It’s the middle of the week. So of course, I had to perk myself up with a dramatic eye. I wanted to do something a little startling, but very interesting to look at.
Step 1: Apply a black cream shadow base to the outer half of lids and a little along the sockets. I used MAC Blackground Paintpot.
Step 2: Coat lids and bottom lash line with bright royal blue. Mine was some cheap $2 shadow from a clearance sale, mashed up into a jar with some gold glitter. You can use any strong azure-blue.
Step 3: Apply matte black along the outer corners in a V, winging outward just slightly.
Step 4: [Optional] Take a very fine pale gold glitter (cosmetic grade - please don’t use chunky art store glitter as that can hurt your eyes), and dab it in the inner corners and center of your eye lids. (Mine is mixed with a little silicone and applied like a cream/gel shadow so it will not fall off through the day.) From some distance away, the glitter should look like a wet gold sheen rather than disco particles.
Step 5: Apply a thin navy line along the upper lashes for definition (e.g. MAC Blooz was used here, but you can use liquid as well) and white pencil along the waterline. Then sweep on a lot of black mascara.
And The Final Look Again:
[Photo Credit: OneVanillaBean.com]
Spring’s here, April’s coming, and considering this is the month of April Fools, I wanted to do something whimsical and fun, inspired by all kinds of sugary treats like butter cream cupcakes and macarons.
Skin should be soft and even-toned. To get the warm and pretty look, dust on TheBalm Hot Mama for a coral glow. Don’t go overly dewy, as you don’t want to fight with the rest of your makeup.
Because we’re going for matte pastels, you need a good shadow base or primer. The more white it is, the more the color is going to pop. NYX Milk pencil is the strongest, MAC Pixel Paint (used here) is a sheer pearl, and Too Faced Shadow Insurance has no color at all.
The key to grown-up pastels is - MATTE, MATTE, MATTE. I’m going to be using the pale aquas and teals in the 88 Matte palette.
First, apply the shadow using a brush, and if necessary, intensify the color on the center of the lids, by packing it on with your finger.
The next thing to pulling off a matte pastel, is to remember that it has a tendency to erase contours as it does not reflect light the way a shimmer does. This means you need to contour with a slightly darker green (I used a matte forest green) along the outer half of your socket line, to keep everything from looking too flat.
The next important thing is to whiten your waterline. I find white too harsh, so I like a matte pale yellow. I used Make Up Store’s Vanilla pencil. MAC has a Pale Yellow in their PRO line as well.
Then come the lashes. No whimsical doll-like look is complete without falsies.
I chose the spikiest ones I own, but super full and dramatic ones will look nice as well. I positioned the lashes closer to the outer ends of my eyes than usual and pushed the lashes down slightly for a “sleepier” Marilyn Monroe effect, but avoid this if you have hooded lids or a drooping eye shape.
So apply, let dry, and move on to the final steps for the eyes.
Apply mascara to bottom lashes (and top ones if you need to remove any green powder residue).
At this point, you can opt to apply black liquid liner if you want. The thicker it is, the less “colorful” your look will be. I chose not to.
The final look, below.
I wanted things to be juicy and soft, so I applied a nude non-sticky gloss as a base (TheBalm Dream Girl). This is the trick to making candy-colored glosses more wearable, as it mutes your natural color, and fills in lines without taking away the translucency of whatever gloss you put on top of it.
Then, apply a translucent coral gloss over that (Revlon Super Lustrous in #170 Coral Reef) and you will get a soft, wet coral sheen.
What flavor are you?
Finally decided to do away with my periwinkle blue nails and pop on something more on the pink side.
I found this in a discount bin at my local drugstore for a couple of bucks and snapped up a few bottles in various shades of mauve, beige-peach, beige-pink, etc. This happens to be the beige-pink one. I have no idea where else this brand is available and the sticker behind is so faded I can’t make out a single word.
But I have not been able to find quite the same shade of nude-pink from other brands so far. They are always a little too grey or too rosy. (Maybe I need to stock up on a few more…)
Quality-wise, I can’t say much. These are really cheap, and the polish is already slightly tacky in the bottle even though it’s new. I don’t have very high hopes of it being chip-proof through the week, but for $1-2, what the heck!
