So, I got a package in the mail a few days ago from Urban Decay, and I really could not wait to break into the products! This is my super fast smokey taupe-y eye look from yesterday. It took me about 5 minutes (minus a few extra minutes for taking pics) while my two year old was waking up from her nap.
Here's what I used (after prepping with NYX eye primer):
Urban Decay Easy Baked Eye Shadow
Urban Decay Mushroom 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil
Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Eye Liner Pencil
Maybelline The Rocket Mascara, lots of it!
I'm a big Rachel Bilson fan, she always looks flawless. Her look in her hit CW series, “Hart of Dixie” is no exception! She rocks a perfect sultry, smoky eye most of the time, though her look is a bit toned down (and perfect) for every day wear.
Celebrity Makeup Artist Joni Powell, who does Rachel’s makeup on the show, and is responsible for the look and she shared her tips for how to get it!
Most of Rachel's look is based on 3 products. Joni says, “on the show Rachel’s character goes for rich earth tones to complement her sophisticated style. I love the CARGO Essential Eye Palette – it has everything I need to create this simple, yet eye-catching, smoky look. Using the Bronze Palette, the look can be easily implemented at home to create your own smoky eye.”
1. First apply the shimmery copper shade of the CARGO Essential Eye Palette labeled “Lid” over the entire eye, using a flat “fluff brush” to work the color from the inside corner outward
2. Use the nude shade labeled “Brow Bone” underneath the brow as a highlighter to make the eyes pop
3. Next apply the darkest shade labeled “Outer Corner” with an angled brush as a liner to create a thick line above the lashes that extends to the outer corner and below the lower lashes to meet the top line, creating a triangle at the outer corners
Then use a rounded brush to smudge the liner and drag out the corners for an enhanced look, followed by a few coats of 4. TexasLash Mascara to add drama
5. Finally, balance the dramatic eye with Lip Gloss in Woodstock, which is a fun and feminine light pink shade with an opalescent sheen
If you follow my Facebook Page, you may have seen a preview of this look. I saw the look on Refinery 29. I loved the green ombre look, and I was sure I could recreate it with a Too Faced shadow that I already own. Refinery 29 used MAC Club, and I used Too Faced Label Whore. Both have a warm brown matte base, but have a lot of dark green shimmer/frost in the shadow as well.
Since watching the how-to video, I've been thinking a lot about layering shadows over liners like this. Watch for more posts in the future with the layering!
I start with a dark green-ish gold eye liner. I apply it pretty roughly over my lid, as seen here. I then smudged it a little with a fingertip to spread it up to the crease.
Next I applied the shadow up to the crease by patting it on with a brush. This lets that green shimmer really shine!
Next I apply shadow into the crease by sweeping the brush back and forth (like that windshield wiper that everyone always talks about). This obscures the green shimmer and brings out the brown base.
Next, I applied a bit of the shadow under my eye as well. I patted to bring out that green again.
I finished up the eye look with black liner and lots of mascara.
While I wore this look for just a basic day at home (my husband is used to coming home and finding me in way too much eye makeup for what I did that day), I think that really this is more of a night out look.
Do you know of any other shadows like this? I'd love to create this look with other colors!
If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen a little preview of this neutral smoky eye last week, and I had promised a tutorial on how I did it. Finally, the day has come!
This was a simple day at home for me. I really wanted to do something a little bit different, and luckily, it was a long nappy morning for my toddler. When toddlers are napping, mommies will play with (loose) eye shadow!
It's a pretty long tutorial, so I've added a jump for those that don't want to scroll past it for forever. So, read on to see how I did it!
For Memorial Day weekend, Interview Magazine asked me for 2 of my summer must have products for a beach bag. I loved the variety of responses from the Beauty Bloggers (you can see the piece on Interview's website), but I had 2 responses that I haven't even reviewed yet! Here's the first, I promise to feature the second pick (Laid Brand's Straight Kinky) very soon.
Aqua Shadows are new from Make Up For Ever, though similar products seem to be popping up from a lot of brands (I have some from Milani to review soon). These ones come in 12 different shades and are really very easy to use. Once you draw on your skin, you can blend them with your finger or a brush, though I found my finger to be much easier. You only have about 1-2 minutes before the color "sets" and becomes much harder to work with, so do it quickly! Once the color has set it becomes quite a bit harder to smudge and it is also waterproof. I found that it really is pretty resistant to moving in the water, you'll need quite a bit of friction to create a smudge. Love that!
I tried out 2 shades, and while the pinky beige was very pretty, it's actually the navy that was my favorite! (Which is, yes, a bit shocking, as I'm often pretty conservative.)
If you follow me on Facebook you saw a preview of this look a few weeks ago, but as promised I've finally shared it here with a tutorial!
The navy is absolutely perfect to create a fun and fast summer smokey eye. I loved this look, and it makes me want to try all of the other shades!
What do you think? Do you want to try out the look as well? I'd love to do this with green or purple.