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:
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- 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!
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.