Friday, June 23, 2017

Mermaid-Inspired Makeup

For those of you who are completely over the whole unicorn and mermaid trend currently sweeping the globe, from food to beauty, you might want to stop reading here. Unicorn and mermaid lovers, you can rejoice, because today I'm talking mermaid beauty here on Vancouver Vogue!

AnaV Beauty has just release their InstaFamous collection, complete with Insta-worthy mermaid-tailed makeup brushes, a Sugar Daddy Eyeshadow Palette, a Gold Digger Strobing Palette, and even some fur slides (which will be featured in Monday's outfit post!) to complete the Instagram Star look. With the brushes as inspiration, I set out to create a super fun mermaid-inspired look using the new collection - something that would be perfect to wear for summer!

That's the pretty mermaid makeup look, now keep on scrolling to see how to re-create it!

Highlighter & Contour:

I used the AVB Gold Digger Strobing Palette to create an Insta-worthy glow, using the golden shade on the top middle, applying along the tops of my cheekbones. The shimmery gold is so pretty and picks up the light nicely. I also used the bottom middle golden-bronze shade to do some light contouring. I love that it also came with a shimmery pink shade - I think this would be super pretty as a shimmery blush (or as a coloured highlight!).

Of course I used my mermaid brushes to blend everything in - they're vegan hair, super soft, and apply beautifully. It's been a long time since I had some new makeup brushes, so I was revelling at how smooth they applied compared to my well-loved, worn-in brushes.

Eye Makeup Look:

I was really keen to use the bright pink shadow in the AVB Sugar Daddy Eyeshadow Palette. I'm always drawn to vivid colours for makeup, and I thought this one would be perfect for my mermaid-inspired look. I kept things simple and used the hot pink shade all over the lid using the mermaid eyeshadow brush, and then applied a touch of the top left champagne shade to the corners of my eyes using the angled brush to brighten them up. I love the pairing of hot pink and turquoise (I don't know why but that's the colours I think of when I think 'mermaid'), so I finished off the eye look with my NYX Slim Eye Pencil in Teal. I just applied it along the bottom lash line, from corner to corner.

I just need to take a moment to talk about this pink eyeshadow because it is absolutely insane!!! The pigmentation is out of this world, and it has little gold flecks in it that are just gorgeous. It also stays on the lids really well, no creasing and no fading. At all. The best part of all? I barely had to apply any product to get the colour pay-off you see on my lids.

Oh and I'm awearing Teeez Cosmetics' Bulletproof Curl Mascara in Jet Black on my lashes, and Maybelline Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black for my cat-eye, in case you're wondering. I'm also wearing the Tiana Lipstick by AVB (the perfect nude lipstick!).

 For the record, I think this look is totally wearable for summer! I threw on a palm print dress and went out to dinner with this makeup, and absolutely loved the look. I think it would also be fun for a pool party too (especially if you have a giant flamingo floatie in tow, to you complete your InstaFamous look)!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: AnaV Beauty provided the makeup products featured here for review. As always, opinions are my own.

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