Just a couple of weeks ago I posted a smokey metallic makeup look that I wore to my husband’s work Christmas party. By the time my work party rolled around, I was ready to mix it up. I wanted to play with some colour and ended up with a very intense, bold and festive makeup look.
What I used to get this look:
- Super Rollers to turn my bone straight hair into soft curly hair
- Fame Lip Enhancing Gloss by Smashbox
- MUFE HD Foundation in shade 118
- Erase Paste concealer/brightener by benefit
- Pink Powder Blush from Too Faced’s Natural Face Palette
- The red eyeshadow portion is made up of one shade: Basic Red Pigment by MAC Cosmetics
- The green eyeshadow portion consists of Kelly, Bio Green and Bottle Green eyeshadows all by MAC Cosmetics
- Brule eyeshadow by MAC as my brow bone highlight
- To finish off my eyeshadow, I used Avon’s silver liquid eye liner all over my eye shadow to glam up the look and make it nice and sparkly for the party
- For eye liner I am using Kat Von D’s tattoo liner in Trooper on the top and for my waterline I used tarte’s skinny smoldereyes pencil in Onyx
- They’re Real! mascara by benefit
- And for my lashes, I knew with a big bright look, I needed big bold lashes – so I went for the biggest ones I own, my “Lacies” by Ardell
How about you, are you being adventurous with your makeup this holiday season?
I really hope you all like this fun makeup look for Christmas! After all there is really only one time of year that this makes any sort of sense at all and that is right now, during the holidays! I’m sure some people would argue that there is no time of year that this look makes any sense haha…but I had a lot of fun with it regardless and I do believe that is the point!! So make sure you remember to have a little fun too. 😉
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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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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?
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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?
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!!
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,