Tuesday 23 September 2014

Making Over Mum

My family live a few hours away from Hampshire and I therefore don't see them too often. My mum came to stay this weekend and kindly volunteered to be the subject of a post! Like most of us, she deserved a bit of a pampering, so I did a simple, pretty make-up look on her and put some loose waves in her hair. Here's the before and after:
If you want to know what we used to create this look, click the link to read on:

I started by using some Una Brennan Superfacialist Intense Facial Serum on her skin, then prepped her eyes with some of my favourite Nude eyecream (beautiful stuff!). 

My mum has darker skin than me, to for her base I used a bit of The Body Shop's BB cream which evened out her skin nicely. She doesn't really need heavy foundation because her skin is quite even, so a BB cream was perfect to keep the skin looking plump and moisturised without caking it in colour. I applied a little concealer under the eyes, using only a small amount of Laura Mercier's Secret Concealer.

For a more sophisticated, down-played eye, Mum chose
Mac's Grain for an all over wash of colour (a good choice, as this beigey satin shade opens up the eyes). We then added some depth by blending peach toned Modelette and Kid. To add some definition, I added grey eyeliner to the waterline (only on the outer third of the eye) and some cream eyeshadow in a sheer grey to the top lash line. L'oreal's Million Lashes: So Couture was a good mascara choice for my mum's lashes, which need a small wand to build up some length and volume.   

Following that, I filled in mum's sparse eyebrows with Charlotte Tilbury's Brow Lift pencil in Grace K (a light brown shade). Some people like the bold brow look, but for this look, a subtle bit of definition with a light colour enhanced the brows without drawing too much attention to them.

Some warm pink blush (Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat) gave the cheeks a lovely healthy look; some highlighter to the cheekbones finished the look with a beautiful glow to the face. I used a MeMeMe liquid highlighter for this.

The finishing touch was an application of Fig Lipstick by NYX which is a warm medium pink. My mum has thin lips so I dotted a bit of gloss in the centre for a little emphasis. 

I can understand that for someone who doesn't have time or inclination, this amount of products seems a lot; however, you could re-create this look with less products for a 10-minute daytime face. Saying that, it was a nice treat for mum to have the 'full works' on this occasion!

Here are some photos of the completed make-up and hair:

My mum loved her pampering session, doesn't she look lovely!

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