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!
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!!