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!
Somewhere in the blur that is the past week, I got married! Hence why my posts completely fell off the face of the Earth. I will get to talking about the wedding soon enough, but for now I have some catching up to do.
People started flying in and the whole week went by in a blur. I’m now back at work and wondering where the time went. No more trips to the airport now, everyone has gone back to their respective homes. Whether that be Calgary, Arizona, North Carolina, Toronto, Kitchener or Bayfield. For the first time in a week, we are able to relax and spend an evening, just the two of us. I plan to wear pajamas all night and do some rewinding – I’ve missed this!
Before the insanity truly began – let me back up to a week and a half ago. James’ groomsmen were throwing a small stag for him, locally, here in Ottawa for the people that weren’t able to attend the Vegas trip. And one of my girlfriends was furious that the men got to go out AGAIN and we were going to be stuck at home. So we decided to get all dolled up and head downtown for some drinking and dancing. For those of you that know me – you know that the drinking comes before the dancing!
I promised several weeks ago that I would post some looks using the Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV Palette. I’ve been slacking and just finally got to playing with the colours last night. So here is my first concoction:
The main shade I wanted to make sure I incorporated was the deep rich purple, Gravity. Without making the look super dark I went on a hunch and paired it up with some of the neutrals that have a pink undertone. It ended up blending together nicely. What I love most about this look, is that it is still very dramatic drawing focus to the eyes, but not overly dark and heavy looking.