Makeup Tutorial: Perfect Date Night Look


Hello Lovelies!

Today we have a makeup look for all of you. So this started when Carla came to me and asked how she could use this gorgeous eyeshadow colour from MAC. It was called Tilt and it is a beautiful dusty frosty blue with a sort of lilac reflex. So we decided that we would do a pictorial for you on this makeup look. This look would be great for a date night (maybe too full on for first date though), a girl’s night out or even a formal occasion such as prom.


– Using a flat shader brush push the Tilt colour across the eyelids

– Then grab a blending brush and blend out the harsh line in the crease and slightly wing out the eyeshadow in the direction of the end of your brow



– Using a darker blue colour (we used M.A.C. Flashtrack) on a flat shader brush place it on the outer ‘v’ or outer corner of the eyes

– Then blend way and wing out the eyeshadow in the same way as Tilt, when using darker colours is it important to make sure you aren’t creating ‘gaps’ in your eyeshadow, so you may need to go in and reapply and blend.


– Always my favourite step, draw a fairly thick line of eyeliner, it can be gel or liquid, whatever you prefer (we used Benefit Magic Ink) and draw a wing to meet the outside of the crease. The proper way to angle you eyeliner will change from person to person, If you have a slightly hooded lid (meaning that the fold of your crease will finish closer to the outer corner of your eye) you will need to create a straighter wing. As a general rule however follow the angle of your bottom lashes and wing the eyeliner as far as you like.

-With the darker blue colour we used to darken the outer ‘v’ on a small brush drag that as close to the bottom lashes as possible. Don’t put the colour all the way along the bottom as this will close off your eyes making them appear smaller, instead just apply the colour to the outer half of your bottom lashline.

– We also applied MAC Fascinating Kohl eye pencil to the bottom waterline. A white or skin-coloured eyeliner helps to open your eyes up and to knock out any redness that may have been there.



– We applied Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara to the top and bottom lashes and small corner lashes.



– For the rest of the face we used:

– Primer: Benefit POREfessional

– Foundation: Revlon Colorstay in 200 nude,

Powder: Face of Australia loose translucent powder

–  Lips: MAC lustre lipstick in Naked Paris and then a Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Life’s a Peach

– Contour: NYX blush in Taupe

– Blush: Benefit Belle Bamba



Thanks for reading! 🙂

xox Rubenesque

Starter Brush Kit

When I started using makeup, sponge tip applicators were the extent of my makeup brush knowledge, however my curiosity for makeup soon had me ditching the sponges and spending all my money on every brush I could get my hands on. So I have created a list of brushes that will cover you for all your makeup needs. I have my recommendations of each type of brush in brackets (please note that the photo may not always match the recommendation)

Blending brush– (MAC 217)
As you can probably work out this is a brush I like to use to blend out eyeshadow. It can also be used to apply eyeshadow however this will most likely result in fall out (eyeshadow falling under the eyes) and will give more of a wash of colour on the lids.





Crease brush– Louise Young LY38
These brushes are like a miniature version of a blending brush, usually tapered, they are perfect for creating cut creases and for general precision work in the crease.



Flat shader brush
One of the absolute essentials. A good flat shader brush will be quite stiff and won’t have a lot of give. This brush is perfect for apply eyeshadow onto the eyelids, it prevents fall out and you can use the tip of the brush for eyeshadow application under the eyes and on the lashline.



Angle brush
This is such a multi-purpose brush. It should have a thin width, be soft and have a little give in the bristles. These brushes are great for: filling in eyebrows, eyeliner and even applying eyeshadow in smaller areas such as the top and bottom lashline



Eyeliner brush
Pretty self-explanatory I would say that this brush is not an essential for beginners as the angle brush is usually easier when first starting out with liquid, gel or cake liners.



Contour brush
Again a self-explanatory brush. A good contouring brush will be small, fluffy and have an a slight angle to it. When contouring it is easiest to make a fishy face and follow the contour below your cheekbone using a colour that is only two shades darker than your face powder with a cool undertone.



Blush/ Powder brush
There are so many of these! They come in all shapes and sizes and materials. My advice for buying a powder brush is to go with one that is a) really soft and b) is no bigger than your cheek when the bristles are splayed out. This will make it easier to control where the powder is going. My favourite ones are duo fiber stippling brushes.



Dense Foundation brush- (Sigma Round Kabuki Brush)
Okay these brushes are not essential if you prefer to just work with your hands, but boy, these are my life saver. They give you a better coverage than a standard flat foundation brush but you can really work in into the skin giving a flawless finish. The only downside to these brushes is that they tend to suck up a lot of product so to minimize this effect I generally apply my moisturiser with them.



For newbies to makeup I don’t think you need all these brushes. I would say you need a:

– blending brush
– powder brush (go with a duo fiber stippling brush so that you can use it for contouring, blush and powder)
– flat shader brush
– angle brush

That should be plenty to learn with. I would also say that if you can get your hands on a generic brand Beauty Blender then that would be great for foundation or your hands usually gives the most natural finish.

Rubenesque Recommends:

There are a few brands that I highly recommend when it comes to brushes. (I have only included brands that have reasonable pricing because this is a post on starting a set)

Real Technique brushes

Sigma brushes