Well, everything’s still terrifying. But in times of total confusion and panic, I genuinely do find makeup to be a comfort. Zoning out and thinking of nothing but blending, color combos, and product options is meditative—and if it can help you out, that’s a truly amazing thing. So on that note, let’s paint our eyebrows!
Skin prep is always important—and with a more costume-y look like this, you’ll want your canvas to be as primed as possible. First, a wipe of the Kiehl's Blue Herbal Astringent Lotion on a cotton pad will help give skin a quick cleanse and make your complexion look far smoother and less porous. I’ve also been getting back into my vitamin C regimen, so follow with the Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum to add instant glow and help protect and brighten over time. Finish with a generous portion of the CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion. It’s not a particularly glamorous product, but it’s one of the best under-makeup moisturizers out there. It leaves skin feeling plumped up and slightly sticky, meaning everything grips on and blends out a little bit better.
As ever, the base comes first. The Fenty Beauty Hydrating Foundation is a great choice for a look like this—offering a good amount of coverage while still remaining light and soft-feeling. Add a boost of coverage and brighten up dark circles with a small dab of the Makeup Revolution Conceal And Define Concealer. This is a great dupe for my beloved Tarte Shape Tape if you’re counting pennies. I blend both of these in using fingers to get the most imperceptible finish possible.
This look is quite heavily contoured—but by defining using a warmer, bronzier product, you can get a softer, sunkissed finish. The Nudestix Nudies Matte Bronze in Bondi Bae is my product of choice for a bronzed contour. It’s the perfect medium-stick for precise application, blends out beautifully, and is the perfect not-too-warm-but-not-too-cold tone. Apply liberally to cheek hollows, the perimeter of the forehead, and the jaw, then buff out using the fat end of the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Complexion Brush.
To add more warmth to the apples of the cheeks, add a dab of a nude-toned cream blush like the Maybelline Cheek Heat Gel Sheer Blusher in Nude Burn. This product is gorgeous—it immediately melts into the skin when blended with fingers, and gives a fresh, hydrated-looking wash of color. If you’re highlighting (and honestly, why wouldn’t you?), the Fenty Beauty Matchstix in Purrl is a great option. It looks sheer and slightly glossy but actually dries down to an almost powdery, imperceptible finish. Apply to cheekbones and the bridge and tip of the nose.
Prime eyes with whatever primer you use—but if you’re in the market for a new one, the Milani Eyeshadow Primer is a great budget choice. It actually reminds me of my favorite Smashbox one. I’ve managed to find a palette that will allow you to recreate this whole look and even have some shades left over: the Morphe 35M Eyeshadow Palette.
First, on a fluffy brush, take the matte warm brown shade called “Play It Cool,” and buff into the crease. Intensify by adding “Peachy Keen” into the outer corner. Once you’re happy with your blend, take the metallic gold shade “Popstar” on a smaller detailer brush and apply to the inner portion of the mobile lid. One the same brush, take the pearly white shade called “Light of the Party” and apply liberally to the inner corner. Next, take a white liquid eyeliner like the NYX Professional Makeup White Liquid Liner and create a large and dramatic wing.
For eyelashes, you’re going to want a lengthening (but not at all volumizing) mascara like the Glossier Lash Slick, and a slime green matte eyeshadow (“Stroke of Luck” from the Morphe 35M Palette). Apply Lash Slick, and while the mascara is still wet, use a flat eyeshadow brush to apply the green shadow to the underside of your lashes. Apply a lot, because you can then use a dry spoolie brush to comb out any excess once the mascara is dry. Repeat the process on your bottom lashes.
For those brows, we’re going for a similar technique. If you don’t want to bleach your brows for a one-time look (fair enough), you want to cancel out as much color as you can while also creating a sticky base. The West Barn Co Soap Brows is perfect for this. Wet the product, then use a spoolie to comb a bunch of it into your brow hairs. This is also a good time to shape your brows, so comb them upwards and outwards. While the soapy pomade is still wet, use an angled brush to apply the same slime-green matte eyeshadow to brows. Use a clean spoolie to comb through, ensuring it sticks mostly to hairs rather than skin, giving a bushier final appearance.
For lips, matte brown is the word. Start by lining with a neutral brown nude pencil like the Laura Mercier Longwear Lip Liner in “Hazelnut Tea.” Once you’re satisfied with the shape, fill in with a neutral brown liquid lipstick. The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Dolce” is a perfect shade, and has a surprisingly comfortable formula.
Finish the look with a dusting of matte translucent powder (the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is a great drugstore option) on the T-zone. Add a spritz of the Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater over the top if you want to boost your glow. Oh, and you must make sure you wear as many slime-colored accessories as you can, obviously.