A Makeup Tutorial + TREATYOSELF

Recently I was asked by Carly Mitchell Photography to do makeup for a boudoir shoot. I excitedly said YES and decided to turn it into a little makeup tutorial for the blog. Since Ashlyn, our beautiful subject (isn't she just the cat's pajamas?), didn't want anything too over the top, this look is neutral and easy to wear, day or night, and it's also REALLY easy to achieve. Keep reading for the steps and for a special announcement at the end!

Here is Ashlyn with nothing on her face but moisturizer. It's very important to start with a clean, moisturized face!

I primed Ashlyn's face with the Smashbox Pore Minimizing Photo Finish Foundation Primer. This stuff is magic. It fills in pores and smooths the skin for easy makeup application. Plus, it helps makeup stay on all day.

I like to start with eyes. That way, if there is any fall-out from eyeshadow, you won't mess up or wipe away any foundation or concealer you've already laid down. I first primed Ashlyn's eyelids with Mac Paint Pot in Painterly. Priming the eyelids helps shadows stay longer and not transfer onto the upper eyelid. Next I coated her lids in Maybelline's Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in the shade Bad to the Bronze. This stuff is incredible, and it's affordable. It has a nice metallic sheen and it DOES NOT BUDGE.

In the center of Ashlyn's eyes, I packed on Loreal's Infallible Eyeshadow in the shade Amber Rush. This added a bit of brightness and some shimmer. Ashlyn has gorgeous hazel eyes, and I wanted to play them up with some purples, so I deepened up the crease with a lovely mauve shade from the Morphe 35B eyeshadow palette. The shades don't have names unfortunately, but I used the shade that is second in to the left on the very bottom row. Morphe eyeshadow palettes are incredibly pigmented and long-lasting, plus you can't beat the price. 35 shades for less than $20?!

The Morphe 35B Palette in all its glory.

For eyeliner, I smudged in some Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in the shade Perversion, which is a really deep matte black, then I had Ashlyn curl her lashes and put on her own mascara. Mascara wasn't super important because we were going to be adding false lashes later.

Now comes the fun part - THE LASHES. Of all things makeup, I think false lashes make the biggest difference. They open up the eyes and make everything more GLAM. They are easy to apply once you have some practice, and if you've applied them right, you shouldn't be able to feel them at all. My favorite inexpensive option are the Ardell Wispies and to apply them I use Duo Eyelash Adhesive in the Dark Tone.

Check out the difference!

Next up, foundation and concealer, my two favorite steps because you get to even out the skin tone and cover up any imperfections.

I had Ashlyn stop by Sephora to get matched for some foundation, and I suggested Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation because it's made for flash photography and it's just an overall great base. For concealing undereyes I used Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in the shade Fair and for blemishes I used Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal in the shade Light.

I did a bit of contouring and bronzing using the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette (holy grail product), just to carve out the cheekbones and create some more depth.

Then it was back to the eyes! I wanted to smoke out her lower lashline for a little extra sultriness. I used the same three shades that I did on her eyelids and layered them up using a small smudger brush.

Look at those hazel eyes glisten!

I filled in Ashlyn's eyebrows with her own eyebrow pencil from Sephora. My go-to eye pencil, the Anastasia Brow Wiz in the shade Taupe, was too light for her brows.

After some lip gloss (we went simple because Ashlyn isn't used to a dark lip), some blush (Milani's Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso), some highlighter on the tops of her cheekbones and browbones (I used The Balm's Mary Lou-Manizer, my favorite) and a few spritzes of Mac Prep+Prime Fix+ to help the makeup last through the shoot, this look was complete! Isn't she a bombshell?

After some lip gloss (we went simple because Ashlyn isn't used to a dark lip), some blush (Milani's Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso), some highlighter on the tops of her cheekbones and browbones (I used The Balm's Mary Lou-Manizer, my favorite) and a few spritzes of Mac Prep+Prime Fix+ to help the makeup last through the shoot, this look was complete! Isn't she a bombshell?

Before and After. Ashlyn is gorgeous with or without makeup, but for a boudoir shoot we needed to amp up her look. Mission accomplished? I think so!

Success! Now it's time to pop bottles and take some pictures.

Hello, GODDESS OF LIGHT.

Hello, GODDESS OF LIGHT.

Oh, did I mention she's had three kids? THREE KIDS?! When I asked her what her secret was, she told me, "Genetics and a lifetime of competitive gymnastics." OH.

AND NOW... You've read this far, thank you! My special announcement is that I am teaming up with Carly Mitchell Photography for a full weekend of boudoir shoots in Denver, Jan 9-10, that YOU can sign up for. You guessed it, I will be doing the makeup. Do it for your boo, or do it for YOU. This is the definition of treating yourself. Check out Ashlyn's gallery here and then click the contact form to ask all your burning questions. Yes, champagne will be flowing, and we will play as much or as little Beyonce as you please.