2016 Makeup vs 2018 Makeup

Monday, March 26, 2018
I was going through my Google account today, looking for a specific photo - that I did not find - and came across a few gems from 2016, not long after I started my blog. Back then, I was very aware how much of a novice I was when I came to makeup (I'm not exactly Nikkietutorials am I), but I got my first big girl palette (Swamp Queen), did one very easy eye look and my confidence sky rocketed.

#FBF 2016 Makeup vs 2018 Makeup

When really I looked no different at all. I put on a nude and called it dramatic 😬

Compared to my current makeup leanings, it was incredibly basic. So, I thought I would do a half and half - recreating the look with new products and techniques that I prefer. Luckily I still have some of the products I used to wear. For the ones I don't, I went through my makeup and found the closest alternatives.

2016 Makeup
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52 ELF Flawless Finish Foundation in Porcelain
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 01
Rimmel Clear Complexion Transparent Powder
No7 Mosaic Blush Sleek Shimmer Blush in Rose Gold
MUA Brow Pencil in Blonde Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in Hazel
Tarte x grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Palette using shades Big Baby and Haunting
Rimmel Extra Super Long Lash Mascara Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara
LA Girl Flat Velvet Matte Lipstick in Snuggle

#FBF 2016 Makeup vs 2018 Makeup

2016 me was definitely more natural and less fun when it came to easy makeup. These days I would usually have a pop of shimmer and some highlight. I wore my brows very warm and barely penciled in. I also didn't contour or bronze and it surprised me how one dimensional I looked. As well as using very limited products, I used three brushes for my entire face - no sponges, no blending. I actually used the brush that came with the palette - which I NEVER do now. Tbf though, it's a pretty decent packing brush.

2018 Makeup
Revlon Photo Ready Prime + Anti Shine Balm
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation in 1.1N
Revlon Colorstay Concealer in Fair
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder in Translucent
Soap&Glory Archery Pencil and Tint in Brownie Points
BarryM Take a Brow Gel in Clear
Benefit Hoola Bronzer Mini
ELF Blush Palette in Light
MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Peach Diamonds
B.Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz
Makeup Revolution x Soph Eyeshadow Palette using shades Pug and Fairy Lights
Stila Mile High Lashes Mascara
Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Brown Sugar

#FBF 2016 Makeup vs 2018 Makeup

My makeup is definitely a little more high maintenance in 2018 but I much prefer it. I've found different techniques and products that work for me, as well as added new steps to achieve my desired look (or as close as I can manage to it).

2016 vs 2018
#FBF 2016 Makeup vs 2018 Makeup

My foundation is a much better match. I buy full coverage and use less for medium, building it up where necessary with concealer and powders, then setting them down with setting spray for a flawless but natural look. I also set it with a white powder instead of one with colour so it looks lighter and my skin appears healthier. The powder also sets my concealer better. I use a sponge to blend everything out instead of a brush, which I think makes it look more natural. It also stops my concealer from creasing, which you can really tell on the 2016 side. Bronzer helps so much, I look less like a potato with just a bit of Hoola. I'm also less heavy handed with the blush.

#FBF 2016 Makeup vs 2018 Makeup

That oxidation tho.

Let's talk about the brows. They were terrible, for a start. You can't see it too much in the photo but the shade is verging on orange and all I did was run the pencil through them a couple of times. They looked in no way different. Just more red. The Archery ones I've been using for about a year are more neutral brown, which matches me better, and setting them down with gel gives me a more polished look, while not looking too unnatural.

The biggest thing for me - other than those appalling brows - was using setting spray. I had no idea it was doing so much. You can't tell too much in the photo, but the powder was obvious around my mouth and in between my brows. The spray took away that dry, powdery look to my skin and kept everything in place.

#FBF 2016 Makeup vs 2018 Makeup

I love how different my eyes look with a pop of shimmer in the middle of the lid. I've always highlighted my inner corner and defined my lower lash line. I learnt to do that when I was in high school from one of my mum's magazine. Instead of washing one shadow over my entire lid, the shimmer gives me more dimension and makes me look more awake. I also covered the shimmer with a bit of my highlight so that everything tied in. The difference a good mascara makes is incredible. I love Clump Crusher but only use it on my bottom lashes. I've been panning Stila Mile High Lashes and I have to say, the older it gets the more I like it. So strange.

These days I prefer a darker shade of brown, if I'm going to wear that colour on my lips. I think with the light eyes it makes them stand out, but not so much that they compete for attention. You know how sometimes when you wear a bold eye and a bold lip, or a nude shadow and a nude lip and even you don't know where to look first? That's what I wanted to avoid.

Which year do you prefer?

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