P.S. The white sakura cherry blossom on my thumb is a nail sticker by a Japanese brand called Dear Laura. That’s about as crafty as I get with nail art, unfortunately.
How many browns can I have, you ask.
Well, I don’t think I want to start counting ALL of them, but I can pick out 10 of the ones I love most.
1: The Body Shop Eye Shadow Single #02
I’ve raved about TBS eye shadows before, and I still love these singles. The creamy textures go on well, have great pay-off, and blend easily. This is a muted bronze-brown which has a satin finish (matte with a slight sheen) similar to MAC Patina.
2: I Nuovi Suede
If you can get hold of I Nuovi shadows, I highly recommend you do. This is a chameleon shade with warm brown base and mint-green sheen. Great as a wash all over the lids where it will look like you did a lot, when you really did nothing much.
3: I Nuovi Potion
Gorgeous dark coffee-grounds brown. It’s metallic, but even the highlights are dark, so you end up with a rich brown bordering on aubergine. The pictures do not do this justice.
4: Antique Gold pigment
Many pigment sellers carry a shade like this (e.g. Coastal Scents). Otherwise, you can try to get this burnished bronze by mixing a copper shade (warm) with an olive-green (cool) to get this highly-flattering neutral, which somehow does not devolve into a boring brown.
5: MAC Patina
You all know I love this shade. Click [here] to see 5 ways to wear it!
6: Urban Decay Smog
The most wonderful medium metallic brown with the silkiest texture. It’s a more neutral version of Woodwinked by MAC, which is a bit more gold. If you find Woodwinked too brassy for you, wear this.
7: CANMAKE Metallic Eyes #06
Meet Metallic Eyes #06. Before using, it looks like a pan of metallic gold flecks, but the top layer gives way to a deeper medium brown. I give it a tentative position in this list because of how pretty it is, but I have to say the staying power is almost zero. All the gold-brown flecks will just disappear off our skin in an hour, so explore this only if you have a good base.
8: Cyber Colors Cosmos Shadow #04 Mars
This is the most - beautiful - eyeshadow. Ever. And it’s the only rosy-brown in my Top 10 list. The payoff is amazing (unlike many baked shadows I know of), and the final color is deeper than you’d expect. This might be hard to find outside of Asia unless you have access to Sasa stores. (They don’t carry it on Sasa.com, but maybe if enough people write to them…)
9: L’oreal Chrome Intensity in Magic Amber
This is a great basic quad, but I find the texture and shades to be much better than you’d expect. Also, this passes the “uni-color test” with flying colors (no pun intended). Swatch all 4 shades (beige, yellow-gold, copper, brown) and blend it into 1. I get a rich chocolate with a soft gold sheen. See this quad in action [here].
10: Urban Decay Underground
A true taupe (grey-brown) in the creamiest, most metallic finish. This is part of the Deluxe Eyeshadow line, so it’s richer and softer than the UD shadows in the round pots. This is the “coolest”-toned brown in my Top 10 list, and can almost look lavender-brown in some lights.
This is a smoky eye using just 2 main shades for color. You’ll need the matte black near the bottom-left of the palette and the shimmery golden-olive above it. It’s also quite a bit deeper in real life than in the pictures due to the flash.
Step 1: Apply a good base so you get maximum color intensity. (If you’re using concealer or foundation as a base, let it set first.) I’d advise doing your eye makeup first as there may be a fair amount of fall-out with the 88 Palettes.
Step 2: Fill in inner and outer corners of lids with the matte black in the palette, leaving the center bare. Go over a few more times if your brush isn’t applying the black evenly. Matte is tricky to work with.
Then sweep the same black all along the lower lashes as well, using a stiff pencil or smudge brush.
Step 3: Pick up the golden olive and press it onto the center of the lids between the black. Go over once or twice more to intensify. Don’t even bother with blending it into the black. We want the contrast.
