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!
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!
A few weeks ago I picked up another mineralize eyeshadow from MAC. I loved Fresh & Mint so much, I was aching to get another duo. I ended up falling in love with Sweet & Sour, described by MAC as a Dirty Gold paired with a green and deep blue veining/warm gold.
Keep in mind, these are all hand made, so every one is a little different than the one next to it. So for me, I wanted one that was more green than blue, so I actually went to a couple of stores to find the one I was in love with. But if you aren’t as picky as I am, you don’t have to worry. You won’t hear any regrets from me on this product, I love the colours together and this product lives up to what I’ve come to expect from MAC Cosmetics.
These gorgeous duos retail for $24 CAD or $20 US and give you 2.5g of baked colour goodness. For comparisons sake, in a regular MAC eyeshadow, you receive 1.5g and pay $18 CAD or $15US.
Dry swatch of MAC’s Sweet & Sour:
I think what I love most about their mineralize baked eyeshadows are that they are super easy to apply, work with and blend together. They always seem to just seamlessly form a gorgeous eye with no work at all.
If you want a softer look, use a dry brush. If you want your colours a bit more vibrant, use a wet brush to apply these mineralize eyeshadows. For my look, I used a wet brush.
How to create this look for your eyes:
- Fill in your brows and shape them how you like. I used MAC’s Mystery Eyeshadow for this.
- Apply your primer all over your lid. I used Urban Decay’s Potion Primer.
- Wet your eyeshadow brush and apply the greenish/blueish side all over your lid. (You don’t need to use this MAC duo, any green or blue shimmery shadow will work for this.)
- Wipe your brush off on a kleenex, re-wet your brush and apply the dirty gold throughout your crease and the outer edge of your eye.
- Using an eyeliner brush, apply the dirty gold under your lower lashes as well to bring the look together. (Again, if you don’t have this duo, feel free to use a shimmery gold that you may have from another brand.)
- Line your upper and lower lash line with black eyeliner of your choice. I used Maybelline Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Black on my lids and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline.
- For my lashes I used Ardells #102 Demi False Lashes on top and Clinique’s High Impact Mascara on my bottom lashes.
- Viola! Super easy, no blending required with this MAC duo. You simply slap it on and just by having the two colours touch each other, they blend themselves. Fool proof!
For the rest of this look I used the following:
Skin – Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation in shade 118
Lips – Smashbox’s Lip Enhancing Gloss in Fame
Cheeks – powder blush and bronzer from Too Faced’s Natural Face palette
This picture is indoors with flash:
This picture was taken in natural light, no flash:
Do you own any MAC Mineralize shadows? How do you like them?
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!!
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.
As we were getting ready to head out last night, I sat down at my vanity and just did not feel like doing green makeup. So, inspired by Marlena’s (from Makeup Geek) Colourful Smoky Eye from earlier this week, I thought I would put my spin on it. As you can see she used bright, yet soft colours in her look.
I wanted to create something similar, but I felt like using brighter and bolder colours.
So here is what I ended up coming up with:
For this look I used the following eyeshadows:
Yellow – Bright Sunshine by MAC
Light Green – Bio Green by MAC
Darker Green- Kelly by MAC
Teal – Teal from the MAC Duo Palettes
Purple – Indian Ink by MAC
Highlight – Forgery by MAC
For the remainder of the look I used:
Eyeliner – Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC
Mascara – Clinique’s High Impact Mascara
Lashes – Ardell Demi Wispie False Lashes
Brows – Filled them in with Mystery Eyeshadow by MAC
Lips – Clinique’s Watermelon Long Last Lipstick (swatched here)
Face – For foundation I used Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade 118, for powder MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Shade “Light Plus”. I also used the Powder Blush and Bronzer from Too Faced’s Natural Face palette (still need to post about this!)
I hope you all like this bright fun look. Get out there and have some fun with your colours now that Spring is here!
Thanks for reading,