The season of holiday parties is upon us! I always love getting done up for Christmas parties and the like. I feel as though I can be more adventurous this time of year and am able to put on some makeup that I wouldn’t normally leave the house in…no longer stuck waiting for those special occasions.
Last year, I tried out my very first Pin-Up makeup look and was sporting a bold red lip.
This year (or at least for party #1) I went with a metallic smokey eye. The Copper pigment adds enough glitz and glam to make the look festive and the use of black kicks the look up a notch into the world of dark, dramatic and sexy.
Get the eyes:
- Step 1 is “Tame those brows!”. Fill them in, glue them down, do whatever it is you do to get that area ready. 🙂
- Prime your lid and all the way up through your crease to your brow. I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. Make sure you are always using some sort of primer as a base, whether you want a soft daytime look or something dramatic for evening. 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”.
- Next, take a piece of tape (scotch, masking, painters, any will do) and get it in line with your lower lash line and where your eye brows end. Press it down, making sure it is nice and smooth with a good seal. It will take you a few minutes to get used to how this feels when you blink.
- Using a flat eye shadow brush, I pressed on “Copper” pigment by MAC all over my lids, working from the inside out.
- Using a stiff dome brush, start dusting a matte black shadow throughout your crease, and down along the outside of your eye, along the tape line. Using this same colour and brush, lightly smudge this along your lower lash line too, the outside half only. I used “Corrupt” by Makeup Geek as my matte black shade. It’s really intense and heavily pigmented. I suggest using a matte shadow for this step so the Copper shade stands out more…and when I am putting black this high on my brow bone, I feel like the matte texture helps tone it down slightly and isn’t as overpowering as a lustre or frost might be. You can feel free to use a glitzy black if you’d prefer.
- I decided against an inner corner highlight with this look. Instead, I used “Goldmine” eyeshadow by MAC on the inner quarter of my lid to gently lighten the copper and create a very subtle gradient effect.
- Then I took a fluffy crease blush and gently dusted “Brule” eyeshadow by MAC underneath my brows. Brule is a soft matte, nearly nude shadow that is close to my natural skin tone.
- At this point you should be ready to pull that tape off! If necessary, perform any clean up that the tape might have missed. A Q-tip dipped in makeup remover will do the trick!
- For eye liner I used Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in “Trooper” on my lid. The felt tip on this makes it really easy to apply and wing out the edges. To create a similar look to what I have here, you want to continue your line out past your lashes and gently flick it upwards. Now, draw that line down to your lower lash line and fill in the middle. On my waterline I opted for Makeup Forever’s Aqua Eyes waterproof liner in black. For this, I applied it once to my waterline, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then went back in with the pencil again to make it more opaque. Both of these eye liners are from my “Draw the Line” Sephora Favorites sampler that I am super in love with, it’s great value and you should check it out if you haven’t already, it has definitely proven to be one of the best purchases I have made all year!
- Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara. I used “They’re Real!” mascara by Benefit. Normally if I am wearing false eyelashes I go for a soft basic mascara. But because I was only planning on wearing lashes on the outer half, I used my most intense volumizing mascara.
- (Optional) As always, the addition of false eyelashes is optional. For this look, I used “305” by Ardell.
Get the look:
Face > For my under eye concealer I used Erase Paste by benefit in shade No.1. Then, all over I used MUFE’s HD foundation in shade 118 topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Light Plus.
Cheeks > Powder Blush from Too Faced’s Natural Face Palette (a slightly shimmery pink frost blush)
Lips > “Leslie” Buxom Lips
Hair > Curls using a 1″ rod by Sultra
What sort of makeup will you be wearing for your holiday parties this year?
P.S. This look was loosely inspired by “Mad as the Jangsara” where she used the same Copper pigment by MAC.
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?
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!
Dying to try out some new products from my recent MAC haul I came up with this soft, sweet look for last Saturday night. Pastels are something I don’t use often when it comes to my makeup and I do love to experiment…so this was my finished makeup look.
I used the pinkish-white side of the Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eye Shadow by MAC all over my lid and the greenish side on the outer edge and up through the crease. They are both very subtle colours, so you don’t have to worry about working hard to blend these together.
I wanted to use a nice vibrant eyeliner in a contrasting colour that wasn’t already in the look (so green was out). I opted for my new Petrol Blue Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner from MAC. It is so easy to work with and I knew it would have no problem gliding over the shadow cleanly.
I find the soft pastels from the Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eye Shadow really soften the look while complimenting my dark brown hair and the Petrol Blue Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner make my brown eyes really pop. To me, this is a great makeup look for those wanting to make your eyes the focus but are afraid to go overboard with a bright colour or a heavy smoky eye.
For the rest of the look:
Brows > Filled in with Mystery Eyeshadow by MAC
Mascara > Clinique’s High Impact Mascara
Skin > MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light Plus
Cheeks > NARS Blush in Orgasm
Lips > Buxom Lips Bare Escentuals in Leslie
Hair > Soft wavy curls using Sultra’s 1″ rod The Bombshell
I hope you all enjoy this look! Let me know what you think!
If you liked this look, then please be sure to check out “Feeling Flirty?” for a similar look with a different spin.
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.
Another set of bright colors. Unfortunately for this one though the lighting was a little less than ideal, but I am sure you can get the idea. This is what I used for this look:
Primer > Mary Kay Eye Primer
Shadow > MAC Swimming Eyeshadow (Green) blended into MAC’s Teal from their double feature duo and MAC’s Grape Pigment
Eyeliner > Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC