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Feeling Earthy? (a rainforest makeup tutorial)

how to apply eyeshadow

It feels like forever since I’ve done an eye makeup tutorial.  This one is super simple and fast to do.  I tried to make a season appropriate look for this time of year, but still have some fun with it.  With this eye shadow combination I still get my “necessary” pop of colour with the bold green, but the look is grounded by the brown eye shadow.

 

I used 3 eye shadows from MAC Cosmetics – Swimming, Humid and Mystery.

MAC eye shadow swatches - "Mystery", "Swimming" and "Humid"

But you can certainly recreate this look with any similar combination of shadows.

How to create this super simple look:

green and brown eye makeup

*follow any of the links below for swatches, where to buy and other shades available*

  1. As always, fill in your brows first to help frame the area.  I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics for this.
  2. 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.
  3. Using a flat eye shadow brush, dab Swimming eye shadow by MAC all over your lids. (from the inside of the eye to the outside of the eye).  Any bright green will work for this, you don’t need this specific shadow.  Just make sure it is not lime green, you want it to be more of an earthy tone.
  4. Using the same brush (brush off all the green pigment first on a kleenex) use your Mystery eye shadow (any dark brown matte eye shadow will do) throughout the crease and up onto your brow bone.
  5. Then, using a fluffy crease brush, sweep Humid eye shadow (or a nice dark forest green) gently back and forth through your crease. This will help meld the dark brown and the bright green together, creating a more fluid and blended look.
  6. 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.  I didn’t apply any on the lower side of my eyes.  I wanted to create a softer and more open look rather than closing off my eye.
  7. Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara.  I used They’re Real! mascara by benefit.
  8. (Optional) Add false eyelashes to your look.  I get such volume and curl out of this mascara I decided not to bother with lashes.

how to apply eyeshadow

How to get 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 > Margin Blush by MAC Cosmetics (a frost powdered blush)

Lips > Bite Lip Shine in shade “Vintage”

rainforest makeup

What do you guys think?  Are you a fan of this combination or do you hate it?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Tell me, what make-up are you sporting this fall??

Thanks for reading!

xox,
Shannon

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A Special Green Showcase for St. Patrick’s Day

Bender, Cobra and Nice Stems Eyeshadow Swatches

With St. Patty’s Day just around the corner I felt it necessary to pull out everything green and showcase these products for you.  Some of the products you’ll have seen on here already, but now you can see them alongside all of their green counterparts.

Green eyeshadows, green eyeliners and green nail polishes

Given my huge range of green eyeshadows, I have very little in the way of green pigments.  The only ones I could even throw in here are from MAC’s Butterfly Party set.  Moss Garden and Rain Drop certainly have greenish blue tints so I decided to include them even if it was a bit of stretch.

Moss Garden and Rain Drop Pigment Swatches

For eyeliners I only have a few pencils that fall under the category of “greenish”:

  • Sephora’s 12HR Crayon Jumbo (waterproof) in green
  • Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner by MAC in Undercurrent
  • Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner by MAC in Black Line (because this is the first time I’ve shown this one, I wanted to show it both smudged and not smudged.  You can see when you blend it out a little bit, the gold and green flecks really start to show.  I love this one because it has a sort of khaki green tint to it.
Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner swatches

I also want to feature a palette I picked up back when the Wonder Woman collection hit the shelves a few months back in MAC stores.

You can create really beautiful soft and sultry smokey eyes with this palette between the soft minty green and harsh forest green shades.  This palette features 4 x full size MAC eyeshadows: Manila Paper, Valiant, Diana Undercover and Spinning Transformation.

Manila Paper, Valiant, Diana Undercover, Spinning Transformation Eyeshadow Swatches

I also have a Kat Von D True Romance Palette: Truth that fits half way into this theme.

I swatched the basic highlight shade from the palette (Sugar Skull), two apple greens (Long Distance and Snake Eyes) as well as the token cream shadow from the palette (Finland).

True Romance Palette - Truth Swatches

My Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV Palette has a couple of green shades worth posting about and my Too Faced Sweet Dreams Palette features one gorgeous green that had to be included as well.

Bender, Cobra and Nice Stems Eyeshadow Swatches

From the remainder of my collection, I have a number of “greenish” MAC shades as well as a couple of shades from Makeup Geek with quite the range of greens to choose from.

What green eyeshadow should I pick?

So after all of this, if you happen to be one of those people wondering what green eyeshadow to get, this post might be overwhelming with so many choices.  If green makeup is something new for you, I would suggest getting a nice vibrant shade and a nice dark rich shade to start out with.  This will allow you to create a green smokey eye, or to use them individually with more neutral shades that you are more comfortable with.

For the darker green, I would probably go with Humid by MAC or if you happen to have the Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV, consider yourself lucky because Bender is gorgeous!   For your vibrant shade Swimming eyeshadow by MAC is beautiful and goes gorgeous with browns if you want to just incorporate a little bit of colour into your makeup routine.  If you are feeling more adventurous Bio Green and Kelly are also wonderful, but they are from the MAC PRO collection and not available at all MAC stores.  Swimming was actually my first MAC eyeshadow purchase that wasn’t a neutral or a highlight.  You can see it here paired with Mulch (dark glittery brown) and Honeylust (medium golden brown) for a subtle pop of colour.

Swimming MAC eyeshadow look

And veering away from subtle, here is a dramatic and bold green eyeshadow look for St. Patty’s Day for the more adventurous.  This look is showcasing Kelly, Humid and Black Tied eyeshadows by MAC.

St. Patty's Day Eyemakeup Makeup

So tell me, will you be wearing green makeup this St. Patty’s Day?  What are your favourite green makeup products?

Thanks for reading!

Shannon

A Look at Green eyeshadows


Make Yourself Up with MAC

Aquadisiac, Bitter, Steamy and Freshwater eyeshadows in a palette

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.

Jewel Tone Eyeshadow

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.

MAC Eyeshadow Palette

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:

Satellite Dreams, Parfait Amour, Humid, Swimming, Brill, Pink Venus, Cranberry, Club, Steamy, Bitter, Shale, Blackberry, Deep Truth, Freshwater, Aquadisiac

***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.

MAC Pink and Purple Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatch

Purple and Red Eyeshadows by MAC

MAC Eyeshadow Swatch

Green and Blue MAC Eyeshadows

MAC Eyeshadow Swatch

Green and Blue Eyeshadows by MACMAC Eyeshadow SwatchCitrus MAC Eyeshadows

MAC Eyeshadow Swatch

And I of course, couldn’t post about all of these eyeshadows without showing them in a look as well.

MAC Eyeshadow Look with Pink venus, Satellite Dreams, Steamy and FreshwaterMAC Look with Pink Venus, Satellite Dreams, Steamy and Deep Truth Eyeshadows

For this eyeshadow look from this palette, I used Pink Venus, Satellite Dreams, Aquadisiac, Steamy, Deep Truth and Brill as my highlight.

Pink Venus, Satellite Dreams, Steamy and Deep Truth Eyeshadow Look with MAC Eyeshadows

*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!

xox,

Shann

Aquadisiac, Bitter, Steamy and Freshwater eyeshadows in a palette


Colors of a Peacock

Peacock Eyes

Another set of bright colors.  Unfortunately for this one though the lighting was a little less than ideal, but I am sure you can get the idea.  This is what I used for this look:

Primer > Mary Kay Eye Primer

Shadow > MAC Swimming Eyeshadow (Green) blended into MAC’s Teal from their double feature duo and MAC’s Grape Pigment

Eyeliner > Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC

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