Step 4: Then with a fluffy blending brush, gently run only along the socket line a few times in a wind-shield wiper arc (see where the brush is below).
KEY: AVOID TOUCHING THE MAIN PART OF THE LID! You don’t want to muddy up the black and olive there.
Step 5: For the lower lashes, mix olive into the black like you just did at the socket line.
Step 6: Apply black mascara and kohl along the water- and tide-lines. If you want to wear false lashes, you may need liquid liner instead. I chose not to, since I wanted maximum lid-space for the gorgeous olive shimmer.
Extra tip: At the point, you may want to take a clean brush and one of the matte flesh-toned shades in the palette to go around around the edges of the shadow, your brow bones, etc to clean up the look.
And the finished look again:
After you’ve done this a few times, I swear you can do this and get it down in 5 minutes flat.
Other shades in the 88 Warm Palette you can use in place of the Olive:
- shimmery teal (bottom-left)
- pale gold (near the center-left of the palette)
- silver (there are several near the top-left of the palette)
- any of the other metallics (the mattes are harder to blend nicely into the matte black)
Plum isn’t easy to wear, and the trick is having it lean towards raisin-brown undertones, so that it is more flattering.
The look here is a little dramatic (plum all the ways to the brows), but feel free to stop at your sockets for a more traditional and wearable smoky eye.
Step 1: Start by defining brows with powder
Step 2: Take a deep matte plum color (it should be a good cross between dark brown-purple-pink) and spread it within your lid, and down along the lower lashline. This is going to be your main color base.
Step 3: Then with a soft brush, apply a wash of metallic raisin brown (think of a brown wine color) all over the lid, and up to the brows. Keep it to just above the socket for a subtler look.
Step 4: To darken the lash line, apply a dark aubergine liner. Also trace it along the water line with a very fine brush. (I used MAC Macroviolet Fluidline.) If you have a true plum liner that would be perfect.
Step 5: If you don’t, however, then set the purple with a dark brown to pull it back to plum and mute the metallic line so it’s not so obvious, since that’s not the look we’re going for.
Step 6: (Optional) Apply a light sprinkling of pink reflecks over your lids for an extra gleam. Be careful the specks don’t grab in certain areas though.
Step 7: Apply black mascara to finish the look (or false eyelashes if you really want more drama).
The look without flash (below) is actually more like a traditional smoky eye in an unconventional shade. (Excuse the yellow artificial light as I’m doing this at night.)
- Matte foundation
- Nude lips
- Very dark burgundy lips (for a 1920’s feel)
- Green or hazel eyes
- Olive-to-gold based skin tones
A Space Cleopatra look, done with just matte medium-blue shadow, and a soft black kohl.
Instead of dramatically-extended kohl, I decided to extend the blue shadow into a second flick using a pencil brush.
My tribute to Elizabeth Taylor.
What it claims:
This highly pigmented, super-emollient, waterproof formula blends seamlessly into the skin, creating a flawless complexion that looks and feels natural… formulated to erase all skin imperfections: dark circles, broken capillaries, sun damage, blemishes, redness and more… Amazing Concealer is so concentrated, you only need to use tiny pin-dot amounts of product to create the skin you’ve always wanted but thought you could never have.
What is IS:
Highly-pigmented, emollient, waterproof formula which functions well as a salmon-toned concealer for dark circles, broken capillaries, and other blue or purple-based spots. Skin under the eyes tends to be dryer, so I find this concealer to go on easily in that area, blend well, and look better than dryer, cakier concealers even though you do need to set it with a light, silky powder to prevent it from moving or rubbing off.
It does cover better than other liquid/tube concealers I’ve tried, and it’s slightly easier to work with and blend out than pot concealers like MAC Studio Finish SPF35.
What is is NOT:
A blemish concealer. Blemish concealers should be opaque and a perfect match to your skin’s under-tone. If you have yellow tones, find yellow-based concealers.
By the very fact that they said “super-emollient” is clear indication that you will have a lot of difficulty getting this product to stay put over blemishes as these tend to be in oilier areas to begin with. Emollience allows you to slowly blend the product, but on a raised bump, you will just end up wiping the previous layers away when you try to cake on more.
