I’m usually a creature of habit, but weirdly enough lately I’ve really been experimenting in one area of my life- beauty. Or well, my makeup. Every day I’ve been waking up and doing something different with my eye makeup, my base, sometimes I’ll heavily contour and sometimes I won’t at all and damn, it’s fun. One of my favourite things about doing this is that when you’re trying out different products and different looks, you’ll try things that you think won’t suit you, but then they do. If you’re down to experiment with your own makeup routine, then here are some serious gems to try:
So in my acting course, I’m on camera all the time. I think I look fine but apparently, according to my trainers I look uber pale on camera
which I’m fine with because they could easily cast me in a Twilight remake but whatever. So I’ve been experimenting more with blush in an attempt to add a bit more oomph to my skin. I got my hands on the *Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow and I’m loving it.
One half of the palette is their classic bronze shade that’s usually in all the Charlotte Tilbury face palettes, and the other side is a beautiful, candy pink blush. First off, I can’t tell you how much I love the bronze shade. It’s slightly warm toned but even though I’m super fair, it’s still subtle enough to use as a bronzer or contour without it looking too obvious. In fact, I’ve layered this on and it still looks natural.
With the blush, in the pan it looks quite striking but it transfers to the skin lightly so you don’t really have to worry about accidentally getting that clown effect (y’all know what I’m talking about) like you do with some blushes. Both the blush and the bronze shade are very buildable as well, so it’s been awesome to experiment more with using both a lighter and heavier hand with these and seeing the difference.
This set comes with a travel size blush brush too which is brilliant. Packaging-wise, Charlotte Tilbury products always knock it out of the park- their packaging is SO nice.
I got this as a free birthday gift from Sephora when I was in the U.S. Usually free gifts from stores feel like they’re giving you the scraps of whatever they couldn’t sell (anyone else ever feel like that?) but this actually felt like a proper birthday gift because this shade is beautiful.
This Nars Satin Lip Pencil is a very natural, rose-toned shade that is very similar to the natural colour of my lips, it’s just a little deeper.
In spring and summer I was mainly sticking to wearing nude lip shades basically every day, but now that the weather is getting cooler I’m loving experimenting more with the berry, rose lip colours- shades that are a little deeper and richer. The formula of this lip pencil is also really smooth so you can apply this straight from the stick without much effort and it still looks good.
Ohhhh, momma likes this (<- I’m not even a mother…or American? What on earth has gotten into me).
The Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette is so beautiful though. I tend to stay away from anything warm toned when it comes to eyeshadows because I’m so pale that those tones can make me look a bit sick sometimes. Then I saw a Youtuber (who’s significantly darker in skin tone than me) wearing this palette and I was like “oh well, bye money, I’ma throw caution to the wind and get this palette” and I’m so glad I did.
The range of shadows in this particular palette are sort of a mix of cool and warm tones actually, so they compliment my skin tone which surprised me more than anyone else. The formula really impressed me as well- they’re super pigmented shadows, they don’t leave fallout and they blend so easily. This was my first time using eyeshadows from Becca as well and I have to say, these mattes are probably some of the best I’ve tried in terms of the formulation and wear. So I went from never thinking this palette would suit me, to wearing these shades almost every day.
This lipstick screams film noir to me and to be honest, it’s not a shade I’d normally gravitate toward because it’s so vampy and I’m so fair (are you noticing a trend here? Having super fair skin can sometimes be a pain when it comes to makeup shades!).
Anyway back to the lipstick. The more I looked at images of film noir makeup, the more I realised pale actually works with these types of shades and that film noir look especially. Can I get a hell yeah?!
This *Charlotte Tilbury ‘Opium Noir’ Lipstick is a rich, deep wine shade. It’s obviously not one that I’d wear daily to the grocery store but for special occasions, nights out and for whenever I feel like being vampy or any time I need beautiful film noir makeup (someone invite me to a film noir costume party asap please), this is perfection. It’s a red lipstick yes, but it’s not your modern red lipstick, it embodies and oozes way more of that old Hollywood elegance and glam that I love.
*I was gifted these particular products and these are affiliate links. As always, all opinions are completely my own!