I have a strange relationship with the smokey eye. Whenever I’m asked about my favourite make-up look, it’s just so easy to explain and a universal term that never dates. I love its transformative effect but I still don’t feel confident enough to try it out for myself, ending up with a slightly half-arsed effort whenever I go out. When I was asked to collaborate with Bobbi Brown on their new Smokey Nudes campaign, it was a bit of a no-brainer. It’s a brand I’ve been wanting to try out for a while (I’ve heard good things about their BB Creams and shade variety) and I even have the Make-up Manual sitting on my shelf for a bit of theory reading. There’s something about the way Bobbi gets across individual beauty and really breaks things down for noobs like me. I’ve worked out what I have, what I need and the areas where I can improve and there’s nothing like giving yourself a little challenge to broaden your horizons.
TIME TO LEARN
I popped into the snazzy Westfield store for an in-store appointment with the lovely Hannah. Every so often I like to book a make-up lesson to freshen up my skills and pick up some tips, plus they’re usually free or redeemable against purchase. It’s a win-win situation! She showed me the colours that would work best with my skin tone and a novel way of applying one of the shades to my lid, before using the Kajal eyeliner to create the smokey effect. With five coats of mascara (Bobbi swears by it apparently), the look was complete and the transformation seemed workable for the daytime. There’s just enough drama without looking like I was going straight out to a party, though it would have been perfectly fine if I’d eventually ended up in Shoreditch as per usual. It was quite a nice beauty look for my pared down monochrome ensemble; a lot of people associate me with colour but I like to mix it up sometimes!
Necklace – Tatty Devine
Make-up – All Bobbi Brown
Have you used any Bobbi Brown products before? I’m going to have a little practice with the palette for a night out on Saturday before giving you all an update in a few weeks time, wish me luck!