I also find many of these shades too pink to cancel redness (unless you have very pink-based skin to begin with).
With Amazing Concealer, stick to light layers for the eye area and you won’t go wrong. This is the only place where something that looks a tinge too deep or pink on the back of your hand may work wonders. (Notice I said a tinge… not a lot.)
This concealer is NOT totally opaque, and it does not fully “set” due to the emollient base. If you try to apply powder over a thick layer of Amazing Concealer, it cake big-time or darken as the powder grabs onto the oils.
Things to note:
- This concealer does not work that well over very matte or powdery-silicone foundations. It has a tendency to grab the powders and cake.
- If you are NC25, you may have a problem finding the best shade. Fair is a little too pale (reverse-raccoon) and Light Golden can be just a tad too deep.
- It does cost more than other concealers in the market.
- More pigmented than Clinique All About Eyes, MAC Select Cover-up, and Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
- Less pigmented than MAC Studio Finish Concealer, Covermark Cream
- This blends out just half a shade (very slightly) lighter than it looks when you just squeeze it out, so you might want to note this when choosing shades.
Verdict: Buy this if…
- You want to cancel blue-toned circles
- Don’t fairly dry skin under your eyes
- Have very pink-based and normal to dry skin overall
- Only want to use this as a concealer for dark spots in general, but not raised blemishes
- You like slowly blending and blending a concealer to perfection
- Don’t like a dry-looking finish around your eyes
- Don’t mind spending more
- You don’t mind some mineral oil (I don’t subscribe to the whole mineral-oil is bad for you thing unless you have some sort of super-rare allergy to mineral compounds, as it is an inert compound and will not go rancid over time or breed bacteria like organic ones.)
I do like this concealer more than most other for under the eyes, as it does a pretty great job at canceling blue, but I find the shades quite limited and too pink-based.
1. Katy’s foundation coverage looks quite full in the video, and a polished look was achieved using highlighter rather than a dewy base. You will need medium-coverage foundation (Bourjois Healthy Mix in #52) and a soft beige/champagne highlighter (TheBalm “The Luminizer”).
2. This is a very classic contoured eye, shaded in the outer V and along the socket line. There are 2 colors needed. A pearlescent peach-based gold and a basic grey/black. (I used the 88 Shimmer palette.)
3. Using the black shade, first pack into the outer corner of lids, then in an arc along the socket, stopping before reaching the center. Then trace all along the top lash line, and 2/3 of bottom lash line. It will look dramatic now, but you’re going to blending it out soon.
3. Then pick up the peach-based gold, and pack it into the inner 2/3 of lids, and in the inner corner of eyes. THen blend vigorously where the black and gold meets.
4. Apply wispy false lashes (use DUO glue if you want them to stay on longer) and let dry.
5. With liquid/crean liner,trace over the base of the false lashes. (I used Maybelline gel liner in black.
6.Then apply mascara to the lower lashes, and there you have it!
7. For cheeks, use a soft-focus light pink such as MAC Well-dressed. For lips, I found her berry-rose metallic to be just a tad aging, so I went with a sheer rosy-berry stain (Revlon Beyond Natural in #070 Deep Berry) instead.
This look was soooo simple it’s almost embarrassing. It’s also appropriate for work and school, but still eye-catching without being too much.
You need 3 things.
- A dark brown shadow for your lashline and outer half of crease.
- A soft metallic neutral beige-brown (e.g. below) that’s - here’s the important bit - a little deeper than your skin color, but very high-shine. This goes all over the inner 2/3 of your lids up to the socket, and on your brow bone.
TIPS TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT HIGHLIGHT TONE FOR THIS LOOK:
- As you look at it in the pan, the tone should be a little deeper than your foundation shade. But when it catches the light, it should be much lighter.
- The shadow should be translucent rather than chalky and opaque.
- This type of color will be able to multi-function as highlight AND shading color, and can help emphasize bone structure with minimal effort and skill.
