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?
Thanks for reading!
After so much positive feedback in regards to my post about my MAC Pro Palette, I figured it was definitely time to share some of my other MAC eyeshadows. So I decided to post about another palette of mine that I have compiled over the last two years. As you can see, it has a wide range of colour, but a lot of them are very flexible and work well with neutrals as well as other mid-tone shades or even brights.
I also want to talk about the MAC palettes a little bit and make sure people know how the palettes work with MAC. From any MAC store (not available at counters at the Bay) you can buy the empty palettes in sizes of either 2, 4 or 15 and then you can buy the refill pans that are labelled on the back and magnetized on the bottom so they don’t fall out. They are less expensive than purchasing the little shadow pot of each colour too. The only thing is, you can’t recycle them for the “Back to MAC Program”. This Back to MAC program allows you to trade in 6 empties for one new product (either a lip stick or an eyeshadow). So the extra money you spend on the pots does have a little reward, but much much later once you have used up the entire product (unless you melt them out and put them in either a MAC palette or a Z Palette). But, here is the thing. The value of the “free” product is still less than the money saved by purchasing the palettes and pans. Not to mention, they are more convenient when all in a palette together as opposed to having a 45 individual eyeshadows mixed together in a pile, taking up a huge amount of space.
So, let me break this down for those people cruching numbers in their heads right now and seeing if I am right.
Let’s say we were going to buy 15 individual eyeshadows. They are now $18.00 each (CAD). You are looking at $270.00.
Let’s say we were going to buy a palette to hold 15 shadows as well as 15 eyeshadow pans. The pans are $14.00 each and the palette itself is $17.00. So it works out to a total of $227.00.
So for an extra $43 you get the privilege of getting “free” products through the recycling program. So with 15 colours, you would eventually earn 2 free eyeshadows. But to benefit from this, you would actually need to use them until their is nothing left, or melt out the pans and turn in the plastic. Seems like a lot of extra work if you ask me. I would rather take my $43 and go buy my extra eyeshadow or lipstick when it’s convenient. Okay – so that is my rant. I love the palettes and refill pans. The magnets are amazing and they never fall out. Not to mention, they are super easy to swap around if you are travelling and want to change up what colours you are taking with you.
But anyways, let’s take a look at the actual shades:
***Please note that all of these colours are currently available with the exception of “Brill” it is an old limited edition shade from a MAC collection in 2002.***
I would say this is the palette I use the most out of my MAC collection. I have another full palette of neutrals that I haven’t featured on Eyemasq yet that does get a fair bit of use. But I find the above shades let me have some fun with rich jewel toned colours without going completely over the top with the colours in my MAC Pro Palette.
And I of course, couldn’t post about all of these eyeshadows without showing them in a look as well.
For this eyeshadow look from this palette, I used Pink Venus, Satellite Dreams, Aquadisiac, Steamy, Deep Truth and Brill as my highlight.
*Please also note that I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC for eyeliner, Unchanging MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolour, Sephora Triple Action Mascara, Dollymix Blush by MAC as well as Mystery Eyeshadow by MAC to fill in my brows. I am also wearing Ardell False Lashes in #105.*
For another one of my favorite looks from these shades, which is really simple, check out my look “Plum Fun” which features both Shale and Blackberry eyeshadows from this palette.
I hope I’ve convinced you to start your very own MAC palette if you don’t already have one. I started with 4 colours and never looked back!