I believe everyone knows by now that I love playing with bold and bright makeup, but I also have a lot of fun with dark and dramatic makeup as well.
I wanted to use one of my MAC pigments that I hadn’t gotten around to trying out yet, the Gold (pro) metallic shade. And I ended up with this dark golden cranberry look.
It is a very dramatic makeup look and not very suitable for day, but perfect for a night out.
Let’s take a look at how to create this look:
*follow any of the links below for swatches, where to buy and other shades available*
- 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. It is super important to use a primer if you want long wear time and to avoid creasing. Your shadows will also apply more vibrantly and stay true throughout the day/night.
- Using a flat eyeshadow brush, dab the Gold pigment all over your lids (from the inside of the eye to the outside of the eye).
- Using the same brush (brush off the gold first on a kleenex) use your Cranberry eyeshadow throughout the crease and up onto your brow bone.
- Then, using a fluffy crease brush, lightly dust a true black gently back and forth through your crease. For this, I used Corrupt eyeshadow by Makeup Geek. I’ve never seen a black so black!
- I then highlighted my brow bone and inner corner of my eye using Zephyr eyeshadow by Urban Decay, a shimmery white.
- Using the same Gold pigment again, I went and lightly smudged it below my lower lashes.
- For eyeliner I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner (available at Ulta in the US and at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada) on my lid and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline.
- Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara (remember we are going for dark and dramatic here). I used Clinique’s High Impact Mascara.
- (Optional) Add false eyelashes to your look. I used #305 accent lashes by Ardell. (They are only on the outside corners)
Face > For my under eye concealer I used Erase Paste by benefit in shade No.1. Then, all over I used Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade #118 topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Light Plus.
Cheeks > Margin Blush by MAC Cosmetics
Lips > Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polishin shade Leslie
Hair > I used a 1″ Bombshell Curling rod by Sultra to create the long waves. I love to use this on my hair, because your hair keeps its length as opposed to using a curling iron or a straightener where you get ringlets and your hair shrinks up several inches.
What do you think? Do you see yourself ever wearing a look like this? If not, what would you change?
Thanks for reading!
My husband and I had a date night planned last night for a simple dinner out. I felt like doing some experimenting with both my hair and makeup. I came up with this very soft and feminine look that I think is perfect for Spring.
As I sat down at my vanity I thought pastels would be a nice change for my eyeshadows and promptly realized my options were limited. So I pulled out my Sweet Dreams Palette by Too Faced and found a couple of shades there that would do the trick.
The four shades I used for this look are In the Buff, Peach Fuzz, Cut the Cake and Cop a Teal – which you can see on my swatches below:
How to get this look for your eyes:
- Start out by filling in your eyebrows so you can see the area you are working with. I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics.
- Prime your lid all the way up to your brow bone. I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
- Dust Peach Fuzz eyeshadow all across your lids. (Any nice peachy shade will work for this step. Something like Naked Lunch by MAC would work.)
- Then, take Cut the Cake eyeshadow and blend this shade through your crease and at the outer edge of your eyes. (Again, any soft lilacy purple will do the trick here.)
- Line your upper lash line and waterline with a black liner. I used Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC.
- Take a nice dark contrasting colour to smudge into your lower lashes. I used Cop a Teal for this step.
- Highlight your brow bone and very inner corner of your eye with a soft, sheer white shade. I used In the Buff eyeshadow for this.
- Finish with Mascara on both your upper and bottom lashes. I used Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara.
This really does create a soft and subtle makeup look with just enough colour to keep me sane. 🙂 There is nothing overpowering about this look and is something that would work for anyone, no matter how you feel about bold colours.
To complete my look, I used the following:
For my Skin > Erase Paste by benefit as my under-eye concealer, Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade #118, topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade “Light Plus”
For my cheeks > Sweet Pink blush by Too Faced
For my lips > Buxom lips bareEscentuals in shade “Leslie”
For the hair I wanted to try out a look that was shown off recently by Brittany and Amber over at Makeup Geek. They put up a complete picture tutorial on how to create this look. You can find it here.
