Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorial: Rose Gold and Bronze Glow

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Like I said on Instagram, this is my favorite Valentine’s Day look out of all the ones I have done so far. The colors are really complimentary and would look great on everyone. For this tutorial, I tried out a brand-new product: Flower Beauty Color Play Crème Eyeshadow. It worked great as an eyeshadow base and prevented creasing on my oilier eyelids. I think that it could also be used as a crème blush or as a lip highlighter. When I say lip highlighter, I mean for it to be used in the middle of the lower lip and around the Cupid’s bow. I did use it as a lip highlighter for this look, but I didn’t use it as a crème blush.

Enough of the rambling, let’s get on with the tutorial. I began as I always do: moisturize, prime and apply my EOS lip balm in Honeysuckle Honeydew. I concealed my eyelids with my Revlon Photoready Concealer in Fair and blended it out. As a base for my eyeshadow, I used an ELF Professional Defining Eye Brush and the flowerBEAUTY Color Play Crème Eyeshadow in Mum’s the Word. The slightest amount does the trick. I blended this all over my eyelid and slightly into my crease. The first eyeshadow that I used was the Clinique All About Shadow Duo in Strawberry Fudge. I packed the pink shade onto my lid using an ELF Professional Eyeshadow Brush. This is the prettiest color. It is a pink eyeshadow with a gold duotone. In certain light and on certain bases, it shows up pink or as a rose gold. On others, it shows up as a pure gold color. To begin adding depth to my eye, I swept the matte chocolate brown called Chocolate Chip from a Clinique Soft Pressed Pink Blush and Chocolate Chip/French Vanilla Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo on a Real Techniques Essential Crease Brush. I kept this low in my crease and did not apply any to my eyelid. Using the same brush, I applied a reddish brown–bronze shade from my Claire’s palette to my crease. I used this shade to smooth out the chocolate brown and blend everything upward. Using a clean Revlon Crease Brush, I blended out the edges so that there were no harsh lines.

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I then applied my concealer in an inverted triangle shape under my eye. I blended all of that out. For foundation, I used the Rimmel Clean Finish Matte Foundation in 120 Classic Ivory. I applied this with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I blended it out with a damp sponge. You have to work very quickly with this foundation. So I just sloppily move the foundation over a section of my face with the brush and then to get an airbrushed finish, I use a sponge. I made an entire blog post about this foundation, so check that out for more info. I applied my concealer before my foundation because you can’t blend any cream products into this foundation after it sets. With this foundation, you don’t have to set it with a powder. It dries to a satin-matte finish meaning that it is slightly dewy. If you want a completely matte look or if you are super oily, then I would set this with a powder. I did set my under eye area with the Covergirl Clean Oil-Control Pressed Powder in Buff Beige and a Real Techniques Setting Brush.

I used Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion. I applied a fairly thick line and stopped at the end of my lashes. I didn’t go all the way in as you can see. Using an EcoTools Angled Eyeliner Brush, I pulled the same chocolate color under my lower lashline. For those of you who like to have something on your waterline, I lined my waterline with the ELF Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick in Turkish Coffee. Although this is supposed to be used as a cream eyeshadow, I think that it works great as a liner. I was very generous with my coat of mascara. I used the L’Oreal Butterfly Effect Mascara in Blackest Black. Notice that I said coat not coats. If you get all of the mascara off of the wand, this is how your lashes will look. I never have to apply a second coat. I set my brows with the Bonnebell Translucent Mascara. To highlight my brow and inner corner, I used the French Vanilla shade from the Clinique Soft Pressed Pink Blush and Chocolate Chip/French Vanilla Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo on an ELF Professional Eyeshadow Brush.

For blush, I used my Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Pink on a Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush. I highlighted my cheek bones with the Claire’s Baked Bronzer and the same brush. This baked bronzer isn’t made anymore but Hard Candy and Milani have some great alternatives. I swept the bronze shade along my cheek bones and up to my temples. I didn’t contour and bronze for this look.

I lined my lips with the Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner Definer in Eastend Snob and filled them in with Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Airy Fairy. I highlighted my lips with the eyeshadow base from early by popping some onto the center of my lips and around my cupid’s bow. This lip combo is one of my favorites! Natural and beautiful.

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