This is one of my favourite looks to date, as well as my most asked about. My aim was to create a dewy base with a soft, rose gold ‘bedroom’ eye. The main component of this look is the NARS Orgasm Illuminating Loose powder which I’m obsessed with.
If you don’t want to buy the NARS powder or can’t get hold of it any rose gold highlighter will do, and for dupes I believe that Milani’s Luminous is pretty close.
Step 1: Prep the Face
I started off by prepping the skin (cleanse, tone, moisturise). To moisturise I used MAC Original Strobe Cream.
I then primed the skin using Illamasqua’s Beyond Veil for an extra glowy base and primed the eyes with Urban Decay Primer Potion and topped it with Bobbi Brown’s Cream Shadow Stick in Sand Dune, to lay down a base from the lash line to the crease, blending this into the skin for a seamless base.
Step 2: Build your eye
To start off I swept a light wash of colour in the crease and outer corner as my transition shade, for this i used MAC ‘Malt’, I then deepened this very slightly with MAC ‘Wedge’ with a fluffy blending brush and a light hand.
With a smaller, stiffer brush I then deepened the crease with MAC ‘Swiss Chocolate’ and blended this down and out into the outer half of the eye. The idea of this look is for everything to be very soft and almost candlelit, so take extra care in ensuring everything is well blended. For the last of the matte shadows I took MAC ‘Espresso’ and placed on the outer corner and blended inwards towards the middle of the eye and into the crease with whatever’s left on the brush.
What makes this entire look is NARS Orgasm Illuminating Powder, which is what I’ve used to highlight and all over the lid. It can be very intense so use sparingly with a fluffy brush in the inner corner and centre of the lid- leaving your matte shadows on the outer corner but blending it into a gradient, you can use your finger for this.
Then to finish off they eye I applied a few individual lashes for a fluttery, natural look and used Bobbi Brown Smokey Lash mascara to blend the falsies with her natural lashes. You can also smudge a soft, brown liner into the lash-line if you find you case see the bulb of your lashes, do this with an angled brush and really blend it out. I used Urban Decay Whiskey very sparingly.
Step 3: Dewy Skin
I wanted this look to be really light and glowy, so I went with a sheer but flawless base. For foundation I used the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, and the Bobbi Brown BBU palette to lightly conceal a few areas. I used a flat foundation brush for this and pressed it into the skin with my fingers and a disposable sponge.
I then used my cream products before powdering. I took Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick and buffed this into the skin to bronze the high points of the face and in the hollows of the cheeks to define the cheekbones.
Next I used Bobbi Brown Uber Beige Pot Rouge very sparingly on the apples of the cheeks to create a slightly flushed look.
Lastly, I powdered the face sparingly, focusing mainly on the under eyes, nose and chin with Laura Mercier translucent setting powder. Then I lightly dusted the NARS Orgasm Powder over the top of the cheekbones and blended the edges lightly for a diffused look.
Step 4: Lips and Final Touches
For lips I lightly lined them with MAC Dervish, and then did a sheer wash of colour with MAC Faux which is a gorgeous pinky nude duo.
I didn’t do much in the way of brows as the model had thick brows already, so I just tidied them up with a pair of tweezers and a spoolie and set them down with some clear brow gel.
To set the look I used Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray.
Please note that all though these are the products that I used, you can still create the same look with cheaper alternatives as long as the colours are similar. There are some really great dupes out there if you know what you’re looking for.
- MAC Strobe Cream
- Illamasqua Beyond Veil
- Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation
- Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
- Benefit Hoola Cream Contour Stick
- Bobbi Brown Uber Beige Pot Rouge
- NARS Orgasm Illuminating Loose Powder
- Bobbi Brown cream shadow stick in Sand Dune
- MAC Eye-shadows in Malt, Wedge, Swiss Chocolate and Espresso
- NARS Orgasm Illuminating Loose Powder
- Urban Decay Whiskey liner
- Bobbi Brown Smokey lash mascara
- Eyelur individual lashes
If you recreate this look let me know! I’d love to see pictures and see how it turned out, please share and follow me on social media for more content x