Sunset Monolid Makeup Tutorial

by Alice

Los Angeles is practicing social (and physical) distancing at this time and we are moving into the third week of staying at home. The vibe here in the city has been depressing, so to brighten up my day, I created a warm, summery, sunset makeup look. It’s a soft, wearable look for any occasion. Please see below for the video!

Initially I wanted to do a voiceover for this tutorial… but when I heard R.A.D.’s songs (which are embedded in the video), I was blown away by his talent. I decided to let the music speak for itself and let the makeup visuals flow from there.

The Tutorial

THE FACE

My skin is already moisturized. I started the makeup process by applying Benefit’s POREFESSIONAL face primer to my cheeks, forehead, nose, and any other areas that have big pores. Personally for me, beautiful eye and lip makeup is great… but nothing beats good skin. The face primer will help the base makeup set better and give smoother skin texture.

To change up my makeup routine, I used Dr. Jart’s Premium BB Balm as my base. The first time I used this BB cream, I was horrified by how gray the bb cream went on! It took awhile for me to remember that BB creams need a few minutes to oxidize. Once it’s oxidized, it will match your skin tone.

The BB cream is unlike a high coverage foundation, so I’ll be using my Nars Creamy Concealer in “Custard” to cover up my undereye circle, the redness around my nose, the sunspots on my cheeks, and the darkness on the sides of my mouth. Its creamy consistency blends seamlessly into your skin, giving a radiant and natural look. In other words: It gives you that perfect “I Woke Up Like This” flawlessness (anyone catch the Beyonce reference? Lol). To kill two birds with one stone, I also applied it to the bridge of my nose for the illusion of a taller nose bridge.

After applying the bb cream, I was left with a dewy look. Today I want to go for a matte look so I’ll be setting my makeup with the Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder. Using a fluffy big powder brush, I carefully pressed the product onto my cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin.

For highlighter, I used theBalm Bonnie-Lou Manizer on my browbone, cheekbones, nose, cupid’s bow, and chin. I gotta get that glow on.

To bring some color to my pale cheeks, I used theBalm’s Down Boy Blush. It’s a beautiful baby pink blush.

To chisel out my cheekbones, nose,, and the perimeters of my face, I used Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer. Unfortunately in the video, I got a little too excited and applied a little too much… and forgot to blend it out better, lol. I’ll definitely remember in the future too much product is probably not a good idea when it comes to contouring.

THE EYES

Here comes the fun part! I’ll be using Zulu Palette from Juvia’s Place. The first thing I noticed was the beautiful, vibrant colors in their eyeshadow palette. Starting with the bright yellow shade, I’m going to pat the color carefully onto the center of my eyelid.

To bring more depth into my eyes, I’m using the orange shade in my crease. Using a window wiper motion, I glided the color on then blended it further with a clean, fluffy brush. To further intensify the look, I went into the brown shade and applied it to the outer V of my eyes. Make sure to blend out all of the colors for a perfect smoky look.

I wanted the yellow shadow to pop out further, so I went in with my Dolly Wink Koji Yellow Pencil Liner. I carefully colored the center of my eyelids and the inner corners of my eyes. It’s the perfect way to make your eyes look bigger and bright!

I used two different eyeliners for this look. For the upper lashline, I created a thick cat eye with Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in “Trooper”. For more intensity, I also applied the pen liner on the inner corners. For the lower lash and waterline, I used Clio Gel Liner in Golden Black. It’s a beautiful, creamy black gel liner with golden flecks in it.

Benefit’s “They’re Real!” Waterproof Mascara is my holy grail mascara. Apply it to both your lower and upper lashes for that va-va-voom look.

To complete my eye look, I used Ardell’s Demi Wispies False Lashes with DUP’s eyelash glue. I love the Ardell demi wispies because they give just the perfect amount of volume in the eyes. There are many va-va-voom false lashes out there, but it’s very easy to wear bigger lashes that can overpower my monolid Asian eyes. These definitely do not do that.

BROWS

Brow time! My brows are sparse, so I’ll be creating the brow shape first with Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow Pencil in Shade 05. To fill in the inner half of my brows, I’m using an angled brush and Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Powder Duo in Med/Brown.

LIPS

My holy grail lip product is Em Cosmetic’s Infinite Lip Clouds. Seriously, I don’t ever want to use another lip product unless it’s this one. Michelle Phan who is one of the OGs of the Youtube Beauty Guru era started her own makeup company to develop a line of plush, moisturizing, delicious smelling liquid lipsticks that glide on like butter. To complete this look, I used the lip cloud in shade “Morning Mocha.”

Thank you so much for reading,

Alice.

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