I love playing with makeup, so I was thrilled to try out some new products from the always great, always affordable ALMAY. As a busy mama, I don’t generally have tons of time to get ready (for anything!), so I’m all about products that work really well and are easy to use. I’m no super model, and long gone are the days when I sincerely didn’t know what my college theatrical makeup teacher meant when he tried to teach us how to create “bags” beneath our eyes to simulate old age. (SIGH!) But that doesn’t mean I don’t like getting prettified! You too? Well, ALMAY and BlogHer also gave us one $100 Visa gift card to give to one of our lucky readers so you can spend it on your own glamifying ingredients — details on that below!
First, here’s how I created a date-night look in three easy steps, using ALMAY smart shade mousse makeup and an ALMAY intense i-color bold nudes kit. First I start with a clean face, bien sur! I have various potions and lotions I use, but the main thing is a nice moisturizer and a brightening eye cream.
Step 1: ALMAY smart shade mousse makeup
I LOVE this stuff! It’s similar to a BB cream in that it looks almost white in the jar and as you rub it in, it smooths out and transforms into a really nice, pretty coverage. Very au natural, and not at all greasy like some BB creams I’ve tried. Must be the whipped, velvety formula! I really love the coverage this gives, minimizing my pores and just evening everything out. I thought I’d be the lightest shade, but after some experimenting I found the 200 looked better and more flawless. If this wasn’t a “date night” look, I’d be good to go with this stuff, a little bronzer (I never leave home without it!) and some mascara! I lightly patted on some translucent powder just for staying power, and swiped on some of my trusty bronzer.
Step 2: ALMAY intense i-color bold nudes kit
This is a great little kit. My eyes are kind of green-gray-blue depending on what I’m wearing, the weather, the lighting — basically everything! –, so I picked the one for blue eyes, I liked this little kit a lot; it’s a nude but not boring look, with rich shades that did indeed seem to bring out the blue in my eyes. I pretty much followed the directions on the back of the container: the medium color all over my eyelid, the dark color in the crease of my eyelid, and then some of the light highlighter shade up by my brow bone. My lids basically disappear when I open my eyes, so I like how this strategy helps my eyes “pop” a bit. I then added a bit of a dark gray-green pencil liner to make the whole thing a little bolder.
Step 3: Glossy lips!
Since my eyes were pretty intense, I went for a shiny pink gloss as a fun contrast. And then hauled out my trusty flat iron curler thingie (not sure what this contraption is even called!) to smooth out my hair a bit and give it a few subtle waves…
Hmm — you know what this needs?
Better lighting! Ready for my date night! Better go tell my hubby!
AND NOW! The giveaway! To enter to win one (1) $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of ALMAY and BlogHer, in the comments below, tell us about your go-to Date Night look. We want to know … are you a red lips all the way kind of gal? False eyelashes and a nude pout? Swipe of mascara and that’s it? Do tell!
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