MAKEUP LOOK: Spring Greenery

by - March 17, 2017

Recently, I've definitely been finding myself leaning away from the deeper, rich tones of fall and winter makeup and definitely being drawn to shades and looks that are a little brighter and fresher. Here in Winnipeg (and in most of Canada, really) we're not quite at actual spring yet, but I'm definitely itching to ditch the parkas and mukluks, slip into some sneakers and freshen up my makeup. Since it's almost officially spring - regardless of whether or not the weather agrees - and today is St. Patrick's Day, I decided to do a makeup look for the blog that I'm calling Spring Greenery that consists of a golden green eye look paired with a bright orchid lip colour.

For a closer look at this makeup and to see how I got it, keep reading!

I've absolutely always loved green and purple paired together, probably more than any colour combination out there, and I've often paired green toned eye looks with lips that lean towards a berry purple, so this was actually kind of a no brainer for me. I also decided to pair this look with a good dose of a blue toned pink blush and a champagne highlighter. I actually really like to skip the bronzer during the spring and keep everything cooler toned and more fresh.

To start out this look, I used the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer to keep my base looking fresh. For foundation, I used the Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation because the shade I have is quite light and I find this foundation gives my skin a really porcelain type of a look. I concealed with the Physicians Formula Full Coverage Concealer, again because I was really looking for a flawless base for this look. On my cheeks, I used the Kryolan for Glossybox Blush in Glossy Rosewood and finished with the e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls. I applied the blush a little more heavily than I might normally and then really contained the highlighter to the highest points of my cheeks and a little around my temples and I really liked how it looked.

For the eyes, I started with the Arbonne Prime & Proper Eye Makeup Primer and then went in with four single eyeshadows from Arbonne that I think worked beautifully together. 

1. I used the shade Slate, a mintoned pinky brown shade, through the crease as my transition shade using a really fluffy domed brush. 
2. Next, I went into the inner part of my lid and used the shade Solar, a shimmery yellow gold, to get a really golden start to the eye. I would say I applied this to about the inner third of the lid using a flat detailing brush. 
3. Next, I applied the shade Forest, a shimmery mid-toned olive green, to the inner 2/3 of my lid and alternated between Kale and Primrose Yellow to really get a seamless blend on those two shades. To do this, I just used two sides of the same brush. 
4. Finally, I packed the shade Sequoia, a deep neutral brown shade with a satin finish, on the outer third of the lid and first blended it into the Kale shade before working it through my crease with a blending brush. I finished with one last pass of my fluffy domed blending brush with what was left of my transition shade to get a smooth blend through the look. 

On my upper lashes, I used the essence False Lashes Dramatic Volume Unlimited Mascara - which is an AMAZING drugstore option and gets better and better as it starts to dry out a little bit. And for my lower lashes, I used the L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara - RIP holy grail mascara!

The finishing touches of the look are, of course, brows and lips. For my brows, I filled them in with Annabelle Skinny Brow Pencil in Universal Taupe and then set them with Benefit Gimme Brow in Shade 3. For the lips, I went for a shade in my collection that doesn't get a lot of play, but really screams spring to me, which is the Wet N Wild Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Charred Cherry. In the photos, I think this is showing up just slightly more purple than it is in real life, but both ways it's really gorgeous.

And there you have it - my personal take on Spring Greenery! I hope you guys liked it!

If makeup looks are something you'd like to see more of here on the blog, I'd love to hear it in the comments. Because I don't have professional lights and winter light is less than best, I've been slacking a little on makeup photography on my actual face, but now that the light is getting better with the weather I'd be more than happy to do more makeup looks!

Thanks for reading!

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