Life can be busy and its easy to get caught up in the tornado of the everyday. But my husband and I always try to set aside time for just the two of us. We simply call them Date Nights, and try to spoil ourselves with them every week or every two weeks. We get ourselves all cleaned up and venture out of our tiny crappy apartment to enjoy a dinner, a movie and each others company without the distractions the technology of our apartment grants us. So last weekend we did just that.
I opted for a bright colorful smokey eye with a subtle lip and big curly hair for our date night.
I thought this make-up looked dramatic enough for a fun evening out, but not so intense as to be mistaken for a Halloween look. What do you think of it??
Here is how I created this look:
- As always, fill in your brows first to help frame the area. I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics for this.
- Prime your lid and all the way up to your crease. I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. Make sure you are always using an eyeshadow primer, no matter what type of look you are going for. It provides you long wear time and will help you avoid creasing. Your shadows will also apply more vibrantly and stay true throughout the day/night, without “melting off”. MAC Paint Pots or cream bases will work for this too (NYX’s eye pencil in Milk is one of the most popular).
- Using a flat eye shadow brush, dab Steamy eye shadow by MAC all over your lids. (from the inside of the eye to the outside of the eye). Steamy is a frosty teal shade that glides on very smoothly and vibrantly. Feel free to use any teal shade that you might have at home.
- Using a stiff dome brush use your Satellite Dreams eye shadow (or a similar purple shadow that you might already have) throughout the crease and up onto your brow bone, blending gently up and out.
- Then, using a fluffy crease brush, sweep a touch of black eye shadow at the outside edge of your eye and slightly up through your crease to add depth and intensify the look. I used “Black Tied” eye shadow for this. It is a basic black lustre shadow with silver specks.
- After brushing off all the black, I took that same fluffy brush and took “Brule” which is a very soft nude color close to my natural skin color and swept it around the edges of color in an attempt to soften the lines and a less blocky look.
- To highlight, I used “Phloof!” eye shadow by MAC. It is a frost eye shadow perfect for highlighting your brow bone or the inner corner of your eye. It has very slight pink undertones which makes this less harsh than a straight white frost would be.
- For eye liner I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner (available at Ulta in the US and at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada) on my lid. I didn’t apply any on the lower side of my eyes. I wanted to create a softer and more open look and not close off my eyes. Instead I opted for a white waterproof pencil to brighten my waterline. For this, I used Sephora’s 12H Waterproof Crayon Jumbo.
- Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara. I used Clinique’s Lash Doubling Mascara.
- (Optional) Add false eyelashes to your look. I used “Hotties” by Ardell along with the Duo eyelash glue that dries black.
For the rest of this look:
Face > For my under eye concealer I used Erase Paste by benefit in shade No.1. Then, all over I used Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer in shade 01 topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Light Plus.
Cheeks > a soft pink frost powdered blush from Too Faced’s “Natural Face” palette.
Lips > For my lips I started with Celebutard lipstick from Kat Von D’s Painted Love Lipstick collection. Then, because I wanted a slightly glossier look, I decided to add on Hourglass’s “Child” from their line of Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Glosses.
Hair > Earlier in the day, I put Flexi-Rods (Super Rollers) in my hair and by the time we were ready to go I simply pulled them out and pinned back a small portion from the front. I love that I can get soft, non-crunchy curls without putting my hair through any heated torment.
What colours of eye shadow are you wearing this fall? What products do you turn to for your date nights?
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As much as I love crazy bright, dramatic makeup…certain occasions may call for something a little more subdued…or at the very least more of a classic look.
The Smokey Eye is probably the most sought after makeup look out there right now. Everyone puts twists and turns on it, but it seems to be what the majority of looks stem from. There are many ways to create one, but I’m going to show you how I created what I consider to be the classic smokey eye using silver and black eyeshadows.
What you want to do is select three monochromatic eyeshadows (meaning they must stem from the same shade). For my look, I used Forgery, Print and Black Tied eyeshadows – all by MAC Cosmetics. All of them are cool shades containing silver sparkles (see swatch below).
Forgery – Sterling Silver (Lustre)
Print – Muted grey with shimmer (satin)
Black Tied – Black with silver sparkle (velvet)
How to make a smokey eye:
- My first step is always my eyebrows and under eye concealer. I used Palladio’s eyebrow gel to hold my brows in place and then filled them in using Mystery eyeshadow by MAC.
- Using an eyeshadow primer, cover your lid and all the way up to your eyebrow. For this I used Mary Kay’s eye primer.
- Then, using your lightest shade from your three shadows, cover the middle part of your eyelid and stop at the crease. The inner and outer portions of your eyelid should be bare. For this step I used Forgery.
- Then, using your middle shade, (in my case “Print” eyeshadow) you want to begin filling in the inner and outer portions of your eyelid. Blend this in gently with your lightest shade, be careful not to go too far into the middle of your lid.
- Using the middle shade still, gently blend up into the crease of your eye and go back and forth throughout the entire length of the crease – connecting the inner and outer sections of shadow.
- Now, you want to take the darkest shade of your trio (in my case, Black Tied) and begin dusting it on top of the middle shade, focusing mainly on the outer and inner corners of your eyes. This will help create depth and dimension. Again, be sure to blend evenly. You shouldn’t be able to tell where one colour stops and the next begins, everything should flow together.
- For under your lower lash line, you want to take your darkest shade and blend it into the lashes on the outer half of your eye, connecting it to the dark outside corner of your lid.
- Then, take your lightest shade and blend it along your lower lash line throughout the inner half of your eye. This will help open up your eye and not make it appear “closed off”.
- Using your lightest shade still, go ahead and highlight your brow bone.
- Apply your eye liner next. I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner on my upper lashes and used MAC’s Blacktrack fluidline gel liner on my waterline.
- Finish with mascara on both your upper and bottom lashes. I used Clinique’s High Impact Mascara.
- Apply your lashes (completely optional). For this look, I used Ardell’s 102 Demi lashes.
All of the above pictures are taken with flash and you can see a real difference in this look when you capture it in natural light or direct sunlight. It’s not as intense as you might initially think.
I absolutely love this look for that very reason. It is super wearable for daytime and sexy enough for evening. And with MAC eyeshadows being super long lasting…you can literally wear this classic smokey eye all day!
What do you think? Do you have a technique for creating a smokey eye that you like better, or do you think you will give this a try? I’d love to hear from you!!
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One of my bridesmaids and her mother held a Bridal Shower for me yesterday. This meant a lot to me. Seeing as I am not from here originally, none of my family lives here in Ottawa and my Maid of Honour lives in Alberta as well. So they were sweet enough to make sure I still got a shower – they deserve a big huge thank you!! It really was a special day – thanks to all who were able to come!
Keeping with the theme of an Emerald Green wedding dress I gave myself some dramatic green eyes.
So before I start doing any new stuff, I figured I might as well get people caught up on a few looks I’ve been experimenting with so far.
I’ll begin with the Pink and Black that you see featured in the banner. For this look I used:
Primer > Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Shadow > Make Up Forever’s Pure Pigment #12 and Mac’s Black Tied