classic makeup: perfectly polished

Today, for the second instalment of my classic makeup looks series, we'll be talking about one of the most popular and adaptable looks you can choose for any event. I call it perfectly polished because it's all about polishing up the skin and the brows, and then adding some clean and crisp accents like a clean slick of eyeliner, a soft contouring on the eyes, and pop of colour on the lips. 

This look is perfect for classic beauties who are inspired by Old Hollywood glamour, and whose personal style leans towards timeless and tailored. You can keep the look classic by doing a red or neutral lip, or freshen it up by choosing a brighter colour.

Here are some examples:

Here's my version:

Here's how to do it:

After moisturizing and/or priming skin, use your preferred medium coverage foundation. My current favourites are Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Chanel Vitalumière Aqua, and L'Oreal True Match.

Using a light touch, apply a neutral blush or light, matte bronzer to the outer apples of your cheeks, hairline, neck, and bridge of nose to add warmth to your face. I used MAC Powder Blush in Buff. 

Add a luminous glow to your skin by buffing a highlighting cream (Benefit's High Beam is my all-time favourite) onto your cheekbones, cupid's bow, chin, and brow bone.

With a fluffy brush, wash the eyelids from lash line to brow with an eyeshadow that's a few shades paler than your skin tone (I used MAC Blanc Type). Then, using a smaller brush, apply a darker shade (such as Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Sable) to the crease of your eyelid. Work from the outside in, blending as you go.

Fill in your brows using an eyebrow pencil (like MAC's eyebrow pencil in Lingering), using light, feathery strokes. Full, neat brows frame the face and tie the whole look together.

Use a long-lasting liquid liner to create a strong line along the top lash line only, flicking up ever so slightly at the outer corner. Once the liner has dried, curl your lashes and apply your favourite mascara.

Choose your desired lipstick shade. If you're doing a deeper colour, I would recommend using a liner, but make sure you choose one that will blend well with the lipstick. I used MAC Basic Red lipliner and MAC Ruby Woo lipstick. Apply the liner first, making sure your line is even and clean, then lightly pencil in the entire lips. Apply lipstick straight from the tube if you have a steady hand, or with a lip brush for more precision.

That's it! Final look:


See other classic makeup looks.