Autumn Makeup tutorial 2016: Ember eyes & red lips (CF)

Ever since I received the ‘Urban Decay Alice through the looking glass eye shadow palette’ for my birthday (see haul post here), I’ve been in love with creating colourful and bold eye looks. I’ve always stuck to more discrete natural looks, however, since leaping out of my comfort zone, the neutral looks have taken a back seat.

There’s something abut the Autumn leaves this year which have inspired all areas regarding my creativity. From my design work to my outfits, I’ve been obsessed with the ashy fire tones and burnt moods. As you’ll be able to tell, my makeup has been no exception. Particularly this look; a ray of golds, browns and oranges burning together on the upper lids and an ashy toned red dusted across the bottom lash line. The latter can create a sore look to the eyes, although I really like this. There’s also the bold red lip, which I’m positively obsessed with. Just look at how gorgeous that lipstick shade is!

This look really isn’t for everyone. However, if you are anything like how I was previously, then I’d recommend having a go at creating more playful makeup looks such as this one. You might surprise yourself.


1. Start by applying the ‘Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation (#2) ‘. This foundation is a semi-matte, I have quite dry skin so applying a layer of moisturizer creates a gorgeous smooth complexion. Apply the foundation with a large buffer brush.

 2. Run the ‘Charlotte Tilbury the retoucher (2 fair)‘ under the eyes and over any blemishes or areas that require a little more coverage. Blend into the skin with index finger.

(If you have more oily skin, I would suggest applying a powder over the
foundation and concealer.  However, I’m skipping out on this step due to
my skin type and how it reacts under colder weather.)

3. With a large fluffy eye shadow brush, apply the colour ‘Dormouse’ from the Urban Decay Alice through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette to the crease of the lid. This is a medium, matte brown tone which will work with the other eye shadow colours to create a lovely transition and smooth look.

4. With a flat brush, add ‘Kingdom’, a shimmery brown eye shadow, to the center of the lid. Using dabbing motions to pack on the colour.

5. Next, grab a small fluffy brush and apply the dark, shimmery eye shadow called ‘Chronosphere’, to the outer corner of the upper lid. Bring this slightly into the crease and into the center of the lid so the shade will blend in with the other eye shadow colours. You can then go in with the brush you used for the first eyeshadow colour (see step 3) and sweep over the lid to blend all the eyeshadows together. Focus on the crease to deepen the look further.

6. With a small brush, pack on ‘Paradox’, a bright, pigmented shimmery orange eye shadow. Apply this to the inner corner of the lids.

7. With a small flat eye shadow brush, run the red eyeshadow,  ‘Salazen Grum’, underneath the bottom water line.

8. Curl the lashes and apply a generous coat of the ‘Charlotte Tilbury full fat lashes mascara in glossy black‘. Coat the bottom lashes with the tip of the wand.

9. Tightline with the Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Bedroom Black liquid eyeliner pencil .

10. Going back to the face makeup, contour your cheekbones with the ‘Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow‘ and a large, angled, bronzer brush.

11. Bring some colour back to the face with the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic- Sex on Fire’. A vital step for the time of the year when there is no sun to give us all tans. (Although I’m super pale and don’t tan anyways.)

12. Lightly fill in the brows with the ‘Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows in Cara.’ This product creates a very natural look to the eyebrows which I find works really well for me. However, if you don’t have brows which are on the thicker side, I’d suggest using an eyeshadow and small angled brush to run over your eyebrows before applying this product on top. This is what I often do if I’m wanting super thick lucious brows like Cara Delevingne.

13. Pencil in the lips with the ‘Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat- Savage Rose’ Outline the lips first and then fill in the rest of the mouth with gentle strokes. Take your time with this step so you have a nice precise base for the lipstick.

14. Finish off the look with the ‘Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick- So Marilyn’. Apply this over the lip liner straight from the bullet for a quick, easy lipstick slick, or for more precision apply using a lip brush. Once more, take care with this last step as any wonky lines are really going to show due to the bold lip colour.

(All products used have not been Animal tested, however, this makeup look is not Vegan. Urban Decay is owned by a parent company which does test on animals. There are both pros and cons regarding this topic. Also, some of their products contain animal products such as Carmine. I am using any non vegan items up which I previously purchased before my lifestyle change. See my full post regarding a cruelty free lifestyle here.)

What is your favourite Autumn Makeup look for this year?