Friday, 25 September 2015

My ball makeup

Saturday evening, I had my faculty ball, where everyone gets to together for a wonderful night of dancing and socialising. It was such a wonderful evening, and I was especially excited as it was the first formal event that Thibault and I attended together.


It must be said though that one of the best parts (perhaps my favourite) is getting ready for the ball. It's one of the few occasions of the year that you can permit yourself hours to perfect your makeup and hair and given I love the ritual of getting ready, it truly is a joy for me.

I thought I'd share a bit about what I wore, specifically the makeup. For my first few balls at university, I was all about a 1950s, old Hollywood style (read: blue-red lips, black liner) but I wanted to go for a more natural, youthful look this year. My Temperley dress was blush-coloured with grey-silver beading, so I aimed for a style that complemented my outfit. Although I felt a bit naked without my red lip, I felt my makeup was subtle and chic.

My special occasion foundation is always Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, teamed with the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. I was more heavy-handed than usual with the powder to keep things looking matte and polished. I used the NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer  

Next, I personally think the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush could give their more expensive equivalents are run for their money in terms of pigmentation and longevity. I went for the beautiful Seductive Pink. And of course, there is no more appropriate occasion to load up on The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer than a ball, is there?



For my eyes, I chose the Urban Decay Naked2 Palette and used the colours Tease, Pistol and Verve, and smudgily lined my eyes with Busted. For long lasting mascara, don't look past Benefit They're Real! Mascara - it defines eyelashes like nothing else and is near impossible to get off. I did use a few individual eyelashes and despite false eyelash application being panic-inducing, I got there in the end.

Eyebrows were Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil as usual, and for lipstick I simply used the Sephora Color Reveal Lip Balm - it reacts with your lips to create subtle tint that is different for every girl. I didn't want anything too 'loud' to overpower my eye makeup.

One thing I would recommend before a ball, or indeed before any special event, is to test out your makeup before the occasion - a dress rehearsal, of sorts. Trial primers to maximise longevity, keep an eye on whether your selected mascara runs, or whether your blush and lipstick last the evening.  Because scrutinised my look all Friday, I noted that I needed a more heavy-duty powder to get me through the night. It's a useful way of judging whether the look actually works well. This was particularly important as the silvery eye was a new look for me, so I could pick up on any adjustments that could be made so that on the big night, it was perfect.
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