Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Taylor Swift's Grammy's Look with Drugstore Products

One of my closest friends recently texted me saying that she was totally loving Taylor Swift's look at the Grammy's. Both she and I absolutely love Taylor, so of course I had to do the look for her!

As always, Taylor looked absolutely glowing and gorgeous at the Grammy's this year. She kept everything fairly subtle, with a pop of color in the liner. Colored liner is a huge trend right now, and she's proving that it's possible to wear colored liner but still keep things subtle. 

The first thing I noticed is how healthy and radiant Taylor's skin appeared, and I wanted to make sure that I achieved the same glow. So I first applied my L'Oreal True Match Foundation in the shade C2 (which I'm starting to worry is getting a little too dark for me! I need to see the sun a bit more...), then I applied Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer on any discolored areas or blemishes. The great thing about this concealer is that it is both creamy and blendable, as well as full-coverage and illuminating. I used the Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in "Dark Brown" to very, very lightly and naturally fill in my brows. I made sure to blend out my brows with the brush that comes attached to this product, to create a more natural look. From here, I moved onto the eyes to allow the product to settle before powdering.

She has a stunning silver smokey eye with blue winged liner, and for this look, I challenged myself to use only drugstore products. For the shadows, I used the Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette 5 Pan in "Tunnel Vision," which I believe is actually a new release for this brand.


To begin, I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in "Whiteness White" (come on, Rimmel, what's up with these names?). I used it all over the lid, stopping at the crease, and also focusing it on the inner corner. Then I blended it out with my finger to prevent creasing. 

From here, I mixed together the white and the lightest shimmery silver shade from the Wet n Wild palette mentioned earlier and packed it all over the lid. Then, I took the medium gray, which I'd say is more a satin than a shimmer, and buffed it all around the outside of the lid color to make the next color easier to blend. I took the black on a pencil brush and, with a very light hand, focused this in the crease, before going back in with the medium gray color to blend it all together. I then wiped off my pencil brush and took the medium gray color along the lower lashline, being careful to blend it out to create a smokier effect. After I was happy with the way everything looked, I went in with the matte white and used it in the inner corner, over the white shadow stick, as well as very lightly to blend out the crease, and up to the browbone. 

From here I moved onto liner. I did an entire blog post on how to do winged liner, and this look is no different. I used the Milani Liquid Eye Retractable Eyeliner Pencil in "08 Blue" to line the upper lashline and create my wing. I also ran this along the lower lashline and smudged it out a bit. Keep in mind that this liner is NOT waterline safe because it does have glitter particles in it. On the upper waterline, I used the Milani Liquid Eye Eyeliner Pencil in "01 Black" (which is the traditional pencil, not the retractable one), and on the lower waterline, I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner in "Nude," although, from what I can tell, Taylor Swift's makeup artist may have actually used a white pencil rather than a nude.

Then to top it all off, I used my Maybelline The Mega Plush Volum' Express Mascara and really built up the lashes. Taylor has very dark lashes, and she is probably wearing falsies, but I chose to just really coat my lashes, focusing on the root to really make them appear dark and thick.

From here, I moved back to the face. I went back in with my Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and cleaned up under the eyes. I also ran this concealer along the tops of my cheekbones to add an illuminated effect. 

After blending the concealer out, I took a stippling brush and very lightly set everything with the Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Boosting Powder in "Translucent" to give me an all-over glow. The great thing about this powder is that it doesn't make you look oily, but adds just enough of an iridescence to help blur any imperfections and enhance your bone structure, while giving just a hint of color. I don't know about it being a "mood booster," but it sure makes my skin look happy!

For the cheeks, Taylor has just a slight hint of color, with very little noticeable contouring. I took the Maybelline Fit Me Blush in "Light Rose" and applied this directly under the cheekbone, where I would normally place a bronzer to contour. I then buffed it in an upward motion to get some color onto the cheekbone. This is a great trick to give yourself a subtle contour while still adding a natural flush to your skin.

Finally, the lips. I took the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and applied this all over my lips, to mute out my natural pigmentation. I didn't want anything getting in the way of this gorgeous pink color. I used Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in the shade "Latino."

This look is perfect for almost any occasion, and I think that it'll be great for Valentine's Day! The lipstick is just subtle enough to add a hint of color without being high maintenance. No one wants to be touching up their makeup in the middle of a date! Or if you're like me and your significant other is working on Valentine's Day, then you don't want to worry about your makeup while you cuddle with your cat. ;)

What are you doing for Valentine's Day?

- d. 

1 comment:

  1. Great post!! I absolutely loved Taylor's look at the Grammy's too (actually I'm not going to lie, I always love Taylor's look...) so I'm going to have to try this!!