Hello there! So when the lovely Vittoria Anna approached me the other day asking whether I wanted to take part in a back to school collaboration I was instantly intrigued! As you might know I’ve graduated high school two years ago and am now in my third year of uni but I think this is a very universal neutral look that can be worn to any ‘Back to …’ occasion. So whether you’re wanting to switch things up slightly for your first day back at high school, university or work, a natural glowy look is definitely your way to go!
On my blog you’ll see the high-end edit and over on Vittoria Anna’s blog you will find a drugstore option. Doesn’t she look like a million bucks?
Please go check it out and leave her a nice comment! Anyway, on to a quick overview of what products I used. Most of these shouldn’t come as a surprise to you as I’ve been using them religiously and mentioned them a lot on here before.
In terms of the base I went for a light moisturizing BB cream, this one is the Diorskin BB Cream in shade 002. The darker under eye area and any blemishes were covered up with the NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla. This stuff is soooo good! You’ll have seen a closer comparison of all my favorite concealers on friday, but catch up on it right here. This was set with my MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC30. I got this slightly darker than my usual shade but as the name suggests it’s quite sheer and a light swipe over the T-zone will keep you from looking greasy throughout the day. Which isn’t very unlikely if you’re carrying books around or running for the bus in the morning, yes we’ve all been there!
I did a slight contour with my Sleek Contour Kit in Light, just under the cheekbones and around my forehead to give my face a bit more dimension and I admit: to look slightly more tan. Yup, that sun never really reached me this summer. Boo! On the cheeks a light dust of Bobbi Brown’s Peony Blush and a little bit of the highlighting shade of the Contour Kit on the highest points of my face and the base is done.
I like to work in layers, so next up are my brows. I don’t know how I could possibly have forgotten about MAC’s brow pencil in Fling. It’s the perfect shade and applies beautifully. Not too hard, not too soft and it stays put all day without having to set it with brow gel. Amazing stuff, lemme tell you!
Before applying two coats of waterproof mascara, this is the Lancôme Hypnôse Drama one, I applied a couple shades from my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette onto the lids. Here’s the quick run down:
I applied a mixture of strange (very left) and limit (forth from left) all over the lid to even out the skin and give a light wash of color. Then I applied nooner (that middle matte taupe shade) in the crease to give some dimension and blend it well out. Lastly, to achieve a little bit of a darker outer corner I intensified the look with a bit of mugshot (third one from right). This one I also ran along the lower lash line to achieve the illusion of fuller lashes.
I hope you enjoyed this look and head on over to see the drugstore version by Vittoria Anna. Thanks a lot for reading! This collaboration was a lot of fun – if you have any ideas for upcoming collaborations please don’t hesitate to drop me a mail at email@example.com