This look was a long time in the making. I had bough I few items from MAC’s Moody Blooms collection and one of items was a this beautiful teal eyeliner called Black Ivy. The product remained untouched until now. Boy, am I glad about finally breaking it today! The look ended up been an amazing, colorful look, yet super wearable.
Since it continues to be summer (even though some areas in Europe seemed to have missed the memo in the past few weeks), primer is still a must. As in my previous tutorial, I’m using the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.
Another repeat from the previous tutorial, the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in shade Punjab. I applied a thin layer of the product using my fingers. Although I have great foundation brushes (like this one or the one from this collection), with such a small amount of product, I feel fingers work just as well!
I primed my eyelids using the NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. It’s a great clear primer that helps make the color pop and last forever! I put a bit of the product using the doe foot applicator on the back of my hand. I then apply that on my lids with my fingers.
A small tragedy happened to me this week. My beloved Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ran out. So I had to go with another product for this look. Luckily, I still had a MAC Brow Pencil in Spiked lying around that I could use (as one does). I needed to do some hard core blending with a spooley brush because this shade (after getting used to the Anastasia) felt a tad red. I went over with my Maybelline New York Brow Drama gel in Dark Brown to fix them (also the tint is a bit cooler-toned, which helps bring down any red undertone from the pencil).
Now we get to the eyes. I’m using 4 MAC Eyeshadows for this look: Brulee as base, Naked Lunch, Satin Taupe, and Sketch. First I apply Brulee all over the lid using a MAC 239 brush. I follow with Naked Lunch over the Brulee, using the clean side of the same brush. Using a MAC 217 brush, I applied Satin Taupe over the crease and outer V, making sure the shade blends seamlessly with the Naked Lunch. Finally, I applied Sketch to the outer V with the same 217 brush. Finally, here’s the most important part of the look: blend, baby, blend! I took a clean 217 brush to blend the edges until there were no harsh lines.
And now for the bright pop of color, the eyeliner! I used MAC Fluidline in Black Ivy applied with an angled brush (this brush is also from this collection). The key is to make sure to apply at close to the lash line as possible! Once I’ve achieved the shape I wanted (a moderate cat eye), I used a kohl pencil in a similar shade to tightline (that’s lining the top waterline!). The one I used is a Catrice Cosmetics Eye Kohl Kajal in god knows what shade. I could not find this anywhere on the pencil!
With a 239 brush I put a bit of the MAC Eyeshadow in Satin Toupe and I run it along the bottom lash line. Since the top part of the eyes is heavy, we need to balance it out with a bit of color. To finish off the eyes, I applied a few coats of Bourjois Volume Maxx Mascara on the top lashes.
A look like this is bound to have some fallout, even if only a very small amount. That’s why I always leave concealer for last. I first brushed off some of the fallout and then used Smashbox High Definition Concealer under my eyes, and a couple of spots on my cheeks, forehead, and chin. Then I set it all with Benefit’s Hello Flawless Powder Foundation in shade Honey.
For the cheeks I went with a nice cream blush from theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples Lip and Cheek Cream Palette. I used shade Caramel which is a great one to add a splash of color (and warmth), but without taking away the attention from the eyes.
I used the Radiant Light shade from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette and applied over the cheeks. It not only helps set the cream blush, but adds a little bit more of a bronzed look. And of course, no look can be complete without a little highlighter. I added a bit extra for the camera to pick it up for your viewing pleasure! I used shade Incandescent light from the same palette (Which I, of course, brought down from disco ball to a more natural level before I left the house!)
And finally, lips. As with the cheeks, I went with a fairly neutral tone because I want all attention on the eyes. That said, I still want my lips to look like I made an effort. So I used a MAC Lip Pencil in the shade Dervish and applied all over my lips. I topped it up with a very nice product I forgot I had, the Armani Lip Maestro in shade 202 Dolci.
Here it is! The finished look, including a side by side comparisson with before and after. For some reason there was a stray hair on my face when I took all the “after” pictures. Of well, at least they are not yellowish!
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