My MUA only look (almost) for the MUA competition – Full face and nails

MUA have reached 100,000 followers and, so, are running a competition for one, lucky, fan to win the chance to go to MUA Towers in London and, also, to pick a shade of lipstick to be added to the range – A rather exciting prize, I’m sure you’ll agree.

The way to enter is to do a look using MUA products – As simple (or as complicated) as that.
I’m not great at eye shadow – I have very little lid space so have only, recently, been really experimenting with what does and doesn’t work. But I did have quite a fixed idea of what I wanted to put together for this look. 

There’s a lot of typing so, if you don’t want to read the ‘how I did it’ bits just scroll down for the photos and there’s the nail look at the very end too.

As you can see, these are All MUA other than the blush/bronzer that I use for contouring. 
For nails I had to use a Nails Inc polish as well as the MUA one as I just didn’t have an MUA or Fashionista polish in a shade at all like that.

Two things, I apologise about the light – It made everything look a little less bright but it was the Only chance I’ve had to photograph. Secondly sorry about the Transformers in the background – Ethan’s current obsession.

I used the MUA matte primer followed by the Undress your skin foundation in the shade ‘light’ to create a medium coverage base – To add extra coverage under the eyes and in certain places of discolouration I used the Conceal and cover concealer – You might not realise quite how good this base is but if you’d seen my skin before I added it then you’d know!

For the brows I used my new Power Brow in ‘Mid Brown’ from the luxe range and I set it with the clear mascara from the £1 range as well as using the highlighter from the brow pencil to shape under the brow and add highlight to the centre of the nose and the cupids bow. 

I’ll explain what I used for the eyes when I show a close up so, for the rest of the face I used the cream blush in ‘Blossom’ just lightly stippled onto the cheeks/cheekbone area – I didn’t want to make it too dark, just wanted to add the slight definition and soft colour. I contoured with my Nyx blush in ‘Taupe’ and I highlighted with the bottom right shade in MUA’s ‘Shimmer kisses’ bronzer as it added a golden glow.
On the lips, I didn’t want to go too bold as I wanted it natural, with extra emphasis on the eyes, I used my finger to pat some of the pigment from the Power Pout in ‘Crazy in Love’ all over the lip, very very lightly. This gave them the gentle colour of a slightly pinker than natural lip. 
For the base of the eye look I used the MUA eye primer – Once that had settled a little I used the shade ‘Tranquil’ from the Undress me too palette all over the lid; I pushed it into the lid quite densely to give an opaque colour and a nice sheen. Once I’d done that I then added some of the shade ‘Icon’ from the ‘Smokin palette’ into the outer corner and then pulled some of it through the crease. What followed was plenty of blending!
As you can see, with my eyes open you can’t see much of my lid but with this look you can see the fade of the colours of shadow.

I used the black liner pencil from the ‘Smokin’ palette’ to tight line the top lash line, I didn’t want to do full on liner, or even the water line, I just wanted to make the base of the lashes look fuller. For mascara I used the Mega Volume mascara – I know they might not look overly voluminous but that’s because I, then, brushed through them with a clean spoolie – I didn’t want a really thick lash look, I just wanted a bit of length and colour; I wanted the wispy look to work along side the shadow.

After everything was finished I set it all with the MUA Fixing spray.

And here are the nails I did to go with the look. As you might be able to tell I tried to carry on the tarnished gold with purple/plum fade. The plum on the eyes didn’t really come out quite as purple as I’d hoped, but I think a lot of that is to do with my camera and certain shades of blue not being picked up (it looked a little more purple in real life)

I made this look by using a sort of gradient effect with a make-up sponge – I’ve never, ever done a gradient effect or done anything with a sponge on my nails, before, so I’m really quite pleased with the way it came out! I used the tarnished gold shade of Nails Inc polish that you see above and for the purple parts I used ‘Deepest Purple’ by MUA.


  1. Serena November 21, 2013 / 10:56 pm

    Lovely nails! And a great look! I love both shades of eyeshadow you used and I would never have thought to put them together but it looks lovely! 🙂 Good luck!

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  2. Bella Terentia November 21, 2013 / 11:48 pm

    Lovely look! and the nails are amazing, so pretty <3

    Bella /

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