Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Lavender & Navy Eye

I'm always looking for ways to sneak some bright pops of color into my day-to-day looks without looking like a clown. So lately, I've really been digging lavender makeup; it's soft and subtle enough for the harshness of sunlight while still shaking things up. I love this color teamed with navy, a softer yet equally dramatic cousin to black eyeliner. I've tried a couple different variations of this look this summer and have become really fond of it.

Unfortunately, because of my work schedule this weekend, I'm unable to post a full pic-torial, but I wanted to share some photos of this look along with the beautiful products I used to create it. A few of these products are new into my makeup bag and I've been loving all of them so far. I've starred the new items, and plan to do a more in-depth post on some of them soon.

Products used:
  • *Maybelline Coverstick Concealer in Green (used under my foundation to counteract my redness)
  • *L'OrĂ©al Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation in 201 Light Ivory
  • NYX Powder Blush in Taupe
  • MAC Casual Color in For Your Amusement
  • Benefit High Beam
  • *MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Stormy Pink
  • Makeup Forever Powder Blush no. 9 Lavender
  • Smashbox Eyeshadows in Butter and Nectar
  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in no. 3 Cobalt Ink
  • Inglot Duraline (I find Bobbi Brown's gel eyeliner really dry and have difficulty getting a sharp line with it, so I use a little of this on my brush before dipping it into the gel eyeliner to get a more liquified texture)
  • Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in ECP03 Taupe/Ash
  • Anastasia Brow Whiz in Soft Brown
  • *MAC Prolongwear Lip Pencil in Staunchly Stylish and In Anticipation
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture in no. 10 Beige Tribute

I started out by blending the MAC Paint Pot in Stormy Pink (a smokey lilac I CAN'T get enough of) all over the lid and a bit into the crease...

And then blend a good bit of the MUFE Lavender shadow into the crease.

Next, I blend that out a bit with the peachy Nectar shade, and then add Butter as a brow highlight.

Last is the navy cat eye, tightlining, mascara & a hint of Benefit's High Beam applied to my tear duct with my pinky.

I like that this is basically a more soft yet colorful take on the classic black cat eye with taupe or brown in the crease. It just freshens up that concept a bit!

I took this photos at the end of a hot, sticky day so I didn't want to feature my full face of the day, but here it is! I've just tried this technique on my lips and really like it: I'll start by appling a bit of a nude lipstick very lightly all over. Next, I took MAC's Staunchy Stylish, a dusky pink with a hint of brown, applied to the outer corners of my lip and just below my bottom lip. And next, I use In Anticipation, a brighter rosey color, to fill in the rest of the bottom lip and the top lip. Then, I applied a bit more of the nude lip color. I think it creates an extremely subtle ombre lip for daytime, and is especially great for this fall's trend of statement neutrals. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!

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