Finally the day came where I got to don my robe and flat hat and leave university behind! For anyone who has graduated or had any important event with photos before it is so daunting trying to figure out how you want to do your makeup, after all you’re stuck with those photos for a while.
I decided to go with a soft, natural look that I knew I would still love in years to come. Follow along to see how I created my entire look for my uni graduation ceremony a couple of weeks ago.
I made sure I went with products I know and love for my entire face but I think it’s especially important to use base products that you know work well with your skin type and look great in photos. For primer I used the Becca Backlight Priming Filter and put my YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat on top. The combination of these two products always leaves my skin with a natural radiance and lasts a long time too. To conceal my under-eyes and lighten up around my nose I used the YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer in Radiant Silk. Then, using the same damp beauty blender I had used to apply those products I applied the Face of Australia Translucent Loose Powder under my eyes and on my nose and chin (i.e. anywhere you know you are prone to oiliness). I find that applying powder with my beauty blender not only leaves me with a natural finish but also makes the product last a lot longer and keeps my oil at bay.
Again, for my brows I used a product I know looks great and lasts for years, the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow. It’s so easy to use and the colour matches my hair perfectly!
This is a newer product for my but as soon as I got the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer I knew it was true love! I applied this in a 3 shape on my cheeks as a sort of a bronzer/contour hybrid to sculpt and warm up my face. Trust me; buy this bronzer, you will not regret it.
JACLYN HILL IS A GODDESS! Her champagne collection palette is too die for. I’m telling you, if you haven’t already got this, go to Sephora right now and buy it… It will change your life! I used a combination of Pamplemousse and Amaretto on my cheeks and Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop on the top of my cheek bones, brow bone, cupids bow and down my nose.
I had already primed my eyes with the concealer so I went straight in with the lightest shade in the Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette from my lashes to brow bone and along my lower lash line. Then I worked my way along the next three shades slowly building depth in my crease. Importantly, everything I did to my top lid, I did to my lower lash line, building dimension on both. With the second shade from the right I created a slightly darker outer-v to build some more dimension. This part of the eye look is totally up to your own preference, you can make it as dark or light as you like… you do you. Then, using the shade Bellini from The Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette (currently sold out on line so you can substitute this for any rose gold shade you have) on the outer 2/3 of my mobile lid. Then, to finish the look off I used Stila’s Eyeshadow Compact in Kitten on my inner corner and brow bone to add a pop and Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara on my top and lower lashes.
I kept my lips simple so it was easy to reapply if I needed to and used one of my all time favourite lippys, Tom Ford’s Pink Dusk that is a beautiful warm nude to go with the eyes and cheeks.
For my outfit I decided to go with a simple monochrome look as my robe was bright orange (aka the clashiest of all the colours). I wore a Bec and Bridge Black and White dress and some Witchery black lace up wedges. Both of these aren’t available online anymore but again, you do you, wear something you’re comfortable in and think you’ll still like in years to come.
I hope this helps those of you that have an important event, or even a graduation coming up. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve recently graduated and what you wore.