Event Makeup Tips: A Step-by-Step Guide


Part of my real-world job involves going to A LOT of events, many of which are black-tie, formal balls. Due to the number of events I have to attend and the short window of “get ready” time we have, I’ve been trying to teach myself how to do my own hair and makeup like the pros.
This past weekend, I attended our Silicon Valley Heart Ball in Woodside, CA. After posting pictures from the gala, a few people asked for a step-by-step post on how I did my make-up. Honestly, I’m still an amateur when it comes to this, but thought I’d give it a shot! 

Makeup Tutorial
To get my makeup to last throughout the event, I apply a very light layer of e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer all-over. I also apply Victoria’s Secret Matte FX Blotting Gel/Gel Absorbent to my eyelids as an eye makeup primer. The Victoria’s Secret VS Pro Airbrush FX Face Primer works similarly. 
Makeup Tutorial

When it comes to getting that airbrushed foundation, I follow these key steps:

  • Apply a pea-sized amount of BB cream to the back of your hand. I use Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream with SPF 35, also mentioned in this post. Using a beauty blender sponge, like this one, dab the BB cream on your face.
    • Hint- I dab a small amount on my eyelids and lips, but do not put any on my forehead.
  • Next, take a Kabuki brush and rub the BB cream into skin in circular motions.
  • Apply concealer underneath eyes from the inner corner to the outer lash edge and along the bridge of the nose. Use the beauty blender sponge to blend. I use e.l.f. concealer in “Beige.”
  • Using a highlighting powder, I absolutely swear by Ben Nye Super White Professional Face Powder (link at the bottom of post), take an angled sponge or the beauty blender and apply underneath eyes, along bridge of nose, on the lateral sides and middle of chin, underneath eyebrows, and on forehead (2 very small horizontal stripes). Blend using either sponge. 
    • Hint: A little goes a long way, so blend very well!
  • With a foundation brush, swipe a light layer of translucent powder all over face to set foundation. My go to powder will always be NARS Powder Foundation in “Santa Fe.”
  • Apply contour or bronzing powder along cheekbone line, on either side of nose, along chin line, and on temples. Blend with the beauty blender. Again, blend very well!
  • Swipe a bit of blush to the apples of your cheeks.
Makeup Tutorial

My eye makeup varies between events depending on the color of my dress and whether the event is indoors or outside. Hint: If you’re outdoors (which Saturday’s event was), take it easy on heavy, dark colored eyeshadows. Natural light calls for more natural-looking colors. I know it is hard to tell, but for Heart Ball, I went with a silvery eyeshadow with brown edges using the following steps:

  • Add another layer of the Ben Nye Super White powder underneath eyes to catch any fallen eyeshadow.
  • Apply an eyeshadow that closely matches your natural skin tone all over lid and above crease.
  • Then, I applied Bobbi Brown Chrome Eye Shadow in “Pewter” from the inner corner of the eye and 3/4 of the way over the lid
  • With a different brush, I applied Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in “Dark Chocolate” in a V- shape (along lash line and crease) to the outer corners of the eyes.
  • Blend by taking a gold-hued eye shadow and applying it to crease
  • Line eyes with black eyeliner and apply 2 coats of mascara
  • As mentioned in this post, I use Benefit Brow Zings Brow Shaping kit to add a bit of color to my now borderline blonde eyebrows.
  • Using the beauty blender or angled sponge, blend the powder underneath eyes and clean up any harsh edges.
Add your favorite lipstick and/or lipgloss, and you’re done!

Stay tuned for more How-To posts!
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