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ENHANCING – UD X GWEN STEFANI

Though I do love to experiment with makeup, my go-to look is always just a simple, enhancing one. My goals are to make my complexion more lifelike (white girl problems for real), my eyes more blue, and my lips more scrumptious! Want to hear all about the products I turn to for these results? Read on!


Enhancing - Life, Set Sail
Enhancing - Life, Set Sail
Enhancing - Life, Set Sail
It all starts with a great primer. I adore the Too Faced Hangover one, not because it allows my makeup to stay around for ages, but because it gives my skin an extra boost of moisture, resulting in a more glowing complexion. Next up, I lightly conceal my dark circles with the Clarins Instant Concealer before following up with the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation. Of course you’ve all heard me rave on and on about both of these products so I’ll just shut up about them this time and spare you all. I will say though, that my favourite way to apply this foundation (or any foundation) is with a damp Real Techniques Miracle Sponge. It just works so much better for a more natural finish and is a great for dry skin types (less clinging to dry patches).

To add some life into my face, I use the Tartelette Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Celebrated (warm pink nude) on my cheeks and the Urban Decay Illuminated Shimmer Powder in Lit to highlight. My favourite brush for highlighting and powder is the Make Up For Ever 156 brush.

For eyes, really any neutral palette will do, but the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette is such a hot topic right now (and rightly so) that I just had to include it! If you are a neutral lover, you will fall head over heels for this. I love the range of looks you can create with it from enhancing to smokey to even looks with a pop of colour. Amazing.

My ultimate lash-wonder-duo is the Tarte Opening Act Lash Primer followed by the Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara which are a match made in mascara heaven!

To shape and fill my brows I’ve recently been trying out the Pür Minerals Wake Up Brows duel ended pencil. One end has a brow shade and the other a highlight. I really like it! It’s a softer formula than I’m used to, but it really does the trick quite nicely.

Lastly, I like to add a rosy nude lip (or sometimes a light gloss) to finish off my look. Today I used the Too Faced La Crème Drenched Lipstick in Nude Beach. If you’ve never tried these lipsticks before, you need to. They are amazing. We’re talking hydrating, creamy, pigmented…all the good stuff.

What are your favourite products for an enhancing your features? Want to see more of this look? I’m wearing the same makeup (with a different lipstick) in my Monochrome Loving post!

xx -b.

-photos by milton photography

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14 Comments

  • Kelsey
    January 27, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    I’ve heard so many good things about the Too Face Primer that I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to grab it. I absolutely adore my Hourglass powder to give myself a natural strobe look 🙂
    Kelsey | http://www.abalancingpeach.com

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    • Brittany Messner
      January 27, 2016 at 7:30 PM

      You must! It’s lovely. And Hourglass…sigh. They can do no wrong! xx

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  • 204park
    January 26, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Your makeup always looks incredible! I love too faced but have never tried those lipsticks – I see a trip to Sephora in my future! haha xo

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    • Brittany Messner
      January 27, 2016 at 7:30 PM

      Awe thanks girl! And yes, you will LOVE those lipsticks! They feel so light and moisturizing but actually pack a very good amount of pigment. Definitely one of my top 5 favourite lipstick formulas 😉 xx

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  • Makeup Monster
    January 25, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    I absolutely love the combo of the Ultra HD foundation and Clarins Instant Concealer!

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  • Gyudy
    January 25, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Loved this post! You look amazing and I love the makeup picks 😉 That Too Faced primer sounds so good! 🙂 xx

    Gyudy @ Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

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    • Brittany Messner
      January 27, 2016 at 7:28 PM

      Thank you Gyudy! And yes, that primer is absolutely fantastic! xx

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  • Kiran
    January 21, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Such a beautiful post, you are stunning and your blog is simply dreamy.

    Kiran | http://www.alittlekiran.co.uk

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    • Brittany Messner
      January 21, 2016 at 4:09 PM

      Awwwwwe thank you Kiran! I’m so happy you enjoy it 🙂 xx

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  • Anneke Forbes
    January 21, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Happy your foundation applying tips are now in writing for easy reference ;).

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    • Brittany Messner
      January 21, 2016 at 2:47 PM

      Haha, I was talking to Mel about this last night too. Sometimes I just forget that normal people may not know these things! Try it and let me know how it goes 😉

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  • Angeline
    January 21, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Ahh I’ve heard amazing things about that Too Faced primer, I really need to look into it and give it a try! 😉 xx

    The Girl From the North

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    • Brittany Messner
      January 21, 2016 at 2:47 PM

      Oh lord, it is AMAZING! I’m powering through it so fast because I just end up using it everyday. I love it.

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