Purple Eyelid Eater

Last night, I had a wedding to attend. I love big, fancy parties, even semi-fancy parties, because I can really do up my make-up. I have a kind of tutorial for you today that uses two eye shadow colors that create a smokey yet vibrant look and a few products to give your skin a flawless finish.

My naked face.

My naked face.

When I know I have a big night out, I start off by spritzing my face with a setting spray. I used (and still use) Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray. While my face is still damp, I apply Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer with a sponge. (Shout out to Lindz at Girl in the Glasses for reminding me of my Beauty Blender.) I love this primer! On a casual day, I can just use this on its own for a little bit of coverage and an even skin tone.

Wet it and set it.

Wet it and set it. (Counter-clockwise from top left: UD De-Slick Setting Spray, Too Faced Primer, my face has on some clothes, bareMinerals Foundation)

Using a stippling brush, I applied bareMinerals ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Fairly Light. I have recently started using a stippling brush and actually watched a tutorial to make sure I was using it correctly. Basically, I dip the brush in the foundation and apply in light, circular motions on my face. The trick is to not push the brush into your skin. My powder foundation goes on so easily and the coverage has an air-brushed quality.

The eyes are the window to the soul and I want mine to be clear! I started with Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer. It is a light nude which is great because it will keep the color of the shadow vibrant. I spread a small dollop over the entire lid, to the crease, and all the way to the brow bone. It literally takes a few seconds to set and then I got to the eye shadow. Using an eye shadow brush, I took a generous amount of Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Super Shimmer in Taupe. Unfortunately, it is from a limited edition palette, so unless Clinique decided to keep the shade around, you are out of luck- as am I. I applied the shadow from the lid, into the crease, and up to the brow bone. Since it is shimmery, it highlighted the brow bone nicely without any extra work.

Insure your shadow. The brush is pointed towards the taupe eye shadow.

Insure your shadow. The brush is pointed towards the taupe eye shadow.

Now, for the fun. I happened to catch a sale on Sugarpill Cosmetics a few weeks ago. They have some pretty fantastic colors. The thing with me is that although I love color, I have a hard time using super bright shades on my eyes. I chose safer Sugarpill shades and for pressed shadow, they have some serious pigment THAT I LOVE. Using an angled brush, I took a very small amount of Sugarpill Pressed Eye Shadow in Poison Plum. I applied it in the crease and around the outer corners and on roughly a third of the lid. A little goes a long way and I really concentrated the color in the crease so it wouldn’t be super strong all over my eyelid.

That is a drop of shadow on the brush.

That is a drop of shadow on the brush.

I really worked the color in and added a bit more in small increments. I didn’t want to look like I was in a boxing match. To lighten the look, I took a blending brush and softened the color a little.

Mixing it up.

Mixing it up. By the way, that is Sarah Happ lip balm on my lips. I really wanted to hate it but I don’t.

Now, for the liner. I am a Smashbox Eye Liner fanatic. I purchased a set of four or five mini pencils during the holiday season for around $29. I used Imperial for this look and it is no longer available on their website. Hmmm… Anway, I applied the liner about a third in on from the outer corner of my eyelid. I then lined under the eye.

I am watching you.

I am watching you.

I finally curled my lashes and since I was going to a wedding, I used Maybelline Falsies Waterproof Mascara. My Eyes to Kill will have to wait.

My lashes stay up without any support. Gravitational miracle.

My lashes stay up without any support. Gravitational miracle.

Now, here is where I am so mad at myself. I did not take a picture of my final look BUT I did do the same eye for a party last month…

Hello, it's me.

Hello, it’s me.

And for a party last Friday…

No sleep 'til...

No sleep ’til…

In case you need to know, the lipstick is Lipstick Queen Hot Rose Sinner. It is serious pigmentation. Read my review here. The shirt is from Forever 21. I wore it with a lace backed blazer and that ginormous necklace.

I think you should amp up eye looks with a little color once in awhile, right? I think I did a decent job balancing the look, even with a heavy lip.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

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9 thoughts on “Purple Eyelid Eater

  1. I always use primer (my favorite is photo finish from Smashbox), but I’ve never tried a setting spray. I’ll see if I can find one in Dubai:) your eyes looks beautiful with that purple shadow.

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