This look is ALL about contouring using a soft, warm color (a warm brown-tone instead of the usual dark crease color), and reverse lining. The biggest mistake you can make is to try to use the exact same colors as Lady Gaga. Unless you are exactly the same coloring as her (and walk around with your own lighting crew.)
Make sure the shadows you choose are lighter or darker accordingly, or you will not achieve that effect.
And there are only 2 items you need for this look.
- The 88 Warm Palette (or any other collection of warm neutrals containing a lighter matte/satin beige, a dark smoky brown, and a slightly reddish or pink-toned medium brown)
- Your favorite beige-nude lipstick (no pink, no peach, no shimmer)
THE STEPS TO A SIMPLER, SUBTLER INTERPRETATION, USING THE 88 WARM PALETTE:
1. Apply a pale ivory beige on the inner corners of upper lids. Make sure to pack it on and re-apply whenever it looks like it is getting muddied by other colors. This shade should be just 1-2 shades lighter than your skin color after powdering.
2. Sweep a warm terracotta brown, from other corners and inwards 3/4 along the socket line.
3. Reapply ivory-beige to brown bone and inner corners for a little more contouring. This is where your lashes start to disappear and you start to understand what rabbits feel like.
4. Apply matte beige or pale yellow liner to the water-line. (White will work only if you are extremely pale.
5. Brush black liner along the lower lashes to set the foundation for the reverse liner look.
6. Here comes the reverse lining. Using a pencil brush or smudger, apply deep smoky matte brown along the bottom lash line and wing it STRAIGHT out at the ends (not too obviously upwards). Just be careful not to let the line droop.
7. To keep the look softer, I used matte powder as liner on the upper lids, rather than liquid liner. You can use creams and liquids as you like, for a stronger look.
8. Apply black mascara. Again, you can replace with false eyelashes, which Lady Gaga wore. I prefer just lots of mascara.
The Finished Eye:
And how could we forget the flat, caramel lips? Gaga 2 is not that easy a color to wear (it’s got an ochre undertone which can be unflattering on almost everything except very pale or olive-based skins.) I prefer a more neutral brown like MAC Fresh Brew (below), or Sephora Lip Attitude #G20 for pretty good neutral beige.
But same rule applies if your intention is to recreate the effect rather than duplicate the product shades. Look for caramel browns/nudes a shade deeper than your skin tone. If you’re NC50, Viva Glam 2 is not going to “look” like Viva Glam 2 on you.
Other products recommended:
- Matte foundation like Colorstay (her skin is VERY matte)
- Light, sheer powder over it so you don’t cake on too much pigment and lose the glow
- Brow gel or mascara a little lighter than your natural hair color
- Brown lip liner just a tad deeper than the nude lip color you choose
- If you must, use a matte bronzer or darker powder for the cheeks. If you have the bone structure, just ditch the blush!
Out with it. Who’s started collecting Sheen Supremes?
I decided to stop by MAC on my way home from work today, and saw the new display with the pretty, glossy lipsticks. The cases remind me of Pro Longwear Lipcremes, except they are glossy instead of matte.
- the regular 3.6g (0.12oz) of lipstick.
- a slightly stickier texture than you might have expected from a sheer, glossy lipstick, but I like that since it means longer wear (it lasted through a juicy snack), good sheen, and less re-application than other sheer lipsticks.
- a product that layers quite well. Applying more intensifies the color without making the product uneven or opaque.
- lots of great shades (I was torn between some of the nude/mauve tones but after swiping it on, decided that I should get “Behave Yourself”, a candy-floss pink.
The formula will shift over time (with regular lip movement) and congeal where your lips meet, so you will need to check periodically to smooth out any gunky lines.
Nice-to-have, but not Must-have.
I really like a few of these shades and how they seem to wear longer than other glossy products, but if you don’t like “sticky”-feeling things and having to check if your lip product is uneven, give this a miss and go for Lustre lipsticks instead.
If you want something sheer but higher-shine than regular lipsticks, and find MAC lipstick prices acceptable, these will be good.
Unwieldy name aside, this is a lovely, LARGE compact of one of the most beautiful golden-ivory shades I’ve ever seen.
