How To: A Brightening 5 Minute Face That’s Perfectly Work Appropriate!

By Sara | January 6 2012 | 23 Comments

tutorial step 1

After all the partying over the last month, my guess is that I’m not the only one who’s suffering with dry patches of skin and puffy eyes. This is a brightening simple look suitable for work or even just to give yourself a little pick-me-up.

1. I applied my base, Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser with my fingers. I wanted the lightest base possible, so as not to draw attention to dry areas. I also applied Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer under the eyes and on any blemishes, and I applied Urban Decay Primer Potion on the lid.

tutorial step two

2. I want to show you what a difference filling in your brows makes. If you compare the pics where I haven’t filled them in and I have, your can see how much more awake I look with them filled in. For this I used the Gosh Brow Palette.

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3. On a large shader brush, I took Brule eyeshadow by Mac all over the lid. This will even out the skintone on my lids and because it’s matte, it’ll look more natural.

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4. To give a little bit more life to the eyes I shaded in the socket with Kid eyeshadow by Mac (Naked by urban Decay would work perfectly also) on a large blending brush. This is what makes it look like natural shading on your eyes rather than just one monotone colour which doesn’t look natural.

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5. To add a little light to the eyes and cancel out darkness in the inner corner, I used Blanc Type by Mac and on the tear duct I used a little bit of Shroom by Mac.

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6. To cancel out redness on the waterline, which can look tiring, I used a nude, flesh toned pencil, Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte 8056.

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7. Build up beautiful lashes with your favourite mascara, I used Clinique High Impact Mascara.

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8. On the cheeks I used Benefit High Beam on the tops of the cheekbones and Urban Decay Glide on Cheek Tint in Quickie on the apples of the cheeks. Using creamy products like these will help disguise dry skin.

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9. On the lips I used Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in Eastend Snob all over the lips. Pick a colour that is very similar to your liptone, to keep it natural. I patted on some of the Quickie colour on top of this.

finished look

Et Voila!

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23 Replies to "How To: A Brightening 5 Minute Face That’s Perfectly Work Appropriate!"

  • Aine says:

    You look really pretty with this look.

  • Hazie says:

    That’s a great look, Sara, I am v jealous of how good you look with just a bit of tinted moisturiser!! ;)

  • Aisling Aisling says:

    Like the tip for the waterline

  • Bojangles says:

    Love, love, love natural looks. The only product I have there is the high beam. Do have a decent mascara tho. Belated new year’s resolution: up my game in the eye makeup dept.

  • Kirstie says:

    that’s lovely that is. Often that’s exactly how I do my eyes for day as well. Snapsies! (except sara does it better!)

  • dreamgirl says:

    Love this! May invest in that Nars pencil for water line!

  • xgirl says:

    Such a pretty look – love it

  • Fiona says:

    Totally agree, that’s a lovely look.
    Aisling – yeah, that is a good tip for the waterline. I think Kirstie meantioned it some time ago too, and I’ve been meaning to do something about it. Anyone know of any cheaper dupes for the Nars pencil?

  • Claireyfairy says:

    There’s a catrice pencil that would be a good dupe for the NARS, I can’t remember the name of it but I bought it after seeing it on Cherrysue’s blog!

  • MilkyMoo says:

    As a dupe for the Nars pencil, may I suggest the Make Up Store eye pencil in Vanilla? Perfect for my ultra sensitive eyes, and a lovely pale yellow/beige colour, which is much more natural than an obvious white one.

    The problem is that I got it in London, not here. I think it was about £8.50.

    I love this make up look – it’s almost exactly what I wear every day!

  • I’m loving these new make up tutorials! :)

  • Banjaxed says:

    I’ve tried using a nude eyeliner on my waterline but it wouldn’t stay longer than 5 minutes, it definately makes you look more awake though! I might try the NARS one to see if that one lasts longer, I was using one from FACE Stockholm and, to be honest, I haven’t been overly impressed with their products.

  • ceci says:

    Loving these tutorials, I used two of Sara’s looks over Christmas and they were so easy to do.

    This is not too far off my usual everyday look, but I love my eyeliner so have to have that! I find if I don’t wear eyeliner my lash line looks sparse, so the eyeliner gives the impression of a fuller lash line.

  • Fiona says:

    Thanks for the dupe suggestions, ladies! Keep em coming :)

  • Sara says:

    Banjaxed – the Nars liner is the longest lasting pencil I think I’ve ever used! It has a matte finish, so I think that’s why. I’ll certainly be investing in another when this runs out.

    Thanks for all the lovely comments guys! x

  • Banjaxed says:

    Thanks for that Sara! I’ll definately check out the NARS one next time I’m in Dublin!

  • Fiona says:

    Thanks Kirstie!

  • Aurora says:

    Just picked up an Isadora dupe from the pharmacy on Baggot Street. Fingers crossed it’ll do something for my dead eyes!

  • Annie says:

    Love this, think I can manage dupes for all the products used with my own stuff. Ever since the zombie make over from halloween I am a total Sara convert. Looking forward to trying this, awake is the look I need help with at the mo :)

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