The Evening Makeup Edit

I talk about my everyday makeup picks all the time but rarely feature what I wear on nights out or for evening occasions. Today we’re changing that! These are my current favourite products for more of a glam makeup look.

In terms of base, I like full coverage that’s long-wearing but that won’t look too drying or matte. The Becca Backlight Priming Filter | £32 | is an amazing base for this, because used under makeup, it gives a soft, pearly radiance. I next go in with the Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation (Barcelona) | £35 | using a slightly damp BeautyBlender* | £17. This is a full coverage foundation that’s nothing too heavy and doesn’t mask the skin. It’s really pigmented, so you only need two pumps – it doesn’t look like a lot of product but once applied, trust me: it’s plenty! It gives a satin finish that’s slightly more glowing when paired with the Becca primer but still isn’t anything too dewy. It gives a flawless finish that lasts incredibly well. 

For concealer it has to be the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (Medium) | £22. It’s just incredible coverage without being heavy, cakey or drying. It conceals my dark circles even when I’m exhausted, it doesn’t crease and won’t crack or fade during the evening. I actually tend to do this after my eye makeup, just in case there’s any fallout and to neaten things up. My go-to powder to set my t-zone and under the eyes is the Ben Nye Banana Powder* | £13.50 | because it locks everything in place without being too heavy or drying.

For highlighter I have two options: one liquid and one powder. The Iconic London Original Illuminator* | £30 | can be mixed in with your foundation or dabbed on top of it before powdering and blended out with your damp sponge. It has an unusual amber tone with a silvery shift and you only need a drop or two to get a blinding highlight. When I want to use a powder product, I reach for my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop | £32. I think there's a Becca highlighter out there for everyone and if you were to only own one highlighter then I recommend their formula above all others! It's just so smooth and not at all powdery. They're pigmented so pack a punch and give a dewy, glitter-free finish. Champagne Pop is a warm peachy-gold champagne colour.

I tend to be more of a bronzer girl than a contour fan, so I like to use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzed in Saddle* | £29. This has such a lovely, smooth formula that's easy to blend out and has colour payoff without being too pigmented to work with. It has a matte finish and the colour is warm without being at all orange, so adds definition and dimension. I use the 'figure of 3' method of application, focusing on the cheekbones. Next, it's time for a bit of blusher - I tend to focus on either the eyes or the lips so I usually keep it reasonably low-key for cheeks. I often go for the Becca Mineral Blush in Songbird | £26 | because it works with my usual warm-toned makeup looks. This is a pigmented formula but a subtle colour. It has this beautiful golden sheen running through it and the base colour is a warm peachy tone. It applies evenly and lasts so well on my skin.

Eyeshadow is one of my favourite parts of an evening makeup look! When I'm in a rush I go for something like my Touch in Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Duo in Eldora* | £20 | and when I have a little more time, I create a look using my Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette | £56 | review & full swatches. The Metallist is a gorgeous liquid-cream eyeshadow duo - one end is a pearly cream shimmer eyeshadow in a soft antique gold and the other is a gorgeous warm, vibrant gold foiled glitter. I personally like to apply the cream and then blend the glitter on top for maximum impact. It's so long-lasting and creates a gorgeous look with minimal effort. The Desert Dusk is a stunning warm-toned palette with oranges, reds and purples. The pigmentation is insane but I still find the shadows easy to work with. A usual look I'd go for is the pinky-red shimmer Blood Moon all over the lid, the peachy matte Eden as a transition, the matte reddish-orange Amber in the crease and the deep purple shimmer Royal on the outer part of the lid. The only downside of this palette is that there's not really a stark highlighting shade for my skin tone, so I just put a bit of Champagne Pop in my inner corner.

