On Saturday night we went very swanky and went to the Armani hotel in Dubai for dinner at their Indian restaurant Amal. I wanted to dress up for the occasion and had a burning desire to wear MAC Cranberry so I did a bit of internet research for ideas and then reached out to my friend Lauren for some lipstick inspiration.
I have said it before-I have zero discernible make up skills-I am just a girl who loves playing with make up!! I was really happy with the result though so here is how I did it.
I prepped my skin with one pump of MAC Strobe Liquid and one pump of Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer mixed together as a primer. I am loving this combo at the moment and have a full blog post coming soon about it. I then used a Beauty Blender to apply Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation (I am the shade Ecru). My skin has been really clear recently (she says touching wood because every time I say that publicly my skin immediately punishes me!!) so I only used concealer under my eyes. First I used the By Terry Terrybly Densillis concealer in the shade 1 Fresh Fair to cover dark circles and then I used the L'Oreal MagiLumi Highlighter in Fair to highlight the under eye area. I set that concealer with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal light (review!)
I also then used the Beauty Blender to stipple some of the YSL Le Teint Saharienne Blur Perfector in shade 2 (review!) across the high points of my face to add some warmth.
I set my face with the Givenchy Poudre Premiere in the shade Universal Nude and then added a touch of bronzer in the form of the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in 1 Golden Light which is a matte bronzer and great for pale girls like me.
Barely did anything to be honest here-just popped a bit of MAC Omega eyeshadow through them on a MAC 208 angled brush.
I started by priming them with the Estee Lauder Doublewear lid primer and then placed MAC Cranberry on the inner two thirds of my lid with a MAC 239 brush. I added MAC Club to the outer third and then blended MAC Patina through the crease. I added Anastasia Brow Duality which is double ended pencil to the very inner corner-using the shimmery highlight side around the tear duct.
For liner I used the L'Oreal Infallible The Super Slim black liquid liner and mascara was the Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara (review)
Under the eye I just ran the leftover shadow on the 239 brush I used before with Cranberry/Club residue and then used mascara on the bottom lashes.
I did use the Zoeva Graphic Eyes liner in Opulance on the inner waterline but I wasn't convinced (it's red!) and I ended up darkening it with a black kohl.
I started with Charlotte Tilbury First Love blusher (review) but then added a bit of MAC Warm Soul on Laurens suggestion and this helped warm up the face a little. I used BECCA Moonstone to highlight my cheekbones and down my nose.
I went with MAC Plumful which Lauren recommended but she also recommended MAC Shanghai Spice or Tom Ford Sable Smoke as a nude alternative.
I really loved Amal and would highly recommend it if you are looking for a swanky night out. It's extremely elegant without being stuffy and the service is warm and attentive. I am the worlds worst person with spicy food but my dishes were incredible and tailored to my palette. It also has a great (and more exclusive) view of the Dubai Fountains.
Have you used MAC Cranberry before? I definitely want to use it more often now!
PS-I am thrilled to have been nominated for 'Best International Beauty Blog' in the Bloggers Blog Awards-you can vote for your favourites here. Massive thanks to Hayley from Tea Party Beauty for all her very hard work with these awards!