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I have a full blown cold, like most of the people in Ireland at the minute, right? Lovely start to the year πŸ™‚ Life goes on though and we have to suffer through. This is my go toΒ  simple makeup for when I’m feeling a little under the weather. Let me blow my nose one last time and we’ll begin…

I have oily skin so I wouldn’t be adding radiance to my face on a regular basis, but when I am under the weather my skin does tend to dry up a little more so I can weirdly take advantage.

botanics radiance balmI added a good amount of the Botanics Radiance Balm onto cleansed skin (I have a full review of this stuff here, we all need it in our lives).

For some lip hydration I applied some of the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, literally can’t be without this. I apply it every night before bed, and when I have a cold it goes under my nose too helping with the extra dryness.

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I still have to prime, so I did and then it’s foundation time, thank god! I used a damp Beauty Blender to apply a thin layer to my skin.

beauty blenderirish beauty bloggerI think the sponge feels more kinder to your skin when you’re feeling a little rough.

I used it for concealer too.

irish makeup blogirish makeup bloggerI applied some waterproof concealer around my nose, just a light layer, it’s going to diminish pretty quickly with all the nose blowing, but if you set it with powder you’ll get a little time out of it πŸ™‚

For the actual makeup look, I think the softer the better.

I filled in my eyebrows.

soap & glory archery brow pencilI used a skin colour eyeshadow primer to conceal any redness on my lids.

irish beauty blogTo brighten up the eyes I applied a light gold cream shadow stick all over the eyelid.

irish makeup and beauty blogirish makeup blogOver the top I applied a similar coloured shimmery shadow.

irish makeup bloggerTo add a little definition, I added a matte taupe shadow lightly into my crease.

sick day makeup lookbeauty blog irelandI applied a a light shimmery shade to the brow bone.

irish blogLastly, I added a really small amount of the taupe shade on the lower lash line too.

irish bloggerI needed a touch more concealer under the eyes then…those bags ain’t Chanel πŸ™‚

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To brighten up the eyes more I applied some skin coloured eye liner to the waterline. This is a great step to tackle any redness and make you look more awake.

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Curl the bejesus out of your eyelashes. I know it’s simple makeup, but I never neglect the lashes.

simple makeup lookThen, lots of mascara on the top lashes. I opt out of mascara on the bottom ones because lots of watery eye shenanigans happen and of course the compulsory sneezing…it’s not worth it even the waterproof kind.

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Bronzer is a nice addition, to warm up the complexion a smidgen. There’ll be no contouring today though πŸ™‚

fresh makeupmakeup tutorialI added some peachy blush rather than pink, as I already have enough pinky flush going on.

mac springsheen blushsimple makeup lookI applied some light setting powder all over the face, nothing to heavy. There’ll be alot of face touching throughout the day, no point caking it on. You can always re apply.

irish beauty bloggerI couldn’t resist a little highlighter, but it’s not necessary whatsoever. A little in the inner corner of the eye always helps I think though πŸ™‚

the balm maryloumanizeririshbbloggerinner corner highlightTo finish off this simple makeup look I just applied some glossy balm to the lips.

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And we’re done!

gemma beautynookI didn’t go into depth with the products I used, because I think they’re all stuff you already have lying around or that you use everyday. This is definitely not a glam face of makeup, it’s more of a I want to look human and survive the day makeup!

If you’ve been hit with the January plague like myself, feel better soon πŸ™‚

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The Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette has been on my lust list for a long ass time. I finally bit the bullet and went in to Brown Thomas to part with the dosh. Ms Dolce Vita looks a bit like this.

charlotte tilbury dolce vita palettebrown thomas charlotte tilburyOn the back Charlotte gives a guide. The lightest shade is the prime, the coppery is the enhance, the darker brown is the smoke shade and then the glitter is the pop. Of course you can use them any way you want, ’tis up to you πŸ˜‰

dolce vita swatchThey are all shimmery shades. They are buttery and full of pigment too. If you are like me and like a bit more of a matte shade in the crease though, you will obviously have to bring some other shadows into the mix, but we can live with that, right?

The eyeshadow quads feel lovely and luxurious, as does most of the Charlotte Tilbury range. Thank god because the products ain’t cheap!

I did a really quick eye look with Dolce Vita so you can see it in action.

I primed my lids and added a skin colour powder as normal to get rid of any tackiness.

I added a taupe brown shade lightly in my crease too just to give the shimmery colours something to blend into.

irish beauty bloggerI took some of the coppery shade.

irish beauty blogAnd applied this all over my lid. Be sure to tap off your brush, there will be fallout.

irish beauty blogger beautynookirish blogThen took a fluffy brush and blended into the light crease colour.

irish bloggerI then took the darkest ‘Smoke’ shade.

irish makeup bloggerI used a tapered brush and added the colour on the tip of the brush.

irish makeup blogI applied it onto the outer corner of my eye, and blended it into the crease.

