Can we all just take a second to cringe at the title of this post? I thought trying to come up with titles for outfit posts was bad enough, but as it turns out makeup posts are a billion times worse. Anyway, this dusky, warm makeup look makes me think of summery sunsets (mostly thanks to the Dallas packaging, I think!), hence the name. Benefit Dallas is one of my all time favourite cheek products; I’m never quite sure if it’s a blusher or a bronzer, but that’s a good thing as it means it can be used as both. Normally I use it more as a contour shade, but on days when it’s sunny outside and I fancy a bit more colour, I’ll apply it as a blush instead. It’s such a lovely browny-pink shade that’s almost matte but with a very subtle glow, so it’s perfect for natural, no-fuss makeup especially if you’re pale and traditional bronzers tend to be a bit overpowering.
Sticking with the almost-bronze theme, I’ve paired it with this Arbonne Lipstick in Rose Petal. It’s another sort of pink, sort of brown colour which ends up looking like a pretty pale coral on my lips. The formula is super creamy and glides on to the lips really easily. It feels nice and hydrating, but manages to give a really pigmented, solid colour at the same time. Arbonne is a brand I became aware of very recently, after my friend Morag became an Independent Beauty Consultant with them and let me try out some of their products. Arbonne is sold exclusively through consultants, who can give you advice and let you try products before you buy them, so if you’re ordering anything from the website, pop in Morag’s Consultant ID – 440017741 – when you register and she’ll be there to help! The makeup is definitely in the “high end” price bracket, but the lipstick and the mattifying powder I’ve tried so far seem like great quality and definitely worth the money. Plus if you’re planning on buying quite a few items, you can join as a ‘Preferred Client’ and get 20% off all purchases for the next year. I think I’ll definitely be ordering myself some things soon, and I quite fancy trying out Arbonne’s skincare range too.
As for base makeup, I’ve stuck to my usual favourites. Can’t go wrong with a bit of Estée Lauder Double Wear Light! A little bit of Benefit Girl Meets Pearl along the tops of my cheekbones and nose helps to give a subtle glow, and this mini version of it is handy for chucking in my makeup bag. As is the baby They’re Real Mascara, which helps to add a bit of volume to my cat-eye liner (which you can read all about in my winged eyeliner tutorial from last week). To finish off, I’ve added a very light dusting of Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre to keep everything in place without becoming too matte and powdery.