As promised, I’ve got a detailed guide on how to achieve my Autumn Day Look as seen in the below photo of the beautiful Steph taken from a shot from the Become Antique photoshoot I did last week. I’ve also included a bunch of tips and tricks on how to protect your skin in the winter cold!
I’d been working on a subtle makeup look prior to this shoot, so I was really excited to grab my brushes and get going with this! I mostly wanted to reflect the tones and shades that Autumn brings within the skin, using Macs ‘Gingerly’ on the cheeks gave that stunning hint of colour and brought out dimension in the face.
Skin - First, start out with a fresh canvas, cleanse and tone your skin thoroughly, ensuring any oils or products used are cleaned off. This allows the makeup to last longer throughout the day (or shoot) and leaves less to be covered. I suggest using Bioderma Sensibio Cleanser with a cotton pad to wipe away the oils and Simple ‘Kind to Skin’ Facial Toner to tone and really clean the pores. Next up, and vital to your daily skin regime is moisturising as I’m sure you’re aware. Again, Bioderma have an incredible range of moisturises dermalogically tried and tested for all skin types, it’s always best to invest a little in a good moisturiser that is specific for your skin. Steph is one of the lucky ones with hers as it’s practically flawless but she does suffer from sensitivity, so I used Biodermas Sensibio which is made specially for sensitive skin concentrating on her T-Zone to battle the Autumn cold!
And finally, to finish off with a perfect base, pop some primer on to the skin and massage it slowly to ensure it fills any pores or blemishes. I used SmashBox’s ‘Photo Finish’ Primer which is now being sold at Boots in the UK! (YAY!)
Skin part 2 - It’s always important to remember that with foundation, LESS IS MORE. Especially at this time of year where the winter cold dries out your skin and if makeup isn’t applied properly with a fresh canvas, can crack and dry and do all sorts of bad things which we don’t want! So if you do need a full coverage foundation rather than a tinted moisturiser, I suggest using a touch of concealer instead, and then using a tinted moisturiser all over. Here, I used the Laura Mercier Secret Camoflauge concealer in SC-2, I used the more orange toned one just underneath the eyes to cancel out any cold tones or blues that we all suffer from and mixed it with a little moisturiser to keep it light, this also gives me the opportunity to layer the makeup if more is needed rather than putting too much on and then having to wipe it all away. I used the lighter more yellow based concealer to highlight her T zone bringing more dimension to the face and photo. Using a round, domed buffing brush to do this works wonders and keeps the makeup blended all day.
On a day to day basis, I wouldn’t of applied any foundation to the rest of her skin, however when you bring in photographs, lighting, longevity of the shoot etc it’s essential to keep the skin balanced and shine free, so I applied Makeup Forever’s HD foundation in Flesh with a Bobbie Brown foundation brush starting at the centre of the face and blending outwards.
As I mentioned earlier, I used Mac’s blusher in ‘gingerly’ which I swept using my AOFM blusher brush on the apples of the cheeks and up towards the temple. This shade is absolutely stunning with warm tones and a matt finish. I then used ‘Taupe’ to contour just beneath the cheekbone to sculpt and give a little shadow and definition.
Highlight: I used Macs ‘Luna’ and ‘Pearl’ cream colour base which I applied with my fingers just above the cheekbone, on the brow bone and on the cupids bow again adding more dimension and making the skin glow. (TIP: Use a highlighter on the bridge of your nose to slim and define!).
Eyes and Brows:
Steph has great brows as it is so all that was needed on this look was a bit more definiton, I matched an eyeshadow from Mac to her brow (using Cork) and filled in any gaps to define, I then groomed them with a clean mascara wand from the Guru Makeup Emporium.
Honey Lust by Mac rally brought out the eyes with a slight shimmer, I applied this to the centre of the lid and used a pale flesh toned matte shade from my Vivo pallet across the entire lid, and then contoured with a domed brush in the same shade as her brows to create a natural shadow and deepen the eyes.
Rather than Gel Liner which gives a super bold effect, I used Mac’s ‘carbon’ shadow along the upper and lower lash line to makes the eyes pop, but keep the focus on the skin.
Applying mascara only on the upper lashes enhances this and keeps the look natural and subtle.
Lips: I defined them using MUA’S eyebrow pencil in shade Blonde (£1!!!!!) and illed them with Mac’s lip liner in ‘Spice’, and then using my Mac Lip Liner brush I filled them with their Satin Lipstick in ‘Creme d Nude’. As this shade is so boldly pale, I blotted them using NYX blotting paper.
We wanted this again to reflect the season with wind swept tousled hair thats naturally messy. Steph’s natural hair has a gorgeous wave to it already, so we texturised this using Structure Beach texture spray all over the hair and using my hands scrunched the hair upwards with a tight grip. This gives the hair a matte texture and dries it out, so to keep the shine and volume I sprayed some Charles Worthington Crackle Wax on to my hands and rubbed it in thoroughly to warm up the product making it easier to apply and work with the hair, copying the scrunching technique. I then separated a random lock of hair here and there and holding the end of a bunch of hair, puled one hand upwards to create strands, achieving that wind swept look we desired.
To finish off this entire look, head over to Become Antique and purchase some of their sweet autumn winter collection!