Thursday, 13 March 2014

Look of the Day: Nude 'Tude #3

Hi, everyone! I firstly wanted to extend my thanks for all of the kind congrats on my recent blogging milestones! Your comments on my anniversary post have been so lovely to read! Thanks also for all the excitement about my 350 Follower Giveaway. So happy to be able to offer you some goodies! If you haven't checked it out yet, you can enter, here! 

Now, onto today's look! I recently received The Balm's Nude 'Tude Palette from a friend and fellow blogger who knew that I'd give it a good home (thanks again, Jenn!). I've been using it like crazy since then and have already posted two looks centred around it (which you can find here and here). Time for the third installment! This Nude 'Tude look features a soft, smokey eye and pink cheeks and lips:

To offset the smokier eye, I opted for a glowy natural base using Elisha Coy Forever Triple BB Cream (got a sample packet of this and it's fab!), Clinique Perfectly Real Foundation, and BeneFit Watt's Up highlighter. I typically opt for a nude-toned blush when I do a smokey eye, but this time I wanted something a bit more colourful. I grabbed Sleek Powder Blush in Flamingo (a stunning, warm watermelon pink) which is utter perfection in a pan, especially for Spring! I wanted my lips to be rosy, but not quite electric (as the intended main focus was still the eyes), so I chose Revlon ColourStay Matte Balm Lip Pencil in Unapologetic (a perky matte coral) and mixed it with Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Crayon in Mauveous (a neutral rose). Gave my lips that perfect 'just bitten' look!

As for the eyes, the Nude 'Tude palette was the star of the show. First, I applied Serious (a true matte black) thickly to my upper lash line and smudged it up. Then, I added some of Sleek (a deep matte brown) on top of Serious and blended it up towards the crease. To add some shimmer, I mixed Selfish (a shimmery, cool taupe) and Standoffish (a warm, shimmery champagne) into the crease and blended up (notice all the blending?). I also applied a small amount of Selfish along the outer half of the lower lash line for some extra smoke. The last shadow I used was Sassy (a frosty white), which I popped onto my brow bones and inner corners of the eye as a highlight. The eye shadow primer I used for this look was a bit shoddy (a cream primer from an NYC eye shadow palette), but this actually worked out quite nicely. It gave the eyes an extra glossy, smudgy look that looked perfectly worn in as the day went on. 

I finished things off with some golden black eyeliner (MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Black Line) on my upper lash line and on the outer half of the lower lash line and two coats of the amazing BeneFit They're Real! Mascara. 

Here's a peek at the final eye look:

And a full list of everything I used:

The Breakdown: 
Primer: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer 
Foundation: Elisha Coy Always Triple BB Cream Shade #1 mixed with Clinique Perfectly Real Foundation in #1 Ivory
Concealer: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Concealer in Y1
Powder: Revlon ColourStay Pressed Powder in Light
Bronzer: Bourjois Delice de Poudre #51
Blush: Sleek Powder Blush in Flamingo

Highlighter: BeneFit Watt's Up (on cheekbones and down bridge of nose)

Brows: Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Dark Blonde
Primer: Eye shadow primer from NYC Individual Eyes Palette
Eye Shadows: 
(All from the Balm Nude 'Tude Palette): Serious (smudged into lash line and blended up), Sleek (blended on top of Serious and up to the crease), Selfish (blended into the crease), Standoffish (blended into the crease and up towards the brow bone, also lightly on the outer half of the lower lash line), and Sassy (as a highlight on the brow bone and inner corners of the eye)

Eyeliner: MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Black Line
Mascara: BeneFit They're Real!

Lips: Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm Lip Pencil in Unapologetic layered with Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Crayon in Mauveous

And a few more shots of the look:

So there you have it! I had a lot of fun creating this look- I don't play around with smokey eye shadow nearly often enough! I think my Urban Decay Naked Palette may still win out in the sultry eyes department, but Nude 'Tude also did a killer job at smoking things up :)

Have you tried the Nude 'Tude Palette? What are some of your favourite neutral eye shadow palettes?

And again, don't forget that you can enter my 350 Follower Giveaway, featuring goodies from Tarte, Essie, Revlon and more by entering HERE! 

Thanks for reading! xo


  1. lovely

  2. This look is absolutely beautiful! Really love that lip look! xx

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  3. Just beautiful love how bright the blush is making it perfect for Spring/Summer and your lipstick also matches such a pretty make-up look xx

  4. got me interested in that revlon color! :D

  5. lovely makeup and love the lipstick color so much!


  6. This look is so effortless and elegant! Love :)
    xo TJ

  7. Cool post: ) Today on my blog Travel:) I invite you and I greet:)

  8. This really makes me want the Nude 'Tude palette. Your lashes look so amazing!

  9. Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!
    Love this look, definitely going to have to purchase one of these palettes!

  10. Reallyy like itttt<3

  11. That nude palette really is such a great find (yay for your friend sending it to you!)- I love how the smokey eye is soft and not too dramatic. The whole look is so feminine and subtle- right up my alley ;)

    xo marlen
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  12. I am so jealous of your eyes. The shimmery nude looks so great!


  13. You look so sweet my dear <3

  14. im such a fan of these nude-looks, you look wonderful sweety!
    happy weekend!


  15. You look stunning Jen!
    I am loving you lips (as usual).
    I was expecting to have that "oh man its Chanel moment"
    But I was pleasantly surprised to see it's Hard Candy.
    I will have to check that out!

  16. very pretty

  17. Gorgeous! I just love how you do your makeup!

    Des | Simple Charm Beauty

  18. So beautiful darling!

  19. Ooooh that lip crayon is so nice on you. Beautiful eye look too.

  20. Love this pretty and natural look! The shadows are gorgeous!

  21. Love this look and your hair looks so pretty! xo

  22. The matte lip looks great! And the rosy cheeks give the while look a really romantic vibe. Love it!

  23. You know I love your FOTDs, right? ;)
    ARGH, I'm seriously beating myself for not picking up Flamingo when I had the chance! I originally thought it was going to be too bright for my skintone, but it looks beautiful on you! Love the amount of pink used in this look!

  24. This makeup looks lovely on you! I especially love the lip colour!

    Hilary x |

  25. Absolutely love this look. You look beautiful!

  26. Great look! Thankyou for all your sweet comments on my blog! They make my day xxx


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