TUTORIAL: Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Inspired Makeup Look

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Hey everyone! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you may have already heard that I had the incredible opportunity to partner with Burberry and travel across the pond to London to attend the Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show to help promote Burberry Beauty's new launch at Sephora.

In addition to seeing the presentation up close, I also got to join press to check out the red carpet and got a backstage pass to see the day-of details for the beauty look the models wore. The 3-part combo was both a first for the brand as well as a dream to experience for me. I'm still a little breathless after that gorgeous, whirlwind trip!

Can you spot me sitting in the crowd?

I'll be sure to dedicate a future blog post to my experience, but today I wanted to share my take on Burberry's edgy Spring/Summer 2016 look which works equally well for rocking this Fall!

We're going to start off using the Face Contour pen on the hollows of the cheeks, sides of the nose, and under the jawline to add definition. I find shade Medium No. 01 to look really natural on my skintone. You can use a brush to blend, but I find fingers work excellently to warm the product and blend really smoothly.

Next, go over the skin with a thin veil of Fresh Glow Foundation in areas outside the contour pen. This creates dimension with very natural skin texture which I always greatly appreciate.

Moving on to the eyes, take the same Face Contour pen from before and use this to create depth in the eye sockets. I looooove using this in place of eyeshadow since the color looks really lovely and natural on the lids plus it's so quick to apply! A nice full brow looks very "now" and British as well.

For the lips, take the Lip Definer Lip Shaping Pencil in Oxblood No. 437 and define the desired shape (which, for the record, may or may not be your natural lip shape) then fill in lips with my absolute favorite Lip Velvet Lipstick in Oxblood No. 437. This color gives me LIFE!

A trick to give the lips that just-kissed, easy goth look is to take a dry cotton swab and blur the edges, which makes the lips both more wearable and easier to maintain.

Finally, finish off the look with the Fresh Glow Highlighting Pen to the inner corners of the eyes, tops of cheeks, and the cupid's bow of the top lip. So, so easy but it brings just the right pop and polish to bring it all together.

What I really loved most about this look is what Wendy Rowe (Burberry's Make-up Artistic Consultant) describes as being "honest." Steps I considered to be traditional were flip-flopped in a really effortless way. It's also so opinionated and yet simultaneously down-to-earth and doable which definitely suits my love of experimentation and not taking beauty rules too seriously! All in all, I absolutely love it and will definitely be borrowing ideas in the future. Contour pen video, anyone? ;)

Readers, will you be rocking a bold lip this season? Have you used a contour pen? Let me know what you think about this look in the comments below!

Thank you to Burberry for partnering for this post!

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  1. Can't decide to pick up the No 1 or No 2 Contour pen from Burberry now..

    1. If you have medium skintone like me, you can go either way! It depends on if you are looking for an everyday natural contour (No. 01) or more of a defined look (No. 02). Hope that helps your decision-making but let me know if you have any questions since I have both shades! :)

  2. You are gorgeous Jen! Love this look!


  3. You look so beautiful <3

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  4. I love this look, it's really simple but bold. I love the tutorial you did for "fall vampy makeup" last year but I'm allergic to urban decay's lipstick formula (specifically the avocado oil) and this Burberry shade is sold out now. Do you have any other recommendations for lipsticks that give this nice look?

    1. My first pick would definitely be seeking out this particular Burberry lipstick (I believe it's still available on the Burberry website here http://bit.ly/1VtCZ7K in the matte Lip Velvet formula and also the Kisses formula which is more moisturizing and buildable. You could alternately try NARS Audacious lipstick in Charlotte or Bette http://bit.ly/1VtDhvl for a similar look that's available at Sephora. :)

    2. I didn't even think of trying their site -.-
      I think I might prefer the Kisses formula, I will definitely be trying it. Thank you so much!

  5. Beautiful and very retro, I love it!!!
    xoxo ♥


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  7. I amloving this look! The makeup is very simple with an almost clean canvas and the lips are definitely the eyecatcher in this look! I might actually wear it in college! Thank you for this post!


    1. You could definitely wear it in college! It's so quick to do and the lips really pop without being too much for campus. :) Let me know if you try it out!

  8. Jen I have a hollow, sunken side below my left cheek bone. I am a thin Asian and it's growing more noticeable. Do you think this face contour pen would work in giving it a fuller look or do you have any other suggestions?

  9. Jen, I am a 40 yo Asian teacher and am showing signs of hollowness on one side of my face just below my cheek bone. I think it could have been a birth defect since I had a cleft lip on the same side which I had corrected, but as I age, I'm losing fat tissue that is noticeable. Could this pen or something else camouflage the hollow area or add any depth. I'd love your help in this area without going to a surgeon again.

  10. This is absolutely lovely! I love the step by step and that contour pen looks fantastic!


  11. how did you line your eyes for this look? tutorial please!!!

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