I’ve really missed doing these blogs where I get to talk you through a look. Mostly because they really allow me to sit down with my entire makeup collection and find new ways to get creative. Tonight I have a tropical themed party and I really wanted to get into the spirit of things with my makeup look as well as my flamingo costume, so today I present a wearable tropical look that pretty much ties in all of the things I love about tropical colours while keeping things on a level where they can be worn without too much fuss for an every day look without looking borderline 80’s. For this look I used a total of about 8 brushes, but I’m sure you could get away with fewer if you wanted but I was just happy spraying colour everywhere at the time and didn’t pay much attention to how much cleaning I’d have to do. It does take a little time but it’s mostly because of blending and mixing of colours but I’m sure the fact that I was making it up as I went along didn’t help. If you want to give this look a try, here is the list of products I used, which of course as always can be easily substituted and switched out for brands and/or products that you would prefer:
- Maybelline Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner in 001 Black
- Benefit Brow Zings
- Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara
- The Chi Chi Goes to Rio Palette
- Australis’ Velour Lips Matte Lip Cream in PA-REE
- Australis Bronzer
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15
- MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC15
- Maybelline Super Stay 24h Waterproof Powder
- Inglot Eye Shadow 360
- Inglot Eye Shadow 326
- Inglot HD Sculpting Powder 505
- MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ocre
With all that in mind here is how I used them, and I’ve decided there’s really no point in me talking you through the base, mostly because the application of the Pro Longwear Foundation and Concealer and the Super Stay Powder is consistent with my daily use, as would the Australis Bronzer, Brow Zings and the Sculpting Powder so I’d rather get down to the two parts of this look that separate it from everything else I wear.
Starting with a base of MAC’s Paint Pot in Soft Ocre I took a large brush and swiped the 360 Shadow across my entire lid. The taupe base is what I wanted to build on top of so there was something natural, and next I took the 326 and darkened my crease to give it a little definition. Here’s where things got a little more tricky. Taking a liner brush I took the orange from the Rio Palette and drew upwards from the inner corner of my eyelid to the centre feathering out the end. I did this until I was completely happy with the brightness of the orange at the centre of my eye then moved onto yellow. The yellow I applied lightly at the feathered end and on the inner corner of my eyes for a little contrast. I had to build this up but eventually got them with a couple of tiny drops of water to get the colour to pop. I also added the tiniest amount to my cupid’s bow for something different and as the highlight along my brow bone.
The next step was the hardest, and it’s probably going to be the most poorly worded part of this post – basically what I did is applied a few drops of water to my neon pink shade in the Rio Palette and used this as a winged liner. The hardest part about this was reaching a good consistency and getting the right shape before taking some of the dry product and using it to set the colour into place and keeping everything crisp, sharp and separate. Once you’re happy, it’s a matter of tight-lining, applying mascara and lining the bottom waterline and you’re done!
The reason I added a little yellow to my cupid’s bow was because I wanted something interesting near my lips without having to have a bright colour on them. I wanted to go with this lovely nude cream lipstick I spoke about earlier this week and really wanted to keep all the statement in the eyes, so this was my something simple but dramatic.
And there you have it, my wearable tropical look to match a flamingo costume. I hope that you enjoyed this slightly different look which you can translate into pretty much anything from an 80’s costume to something for a tight and bright party. The main thing here is to have a bit of fun with the colours and see what you can come up with! I’ll be back tomorrow with a DIY, in the meantime let me know what you thought of this look in the comment section below!