Reasons I love this:
1. It’s the most gorgeous pale-champagne shade with smooth-as-butter texture which is not glittery or chalky. It is able to mimic that translucent dewy look liquid or cream highlighters give, but is so much more portable and easier to work with. The shade is also flattering for most skin tones.
2. This is a pretty good dupe for MAC’s Retrospeck (which has slightly deeper base tones but identical highlights). As seen below, it is finer-grained and more opaque (Retrospeck is a Lustre) so while you won’t be able to get that same flecks-of-champagne effect, it’s easier to work with, more pigmented, and gives a very natural sheen when sheered out.
3. Look at the amount you get. Both products are marked up here in Asia, but you get 8.5g of product in The Luminizer (5 x MAC shadows at 1.5g), and an ever-so-cute mirrored compact, for about 0.5 times the cost of a MAC shadow.
Tips for applying:
- I swipe this on my brow bones and cheekbones with a wedge sponge after applying my base, and before doing the rest of my makeup. By the time my setting powder goes over it, it’s become a soft-focus highlighting sheen which emphasizes bone structure subtly.
- I sweep this over lids softly with black kitten liner. Apply red lipstick to complete the retro pin-up look.
- Dab this softly over the cupid’s bow, and in inner corners of eyes to enhance your features.
- If you have light to medium skin, mix a tiny bit of this with your normal powder on a fluffy brush and apply over under-eye concealer for more illumination. THEN apply the rest of your makeup. (Caution: It may be easy to go overboard with this, so be careful and use a very light hand!)
MAC Patina may not stand out on the eyeshadow racks beside its more dramatic relatives, but this rich medium frappuccino-brown with subtle copper-red highlights (below) is oh-so-beautiful to wear.
If I had to own just one single MAC eyeshadow for the rest of my life, it would be this in a heartbeat. There are some other pretty lovely shades, but nothing I reach for on such a regular basis.
O Patina, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
Day 1: As a simple, rich wash of color over lined lids.
Day 2: Spiced up with colorful eyeliner along the lower lash line. (And yes, just about every color liner will work with Patina.)
Day 3: Out for dinner and drinks with lots of black, smudgy reverse liner on the bottom lash line. (This photographs subtler than it really is.)
Day 4: Clean and simple. Worn as a bronze liner, traced over black pencil with a dense smudge brush.
Day 5: Kick off your weekend with a little more color. Worn with vanilla liner on the bottom lash line, and navy shadow on the outer corner.
Now have you tried Patina?
A SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY NOTE ON “5 DAYS, 5 WAYS”:
I came up with 5 Days, 5 Ways specifically as a means to
- use more products, rather than buy more products
- highlight some very versatile items which I believe are worth investing in
- challenge myself to think out of the box
Feel free to have fun with this idea, and I’d love to see photo-replies!
I’ve always been obsessed with lipstick. Nothing in the world feels quite the same a gliding a creamy bullet of rich color over your lips.
Here are some of my current favorites.
1. Bourjois Sweet Kiss Shine #59 Rose Etincelant
Sweet sheer candy pink with gold highlights makes this a soft peach/nude on the lips (below) that’s flattering if you have medium to dark skin.
2. Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal Lipstick #301 Crystal Baby
A perfect peach-based nude creme which is more warming than other nudes, and doesn’t wipe your face out. Also feels great on my extremely dry lips. Maybe not the best color if you have very pink-based skin though.
3. Sephora Lip Attitude #G20
A more chocolate-y version of Crystal Baby, this is a sheer glossy nude-brown lipstick which feels and looks almost like a gloss. Perfect as a base color to mute redness when wearing sheer tinted gloss. Best thing? It’s so inexpensive!
4. MAC Lustre Lipstick in Fresh Brew
A slightly deeper version of Sephora #G20, but I love it because it can look like a nice caramel-y true-brown on lighter skins, and a non-chalky nude on darker-toned complexions. Definitely check this out if you are NC40 and deeper, and can’t find nice nudes.
