A few weeks back I was lucky enough to have my makeup done for a wedding by the incredibly talented Sam Hart, lead make up artist for Smashbox New Zealand. She worked some serious magic on my face and it made me realise what can be achieved with some quality products and a little know how. I wanted to know how to create this look myself but take it down a few notches (I don't have time be applying false eye lashes each morning!) transforming it to something I could apply myself and be comfortable wearing daily.
Plus it had to be "Mum Friendly" in terms of time. So I went along to a Smashbox Masterclass to learn about the products and how to apply them. Here are four of the stand out Smashbox products which I loved...
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $76.00
This award winning product is the most famous product in the Smashbox range. You apply the primer (avoiding your eye area) with your finger tips after you have cleansed and moisturised your face. The Photo Finish Primer smooth's your skin helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores, and creates a surface for your foundation to adhere to meaning it will "behave" and last longer through out the day. The difference in the texture of my skin was incredible! Velvet smooth! There are eight different varieties of Primer including hydrating, colour correcting, blemish control and SPF20 plus there is also a Lid Primer and Under Eye Primer too.
Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream $64.00
Very similar to the Smashbox BB Cream, the CC Cream is heavier than a tinted moisturiser but lighter than a foundation. Available in eight shades, the tinted formula is incredibly lightweight, evens your skin tone and dries with a natural powder finish. It is SPF30 and is also proven to fade dark spots, sun spots and post acne scars with use over time. Apply either with a brush or your fingertips, starting at the centre of your face (again avoiding your eyes) and work outwards.
I loved this! Once you've even out your skin tone you need to add some colour back in for a healthy glow. I loved this multipurpose product. A few dots along the cheek bone then blended then straight to the lips. Too easy! Available in five sunkissed colours. I loved Mulholland Mauve.
Smashbox Brow Tech To Go $47.00
I was tentative about using a brow pencil because I've seen some pretty heavy, dark and massive eyebrows about town lately! I realise this is the current fashion but some of them are absolutely terrifying looking! But I was shown how to use the Brow Tech To Go pencil to gently define and then shape my eyebrows for a well groomed look. It's all about good technique - small lines in the direction the hair grows and the angled head of the Brow Tech To Go brush makes this really easy. The other end of the Brow Tech To Go is a small wand with soft hold gel to hold your brows in place. Of all the products I felt that this one made the most difference to my face. Available in two shades. I used colour Taupe.
Here was the end result...
I loved it! Very natural with a sunkissed glow! Just what I wanted to achieve. We played around with a few other products but the four mentioned above were the stand out ones for me. They are all extremely quick to apply. You'd be done and out the door in just minutes. I've still got a lot to learn but the Smashbox Masterclass went along way improving my knowledge and skills and was definitely worth while.