01 July 2013

Special Occasion Makeup: Navy Smoke & Glossy Pink!

Special occasions are a time to bring out the big beauty guns. Usually I go for pin up style makeup for big events - neutral eyeshadows, winged black liner and a bright lip - but for an extra special wedding this weekend, I went for something a bit different: smoky navy eyes, with a natural, rosy lip.

Perhaps I was inspired by next month's Bobbi Brown launch, Navy & Nude, but since I don't have that palette in my possession I worked with what I have. Fancy a peek?

FACE: When I need a flawless base that will stick around all day, I turn to Chanel Perfection Lumiere or Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hr. Here it was the former, teamed with Radiant Creamy Concealer from NARS (which I reviewed on beaut.ie here), YSL Touche Eclat and my trusty MAC Blot Powder. A few spritzes of Clarins Fix Plus slightly softens the look, although I'm not entirely convinced it helps it last longer.

CHEEKS: I try to add some definition to my big round head with the Bourjois Bronzing Base followed with Les Beiges de Chanel, which I absolutely adore. A little Benefit Hervana blush brings just the right amount of colour to the cheeks. I forgot to bring my highlighter so I used a little of the shimmery shade, Venus, from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette which worked fine.

EYES: I started by filling in my brows with the mid brown matte shade Faint from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette and then used W.O.S as a base, followed by a little Naked 2. These are the pinkish nude and taupe shades in the palette.

Special Occasion Makeup
Dress Coast; Shoes Rockport; Clutch Olga Berg; Nails Sally Hansen Cherry Bang Bang
Then I switched to YSL's Artic Night palette, from the Northern Lights Christmas collection. The shades are interesting: there's a burgundy, with navy sparkle, silver, cornflower and navy blue and I used the navy and the burgundy together. Artdeco's Magic Eyeliner in  60, a creamy petrol blue, and a few coats of Lancome Hypnose mascara in black completed the look.

LIPS: Keeping the focus on the eyes I just used some of Clinique's Chubby Stick in Mighty Mimosa, a sheer and natural pink, topped off with some Bobbi Brown Pink Lily gloss.

What's your go-to look for a special occasion?


♥ vendy ♥ said...

you look so pretty dear

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The Fashion Fraction said...

amazing product


The Dainty Dolls House said...

Stunning products, I think this look suits you so well, you look radiant. Have a gorgeous week doll xx

Pink Elephant Blog (Alex) said...

The navy eyeshadow looks amazing on you :)

Emily said...

Absolutely stunning! The dress, the make-up, the clutch, everything. Gorgeous!

Keit said...

When I was younger I used to think that special occasions are perfect for my whore make up :D Not very proud of that actually!
But now, it's just lipstick and an eyeshadow.

Adele said...

Your make up looks fantastic Emma. Navy looks a great alternative to black on the eyes. I adore your dress too, you look gorge!
Have a wonderful week Hun xoxo


These look great on you, wow, this makes me want to buy more Chanel makeup, I usually only use their lipsticks. Enjoy your week. xx/Madison

Evi said...

Love your make up! So pretty!

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mysteppingstonemedia said...

Love the dress and your makeup - you look great!

little t said...

Hi Emma, this is a beautiful look on you. I love how navy looks a little less harsh than black for a smokey eye and I think it makes your eye whites look whiter, did you find that it does? Also, the colours in the YSL palette are gorgeous!

Sam said...

Hi Emma, you look so beautiful, love how you made up your eyes, really striking.

Nicky mywishstyle said...

Wonderful make up!
Love Chanel make up products!


Anonymous said...

Stunning! Dress and makeup are perfect together. Hope you didn't outshine the bride :)

Miss Y. said...

I just found out you have your own blog too!

I always love your posts on Beaut.ie and this blog looks very pretty!

Johanna said...

Oooh navy and nude. Such a great combo. You look amazing by the way!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Gorgeous look! Love the blue eye makeup and your pretty blue dress too!

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Kim Alston said...

navy and pink looks great together! i love your dress emma! it's pretty doll.

Anonymous said...

Lovely look on you Emma! Navy and pink looks really great together!

yummychunklet said...

Great products!

Mary Jo @trustyourstyle said...

You look sooo pretty! I am now very excited about tracking down the Bobby Brown nude + navy pallette thanks to you, just love those colors and I really need it!

xo Mary Jo

Chloe said...

Aw Emma, you are looking stunning! The blue & navy on your eyes is gorgeous xx

Karen Constantine said...

You look stunning missus!! And now I want that nude and navy palette, dangit

Tiffany said...

That turned out really pretty! I love that pretty navy dress on you, too!