Today’s FOTD was an easy everyday look using the Naked 2 palette. I kept it simple with light coverage on my skin and neutral eyes. I really like the way this look turned out!
Primer – Benefit’s Porefessional to smooth everything out. I love using the Porefessional under powder foundations as it adds a little bit of extra coverage and actually does hide my pores, just like it says it does!
Foundation – Revlon’s Nearly Naked loose powder foundation in 030 Medium. I love the silky finish of this powder, it covers most imperfections and doesn’t look cakey on the skin. I like wearing Nearly Naked when my skin is having a few problems – which it is right now! – so it can still breathe and improve during the day.
Blush – Benefit’s Coralista. This coral blush shade is really flattering on most skin tones, and quite shimmery too so it doubles as a highlight which is a good time saver! I pulled mine out of my TropiCoral box set – that’s why it looks a bit whack!
Bronzer – MAC Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep. Skinfinish Natural is actually a foundation shade that I was given, but as it’s far too dark for me I use it as bronzer and contour shade around the edges of my face. It gives a really natural amount of colour to my complexion and isn’t too orange like some other bronzers.
Brows – Benefit’s Gimme Brow in Medium/Dark. Quickly becoming a Holy Grail product, this stuff! The better I get at using it the more I love it. It’s a quick way to fill in your brows and the tiny fibers in the product are great for bulking out thin brows.
Eyes – The Naked 2 palette by Urban Decay. I used Chopper (shades pictured below) across the lid to add a little sparkle and bring my eyes forward, then put Tease through the socket with a big blending brush. With a smaller brush I ran Busted along the outer third of the lash line to make my lashes appear fuller, and finished it off with Bootycall on the brow bone and in the inner corners to highlight those areas and pull my eyes apart. Then I went in with Tease in the socket again, just to pull the look together. I love this eye look for daytime, it’s just the right amount of shimmer and definition without looking too overdone.
I do like the Naked 2 palette, but the one I have is a fake! I bought it off TradeMe (NZ’s version of Ebay) thinking that I had scored a bargain but realised as soon as it arrived that it was fake, the packaging felt pretty tinny and the mirror was all warped. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a refund so I just started using it! The shadows themselves are actually okay, they have a pretty good colour pay off and are not too chalky, but they’re not fantastic like the real Naked palettes are said to be. For the price I paid for this fake one I wish I had just shelled out the money for the real Naked 2, but at least I can get an idea of the shades! Maybe one of these days I’ll upgrade and pick up one of the other real Naked palettes. Any recommendations?
Mascara – Collection’s Does It All 5-in-1 mascara. This Collection mascara is amazing for the price! Collection cosmetics have just arrived in NZ (apparently the third biggest brand in the UK? Any UK girls please let me know what you think of it!) and I am loving this mascara. It’s about $18NZD (which believe it or not is cheap here) and it’s a perfect dupe for Benefit’s They’re Real, which retails for $52! It doesn’t make my lashes too spidery or clumpy, just coats them each individually for a really fresh and clean look.
Lips – Clinique’s Chubby Stick in 04 Mega Melon. I love Clinique Chubby Sticks! They are moisturising on my lips and the colours are nice and sheer. This melon colour has an almost golden sheen to it which I really like wearing when my skin is tanned (which it is right now thanks to Bondi Sands – stay tuned, review coming soon!).
And voila! Here’s the finished product! The photo didn’t pick up much of the eyeshadow colour, but it was a beautifully warm-toned neutral eye. I really need to get a better camera than the front one on my iPhone – I promise it actually looks like I have makeup on in real life! Hope you all like it – let me know what you think, and what you think of the Naked palettes too!