LOTD #1: Smoky Canyon – Makeup Looks from a Professional Amateur

And so begins my series on makeup looks as I delve into the beauty industry.  Every so often I’ll post my attempts at a new look.  Some may come out terribly, others hopefully not (I promise I’m shooting for the latter!).  Either way, I hope you join me on this journey as I hopefully discover some new makeup looks, products, and overall develop my skills as a makeup artist.

Today’s look I’ll call “Smoky Canyon” for its earthy tones.

Inspiration for this look came from this blouse:


Starting off with a fresh face, a clean slate:


I started by applying Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer spread evenly on my face, followed by Kat Von D Lock It concealer under my eyes (to hide my sleepless nights!) and finished with 2 pumps of Makeup For Ever foundation all over my face.  

For my eyes, I applied a small amount of Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer to my eyelids to prevent my eyeshadow from creasing.  As mentioned above, I was looking for earthy colors and spread the color Nuts About You from the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly palette all over my lids.  Next, I used the color Cocoa from the Lorac Pro palette in the outer corner of my eyelids and spread it slightly into my browbone.  I have slightly hooded eyes and doing this helps my secondary eyeshadow really pop without covering up the primary lid color.  For a bit of highlight, I used the eyeshadow Buff from the Lorac Pro Palette on the inside corner of my eyes and along my brow bone above the placement of the Cocoa color.  


I wanted to add to the dramatic eye by contouring a bit.  From the Anastasia Contour Kit, I used the far left top and bottom contour and highlight.  I only applied the contour on the hollow of my cheeks and the highlight on my cheekbones.  I have dry skin and applying copious amounts of contour to my face like beauty gurus do, ends with my skin looking like Corn Flakes.


To finish off the look, I applied the Smashbox lipstick, Chestnut, to my lips.



The reveal:

My overall thoughts on this look:

I like it.  I think it’s bold enough to be fun, but subtle enough to wear as a day look.  I think without the lipstick, one could easily wear this to work/school without appearing too makeup heavy.  


Do you have any tips for me?  Any products or looks you’d like me to try?  Want to show me your looks?  Please let me know in the comments! I love talking to other makeup lovers!

See you next Wednesday!



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