This was my first time trying this look out on myself and I think it turned out okay for my first attempt. Because I don’t have bangs but I didn’t want my face completely bare, I decided to leave out a couple of small strands to curl so I could still have a soft frame around my face.
I am one of those people that has had long hair their entire life and I like to wear it down 99% of the time because it is how I feel “pretty”. I’ve never liked how I look with my hair pulled back in a pony tail or into a bun. But with a soft messy updo like this, I can keep my hair up and off my neck (which is amazing for hot days outside) but still feel pretty and feminine.
How about you? What is your favourite makeup look this Spring? How do you deal with your hair in the heat?
I’ve always thought that blue and orange are colours that compliment each other nicely. Both are bold and beautiful on their own, but side by side, you are forced to focus on their uniqueness and see how they accentuate each other.
I guess that is why I chose to create a makeup look with them again…and I say again, because it was one of the first combinations I used when I first started experimenting with bright dramatic makeup.
Not wanting to be too overpowering this go around, I opted for creating a look that was full of colour, yet soft and wearable.
To create this look, I used my Inglot Freedom System palette. This look was very easy to create and only requires 3 shades of eyeshadow.
The light blue shade all over my lids is #13 from the swatch below. And the dark blue throughout my crease and the outer edge of my eyes is #482 from the same swatch .
I wanted to use a contrasting colour for underneath my lower lashes and opted for #10 from the below swatch, a soft orange.
Let’s get started:
- Make sure your eyebrows are shaped and filled in. I like to always do this first, because it helps frame the eye area. I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC cosmetics.
- Spread an eyeshadow primer all over your lids and up to your brow. I used Mary Kay’s eyeshadow primer.
- Dust a light blue eyeshadow all over each of your lids. I used Inglot’s #13, a soft shimmery blue.
- Then, blend a darker blue through the crease and to the outer edge of your eyes. I used Inglot’s #482, a dark navy blue with a subtle silver shimmer.
- Smudge a light orange under your lash line. I used Inglot’s #10. If you don’t have orange (I’m aware that it’s not a super common shade for people) any soft jewel toned shade will do. Just make sure you pick a contrasting colour to create a nice accent.
- Then, go ahead and line your eyes. I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liner on my upper lashes and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline. I opted for the cat-eye eyeliner look to elongate my eyes.
- Finish with mascara and enjoy your blue and orange makeup look!
You can take a peek at one of my very first posts Yellow and Orange and Blue Oh My! if you would like to see another look using orange and blue together (and yellow) in a very different way. The shades I used for that look are highly pigmented matte pigments. It created a very bright, funky, dramatic look. I feel like my look with the Inglot shadows here though is a lot softer and a lot more wearable for the everyday. What do you think?
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!!
Thanks for reading!
I ventured into an Inglot in Montreal with Samira a couple of weeks ago and decided it was certainly time to pop my cherry. Inglot, a 25 year old cosmetic company from Poland has only 4 stores in Canada (all in Quebec) and only 9 locations in the USA (find a store near you), so Inglot is not a brand that you will run into often – depending on your locale. When I ventured into one of the 3 Montreal stores, the sales associate immediately started to tell me a little bit about the brand…comparing their products to that of MAC Cosmetics and Makeup Forever. The mission: to produce high quality products at fair and reasonable prices, using only the best possible ingredients and raw materials from the most reputable suppliers.
Their “Freedom System” of palettes is what she said they are most famous for. The combinations were endless and I knew I was in trouble. There are 15 different shapes and styles of palettes. You can have only “face” palettes” or only “eye” palettes if you want, but there are also combination palettes where you can have 2 eyeshadows, a blush and a face powder all together. How amazing is that?!? Everything is customizable! When you are in the store, they let you walk around with a big magnet, so you can just pull out whatever you like and stick it on your magnet so you can see everything together and keep track of what you are interested in. Genius.
So let’s take a peek at what I got! I took a lot of pictures, so please hang in there!
First, let’s take a closer look at the AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow I purchased in shade 70.
