Shiseido Mattifying Moisturizer
Tony Moly Silky Smooth Balm
Urban Decay Naked Foundation in 3.5
Aveda Inner Light Mineral Finishing Powder
NARS Blush in Sin
NYX Stay Matte Finishing Spray
NYX Brow Cake in Brunette
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Chocolate
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
Geek Chic Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bojutsu Science Adept
MAC Maleficent Mineralize Eyeshadow in My Dark Magic
Pantone C.O.T.Y Eyeshadow Quad Scallop Shell
Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara
NYX Macaron Lippie in Lavender
Lancome Rouge in Love Lipstick in Violette Coquette
Day two of monochromatic, which I plan on doing all week. Monday was peach/orange, and Tuesday is purple-based. I was also inspired by the color palette of my cool skull-and-flowers tank top, of which you get a half glimpse in the photos.
I'm really happy with how this look turned out. I initially used just the Lavender lipstick, but because it's too cool and light against my skin, I used the Lancome to make a cool ombre that, with laziness, blended with the Lavender throughout the day's eating and drinking to make a nice purple mixture. Fun fact: the Lancome lip color is THE purple I'd been looking for. If anyone reading this is a Futurama fan, I'd been dying to find a hue the exact shade of Leela's hair. This lipstick is it. I haven't done many ombre lips, but I love how this one turned out.
The NARS blush, too, is rather mauvey, so I was able to stay in the color family. I also like how it applies, because it gives a sort of natural contour to the cheekbone. My friend Erin uses it on her fair skin, and it looks just stunning. I think I just recently really learned how to apply this to my face so it looks just right. Initially when I got it, the color didn't really seem right. Maybe now I'm just used to it? But, it also does not match my natural flush, which is much more pink.
Finally, the eyes. If I had to choose, I'd definitely say I'm all about eye makeup. I absolutely invest in eye products more than other types (necessities aside), so this was a great opportunity to bust out another Geek Chic shadow and put an older MAC one to intentional use. I remember swooping up the older Maleficent MAC eyeshadows right when they were released a few years back. They are two colors baked together (pink/purple, and green/sapphire) in a very intense silvery-black glitter base. So, extremely complex colors and finishes, which were not my more amateur makeup wearing self's best friend.
To start, I layered the Geek Chic color all over the lid and blended up to my eyebrow, which, by pulling the color, created a slight one color gradient that was more pigmented near the lash line and more thin at the top. I used a kick ass Sigma brush (E38 Diffused Crease) to lightly apply/pull/blend My Dark Magic on and around the crease to create the depth. For a bit of highlight under the brow bone, I used a small brush to tap Scallop Shell onto the skin and then pull it out and down to blend with the rest of the shadows. I have to say, I'm really proud of this look, and here's why:
Knowing how to confidently use the MAC color and knowing WHERE to place it/work it for the contour/smoke in the crease showed me I've gained comfort and confidence, which is huge and true about anything in life we do.
So I guess I just felt really accomplished and really pretty.