Friday, October 19, 2018

1 Brand Tutorial - Hourglass, Get The Luxury Look

Hourglass is a brand that I have used and loved for years. This brand is a reminder that shopping cruelty-free does not mean you have to sacrifice luxury. 

I rounded up some of my favorite products from to demonstrate how to get the look of luxury with Hourglass.

To start, I applied Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint in Shell (light with neutral undertone). I dot it around my face then blend it in using the Hourglass retractable kabuki brush. 

This foundation is medium coverage with a luminous finish. It is ideal for those with dry skin. A little goes a long way, and once it is on, it feels like you aren't wearing any.

The retractable kabuki brush feels nice too. The bristles are soft, but dense so they provide a very airbrushed look.

Next, I warm up the Hidden Corrective Concealer on the back of my hand before applying it under my eyes with the No. 5 Concealer brush. This is a stick concealer that is very smooth. It is a bit on the thick side, which is why I recommend warming it up on the back of your hand. It provides medium coverage.

If you need a more full coverage foundation or concealer, I recommend the Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick. This product blends so beautifully into the skin and creates a truly flawless base. Since my skin seems to be cooperating today (knock on wood), I opted for medium coverage.

To set my concealer, I applied Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light (warm, pale yellow). Then I went in with 2 other Ambient Lighting Powders; Mood Light (lavender/pink) to the cheekbones using it almost like a blush, and Radiant (golden beige) as bronzer. Radiant really adds a nice glow to the face, but it is a grownup glow.

For brows, I love the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. If you like the full brow look, this is a great product to own. 

For eyeshadow, I used the Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Graphite.  It is a 5-color compact palette with a great mirror inside. Some people may take issue with the metallic colors being next to the matte, but I like how easy it is to mix colors together with this style of palette.

To begin with the eyes, I used a No. 3 brush to apply the ivory shadow all over the lid, blending it up to just under my brow. Taking the No.4 brush, I patted on some of the dark brown shadow. I first stamped it onto the outer corner of my eyelid, and then gently blended it inward, and ran it through the crease. 

The No. 4 brush is a wonderful eyeshadow brush from Hourglass. Something about the size and shape makes it super easy to blend eyeshadow with.

Next, I went back to my No. 3 brush and picked up that beautiful shimmery golden copper. I sprayed my brush with a touch of facial spray (optional) for added shine. Using a packing motion, I pressed the pigment onto my eyelids, begining at the inner corner, and stopping 2/3 of the way out. I picked up a little bit more of the same color and tapped a bit more on, leaving the brush dry this time. 

For the lower lash line, I used my No. 9 brush to sweep on a mixture of the dark brown and gunmetal.  If you want to, you can use a tiny bit of the silver in the palette on the very inner corner of the eye (optional). For my top lash line, I applied a very thin line of mechanical gel liner in Obsidian, using it to tight line as well. I used their kohl pencil in Espresso on the lower water line.

The only product that I used that wasn't from Hourglass was my Mascara. Unfortunately, I simply do not own one from the brand. I applied a thin coat of Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara to top & bottom lashes. 

To brighten my face, I applied Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush using the No. 1 brush.

For lips, I used lip liner in Canvas with Child gloss (photos above from

Here is the finished look:

A closer look:

I hope you enjoyed this post. All products in this post were purchased by me. I do not get paid to write reviews. All opinions are my own.

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