Their range of pigments is massive. I’ve linked to the US online store so you can see all of the colours available. Tell me – what competitor offers this many options??? You get 2g of product for $14US. I believe I paid $19CAD in store in Montreal. This colour is stunning. I was sold before I even swatched it in store, all it took was seeing it sitting on the table. Just look at this swatch of AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow in #70 in natural light.
For palettes, after much deliberation I opted for the 10 eyeshadow palette. Because of their instore promotion, I got 10 colours of my choice and the palette for $79.00 + tax. That works out to $7.90/eyeshadow with a free palette! For comparisons sake – eyeshadow pans at MAC are $14.00CAD/each and that isn’t even taking into account that you have to buy the palette and you get less product….
Each palette has small magnets in all four corners of the lid as well as the palette itself. So it easily pulls into place when you are closing up your palette. You can also stack palettes and use only one lid on top.
Both swatches were taken in natural light with no flash.
What I love:
- The amount of each product in each pan is enormous. From what I’ve noticed, not all pans are the same – it seems to vary depending on the texture of the shade. My matte shadows are each 2.3g and my others vary from 2.5g up to 3.5g.
- Their Freedom system of palettes is amazing and is to my knowledge the most flexible and customizable option available to beauty addicts and makeup artists alike. I love how with the magnets on each corner, you can actually stack all of your palettes together and simply put a lid on the top one. I’m excited to grow my Inglot collection!
- Their products actually GO ON SALE! I’m so used to MAC Cosmetics where in Canada you will never see a sale – EVER. (Residents in the United States luck out with the Cosmetic Clearance Centres available where all of the limited edition left over products go to die and be sold at discount – I WISH.) But I was thrilled when I started building my palette and the sales associate was running off numbers and then used the phrase “except, it will be even cheaper right now because we have a promotion on these palettes.” *Angels sing* I couldn’t believe it, a promotion!
- Rainbow eyeshadows! They have a line of rainbow eyeshadow pans that actually have 3 shades of the same colour in one palette pan. http://inglotcosmetics.com/rainbow.eye.shadow/products/657/793
- Their collection is all encompassing. They cover everything from eyes, lips, face, brushes, accessories and even a new nail lacquer line which is described as “breathable Nail Enamel ensuring better health care for nails whilst enhancing their beauty.” It is one of the many things on my “next time” list.
- Their selection of pigments was huge compared to MAC cosmetics. They had a much larger range of colours (it would be comparable to the collection available at MAC pro stores, but I think even then MAC would fall short, Inglot just has soooo many.)
What I hate:
- The shadows aren’t named, only numbered. I like being able to use a name when talking eyeshadow colours, rather than “I used number 207 through my crease…” But that might just me being used to a certain way. I guess I figure I am more likely to remember the name of something rather than a catalogue of numbers. (Makeup Forever products are the same way – numbered.)
- There isn’t an easy lip to be able to get your product out of the pans and move them around if you like. You need to use something like the blade of an exacto knife to pop out each shadow from the palette. Not a huge deal, but slightly inconvenient if you are in a hurry.
- Unlike at MAC, they don’t offer samples of their loose pigmented eyeshadows. You can try them all in store, but if you want to check it out with your makeup from home, you will have to buy it.
- Unfortunately, their online shop doesn’t allow for shipment to Canada. They have full sites for which you can purchase product in the US, Australia, UK, Netherlands, South Africa and Finland. I will unfortunately have to wait until my next visit to Montreal.
For the rest of my look, I used the following:
Skin – Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation in shade 118 topped with Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light Plus by MAC
Lashes – Ardell’s Demi Wispies False Lashes and Too Faced lashGASM mascara on my bottom lashes
Liner – Maybelline Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Black on my lids and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline.
Lips – Clinique’s Longlast Lipstick in Heather Moon
Cheeks – Margin blush by MAC
Brows – Mystery Eyeshadow by MAC to fill in my brows
With natural light:
The verdict: The shadows were long lasting and didn’t crease or budge after several hours of wear. For the price, I see this brand has incredible value and a giant range of shades. I will be visiting Inglot upon my next visit to Montreal for sure in order to try out some of their other raved about products.
I hope you found this post useful. Do you own any Inglot products already? If so, what are your favourites??
