation two shades darker than her skin tone to deepen her complexion (Not recommended for everyday, but for pictures, it can work). I blended down into her neck so there was no sharp demarcation. Mixed into the foundation were a couple drops of Lorac's Oil-Free Luminizer in L2, which is a deep bronze.

4.) I used Cover Girl's Cheekers blush in Golden Pink along her cheekbones. To emphasize a tanned look, I applied NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny in a three-shape motion along her temples, cheekbones, and outer jawline. The goal is to hit the high points of the face in a way that highlights the center and gives the
bronze tone dimension.

5.) Black eyeliner was applied to both the top and bottom lids. Using Urban Decay's Naked palette, a mix of Smog and Buck was applied as the base to the lid. Virgin was applied to the brow bone and inner corners for highlight. I topped the shadow with an orange hue from the Coastal Scents 88 Shimmering Palette to emphasize a golden look. False demi-lashes were applied to the outer top lids to make the eyes stand out.

6.) A light dusting of Make Up For Ever's HD Powder was applied to the entire face.

7.) On her lips, I applied YSL's Rouge Volupte in 13, also an orange hue that emphasizes a tan.

I have no allegiance to a particular brand and want to emphasize that any brand of makeup will work for this look. I just mention the brands in case someone wants to buy these particular shades.

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