Blush Tests… Tropical Makeup @ Alexis Mabillle SS16

Ugh, September. Why did Earth Wind and Fire decide that this was the month to celebrate? It’s a month which somehow seems like a purgatory before the hell that is winter. For those of you still grasping on to the last dregs of summer, here is a makeup look for pretending you’re on holiday and it’s 90 degrees. Oh, and (basically) all you need is a £3 eyeshadow palette.

The Inspiration:


Ok, do all your foundation stuff first. Some people do their eyeshadow first because of “fallout” (powder, not nuclear), but I find eyeshadow to look heinous without my base already on. I used MAC Face and Body (for mega glow) mixed with Estee Lauder Double Wear (for coverage and longevity) and applied with fingers (for maximum melt-into-the-skin potential). I prepped my brows with WunderBrow, and clipped my hair back with train tickets because that’s what models backstage do.

The eyeshadow palette in question is from Wet ‘n’ Wild and is called Poster Child. I’m obsessed, I know. The pigment is super intense but the shadows are a little powdery and prone to mad amounts of kickback. However, I wear eyeshadow this bright only in extreme instances of needing cheering up, so I’m not willing to “invest” in something of insane quality. That said, the Viseart Editorial Brights Palette does speak to me on a deep level.

For the eyes you want the bluey-green side. First take a brush (I’m partial to M.A.C’s 246) and dip into both blues, in a willy nilly fashion, aiming for a 50/50 ratio. Sweep this blue on your eyelids up to, but not onto, your crease. Next, take a super flat brush and dip it into the green. Draw an intense line of this above the  blue crescent you’ve created. Don’t worry about blending yet. Load up on the green (between the blue and yellow), as you will need a lot of it here to aid in the transition. I proceeded to wing mine out a touch, because I want bigger eyes, always.

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Now for the mad part: you are going to use a shimmery, bright yellow all the way up to your eyebrows. Don’t worry about rules here.

Once the yellow is on, it’s blending time. Blend in soft small circles with a little brush, like the ELF Crease Brush. The pigment of these shadows helps stop them muddying into one turquoise colour – you want defined shades but a smooth blend between them. I’m not very good at makeup (shh, don’t tell anyone, I could lose my job) and I reckon I did ok. In fact, one of my mates who does fancy makeup on Instagram complimented me on my blending.

Right, now for your usual mascara – you want a soft, subtle and barely there one if you’re truly trying to emulate Mabille. I used the CoverGirl Clump Crusher. Next, line the waterline with something bright – blue and green can conversely make your eyes look very red. Colour theory! So I used the Benefit Eye Bright, and lots of it, because all of the models had lovely white rims.

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Now for blush – back to your palette. I wanted a pigmented warm pink, so, dabbed the darkest pink onto a blush brush and dabbed it slightly further back than the “apples.” I find obvious blush can look a bit “Aunt Sally” so placing it higher up and further back helps make it more obviously “fashun.” You can add a little bit of the lightest pink as a blush topping highlighter if you like. If you’re feeling swanky, Tom Ford’s cream cheek colour in pink sand, which is creamy, bendable and slightly more natural looking.

Lastly, for supermodel skin, douse your face with something hydrating. I’ve been loving the Caudalie Grape Water – which is super moisturising and makes makeup melt into the skin. It smells kind of like raisins, which is a bit gross, but the scent doesn’t last. Pat the dew into your skin (with a beauty blender if you have one) and you’re done. Summer in a face! Now get out there and deny the existence of autumn, at least for a few more days.

Annie x

Kurt Geiger Ltd.


Fashion Journalist and Beauty Blogger from London

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