Getting all dolled up is fun and on my birthday, I like to use my favourite, most expensive and luxurious makeup. All of my makeup is high end and I'm happy to invest in it as that is what I get the most enjoyment from, though there are a select few products that feel extra special and your birthday is a special occasion! I mean, I still couldn't care less about my birthday, but nevertheless, it's a day worth looking your best, feeling your best and being surrounded by the people you love. Last week, I flew home to Perth to spend the day with my family and in the evening, we all enjoyed a three-course meal at Zafferano, which overlooks the beautiful Swan River. For dessert, the lovely staff sung Happy Birthday to me and brought out a cake, which my brother's girlfriend was so sweet to have bought for me. I had separate celebrations with my friends and I just feel really lucky to have the best people in my life. I didn't get a chance to photograph my makeup on my actual birthday, but I thought I'd recreate the look for you all using those fancy-shmancy products I simply adore.
I always begin my makeup routine with a lip balm so that by the time it comes to applying lipstick, they're well and truly prepped. I used the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask; something a little more heavy duty as they were feeling quite dry. I then primed my face with the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, which is the most luxe primer ever - it feels like silk on the skin and you can literally see your pores disappear! I absolutely adore this stuff. My foundation of choice was a recent and quite an extravagant purchase - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Believe the hype with this one, people! This blends seamlessly in with the skin and blurs imperfections, revealing the most radiant base ever. I literally can't stop staring at my skin when I wear it! To finish off my base, I concealed scars and under the eyes with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and added some dimension back into the skin with the YSL Touche Éclat under the eyes, down the bridge of my nose and on the corners of my mouth. MAC's Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation was used to set everything in place.
Such an occasion like a birthday calls for a shimmery, sparkly smokey eye. I primed my eyes with the Too Faced Shadow Insurance and then went in with the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon all over the lid and blended it out. I also ran it over the lower lash line. Burberry's Sheer Eye Shadow in Midnight Brown was placed in the outer corner, followed by MAC's Eye Shadow in Brun in the crease and lower lash line to darken up the look and smoke it out a bit more. I only apply the product on the outer two thirds of the lash line just because I feel it opens up the eyes a lot more than if I were to run the product all the way along. To finish off the eyeshadow, I used Foxy from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette on the brow bone and MAC's Eye Shadow in Grand Entrance in the inner corner (this was limited edition, but Stila's Eye Shadow Compact in Kitten is said to be a dupe) to really make the eyes pop. It's my favourite inner corner colour ever! With a lot of shimmer, I amped up the look with a hint of sparkle, patting a little bit of the MAC Glitter in Reflects Pearl on the lids. I completely forgot to apply it for these photos, but I doubt it would've showed up on camera, anyway!
As I have quite small eyes, I then applied MAC's Eye Kohl in Fascinating on my waterline to make them appear bigger and brighter. Next, was my most dreaded step in my makeup routine - liquid eyeliner. While recreating my birthday look for this post, I had to start my eye makeup all over again because I completely ruined my eyeliner the first time around. I used the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black, which has since run out, though I'm eager to try the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper next when Sephora finally opens in Melbourne. For mascara, I used the Diorshow Maximiser Lash Plumping Serum, which I like to whip out for nights out and special occasions, and over the top, I then applied my holy grail Chanel Le Volume de Chanel. My brows were filled in with the Hourglass Arch Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette, followed by the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso to hold them in place. The end of my left eyebrow is looking a little off at the moment as I over-plucked it, oops!
Blush is my weakness and I own way too many of them, but when it came to picking one for my birthday look, the choice was obvious; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure. This blush is truly a thing of beauty, both in the way it looks in the pan and on the skin. It provides a soft, rosy glow to the cheeks and there has never been a more perfect special occasion blush than these Hourglass offerings. I apply my bronzer after blush, which probably sounds weird, but that's just how I make sure I don't go too over the top with it. I used Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, though for highlighter, I went with Benefit High Beam.
Lastly, on the lips is a combination of MAC's Lip Pencil in Whirl and Lipstick in Velvet Teddy. With my medium complexion, I honestly can't get enough of the '90s nude lip trend and as I was eating a three-course meal that night, I didn't want to deal with a more high maintenance lip colour.
What is your favourite birthday/special occasion makeup?