So my parents are about to make their next international move. My family is no stranger to moving around a lot; in fact we really enjoyed it. I even spent a good chunk of my childhood growing up in Spain. I am very close with my mother, so this move is bittersweet because for the first time in an international move, I am not going with them. Being an adult sucks sometimes. So they are actually moving to Moscow, Russia. My dad has been traveling for about 2 years back and forth and now they are going for about a year. Since it is freezing in parts of Russia (the entire country is bigger than the square mileage of pluto,) for Christmas all my siblings and I got fur hats from there to wear when we visit.
Now because Chicago winters are so brutal it has earned the nickname Chiberia (Chicago + Siberia = Chiberia.) Last winter it was regularly a -40 degree windchill and colder than Antarctica and even the surface of Mars. So I decided since it's been like 1 degree outside lately, I earned the right to wear this furball hat out and about. It's actually really warm, and yes people stared, but I just told myself because they were jealous of it. So because it has some dark colors in it, I decided to use it to shoot my own version of the typical snow bunny makeup. Russian Snow Bunny Makeup, a slightly more dramatic take on the snow bunny look. Read on to learn how to get this look yourself!
For this bold brow I used almost every Anastasia Beverly Hills brow product they make. So I used the
Brow Primer - it's a waxy pencil to help move the hairs into the shape you want them to be in
Brow Wiz - the thin pencil to draw in my inner part of my brow because I didn't need it as heavy there
Brow Definer - this is their brand new product and it's like an angled pencil with a thin and thick edge to trace my eyebrow shape
Dip Brow Pomade - typically this step wouldn't be necessary but I am currently in the process of growing my eyebrows back to their former thick glory. So I have random hairs all over the place as they grow in where they want, and don't just fill in the bottom part on their own first. I needed this to fake some brow where I didn't have any hairs.
Clear Brow Gel - used this to set them after I finished my creation
My current favorite makeup product is the Makeup Geek single pan eyeshadows. I actually just received them for Christmas from varying loved ones. (See Makeup Geek page under discounts.) The neutral colors I used for this look were
Shimma Shimma - on the brow bone to highlight
Creme Brule - as a natural transition shade
Barcelona Beach - as lid shade and extending a little high into the crease
Cocoa Bear - this was my main crease shade to smoke this look out
Mocha - I blended this dark brown shade into my warm brown (cocoa bear) crease shades outer corner as a transition shade for
Corrupt - this is the blackest eyeshadow I have ever used, so it took a lot of blending and a light hand to get the look I wanted in my outer corner
Moondust - dusted this lightly across my lid for some sparkle
I used Inglot Gel Liner in 77 which is their black color and a Sigma E06 winged liner brush. Unfortunately my liner is drying out and didn't glide as thin and smooth as I wanted for this look.
So because I had a thicker liner than I wanted, I popped on some House of Lashes Iconic Lash, which are the thickest and most dramatic lashes I own, to basically hide how thick the liner came out.
In my lower waterline I applied Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner in brown. I never apply black liner on my lower lash because it makes your eyes look so much smaller and I find brown to be gentler. I still get the darkness for my lower smoke out without completely shrinking my eye.
L'Oreal Paris Pro Matte Infallible liquid foundation applied with a damp beauty blender.
Maybelline Age Rewind concealer applied in an inverted triangle position under my eyes to help my omnipresent under eye black eyes.
Ben Nye Neutral Set powder to bake my concealer and set the rest of my face before moving onto my other powders. Kat Von D Shade and Light contour palette to contour my entire face with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit to deepen right under my cheekbone right next to my hairline.
ABH was much warmer tones than the KVD one so I basically used it like a bronzer to add some warmth.
To make my cheekbones pop even more, I applied Becca Cosmetics Skin Perfecting Powder in Moonstone to highlight. I am not sure why it's called skin perfecting because I feel like it just showcases pores. I don't even have large pores and I notice this.
To add some color to my face I used my favorite Nars Blush is Orgasm. This is my tried and true favorite blush. I don't apply it on the apples of my cheeks. Instead I use it as a transition color on my cheekbone to blend my highlight and contour.
In true snow bunny fashion, I needed a pink lipstick. I used MAC Blankety lipstick for this look. I am obsessed with this shade as the perfect everyday pinky nude shade. This shade gives my lips the perfect pouty look.
I set my whole look with Urban Decay Up All Night Setting Spray for ultimate staying power in these extreme conditions. I hope this look has inspired my followers in colder regions to try it out. Or stay inside in sweatpants with hot cocoa like I am now. :) Stay Glam.