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled the next time you are near an Inglot – or maybe on your next vacation. You won’t regret it!
Thanks for reading!
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Makeup Geek and they wanted me to post some looks to the Idea Gallery on their site and give them feedback on the process and the way that part of their website functions. In exchange I would get some free eyeshadows to add to my collection.
I was super stoked! I’d wanted to start posting in the Idea Gallery anyway, I might as well take some notes and select a few colours to help round out my Makeup Geek collection. I was really looking forward to being able to actually try creating a look with only Makeup Geek eyeshadows, rather than always having to use them as an addition to an existing look. I thought this would help me get a better idea of their quality as well, because I really hadn’t used them much at all. And it is important to me that you all know that even though I received these eyeshadows for free, my opinions and reviews in this blog are always based on my honest opinions and experiences and are not influenced in any way.
With that being said, let’s take a look at my new Makeup Geek shadows:
I’ve also swatched them all too, because I find that swatches always offers up a more accurate look at the shadows.
For swatches of the other eyeshadows in my Makeup Geek collection, please visit my previous post here.
I decided now that I had some basic eyeshadow shades in addition to some brights that I was finally able to do a complete look.
Here is what I came up with:
This is the first look in a long time that actually terrified me as it was coming together. Very often as I do my makeup, I know I will like the end result as I’m doing it…but for this look I almost took it off so many times as I was applying it. I think the main reason is because Poolside is such a vibrant blue I was worried about either looking like a hooch from the 80’s or some sort of clown. Instead of scrapping the whole look, I made a few changes about half way through. I actually took some makeup remover and pushed Poolside back from the inner corner and lightened that area with White Lies. I was also originally using Wisteria as my purple, but it was just too light paired with Poolside. So I switched out Wisteria for Purple Rain and it made all the difference. These two changes really softened the look and helped it flow together.
I’ve created a tutorial diagram so you can see what shadows are where.
I hope this is helpful! By the time my look was done, I absolutely loved this makeup look! I think it is possibly my favourite creation colour wise.
For the rest of my look:
Skin – MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light Plus
Brows – MAC’s Mystery Eyeshadow to fill them in
Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion
Lashes – Ardells #102 Demi False Lashes on top and Clinique’s High Impact Mascara on my bottom lashes
Liner – Maybelline Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Black on my lids and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline
Lips – Pretty Amazing Gloss by bareMinerals in Panache
Cheeks – powder blush and bronzer from Too Faced’s Natural Face palette
Now to the actual shadows. First, you must know I use a primer every single time I wear eye makeup, so all of my observations and opinions are all based on use with a primer. I cannot speak for what this product is like without the use of a primer.
The big difference I noticed between Makeup Geek eyeshadows and MAC eyeshadows (other than the price) would be the texture. I wouldn’t say that MUG is worse, but it is certainly different. Perhaps the best way to describe it would be that it is slightly drier. But it is still easy enough to work with, just a bit of a different feeling than what I am used to. The colours are easy to blend, they are super pigmented and you get great colour pay off in your looks. You barely have to touch your brush to the eyeshadow pan to pick up the product. I actually found myself blowing off the brush constantly with the MUG shadows so I wouldn’t apply the shadows too heavily. Which is something I never do with MAC eyeshadows. That isn’t a complaint, just an observation.
I think if you are just starting out with building your makeup collection than the Makeup Geek eyeshadow line is a great place to pick up colours. They are affordable and good quality. Remember though, unlike with MAC or Sephora, you can’t try the colours out in your local store and you can’t return them if you aren’t happy with a product (or at least not as hassle free). And even though they have 56 shades of shadow, there are colours and textures missing from their line up. But they are always adding new colours, so keep an eye on the Makeup Geek store, or sign up for their newsletter which always announces new shades. For me, because I already have so many shadows, I have a hard time finding any colours that I don’t already have a look alike for…which is exactly why my collection of MUG shadows is a little odd looking and missing all of their lovely neutral shadows.
