Sunday, March 30, 2014

Makeup: An evening look (recreated)

This is actually my first time posting a step-by-step of the makeup products I used to recreate a look. I wouldn't call it a tutorial as I am by no means fit to give any makeup advice, the way I have been doing it has been the same for many years (boring!!!) and I very rarely use eyeshadow.

I used to shy away from eyeshadows as I felt they only looked good on double-eyelids and deep-set eyes; I myself have hooded lids/monolids/single-eyelids. And it seemed like so much work, blending and picking colours every morning. On most days I just draw on thick eyeliner and rush off to work. 

Just recently I had my makeup done by a professional for a friend's wedding, the artist was really good and managed to "open up" my eyes without using excessive glitter or shimmer. A reader also liked the look and asked if I remember what colours were used (Hi, Linh!), unfortunately I don't. But the look I recreated below looks somewhat similar, so I hope it helps! 

There will be pictures of my semi-bare face below, so please be kind! LOL. Below is what the makeup artist did for me:

I products that I will be using: 
Clockwise: Chanel Charming palette, Estee Lauder eyeshadow in Pale Moon (shimmery lilac), Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Bone, Bobbi Brown gel liner in Black, Estee Lauder palette 

Here, I already have Clarins BB Cream on my face and lightly drawn in my brows:

For evening looks or dates I usually put on falsies or eyelid stickers as they help create a crease which looks better in pictures. Below, I am using eyelid stickers. I have also used Bobbi Brown Bone on my whole eye area. It acts as a base and evens my skintone.

I don't think there are and rules when it comes to colour selection, I have used as little as 1 colour to up to 3 colours for a look before. As long as the colours match, it should be okay.

I used the shimmery brown, 3rd from right
And the middle colour, a darker brown

I used the shimmery brown first on the entire eyelid, followed by the darker brown which only covers about 3/4 of the eyelid area. 

After blending the eyeshadow so that there are no jarring lines between the two colours, I drew on eyeliner and ended it with a little flick at the end. (Sidenote: After I removed my makeup only did I realize I forgot to use mascara, and also the sunlight has washed out the colours so you can't see the shadows properly! Will aim to take better pictures next time.)

With lippie and contact lenses
The Estee Lauder shadow in Pale Moon, a soft shimmery lilac) was applied last to the inner eyes in a "V" shape. This made my eyes look brighter and in photos it looked really nice as well.

Finished off with Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, Chanel blusher in Frivole and some contact lenses from Fresh Look in Brown. I only wear my lenses when I attend parties or weddings, so I am not blind when someone across the rooms smiles or waves at me. Also, its so that I don't mistakenly wave at a stranger (it has happened a few times LOL).

So, what do you think? Similar?

I really used to avoid applying eyeshadow as they seemed to make my eyes appear smaller, but I guess it all comes down to knowing what techniques works for your eyeshape. Monolids can look good with eyeshadow too! For me, I never change my eyeliner shape as I am really happy with it.. I just need to practice using eyeshadow to find more colour combinations. 

Hope you enjoyed the post! If you have any tips for monolids, please do share them (:


  1. Beautiful! Your eyes may be mono/single lidded but they are quite large and open in proportion to your face! Thanks for recreating this!! =]

    PS totally feel you on accidentally waving at strangers, now I never wave. I can't wait to get laser eye surgery!

    1. Thank you, Linh! ;D I've always felt like my eyes were small because my lids are quite heavy.. I guess makeup helps heaps! If it wasn't for you I would've never thought of posting a makeup how-to hehe

      LOL on the accidental waving, now I dont look around too much if I'm not wearing specs/contacts. All the best with your surgery and may you have a speedy recovery! (:

  2. You did a good job of recreating the look! I love the red lipcolor on you btw :)

    1. Thank you for your kind words and dropping by! I have quite a few reds but this is my current favourite ;D

  3. you look so beautiful xen!!! like a porcelain doll. seriously. I WANT YOUR SKIN!! omgosh talk about flawless!!!

    i love your chanel eyeshadow palette the colors are so pretty!!

    yay i'm so glad you tried the shepard's pie and that you enjoyed it.. lol. yes my husband ironically prefers the mixed cauli/potato mash over just all potato mash because he says he likes the texture more too!! bonus it's healthier/less calories :)!

    1. Hi Lisa! *blush* I swear it's all the makeup doing a good job LOL My skin could not look so smooth without base/primer/pore concealer seriously haha

      And yes, I love Chanel palettes too but can never bring myself to use them, infact this is the first time that palette was used ;D

      The cauliflower mash is the bombbbb my family liked it too and I made them guess what was in it (no one got it right fyi)! Am going to make it with even more cauliflower next round! Thank you for the recipeeee

  4. Great job replicating the look Xen! My favorite element is how the eyeliner really plays up the shape of your eyes and makes them pop.

    Yay for another love of The Little Prince. I'm so terrible about reading these days but I do enjoy the work of an author by the name of Lisa See. Her most well known work is Snow Flower and the Secret Fan which was also adapted into a movie but the book was so much better.

    Have a great week!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    1. Thank you, Rowena! It took me years before I found a eyeliner shape which worked for me hehe

      I agree with you, reading is a luxury these days but one which I should make more time for ;D Will definitely look up the book recommendations, thank you so much!

  5. That's really pretty :)
    Want to follow each other? -

    1. Thank you, Caroline!

      I don't use GFC but if you'd like you can find me on Bloglovin' (:

  6. ohh you look so pretty here, I love the color of the lipstick, so vibrant!!

    1. Thank you (: I love bright lipsticks, but rarely wear them out!