Bartell Drugs provided me with a gift card to purchase and review the products used in this post. All product choices and opinions are my own.
We’re doubling up on beauty this week with a drugstore makeup tutorial. I haven’t done makeup posts in so long, and in fact I don’t think I’ve ever done a makeup tutorial but we’re going to change that today. It all starts with this sultry summer makeup look.
When I was drawing up ideas for this post I thought I’d try a spring beauty look that was very neutral and pretty but who am I kidding? I’m a fan of black eyeliner, even in spring and summer, even when the heat might make my eyeliner and mascara smudge. Personally, I like a bit of that smudged party look. A little lived in, a little imperfect, but not snapchat crying mascara filter status. The key to this look however, is BLENDING.
Bartell Drugs recently started carrying Pacifica’s new beauty line. Pacifica is 100% vegan and cruelty free so I was really curious about their beauty products. I picked up the Natural Eye Pencil in Jet and Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette which has coconut water and safflower seed oil. I love the eye pencil and will keep going back for that, but the eyeshadow palette was kind of difficult to blend. I’d still like to try their Super Powder palette which is a cream to powder formula.
Along with Pacifica’s line, I tried some E.L.F. eyeshadow primer and I’m not a fan. It was too creamy and sheer so I nixed it from the tutorial. The Dream BB Fresh 8-in-1 Beauty Balm I used however by Maybelline was pretty good. I’d like a little more coverage but overall it’s a decent product. But my favorite product, other than the Pacifica eye pencil, is Maybelline’s Master Countour kit. It has a great color payoff. This will be great for traveling so I don’t have to carry three different products.
Once you’ve primed your eyes and put on your BB cream or foundation, take the Pacifica Eye Shadow in Coral Sand and brush all over the lid. Blend. And blend some more! This color is a lot brighter than what I normally wear but with the two other colors it looks great.
Using your finger, press the Pacifica eye shadow in Golden onto the center of your lid. These shadows are pretty powdery so I realized that using your finger instead of a brush gives you more concentrated color, which is exactly what you want for the middle of the lid.
Take Urchin, which is the purple color in the Pacifica eye shadow palette and using a small eyeshadow brush create a V-shape in the corner of your outer eyelid. Working the shadow into the lashline about 1/3 to halfway across and up into the crease. Layer until you have your desired amount of color and make sure to blend.
Line your waterline and upper lashline with Pacifica Natural Eye Pencil in Jet. Taking the same pencil draw an extended cat-eye. I usually take my cat-eye slightly past the crease, but depending on how much drama you’re going for, extend it however long or short you’d like. After you line your eyes, use your favorite concealer on undereye circles.
I like my lashes long and dark. So I went for my old standby, Maybelline Great Lash in Blackest Black. I love this mascara. It lengthens and separates wonderfully. My only gripe is that it’s a wetter formula so be careful about getting any on your eyelid. I did that during this tutorial and was so annoyed with myself. Anyway, put on mascara! On the top and bottom lashes. For DRAMA.
Now it’s time for contouring. Take Maybelline’s Master Contour in 1 Contour and shade the hollow of your cheeks, under the jawline, sides of your nose, and hairline. Blend, blend, blend, blend, blend.
Take a fluffy blush brush or stippled brush and apply the blush, focusing on the apples of your cheeks. This look needs some pink! Now blend. And blend. Blend like crazy.
Time to highlight! I’ve only recently started using highlighter and I’m officially hooked. That little bit of shine on the cheekbones, nose, and brow bone really makes a difference. With the Maybelline Master Countour use 3 Highlight and put highlighter wherever you want the light to reflect.
Now for the most important part. Lip color. Usually I wear lipstick but I decided since the rest of the look is pretty labor intensive, let’s take it easy with some tinted lip balm. I used to wear Burt’s Bees lip shimmer in Fig all the time and I knew I liked the color so I brought it back. Their lip shimmers come in a variety of colors but I went for one with a bit of burgundy to it. I also love Watermelon which is a muted but juicy pink, and rhubarb, a bright red. Be generous with the amount you put on. Ta-da! You’re finished.