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I lined my upper lid with the brown Rimmel Waterproof Eye Definer.

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I curled and added a load of mascara to my top lashes as you do. Then took the lightest shade of the Dolce Vita Palette.

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette (16)I applied this to my brow bone and used it to highlight the inner corner of my eyes.

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I of course had to use the pop shade, so I just applied a light layer of it on my eyelid with my finger. I think it applies best with your fingers.

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To define the lower lash line a little bit, I just applied some of the coppery shade and blended it out.

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To finish the look, I added some mascara on my lower lashes and used the Rimmel pencil in my waterline. Dunzo πŸ™‚

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I think the shades in the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette are really universal and will work for every eye colour. It looks particularly gorge on blue eyes though. It’s really a lovely palette, but with a €50 price tag (here), it’s definitely a treat. Maybe something to put on the Christmas list?

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I’m back again with another Urban Decay Naked Palette look. I am no makeup artist, just a lover of makeup and applying it :). I did a look with theΒ  the Naked 2 here a while ago too. I think most makeup lovers picked up one of these palettes along the way, so I want to cover all the bases.

This time I did a really easy and achievable Smoky eye using the aptly named Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky PaletteYou can check out swatches of the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette here here too, if you want to see all of the shades on the skin.

First up I primed my eyelids with the Paese Eyeshadow Base. I just used my finger to apply it.

Paese CosmeticsEyeshadow primerbeautynook blogThen over top of it, just to set it and to get rid of the tacky feeling, I used the lightest shade in the Naked Smoky Palette ‘Thirteen’ all over the eyelid.

Thirteen Naked Smoky PaletteEyeshadpw lookThis step isn’t really necessary, but I just added a little of the shade ‘Combust’ into my crease to begin the story πŸ™‚

Combust Naked Smoky Paletteirish beauty and makeup blogmakeup and beautyTo lay a base for the darker shadows on my lid, I grabbed the Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Slate.

Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil SlateI applied this to the moving part of my eyelid, one eye at a time and blending as I went as these set pretty fast.

irish beauty blogbeauty blogbeauty bloggerTo blend out the edges of the Jumbo pencil more and deepen up the crease, I took the shade ‘Password’, which is a grey toned matte brown.

Password Naked Smoky PaletteI used a clean Mac 217 blending brush to buff this into my crease, and to make sure there was no harsh edges.

simple eye lookNext is the fun part πŸ™‚ I loaded up my brush with the colour ‘Armor’.

Armor Naked Smoky PaletteAnd patted this onto where the Jumbo Pencil was. Be sure to pat, there is alot of fallout. You can always apply more of this at the end to intensify the look so don’t worry if you blend some away finishing the look.

Real TechniquesI decided to darken the outer v so I took a tapered blending brush and grabbed the darkest shade in the palette ‘Black Market’.

Smoky paletteLouise Young brushI basically just drew a V with the brush on the outer part of my crease and lid.

irish beauty blogirish beauty blogThen, you guessed it more more blending πŸ™‚ I cleaned my 217 off again and diffused the edges of the black.

Mac 217smoky eye lookIf the colour gets too muddied, just apply more and blend the edges. Don’t worry if the edges of your eyes get a bit messy, you can just clean it up with you concealer.

easy smoky lookurban decayUnder the eye I added some ‘Black Market’ with a pop of ‘Armor’ in the middle and blended it up to meet my top lid

smoky palette makeup lookirish makeup blogger beautynookI curled my lashes and added some healthy coats of mascara. You can by all means add lashes and some liner on the top lash line at this point if you want to make the look even more dramatic.

I decided to add some gel liner to my inner waterline. Rather than going for black, I went with the Inglot AMC Matte liner in 78, which is a grey colour.

Inglot AMC 78 Gel LinerbloggerI wrote a whole blogpost about how I apply liner here so I won’t bore you with all the details. I use a pencil dipped in the liner to get the job done though :).

So I tightlined the top.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Tutorial (30)And the bottom.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Tutorial (31)You can see the difference with or without liner here.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Tutorial (32)Last set. I added some highlight to the inner corner. I took the shade ‘High’ in the Naked Smoky Palette.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Tutorial (34)And applied a good helping with a pencil brush.

irish makeup blogIt just adds a brightness to the look. You can see one eye with and one without here.

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And there you have it, there’s my hopefully easy smoked eye look using the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette.

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I added a light pink lip and some peach blush to finish it off.

irish beauty blogThat’s my look with the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette complete. πŸ™‚

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