Saturday, November 2, 2013

"Unconventional Date Night" Makeup!

Hi everyone! Ok, let me start by saying that "Unconventional Date Night" makeup means that the date was unconventional...not the makeup! However, this type of "date" required some modifications to my daily makeup as it was a night photoshoot and dinner with my hubby! So, being that it is still pretty warm here in South Florida, I needed makeup with staying power and that would stand up to a night of photography (with my eye and face touching the camera) and still look great for dinner later! Unfortunately...after I completed my makeup look, it was almost impossible to wake my hubby so we ended up just going to dinner! LOL But, we did try a little night shooting afterwards. However, the location was mediocre and nothing I captured really wowed me. So sad! But here's a look at all the products I used to create my "Unconventional Date Night" look!

I know! That's alot of stuff! I won't go into specifics as to application...this is just what I wore for this "unconventional date"!

Face primer: Mally Prep and Prime (for added moisture because I had a bit of dry skin)
Foundation: Revlon Colorstay whipped in 240 Natural Beige
Concealer(s): Benefit's erase paste in "Medium" and Maybelline's Instant Age rewind in "Neutralizer" under the eyes and "Brightener" for added brightness below the eye area.
Eye primer: Urban Decay "Anti-Aging" eye primer
Eyeshadow: Mabelline's Eyestudio quad in "Autumn Dream" (This quad is limited edition for the fall, so don't miss out! This quad has some gorgeous jewel tones! I totally stole this eye look from emilynoel83 on YouTube! If you haven't checked out her channel, do so! She's an amazing source of information on both drugstore and high-end makeup and her tutorials are wonderful! I would have never thought of getting this quad if it wasn't for her! )
Eyeliner: Maybelline Master Drama in "Midnight Master" on my upper lid and to tightline the upper. For the bottom I used Covergirl's liquiline blast in purple. (There is no actual color on the product). Then I used the navy and purple colors from the quad over that to give the lower lashline some more POP!
Brows: itCosmetics "Brow Power" (universal color) and a generic brow gel to hold them in place. (I am not a fan of overdrawn brows on me...even though mine aren't very thick, I keep them pretty natural.)
Mascara: (This was a total cocktail of products that I had to use to make sure it did NOT smudge!) For the 1st coat, I used  L'oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes (waterproof) in "black" for upper and lower lashes. Revlon's Grow Luscious (waterproof) in "blackest black" for my 2nd coat on my upper lashes. For my 2nd coat on the bottom lashes I used Maybelline's Lash Discovery (waterproof) in "very black". (My lower lashes are so sparse, that I have to coat them lightly first with a regular mascara in order for the tiny brush to even grip the lashes.) For my 3rd coat on my upper lashes I used Almay's Get up and Grow in "blackest black" for even more volume. (Finally! Mascara was done! Whew!)

Here is the finished eye look:

Bronzer/contour: Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte in "Park Ave Princess"
Blush: theBalm Instain Blush in "Houndstooth"
Highlighter: MAC MSF "Soft and Gentle" Setting spray: NYX "Dewy Finish" (because my skin was dry, I didn't powder & I wanted to minimize the look of the dry skin. I usually prefer a matte finish.)
Lipliner: Jordana's "Tawny"
Lipstick: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine in "Rose Infinite"
Gloss: Maybelline's "Nude Compliment" just in the center of my bottom lip. (Sorry, I don't have the name of the actual gloss type, but it's in the rectangular packaging).

Whew! And that was it! This is the final result!

For accessories, I just popped on some diamond stud earrings and a pretty silver and black necklace and that was it!

Random stuff about me! (Instead of tips, I thought I'd throw in a few things you probably don't know about me!)
  • I am required to wear a foot/ankle brace which almost reaches my knee. I have to wear it every time I go out, especially shooting. (I don't wear it for beach shoots obviously!) It only fits in sneakers, so dressing up is a difficult thing for me. So, date nights aren't usually fancy at all. I can only wear flats or kitten heels for a short time. (No more high heels for me!) Boot cut jeans are fantastic because it makes the brace barely noticeable.
  • If you've been following my blogs for awhile, you may notice that sometimes my eyes are green. They are colored contacts in case you couldn't tell. I never wear them while shooting because they tend to get a little uncomfortable after awhile. I prefer my clear contacts for photography work.
  • I love portraiture work and doing makeup, but I also love fine art photography. I have a gallery on my website specifically for this type of work. (My IG followers may already know this!)
Since I didn't capture anything that wowed me last night with my night mini-shoot, here's a night shot that I took last year. This is one of several photos of mine that were chosen for the final jury round in the 2012 International Fine Art Photography Competition for the Grand Prix de la Découverte in Paris, France. It was a great achievement! I'm very proud to have received such a high level of success in my very first international competition, as well as the recognition from the international panel of jurors, which included renowned photographers and museum curators. I may not have won, but I got pretty darn close! 

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