One of my favourite W-day colour palettes is a bright green with a colour pop pink, I just can’t get enough of that fresh, pretty “springtime is just around the corner” look.
And that also goes for make-up, if I’m not wearing my everyday “neutral” face you are far more likely to see me with a soft golden mossy hue swept across my lids and a dreamy dolly pout than you ever are as a sludgy, smoky red-lipped vamp.
Lucky me then that this colour combination is so hot-right-now that there are a whole host of products on offer to make you look picture perfect…. just in time to wave bye bye to the winter blues and Helloooo to sunnier climes.
Oh and I think this makes for a beautiful alternative to the more traditional Big Day “natural” bridal norm.
First things first, the essential kit folks:
Dark Circle Disguise - we used Givenchy “Mister Light” in 02
Gold/Green shadows - we used Mac “Juxt” as a base and a smudge of MAC “Lucky green” on top for depth
Colour Pop Pink - we used Bobbi Brown rich colour lipstick in “Bikini Pink” and MAC gloss in “Flusterose”
Lengthening Mascara - as opposed to volumising, this is all about the flutter folks! we used MAC’s new “false lash” formulation
A Glowing Natural Base - we mixed Estee Lauder “Primer Plus” ( illuminating) with Burberry “Sheer Foundation” in 04
Rosy Apples - we used MAC powder blush in “Pink Swoon”
A Fine Line - we love a liquid for perfect definition – we used MAC Superslick in “Marked for Glamour” which is a medium grey, however, a brown/bronze pencil is equally as pretty.
1. Apply your foundation and concealer, with all the bright ( albeit soft) colour you want a very natural base, a tinted moisturiser or sheer foundation mixed with an illuminator works well. Dot a highlighting concealer on any dark shadows and pat gently, extend to the inner corners of the eye and the lid area to neutralize any redness/create a base for shadow.
2. Sweep on your paler green/gold shadow ( Melissa favours a foam applicator to a brush as it picks up more pigment – I like to pat it on with my finger tip and gently rub in, seems to create more sheen and stays put for longer), if you fancy a bit more depth you can add a slightly darker shade to the outer corners/socket line.
3. Apply your liner, we used a gunmetal grey as it’s softer than black and works well with the whole green/pink thing. The MAC one doesn’t budge, is quite easy to apply and has attractive shiny bits in it that lend a lovely shimmer when you look down/across/get caught in the light etc
4. The flutter factor. Curl lashes and apply your mascara, sweep the wand “upwards” and use a “wiggling” motion to really coat every lash. Comb through with a lash comb and once dry apply a second coat…and a third if you fancy it. Don’t forget the bottom lashes too – one coat will do.
We also swept a whisper of the paler green shadow underneath the bottom lash line to make them extra lovely – literally a tiny whisper though. If you’re not brave enough to sweep the colour underneath then a champagne gold will work just as well.
5. Sweep a barley there rosy hued blush on the apples of your cheeks and towards the hairline, a gentle walk-in-the-park flush will be fine, this look is all about the peepers and the pout.
6. Apply your lipstick straight from the tube ( no liner required) and if you prefer the more matt finish ( as I do as it happens) then stop here – as per the middle image on the above template. If you fancy a little more sheen however then slick on some shimmery gloss.
Do you like it lovelies?
And as with any “how to” – any questions just drop us a note in the comments box.
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