Earlier this week there was a rare occurrence... I left the house, and it wasn't work related! It was a genuine social gathering... with other people. Dissertation season is upon us, so let me tell you, this came as quite the shock to the system. It was a dinner to night out event, thus the makeup menu called for a fresh, long lasting, and non ghost-face inducing line up and this is what I went for...

I started off by priming the face with Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base (£31) to smooth over any pores and offer a subtle radiance that wouldn't pick up the flash. On a night out I like to go for a medium/build-able foundation that's long lasting and contains little or no spf (so as not to pick up the flash...are you sensing my a theme?). I went for the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation (£7.99), it offers great coverage with a semi-matte finish which lasts through the night (maybe not 25 hours though, hasn't been tested that long I'm afraid). I tend to go for drugstore foundations when it comes to heavier coverage, because why shell out on something you aren't going to use everyday? And you can get some pretty decent quality ones for a fraction of the price of their higher end alternatives. That's my thinking anyway. Right, moving on... any further concealing was done with my trusty Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19) and it was all set in place with a dusting of the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (£3.99) in Translucent.

I might have got a bit carried away on the cheeks, but I do love a good cheek product. I added some colour back into the high points of my face using the NARS Laguna Bronzer (£27). This one is great because it's warm toned without being too orange. Then I went in for bronzer number two...shoot me. This time I used an ashy cool toned colour to contour and attempt to add some definition to the moon face I've got going on. For this monumental task I used the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (£35). True to the name, it does a pretty good job, essentially it's natural face shadow in a powdered form. Also, coincidentally, it doubles as a pretty decent brow powder, so some of this was also dragged through those bad boys and sealed with the Natural Collection Mascara (£1.99). Finally, why not finish off the base with some blush for good measure? So I dabbed some of NARS Orgasm Blush (£22.50) on the apples of my cheeks.

For the eyes I went darker and smokier than usual using the pink, purple and black colours from the Sleek Bad Girl Palette (£7.99). I lined my upper lash line, tight line and water line first with the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner (£3.99) in Black. For a night out you have to go waterproof, or it just won't stay put. I then went over my upper lash line again, adding a cat flick with the L'Oreal Paris Super Liner (£5.99). To finish off the eyes I whacked on 2-3 coats of the Covergirl Lashblast 24hr Mascara ($5.39). Since I'd gone heavy on the eyes I kept the lips pretty simple with a coat of the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick (£5.49) in 08 and a dab of the Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss (£16) in Grapefruit. So all and all a bit heavier than I normally go for, but where's the fun in night out makeup if you don't go for that little bit extra?