Monday, 15 July 2013

Makeup Tutorial: Crystal Reed

When I saw this picture of Crystal Reed, I must admit I squealed a little. Her bold brows and sheer red lip go perfectly with the subtle brown smoky eye. Find out how to recreate this look after the jump.

  1. Start off with a moisturiser suited to your skin type. Garnier's Moisture Match range has 5 different moisturisers suited to different needs, so you're pretty much guaranteed to find something you like.
  2. If you have oiler skin like myself, use a primer. Benefit's The POREfessional is great at blurring the appearance of pores and smoothing out your skin. But I find it does nothing for the longevity of my foundation, so I use a powder to lock it in.
  3. Crystal's skin is flawless. Use a full-coverage foundation to even out any imperfections. Another great Benefit product is their Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW foundation. It gives great coverage but still feels feather light.
  4. Next, conceal any areas that your foundation didn't quite cover. I'm a big fan of the Natural Collection stick concealers. They're only available in two shades, but at £1.99, who cares.
  5. Crystal's skin has that perfect dewy finish, but I'd recommend sweeping a translucent powder like Rimmel's Stay Matte powder through the T-zone to stop your foundation going walkabouts throughout the day. To bring back the glowiness, sweep a highlighter across the top of your cheekbones. I find that a pearly cream or champagne eyeshadow actually works fabulously as a cheek highlighter.
  6. If you aren't blessed with bodacious brows like Ms Reed, fake them in with a brow powder. I prefer powers to pencils because it gives a softer effect. Plus, brow powders are better value since they don't go missing after one use... Sleek's brow kit is a great choice since it comes in a few different shades and has both a powder and a gel.
  7. For the eyes, swipe a matte dark brown like M.A.C's 'Handwritten' eyeshadow across the lid using a light hand. Smudge a dark brown eyeliner into the top and bottom lashline and waterline. MUA is another great brand with dirt cheap products. Their eyeliner in 'Rich Brown' works great for this look and at £1, it's definitely not breaking the bank.
  8. I love Benefit's Bad Gal Lash mascara. It creates long natural looking lashes like Crystal's without clumping.
  9. A similar lipstick to what Crystal is wearing is the 'Red Velvet' Revlon Lip Butter. Another lovely sheer deep red is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Adore'.
  10. Since the eyes and lips are fairly dramatic, there's not much going on with the cheeks, but if you want to complete the look, dust a light pink blush like Mac's 'Well Dressed' (Or, if you're cheap like me, Elf's 'Shy' blush which is a near perfect dupe at a fraction of the price.)
Hope you enjoy recreating this simple makeup look. Please subscribe via Bloglovin to be notified when I make a new post!

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