I’m back today with a Chocolate Bar Palette tutorial! This palette has become incredibly popular so I figured why not do a look with it? I have been loving it, it is so versatile and the colours are stunning. If you’d like to see my full review of this palette, click here!
I started with a clean, makeup free face.
The first step is to prime your face. This will make your makeup stay put all day. You can use whatever primer suits your skin needs (matifying, oil control, redness minimizing etc.), but I used a combination of 2 ELF Mineral Primers, one to brighten and one to control redness. I just rubbed this all over my face until it was blended in.
After priming, it was time for foundation. I used my favourite foundation for this look, L’Oreal True Match in the shade N1. I dotted it all over my face and then pressed it into my skin using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. If you press rather than rub with this sponge, you’ll get better coverage. I always start with less foundation and build up if needed to avoid the dreaded cake-face. You can always add more, but add too much and look out! After completing those 2 steps you should end up with an even complexion.
Next step is concealer. I find that foundation alone can make any dark circles look exaggerated, so concealer helps to wake up the face a bit. For this step I used Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20. I took this concealer and patted it from inner corner to outer corner of my eye and took it downwards slightly to create a triangle shape. Once the concealer was in place I blended it into place with the RT Sponge. Since this concealer has a sticky consistency, this damp sponge really helps to blend it without picking up too much product. To set my concealer I used Bare Minerals Concealer in Bisque. This adds a little coverage while securing the Pro Longwear so it’ll last a long time.
After my base was finished it was time to fill in the brows. I like to keep the shape of my brows pretty close to my natural shape, except for raising the arch of one brow slightly. To achieve my natural brow look, I outlined the shape with the Anastasia Brow Whiz in Soft Brown and then filled in any gaps with the ELF Brow Kit in Medium. I’ll admit that doing my brows can be tedious because I’m picky, but I always try to remind myself that eyebrows are sisters not twins, so if they’re not exactly the same it’s okay. There are definitely good brow days and not so good brow days. Lastly, I set them with some clear brow gel from ELF.
Bronzer and Blush
Once I fiddled with my brows enough, I moved onto bronzer. For this look I used Nars Bronzer in Casino. This is a lot warmer than anything else I have, but not orange in the least. With my ELF Bronzing Brush I placed Casino under my cheekbones and along the sides of my face. To further define my face, I also put this under my jawline and lightly onto my neck with a fluffy kabuki. The last place I contoured is under my bottom lip. If you take a pointed eyeshadow brush (I use an inner corner shader) and draw a line under your bottom lip with bronzer and then lightly rub it out to blur it a bit, your lips will look fuller. After you’ve got it all placed, it’s so important to blend. The Nars bronzer I used isn’t the easiest to blend and it is dark, so it takes quite a bit of work. You want to keep blending until you have no more obvious lines. What I find especially helpful is to pick the RT Sponge back up again and go over the bronzer to help blend it. There will be a little foundation or concealer left in the sponge which helps with blending it all in.
Once the bronzer is blended to your liking, it’s time for blush. This step is essential for me because I look so lifeless without it. It really brings a glow back to your face that foundation can cancel out. For this look I used the ELF Studio Blush in Pink Passion. This looks super bright in the pan, but on it comes out as a natural flush.
To add the glow that I love so much, I used the Stila All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten. I took the darker side and lightly dusted it over my blush to add some shimmer that this blush doesn’t have. With a fan brush, I then took the lighter side and dusted it on top of my cheekbones, down my nose and onto my temples. Using my finger I also pressed some onto my cupid’s bow to once again, enhance my lips.
To finish off the face portion of this look, I set my face with the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray. This really enhances the highlight and makes everything stay put!
Now onto the “sweetest” part of this tutorial (oh the bad puns I can make using this palette). I’m going to be using the Chocolate Bar Palette for this portion of the look.
To begin, I primed my eyes with Urban Decay Primer Potion to help the shadows stick.
I’m going to start with the shade Champagne Truffle.
I placed this shade onto the inner 1/3 of my eye as well as in the inner corner and onto the inner 1/3 0f the bottom lash line. This shade has a slight purple-ish undertone, which goes well with the burgundy-plum shade we’ll be using later on. I also used this as a brow highlight.
Next, I applied a transition shade and for this I used Salted Caramel, a warm brown.
I placed this colour right above the crease using a swiping motion back and forth. It’s important not to put this too high as it won’t look blended with the crease shades.
Next, I focused on the centre of the lid. For this I used a matte light-medium brown called Milk Chocolate.
Starting from where Champagne Truffle ends, I placed Milk Chocolate in the centre third of the lid, leaving the last 1/3 of the eye bare. I ran my brush over the joining line to blend, but I didn’t go over the champagne colour.
Now onto the last third of the eye. For this, I picked up the colour Cherry Cordial, a burgundy shade.
With a flat shader brush I patted this colour onto the outer 1/3 of my eye to fill in the gap that isn’t filled by brown or the champagne colours. I then dipped the edge of the brush into the colour and ran it along the edge of the colour to round it out and make it a little more polished. I did not take this colour into the crease, just kept it on the outer 3rd.
Now that the 3 sections are pretty defined, I went back to the middle 3rd and pick up the colour Creme Brulee, which is an iridescent gold.
I placed this shade directly on top of Milk Chocolate, the shade in the middle. This draws attention to the centre of the eye.
It should look something like this:
After all the colour is placed on the lid, I started to focus on the crease. For the crease I mixed Cherry Cordial, the burgundy shade from before as well as Amaretto a bronzey-brown shade.
Using a fluffier crease brush, I dipped my brush into both colours and then put them into the crease using a back and forth swiping motion. Using a blending brush, I then blended around all the edges to buff out all the harsh lines and to blend all the shades together. Using a smudge brush I picked up Cherry Cordial and Amaretto and put them on the outer 3rd of the lower lashline. There should now be a gap right in the centre of the lashline separating Champagne Truffle and the outer colour. I filled that in with Milk Chocolate, the lid colour I already used.
To finish off the eye look, I added ELF Studio Cream Eyeliner in Coffee, just along the lashline. With the shades in this look, I thought the brown would compliment nicely, without being too dramatic. I didn’t want to take away from the lid colours. You could of course use black as well or mix black and brown to deepen it.
Here’s the look with the liner:
Next, I curled my lashes and added Benefit They’re Real mascara.
Here’s a better look at the eyes:
The final touch is the lips. I wanted something neutral in tone, so that it wouldn’t compete with all the shimmer on the eyes. I used the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive, a dusty rose shade. There are many shades that would work with this look, so the options are open.
Here is the finished look:
There is the finished look! I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments how you’re using the Chocolate Bar Palette, I would love to check out other tutorials! 🙂
Bye for Now!
ELF Mineral Primer:
L’Oreal True Match Foundation:
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge:
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer:
Bare Minerals Concealer:
Anastasia Brow Whiz
ELF Brow Kit:
Clear Brow Gel:
Inner Corner Shader Brush:
ELF Studio Blush:
ELF Bronzing Brush:
Stila All Over Shimmer Duo:
NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray:
Urban Decay Primer Potion:
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette:
Flat Shader Brush:
ELF Cream Eyeliner:
Benefit They’re Real Mascara:
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Lip Balm: