Sunday, January 5, 2014

Casual Weekend Look - Tutorial

Casual Weekend Look

Happy New Year!  I am starting 2014 with a series of tutorials.  I think everyone who wears makeup should have four go-to looks for specific occasions.
  1. Casual Weekend/Daytime Look
  2. Work/Professional Look
  3. Evening Look: Date Night (etc)
  4. Party/Holiday/Special Event Look

I realize this look especially will be a bit more makeup than many of you wear, but it's a typical look that I might sport on a casual weekend when I'm out running errands. Feel free to skip any steps that you feel are too much. I like to even out my skin, highlight the eyes, and pair it with a nude lip.

Prime: First prime the skin with a primer that is appropriate for your skin type.  The one I used here is Becca Resurfacing Primer which is appropriate for all skin types. I applied it with a pointed foundation brush.

Apply Base: Using the same pointed foundation brush, apply foundation where needed. Here I used Illamasqua Skin Base, which I've been using a lot lately. It's a great foundation, and a bit more moisturizing which I need in the winter.

Conceal: Apply concealer under eyes, around nose, and to any blemishes. Here I used one by RMS Beauty.

Powder: Apply powder under the eyes and anywhere you applied concealer to set. I used Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused (soft pale yellow). Next, I applied Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light (champagne pearl) just to the cheekbones for a highlight.

Bronzer: Using the same brush, pick up a little bit of bronzer and apply where the sun would naturally hit the face. I love Physicians Formula Talc Free Light Bronzer because it looks very natural on my fair skin.

Eyes: To highlight the eye lid, I used Too Faced Shimmer Veil from the Too Faced Naked Look palette. This was a small palette I got as a V.I.B. gift from Sephora. It can also be used as a face highlight. Any light colored shimmery eyeshadow will work well for this.

Contour the eye: Define the crease of your eye using matte brown color. You can use an eyeshadow, or just pick up some of your bronzer as I did here.

E48 brush from Sigma

Highlight: Using a matte eyeshadow close to your skin color, highlight the brow bone. I used Arbonne Vanilla here.

Tightline: Using a black eyeliner, trace your upper waterline (just under your upper lashes) to create the look of fuller lashes. I used one from Nuance by Salma Hayek here. If you have blonde hair, you may want to use brown or gray instead. 

Line lower lash line: I'm a big fan of using black liner on the top lash line, and brown on the bottom. I used a brown eye pencil by Nuance and traced along the lower lash line. To set it, I applied a shimmery brown eyeshadow by Wet n Wild (Comfort Zone Palette) over top using a pencil brush.

Curl lashes: Very important step. Curl your lashes. Be sure to hold the curler in place for at least 30 seconds. If desired, apply brown liner to your waterline as well. Apply mascara to top lashes only. I used Flower Beauty Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara.

Brows: Groomed brows are a very important step in any makeup look. I groomed mine through with a spooly, and then using a thin flat brush, applied Illamasqua Brow Cake to any sparse areas.

Lips: Line lips, apply a nude lipstick and clean up edges with concealer. I used Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner in Perfect Spice, and Lip Injection Color Bomb! in Never Enough Nude.

Cheeks: On cheeks, I used NYX Stick Blush in Tea Rose. I find this product works best when applied with a finger, then blended out with a small stippling brush for a more natural look.  If you have any blemishes or spots on your cheek bone area, you can mix a little bit of your blush with your concealer on the back of your hand and apply with a small brush.

Here is the final look:


Again, I realize this might be a lot of makeup for some of you, but it's a great daytime look when you still want to look pretty, but don't want to be too glam. This is a go-to look for me on the weekend (including the pug sweatshirt).  Let me know if you try it out! 

Thanks for reading.


  1. Pinks and rosey shimmer shades look really good on you xo

  2. You looks so fresh and clean. I really like it.


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