To celebrate my new hair, I tried out a pink purple eyeshadow look to match the other day. I’ve been pretty determined to do a heavy eyeliner or smoky eye thing to do this. I’ve done rockstar type eyeliners before (I realised the trick was to line my waterline with a black liner), so I thought I’d do something a little different.
I’d recently bought a black midi dress from So Frocking Good, and wanted to use it for today. It’s pretty classy looking, so I figured I’d save the rockstar eyeliner for another day and go with something more elegant.
I started flipping through my makeup books for inspiration. I’ve not raved about her for a while but hi guys I need to introduce you to Rae Morris. She’s an Australian makeup artist whose incredible dramatic looks was a huge inspiration to me when I first started out with makeup. Makeup books are expensive but I bought two of her books, “Makeup: The Ultimate Guide” and “Express Makeup” because she has the most incredible looks. The following pages are from her book “Express Makeup“.
Just look at how gorgeous it is. ❤ Unfortunately I’m not at the skill level where I can achieve this. =( It’s such a beautiful smoky look.
Makeup used. An unfamiliar product here is my Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Deep Chocolate. I had bought this for stage, and obviously for people of a much darker skin tone than me. If the foundation I used on them was too light, I’d dust this powder over their faces to darken it. Here I used it as an eyeshadow, to not very much success – it’s too powdery and chalky, though a lovely red brown.
1) From the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes Holiday Edition 2013, I used Expresso Bean (blackened brown) to fill in my brows. It’s a much softer look than using Urban Decay Blackout (matte black).
2)I used Urban Decay Perversion (blackest of black eye pencils) and drew a thick line over my eye, smudged it out with a fluffy brush
3) I then took the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder and used it as a transition colour, blending around the blackened edges
4) I lined my lower lashline with a reddish brown pencil, and blended that out.
5) I used the Maybelline Rocket mascara on my lashes
6) I then patted MAC Prep + Prime translucent powder on my eye sockets to set the powder
1) I used my MAC Mineralize Loose Powder, buffing it into my skin with a Kabuki brush
2) I used MAC Immortal Flower (peach satin) on the apples of my cheeks
3) I then used MAC Warm Soul (bronzed peach) just below it to give the cheeks more depth
4) I used MAC Soft and Gentle (champagne metallic shimmer) to highlight my cheekbones
5) I set everything with my Guerlain Pressed Powder
1) I used MAC Shanghai Spice (nude with brownish undertones) as my MLBB lipstick
2) I then layered Bobbi Brown Firefly (dazzling white shimmer lipgloss) on top to give some oomph
This was the first end result. I wasn’t satisfied with it, so I went on to add more black eyeshadow (Urban Decay Carbon, a matte black).
Much more intense, much better. =)
I filled in the gaps with Urban Decay Perversion before I left (I had stuck it in the fridge before sharpening, while I was taking these photos.)
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