Verdict: MAC will always be a “go to” for me because of convenience and extreme versatility in their lineup. I like being able to go into a store and feel and touch everything first before buying it…and if I use it and hate it, I have the ability to walk in and get my money back. But Makeup Geek is a fantastic alternative that everyone should consider, after all, it is HALF the price per shadow. You won’t have problems with the Makeup Geek shadows in terms of quality and if you need multiple colours to build your collection they make the most sense. I have no doubt that I will place more orders with Makeup Geek (especially as their store grows) and grab the odd shadow as their colour range expands.
Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!
In between our trip to Toronto and heading out for Quebec City, we had one night back in Ottawa and had a small gathering to get some friends together and enjoy the long Easter weekend. So it seemed like a good occasion to experiment with a new makeup look.
This silver and blue smoky eye was easy to create and a good option for an evening or a holiday look. I find using blue instead of black (like you would typically see with silver) also makes it a little more fun by adding a pop of colour, black would be much sexier and more dramatic. So it just depends on what sort of look you are trying to create.
To create this look:
- Start by applying an eye primer all over your lid and up to your brow. I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion for this step. Give it a minute and let it set.
- Gently press Platinum Pigment by MAC (or you can use any silver eyeshadow) all over your lid. Depending on the texture of the shadow you are using, sometimes I find that pressing the shadow on results in better coverage and a nicer colour payoff than what you would get by brushing it on.
- Then select your darker colour of choice, I went for Deep Truth by MAC which is a shimmery navy blue. Spread this colour throughout your crease and at the outer edge of your eye.
- I then took a little bit of Black Tied eyeshadow by MAC (a black with small specks of silver) and really intensified the outer edge by making it just a tad darker, adding more depth.
- Using a lighter colour as a highlighter, softly brighten the inner corner of your eye and your brown bone. For this I used Forgery eyeshadow by MAC, a very light silver shade.
- Then, using an angled shadow brush, I dusted both the navy blue eyeshadow (Deep Truth) and the platinum pigment under my lash line to bring the top and bottom together.
- For eyeliner, I would recommend either a gel eyeliner or a liquid liner. For both my waterline and my upper lashes, I used MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack.
- I finished the look off with 2 coats of Too Faced lashGASM mascara. (If you want to see this mascara face off with it’s competitor, please visit my Ultimate Mascara Review)
Please let me know if you like this format of breaking down the shadows, if you find it useful or interesting, please let me know and I can keep doing it!
Now, onto the rest of the evening! Samira brought with her from Brazil, not only some recipes, but also some actual ingredients so we could make authentic Caipirinha (a Brazillian drink) and Brigadeiro (a Brazilian sweet). It was a perfect night to try everything out seeing as we had a room full of people eager to sample.
What you need:
- A Bottle of Cachaca
- Lemons or Limes
- Ice (Crushed ice would’ve been better I think)
Start off by cutting up your lime or lemon into four pieces
Remove the peel and place the pieces of lemon/lime in the bottom of your glass. Add 4 spoonfuls of sugar on top.
Use anything you have to mash up the fruit and sugar until it looks like this: (As you can see, we had to use the handle of our whisk)
Now this is where this gets insane. Add Cachaca and a few ice cubes.
This drink was insanely strong. It smelled and tasted like pure alcohol. No one was able to finish theirs, except for Samira. I think this was some sort of sick joke…although she was able to finish more than one. +1 Samira, you win!
I think if I was ever going to make this again, I would used crushed ice and pack my glass full, before adding the Cachaca…that way you only end up with about 2 ounces of alcohol in your drink, instead of 10.
After the drinks, I think everyone was a little weary of the Brigadeiro…haha, but everyone ended up loving this typical Brazilian sweet.
What you need:
- 2 cans of condensed milk
- 6 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- chocolate sprinkles
***If you want to make your Brigadeiro into balls: remove from heat and let rest until cool enough to handle. Form into small balls and eat at once or chill until serving.***
How many of you are rushing off right now to go make some homemade chocolate?!?!? Be honest!!
But seriously, I would love to hear from you if you’ve ever made either of these before and what you thought! (Or, if you think you’ll try them in the future.)
Thanks for reading!
❤ Shannon ❤