Thursday, January 24, 2013

2013 PCA: Taylor Swift

Taylor's makeup always looks really flawless and but together but in a way that somehow annoys me.  Does that make sense?  Sometimes I just want her to do something risky, different, or at least colorful!  With that being said, I thought this bronze smokey eye she wore at the 2013 People's Choice Award was really stunning.  It's very T. Swift--simple and beautiful. 

The only visuals I could find for this look were of Taylor with her eyes open.  So I’m not positive what was going on with her lids, but I think it’s safe to say this eyeshadow look is pretty monochromatic.  This is great because it doesn’t require a lot of products! Taylor’s eyeshdow is a warm brown, bronzy color that will look great on all eye colors—especially blue eyes!   Here’s what I used:

-Primed my lid with MAC paint pot in “Indianwood.”  I placed the color all over the lead and blended it upwards above the crease.  I also placed it under the eye close to the lash line, blending it down. 
-Using a fluffy brush I blended a bronze color all over the lids & under the eye as well (MAC "Amberlights")
-Next I placed a little bit darker shade on the outside edge and blended into the bronze for dimension (MAC "Bronze")
-Highlight the inner corner of the eyes with a champagne eyeshadow (MAC “Nylon”)
-Using and angled eyeliner brush and a black eyeshadow (“Blackout” form the Naked2 Palette) I liked my upper lash line, and softly blended it out to make it look less like a liner.
-Using a black gel eyeliner (MAC Fluidline in “Blacktrack”) and an angled eyeliner brush, I lined my upper and lower waterlines. 
-Taylor’s brows aren’t perfectly drawn on, they are very natural looking.  I used my Anastasia Brow Pencil in “Ash Blonde” and a little of my Anastasia brow powder duo also in “Ash Blonde” to lightly fill in my brows where needed.
-curl lashes and apply your favorite mascara to the top and bottom lashes
-Taylor is definitely wearing fake lashes, so pick your favorite pair and go for it. 

Taylor’s skin looks flawless, but also really fresh and dewy.  She doesn’t appear to be wearing a full coverage foundation but there aren’t any imperfections showing.  
-I applied MAC’s Strobe Liquid to give skin an instant glow
-For my foundation & concealer I used the Graftobian HD Cream Foundation and applied as usual.
-I decided to contour my face just the slightest big using MAC blush in “Harmony”
-I used a tiny bit of MAC “Peaches” blush along the apples of my cheeks
-Along the tops of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, & cupids bow I applied a little more Strobe Liquid to highlight.
-Taylor’s skin doesn’t look matte so if you can skip the powder do so. I used a little of MAC’s MSF Natural in “Light” to lightly set areas that I concealed.

Taylor’s lips look as if they hardly have anything on them.  Depending on your natural lip color you could simply use a moisturizing chap stick.  To me they seem to have a pinky-peach tint to them with a satin finish (so skip the shiny lip-gloss).
- Essence lip pencil in "in the nude"
-CoverGirl NatureLuxe gloss balm in "210 Thistle"

Here’s my recreation of Taylor’s look for the 2013 People’s Choice Awards

This whole look is all about the eyes, and it’s a great smokey eye look for people with fair skin because it makes a statement without being overpowering because.  It’s a pretty and simple look so keep it mind the next time you want to doll up!

For the love of beauty & Taylor,
…Casey B


  1. I think your makeup looks better than Taylor's!