No matter what your plans are this Australia Day, I’ve created a versatile look that will take you from day to night with minimal touch-ups. The good news is that The Foolish Obsession only works with Aussie brands, so every product used to create this look is Australian made, owned or designed. We <3 keeping it local!
I generally spend my Australia Day out & about for most of the day, and always seem to end up in Darling Harbour to watch the fireworks at night. Which means I need a wearable, fuss-free look that will last through walking, eating, and potential changes in the weather.
To achieve this, I’ve combined a few old favourites + a bunch of newbies for a warm, sun-kissed look. The only products not photographed – a primer to start, and a setting spray to finish!
AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 – GET THE LOOK!
We all know the catchcry from makeup guru Napoleon Perdis – not to prime is a crime! And this is especially true with eye makeup, to stop it creasing, smudging or rubbing off. So I started with the ModelsPrefer Eye Primer, giving this 2 minutes to settle. Nothing budges with this on!
Next I reached for the MUD ‘Nudes’ Eyeshadow Palette*, using shades 4 & 5 on my lid & crease, and 1 to highlight the inner corners of my eyes and browbone. I love how much pigment these have, and the versatility in the colours. I decided not to do any highlight/strobing on the rest of my face, so enjoyed a lighter eye than I’d normally go for, which meant the Nude by Nature Contour Eye Pencil in Rainforest really helped pull it all together. I find using an eyeliner that isn’t black makes it better for daytime, plus I love the way green makes my eyes pop!
And the part I can’t leave the house without – my brows! The Napoleon Perdis Couture Brow Kit is the perfect colour for me, giving my brows warmth without a harsh line. I used the taupe shade to define my brows, filling in a slight gap in my left brow, and then used the darker brown to shape. To be honest, I forgot to use the shaping wax, and it shows – so don’t make my mistake, especially if you want it to last all day. Whoops! I was so focused on remembering to use mascara on my lower lashes…
If you haven’t tried PONi Cosmetics The White Knight Mascara yet, you really need to get onto that. This tubing mascara is a lifesaver, especially if you’re dealing with heat, water or life in general. It’s water resistant, doesn’t run, and easily slides off with water. A no-brainer for Australia Day (and every day).
I’m going to make a big claim right now. The Australis Don’t Sweat It Foundation is the best foundation I have ever used! I’m already anxious about the day they stop making it. If someone from Australis reads this – don’t ever stop!! This water resistant beauty is the only foundation I’ve ever been able to wear without powder on top. And it stays flawless all day long. I’m obsessed. So of course this is going on my face, keeping it smooth and hydrated until bedtime.
To help add warmth, I used Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Bronzer in Sunshine* for the first time. What a find! It provides just enough depth for contouring, whilst looking natural and fresh. The compact is quite shimmery, but thankfully this doesn’t actually come through when you use the product – it simply helps to enhance your bone structure. I used a contouring brush from ModelsPrefer (from the limited edition Samantha Jade collaboration) to apply to my cheekbones, forehead, chin and a little to slim my schnoz!
Now I’ve provided two options here, because I’m a grub and my lipstick never lasts long enough! So I’ll likely be starting the day with a dab of Lush Lip Balm in Key Lime Pie* for hydration and protection, with a delicious zesty scent.
Later in the day, I’ll switch to the Vani-T Mineral Lip Colour in Enchantress* for a bit more oomph. To be honest, I wasn’t too sold on the packaging at first, as it’s a bit over the top for my taste, but I do feel special pulling it out! And the colour is perfection, working so well with my skin tone. This creamy lipstick is super hydrating, and even lasts through dinner, which is a win for someone who licks her lips far too often while eating! I’ve worn it three days straight right now, and can’t see me getting sick of it any time soon.
Oh, and I also applied shade 1 in the MUD eyeshadow palette to my cupid’s bow, to help my lips appear fuller and more defined 😉
What look will you be rocking on Australia Day?