To finish off the eyes, I use liner, mascara and a brow product. I use the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Stingray | £14.50 | as a matte black crayon to tight-line. This is a formula that won't transfer or smudge on the eyes and it just ensures your winged liner looks totally solid and your lashes have a subtle extra bit of fullness. Next I apply my beloved Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black | £14.50. I bang on about this all the time but it really is the best eyeliner I've ever tried! The tip is precise and the formula very pigmented, but it doesn't bleed at all. It doesn't fade or smudge and my winged liner still looks perfect even at the end of a long night. I smoke out the lower lash line with my Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze | £19. It's a warm golden-bronze eye crayon with a soft metallic sheen that doesn't smudge or move around. Next it's time for my Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £8.99 | which lengthens, voluminises, curls and separates my lashes. It doesn't flake or smudge and gives my lashes that 'wow' factor! I rarely go in for falsies but if I do it's the Eylure Fleur Loves Lashes | £5.45 | as they're pretty, natural 3/4 length strips that add something to the look without feeling like too much. I tend to reach for my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Granite | £19 | before nights out because it's bold and long-lasting. I apply this with a small angled brush for a more natural look.

To finish off the look I think the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II | £17 | is perfect! It's more than a nude but not so colourful that it looks like too much when paired with the eyes. I'd describe it as a sort of rosy terracotta. I also love how long-lasting and non-transferring the formula is, so you don't have to worry too much about reapplying or making a mess! I also don't find this drying on my lips.

What sort of makeup look do you like for an evening out?

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  1. Yes! Some of my favourites here! Love the Huda palette, Becca primer, Nars foundation and Champagne Pop! xx


  2. I like all the products that you have in the photo!!! Well done xoxo


  3. I don't hear a lot of people talking about the Becca blushes... I should definitely check them out soon!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

  4. urrmm Eldora come throughh?!

  5. Think I'll have to try out the Iconic highlighter, seems like such a nice item!

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

  6. Love these products! Those Eldora products look so cool, I’ll have to try them! My favorite night products are gel eyeliner (Estee Lauder) and the Charlotte Tilbury bronzer and glow. I just got it and it’s great! xAllie

  7. Great and lovely picks! Liquid highlighter is not my thing, I guess. I don't know how to use it properly. I'll create a mess lol! Anyway, great post x

    Lenne Zulkiflly Blog

  8. The Nars Longwear foundation is one of the best that I have tried recently. It leaves my skin looking healthy and fresh even after 8 hours which is a remarkable feat.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  9. That foundation is so, so good!


  10. That eyeshadow palette looks amazing! The pigment looks so good!
    Chloe X www.chloelxuise.com

  11. I love this post, such great detail and fab swatches! That Iconic Highlight looks gorgeous too x

    Everything But The Kitchen

  12. You can never go wrong with Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara!

    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

  13. I am going to have to pick p the Anastasia Bronzer soon, it is so beautiful, the shades are amazing!

    Danielle xx

  14. I am thinking about buying Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette for so long. It is so pricey, but it looks so versatile and stunning. Cult beauty, here I come! :)
    xo, www.marinablueeyes.com

  15. The Tarte concealer sounds great! I was wondering whether the coverage would make it drying under the eyes, but I'm glad to hear it doesn't. Would you use it for daytime looks too? :)

    Julia x
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  16. Everything looks so gorgeous!!

  17. These are such gorgeous makeup picks! I've been meaning to try the iconic london liquid highlighter drops & I definitely need to pick them up ASAP - they just look so gorgeous.


  18. I love to grab this palette (since I got it in December) to create night looks! Specially because of the glitter-shades!

    And I have to say, although I really love lovecraft, I wish I would have got Lolita II as well. I own the Original and was afraid that they might look like the same. It's currently on my wishlist!

    Wishing you all the best,

  19. They're fantastic but of course don't get as much love as the highlighters! x

  20. It's that perfect combination of non-drying and long-wearing! x

  21. It's my go-to for every occasion! x

  22. I was very lucky and got it for Christmas but I'm soooo glad to have it my collection - it's definitely worth it :) x

  23. Yeah they're actually such different shades that I'm not sure why Lolita II was named after the original at all x

  24. For what I know, it was because back in the day when Lolita became super popular, they had a problem with a batch that got a different shade from what it was suppose to be. Eventually they fixed the problem but realised that many fell in love with the new shade and relaunched it as Lolita II.

    Personally, I only though they were too similar because sadly the Sephora I went to had no natural lighting and it was so funky that they seemed to be the same. (which made me realise I have to be super careful now, specially if I decide to go and buy something like a foundation...)


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