5. Maybelline Watershine Pure Lipstick #B24
A pale pink-based nude which is the pinker and more opaque counterpart of Crystal Baby, but at a fraction of the price. If you like milky nude-pinks with a glossy sheen, this is a great one to try.
1. Sephora Lip Attitude Star #S22
A flattering, ultra-shimmery caramel, I bought this because it looked so much like a Dior Addict Shine lipstick. It’s rich, creamy, sheer, and feels just as luxurious as a high-end lip color.
2. MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Till Tomorrow
Bruised-lip color which stays put for a few hours with normal activity. I’ll always find kiss-proof lipsticks fascinating because of Revlon Colorstay, but then there are no Revlon equivalents for this shade where I am.
3. Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick #180 Vintage Pink
This quirky and beautiful dusty lavender-pink always makes me think of a scene in Anne Rice’s Pandora, where an ancient vampire sits anonymously in a cafe, writing the story of her life wearing a “purple” lipstick. (I somehow always imagined it to be a mauve that is atypical but subtle, rather than dark and dramatic.) On light to medium skin, this is a medium tone, but if you are about NC40 onwards, this will be a lovely cool-toned nude pink for you.
4. MAC Amplified Lipstick in Up The Amp
One more purple. And what a purple! It goes on more blue than the swatch above. This is the loud and attention-seeking rebel of the family. If you have golden or olive-toned skin, this purple looks sooo nice as statement lips, paired with minimal makeup.
5. L.A. Girl Lipstick in Dreamer
I mentioned this before in my Robin Blue nail polish post. This is a lovely, lovely black. I say so because it does not go on streaky or patchy, and is not stubbornly hard to even out (below). Wear this with any other shade you have to deepen it dramatically.
P.S. Some other favorites which I love but are either discontinued or a little easier to duplicate are:
- MAC Syrup (dupe this with Urban Decay Rush or Etude LED lipstick #10)
- Revlon Matte lipstick in Really Red
- Lancome Color Fever Dewy Shine lipstick #258
Was browsing through Allure.com, and one of the features was about makeup color trends for 2011. One of these was “peacock eyes”, using a strong teal green and rich deep purple. (Purples below are deeper in real life.)
Though I can’t say I’ve ever seen a purple peacock, the suggestion to wear a strong, smoky-purple eye with vibrant teal in the inner corner just made me curious.
A few easy steps:
1. Apply deep violet metallic liner or cream shadow over lids.
2. Pat a matte plum or aubergine shade all over lids from lash to socket, but leave the inner corners empty. Sweep onto outer half of lower lash line as well.
3. Over that, apply a wash of sheer pearlescent violet, stretching from lids up to brow-bones.
4. Then, you apply your to the empty area at the inner corners, down onto the inner 1/3 of the lower lashline as well. Blend, and then apply black mascara to finish.
Final look again:
Daylight shot (below)
1. Revlon Colorstay 310 Warm Golden mixed with L’oreal UV Perfect MAT sunblock
2. Bourjois Metallise Pencil #78 Bleu chatoyant
3. 120 Palette (shades at top of post) - Please note the purples are a good deal deeper than they appear here
3. Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara
1 more daylight shot:
L.A. Girl makes 2 items I love.
1. A true black creme lipstick which has a beautiful sheen and is surprisingly flattering (though I wouldn’t wear it to work)
2. One of my favorite creme nail polish colors in the world, #329 Robin Blue Creme lacquer
#329 Robin blue is not really a robin’s egg blue. I think someone needs to do some research before naming these shades.This has lavender undertones, not green.
It’s a gorgeous muted Orchid tone, that elusive hybrid between grey-blue-lavender, which is lovely on most skins. It’s not a fully opaque polish, by the way, so you will need at least 3 coats to make it even. But I wear this to work all the time with no problem. It’s surprisingly neutral and muted, flattering on the skin, and does not look too outlandish for a corporate environment.
At the same time, it’s an interesting color to look at.
I haven’t been able to find a shade quite like it from any other brand, and I love that it’s cheap and comes in a big bottle.
It doesn’t last as well as Sally Hansen or O.P.I., etc. But then it’s not expensive, so I can live with that.