Pictorial: Vampy Queen

Today I was so so close to filming my first tutorial but alas I didn't have enough charge in my camera, or the time to charge it. BUT I did have enough charge to take pictures so I quickly thought I'd do the planned makeup look as a pictorial instead!

Before:
 
After:


So the first steps are obviously the base makeup, my skin was prettttyyyyyy bad at the time so I had to have quite high coverage foundation and concealer. If your skincare is on point, unlike mine, you could go for a lighter base by using something like a tinted moisturiser instead. Although, when wearing darker lip colours or taupe shadows it's better to get rid of as much redness in the skin as possible as this can make you look tired or ill in some cases.

I blended everything into my skin using the Real Techniques sponge but you could use a brush, or your fingers. The sponge works best for my skin as it's really dry, and I found that with brushes my foundation always clung to dry patches and got really flaky.

To add a bit of dewyness to my foundation I mixed it with a pump of Lumi Magique Primer as this is pretty much a strobe cream and adds a very subtle sheen to your foundation finish.

To finish my base, I quickly blended some eye primer around my eyes to help hide the little veins on my lids.

I chose not to wear any blush, contour or highlight for this look because I don't usually do these steps day to day and as the eyes and lip colour are quite bold and dramatic I wanted to keep my base light and neutral. Of course, you could go for a quite muted blush and subtle highlight if you think it would suit you better, and feel free to contour your little heart out, this is just my personal preference.

Base Products:
Bourjouis Healthy Mix Serum
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer
Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eye Primer


After filling in my brows with a medium brown shadow, we move onto the fun part - the shadow.

First - I applied a light layer of a cream eyeshadow base in a taupe colour to help make the other shadows stand out more and to make the look last longer.


Then I applied a shimmery taupe shadow all over the lid with a shader brush.



Afterwards I applied a dark brown shadow along my lower lash line and in my crease using an angled liner brush. For the crease I created a slightly more pointed V shape to create a cat-eye effect and mixed the shadow with a touch of a black shadow to deepen the crease. I also then applied a silvery colour in my inner corner to highlight. I made sure to blend all the shadows with a blending brush to diffuse the edges - especially important in the crease because the V shape can look really harsh otherwise.


I then used a black shadow to line my upper lash line for a subtle and smoky liner, and followed that with a few lashings of mascara.



Let's move onto lips. I used my BAE - Mac's Diva, my ultimate perfect red! I topped it with a simple clear lip gloss to add a lusciousness to ma lips, mm mm mm.


Eye and Lip Products:


Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 2 Palette
Maybelline Colour Tattoo - Permanent Taupe
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Mac - Diva
Real Techniques Eye Brush Set
Elf Crease Brush


And so I became a Vampy Queen. I love this look so much I'd wear it everyday if only I could, regardless of how intense it is. It makes me feel sexAY.



Let me know in the comments if you think pictorials are a good way to post makeup looks, and let me know if you recreate this or something similar, I'd love to see!