Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer
MAC Natural Radiance Prep+Prime
Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray
Urban Decay Naked Foundation in 3.5
MAC Face + Body Foundation in NC30
Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder in Light
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb
NARS Blush in Sin, Orgasm
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (contour)
Tarte Amazonian Clay Smooth Operator Finishing Powder
Urban Decay De-slick Setting Spray
Wet n Wild Color Icon in Dark Brown
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Chocolate
MAC Eyeshadow in Mulch
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Anti-Aging
MAC Eyeshadow in Soba, Brown Script, Rice Paper
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Demolition
Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam
I got half my hair done on Sunday. It'll be all wrapped up on Wednesday- time to bring the bangs back. This look as been a good run.
Making your eyes pop normally entails using complimentary colors (for brown-eyed babes, we need blues), but I feel that using eyeshadows in similar hues to the iris is effective in its own way, creating both a neutral yet exciting look. Brown Script by MAC is a delicious color that I truly believe can flatter anyone: it's a reddish brown with a completely matte finish. Normally, red eye looks can make you sickly if not done right, and wearing totally red pigment in the area is both hard to pull off and dangerous (if not approved for eye use).
So, why shouldn't you wear red around your eyes? Because the chemical makeup is more often than not unsafe for the eye area. This same logic applies to wearing blue on the lips. The rule is: no iron oxides near the eyes, no ultramarines near the mouth. HOWEVER, there are lip-safe blue lipsticks and skin-safe red eyeshadows. To meet the demands of color flopping makeup crazies, companies are making the no-no zone products zone friendly with stuff like Carmine or Red 40 (so, bye bye iron oxides), or Blue 1 Lake or other dyes (deuces, ultramarines).
What are ultramarines, you ask? Besides super soldiers, ultramarines are chemical compounds that yield blue, green, pink, and violet colors. They are naturally occurring, but most cosmetic companies synthetically produce (or refine raw minerals in their labs) mineral compounds to make them gentler for the skin. The FDA deems ultramarines unsafe for the lip area due to ingestion concerns, but absorption through the skin does not bode as big a concern, which is why it's okay to wear them on the eye area.
Iron oxides, in cosmetics, form the red and brown base of applicable colors, and is an inorganic compound used in the pigmentation process (treated the same way in labs as mentioned above, for the most part).
Red eyeshadow is HARD to pull off. Generally, red eyes will make you look infected, sickly, or demonic, and blue lipstick will make you look cold, dead, and clammy. Think of it this way: your lips are naturally more "red" (or warm, at least) due to the flushed nature of your lip area, whereas blue easily mimics the color of our veins on our epidermis. Plus, bad guys always have red eyes and dead folk are blue all over. So, generally we want to avoid that, unless it's Halloween or you DGAF.
Now that the science lesson is over, I'm sure you're clamoring you another opinion, so here it is: I am in love with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. You apply it like a lip gloss (it comes in a tube with a doe foot wand), but it dries matte (obvs) and is opaque as all hell. Truthfully, it's just a magical, liquified version of lipstick. Amsterdam was given to me by a friend, and it's a nice harmony between red and orange. It offers just as much sass as red lipstick but has slightly less maintenance.
Also, I am not a chemist, and I have learned all I know about pigments and process through research, trial and error, and simple curiosity. If anything I mentioned about chemical compounds/cosmetic safety is scientifically incorrect, do us both a favor and correct the shit out of my errors.