Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Hi everyone! Here is the Homecoming look that I promised you all!  This is a more dramatic look for you older teens out there and for anyone looking to get all glammed up!  It is also extremely photography friendly. You know that cameras are going to be flashing all night long!!  Also, by using a long wearing foundation and makeup setting spray you should be able to dance all night while your makeup remains looking fresh.
(Please forgive the photo! By the time I was finished and got to taking pictures, the sun had gone down and I had to resort to using overhead lighting in my office...which is awful!! Lesson learned...start earlier next time!)

I used Benefit's Porefessional primer all over my face because I struggle with large pores and, although this doesn't make them magically disappear, it does help. For foundation I chose Estée Lauder's Double Wear (my shade is 2C3 Fresco 01) because I didn't want to layer a powder over my foundation and truthfully, in my experience, this foundation doesn't really need a setting powder. (If you don't have this foundation, a comparable drugstore brand is Revlon Colorstay in the liquid form.) I contoured my face and warmed up my skintone using my Tarte Amazonian Clay matte bronzer in "Park Ave Princess". As for blush, I used theBalm's Instain Blush in "Houndstooth" which is a pinky/mauve color. Even though theBalm's Instain line of blushes are in a powder form, they will definitely stain your cheeks and last all day or night! (Just use with a light hand so you don't accidentally put on too much...you can always add more if needed).  I also highlighted my cheekbones and cupid's bow with M.A.C.'s Mineralized Skin Finish in "Soft and Gentle". I didn't highlight the chin, nose or forehead because it would show up too sparkly in flash photography. For my eyes I just grabbed my Urban Decay Naked2 palette because it's a very popular palette and I wanted to try to put a look together that most of you could recreate!

The shades I used: Bootycall, Tease, Verve, Pistol, Busted & Blackout.  I started with Tease in and above my crease for a transition and blending color. I used Bootycall to highlight the inner corner and a very light dusting just under my eyebrow. I used Verve as a base on my entire lid, added Pistol to the outer half and slightly up into the crease and blended together. I then added Busted to my outer "v" and blended that in with all of the other colors with a big fluffy blending brush. To deepen the crease even further, I added a tiny amount of Blackout with a pencil brush to the very outer corner and, using a bare blending brush, blended that into the crease and upwards...creating a "winged" effect with the shadows. (This is an especially good technique for you ladies with hooded eyes.) I smudged Verve, Pistol, Busted and Blackout from inner to outer on my lower lashline.  Using Maybelline's Master Drama twist up pencil eyeliner in "Midnight Master", I lined my upper lashline and winged it out very slightly. I also used this same liner in my upper and lower waterlines and a bit on the outer corner under my lower lashes just to meet up with the wing on the top.  I then curled my lashes and added one coat of L'oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof mascara and, for some extra drama, popped on a set of half-strip accent false lashes on the outer corner. They just accentuate the "winged out" effect of the shadow that I created. I finished up with a spritz of Urban Decay's "de-slick" oil control makeup setting spray to lock everything in place.  For lips I used Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in "Mauvy Night" and Revlon's Super Lustrous lipgloss in "Sugar Violet" over the top.  (Of course, you can use a long wearing lip stain or lipstick if you prefer). Since my eyes were so bold, this lip color I felt was still dramatic enough without completely overpowering the rest of the look. You can go any direction you want with the lips though! The great thing about using the shadow colors I did is that they are all neutral, so you can go with any lip look you prefer. Bare or bold!

The essentials for this look:

I hope that you all liked this look and that it gave you some ideas for your makeup look for Homecoming or your next special occasion!

Random tips:
  • Ok...all you shoe mavens out there...don't shoot me! But, if you already have a pair of beautiful high heels that match your dress, consider wearing those instead of buying new ones. They would be more comfortable and you wouldn't have to kick them off under a table somewhere after an hour! (Added bonus...it will save you a little money!)
  • If you do buy new high heels and don't have time to break them in, make sure to toss a couple of clear bandages into your bag for any blisters.  The clear band will make them barely noticeable on your feet.
  • Carry the smallest bag/purse that you possibly can. There are lovely inexpensive "wristlets" that will hold your phone and a powder or lipstick. This way, the bag is always on your wrist and you're not fumbling with a clutch that doesn't have straps. 
So, that's all for now!!! I will be back soon with another beauty blog post and until then, be sure to check out my website at www.reneebruch.com and my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ReneeBruchPhotography.  You'll find some portraits of some wonderful people (and makeup looks I've created for many of them) and some fine art on my website that is for sale. Something for everyone!  (You can also get a gift certificate just for "liking" my Facebook photography page! See page for details!)  Follow me on Instragram @reneebruch and on Twitter @ReneeBruchPhoto

Bye for now my lovelies!

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