Get to the point, Sarah.
|From the Marie Claire Pinterest|
Stop digressing, Sarah.
|Sarah a la Plain Jane|
|Face on - a little yellow, or just the lighting? I'll never know.|
Keira's eye shadow looked mostly brown -- it was a little hard to see given that all of the photos were only side-on. I started off with Benefit Stay Don't Stray eye primer, which I really like because it gives some coverage over my eyelids. My eyelids are really oily and this usually helps with creasing a little better than Shadow Insurance. Then I used one side of a Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush with "White Chocolate" from the Too Face Chocolate Bar Palette and placed it in my inner corner. I'm not quite sure why I did this, it just popped into my head. Then, using the other side of the brush, I put "Black Forest Truffle" over the rest of my eyelid, mixing it with a little "Semi-sweet" to make it a bit more brown.
Using a Mecca Cosmetica Domed Eye Blending Brush, I ran "Salted Caramel" into my crease so that the colours would blend together a little better. I patted on the mix of "Black Forest Truffle" and "Semi-sweet" on my lids again if some of the colour disappeared somehow. When I was happy with how it looked, I used a Mecca Cosmetica Eye Contour Brush to put "Triple Fudge" into the outer corner.
|Does it even look any different?|
|Not really? Alrighty then.|
|With NARS Eyeliner Stylo in "Atlantic"|
From there, I moved onto the rest of my face. I've been having a weird skin week where something has irritated and dried the skin on the side of my lips (making me look a little like a puppet, to my dismay), so I used the Benefit Perk Up Artist concealer palette to cover up that and all any blemishes. I then took my EcoTools Custom Coverage Buffing Brush and lightly applied Stila Illuminating Powder in "30 Watts" all over my face. At first I didn't think that Keira had much contouring done, as she already has killer cheekbones -- and then I remembered that that was the thought of a Padawan, and that the makeup likely helped those cheekbones. So, I used the powder end of a dual-ended powder blush brush with MAC Bronzing Powder in "Matte Bronze" to try and accentuate what I could of my own cheekbones.
I think Keira has a very light, natural looking blush on her -- if she's got any at all -- so I very lightly used NARS Blush in "Deep Throat" with an angled blush brush along my cheeks; enough to give off a little of the pinky-peach colour. I was a little more confident with the highlighting. When I originally did a test-run on this look, I dotted Benefit High Beam sparsely along my cheeks, then rubbed it in with my fingers. However, I could see the line where the highlighter ended (if that makes any sense), so I took my EcoTools brush and lightly buffed in "Incandescent Light" from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette to blend it together.
Can't lie, I forgot all about High Beam when doing this look properly for the post, so I used "Incandescent Light" on its own -- I applied it to the tops of my cheek bones, the bridge of my nose and my cupid's bow with my Rae Morris #22 Pro Powder Brush.
Then for final touches.
Originally I thought that Keira might have a clear gloss over her lips. Then I remembered that I don't actually know what her natural lip colour looks like, because I've never seen any photos of her without makeup on. Taking this into consideration, I opted for Rimmel Vinyl Gloss -- the peachy pink one without a name on it, because I've owned it for as long as dinosaurs have been extinct.
The piece de resistance for me were Keira's eyelashes -- they were blue! 'Blue mascara,' I thought. 'Great, Sarah, you'll never be able to find one.' Then I remember that where there is a will there is Twitter, and where there is Twitter there is the #bbloggers hashtag -- and where there's that hashtag, there is a very helpful plethora of Beauty Yodas, ready to suggest your cry for help.
It was answered with Yves Saint Laurent. (#byemoney)
I used the Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in "03 Blue". It does look extremely blue on the brush, but I wasn't concerned about the colour being too strong because my lashes are quite dark -- it may show up better on blonde or red-haired beauties.
This was the finished look! Perhaps it's not quite exact as Keira's, but I think it's really nice for both a day trip or a formal event.
|Ooh yes, much posing. Someone call Vogue.|
Not into blue mascara? Don't want to splash so much cash around? The look works great with regular mascara as well -- you can see in the picture below, taken when I first tried the look, that I used L'Oreal Paris Butterfly Wings Mascara and it worked a treat!
|A picture so old it has my old watermark font.|
PS. Myer currently has the Benefit Perk Up Artist concealer palette on sale for $24! It's normal retail price is $49, so I would definitely go and pick one up if it's caught your eye!