Daytime Smokey Eye Look Featuring Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette

Now that I work in a more conservative environment, I have had to tone down my makeup (boo!). That is why I am so thankful that I bit the bullet and bought my Naked 2 palette. It has come in very handy for the more neutral makeup looks that I have been wearing. I thought I would share what I consider to be a soft, work appropriate, daytime smokey eye look that I definitely have on rotation.

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My go to “work appropriate” daytime smokey eye and neutral lip.

 

Step 1:

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I began my eye look by priming my eyelids with my Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. I love using this primer because it has color neutralizing properties that counteract any discoloration that my eyelids might have. I then used a shimmery champagne eye pencil all over my mobile lid as an eye shadow base.

Step 2:

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Next, I placed a cool toned mauve eye shadow right above my crease and blended it out and upwards. This color created a nice transition for the other shadows I would be using.

Step 3:

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I then placed Suspect, a shimmery cool toned light bronze, from the Naked 2 Palette onto my mobile eye lid and blended it out into the mauve transition shade. I also ran it along my outer lower lashline (about 3/4 of the way in). I also filled in my eyebrows using an eye pencil, eyebrow powder and set them with a brown tinted eyebrow gel.

Step 4

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I placed Pistol (also from the Naked 2) a shimmery, cool toned dark brown into the outer V of my upper eyelid and along the outer quarter of my lower lash line. I then blended out the color, adding more Pistol until I reached my desired intensity. I then took Bootycall a satin finish champagne color from the Naked 2 palette and applied it to my brow bone for a subtle highlight.

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To complete my eye look I added a metallic taupe-pewter eyeliner to add definition to my upper lash line. I used this color instead of black eyeliner to create a softer eye look. To make my upper lashes appear fuller I tight lined my upper lash line with a long-wearing black eye liner. I then placed Verve (Naked 2) a light silver-bronze shade into my inner eye area. This just opens up my eyes and makes me look more awake.

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To complete the look I added 2 coats of black mascara to my top lashes and 1 coat of a plum colored mascara to my lower lashes (I like using mascara in shades of purple on my lower lashes to emphasize my green eyes). I then added a matte mauve blush to my cheeks and mauve lip gloss to my lips. I also lightly highlighted and contoured my face.

Products Used:

On Face: YBF Perfect Prep Face Primer, Boscia B.B. Cream Oil Free SPF 27 PA++ mixed with NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light/Pale (used to counteract the darkness under my eyes), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #20 Sand (used to conceal blemishes), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, MAC Sheertone Blush in Coygirl, Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour my cheekbones and nose), Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer andBecca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

On Eyebrows: essence eyebrow pencil in 02 Brown and 04 Blonde, Lorac Take a Brow in Brunette, L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in 380 Medium to Dark Brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Wet n’ Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in 130 Pixie (used as an eye shadow base), Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Sultry Mauve (used as transition shade), Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette in Bootycall (used to highlight my browbone), Suspect, Pistol and Verve, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Mushroom, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet (used to tightline my upper lash line). Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mascara in Black (on upper lashes) and Benefit BADgal Plum mascara.

On Lips: Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly

Easy Summer Makeup with Colorful Liner

This is a favorite go-to look of mine, when I am in a hurry and want a more bold eye look. The warm bronze tones make it a perfect makeup look for the summer months. I love using duochrome eye shadows. They give the illusion of more than one eye shadow color being used and looks like you put in WAY more effort than you actually did. I love pairing the shadow with a bright eye liner in the lower water line (usually a bright blue or green, for this look, I used a bright metallic teal). If you aren’t feeling the colorful eye liner a brown or nude in the water line would also work.

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I started the eye makeup by priming my eyelids. I used a color correcting eye primer to prime my eyelids from my upper lash line to my eyebrows and along my lower lash line. I then used a bronze cream shadow as an eye shadow base and to intensify the color of my eye shadow. If you want an even more intense shadow look you can use a black eyeliner or cream shadow as a base. I applied the cream shadow from my upper lash line to just above my crease and along my lower lash line. I did not put any of the product in my inner eye area.

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Next, I applied a matte warm medium toned brown eye shadow as a transition shade to my crease and blended upwards towards my brow bone. For my brow bone highlight I applied a matte cream colored shadow.

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I applied a blue brown duochrome eye shadow to my mobile eyelid and blended it out to just above my crease (this one is from Wet n’ Wild and is an excellent, inexpensive dupe for Mac’s Club eye shadow & Blue Brown pigment or Make Up Geek’s Insomnia pigment). I also applied the shadow to my lower lash line. I added more of the eye shadow to my outer eye area and blended well. The more you blend the eye shadow the brown pigment comes through.

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I wet an angled brush and used a dark brown eye shadow from the same Wet n’ Wild palette (Comfort Zone) and used it as an eye liner along my upper lash line. I kept the line very thin (I wanted the focus to be on the eye shadow and bright color in my waterline) and angled it slightly upwards at the ends to lift my eye. To make sure I had a clean canvas, I took a dry cotton swab and ran it along my lower waterline to clean any makeup residue than had gathered there. Then I applied my teal eye liner to my waterline. To make the eye liner super intense, I waited a couple of minutes and added another layer of eyeliner. I then took a flat liner brush and with pushed some of the duochrome shadow along the very base of my lower to cover and skin showing between my lash line and waterline. I then blended more of the transition shade to my crease area for a more blended appearance of my eye shadows. I then added a shimmery white shadow to my inner eye area to make my eyes appear more wide and awake.

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To finish the look I lightly filled in my eyebrows with a brow pomade, added 2 coats of mascara to my upper and lower lashes. I then bronzed up my skin with a matte bronzer, added a peachy golden highlight to my upper cheekbones and along the bridge of my nose. I then completed the look with a peach toned blush and lip gloss.

 

Products Used:

On face: Shiseido Refining Makeup Primer, L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation in 103 Natural Buff, Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous in 115 buff beige, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 Light (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #20 Sand (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, NYX blush in Summer Peach, NYX Prismatic Eye Shadow in Girl Talk (used as a highlighter), Revlon Photo Ready Bronzer

On Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Maybelline Color Tattoo by Eyestudio in 25 Bad to the Bronze, Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon (applied to brow bone), Ulta Eye Shadow in Sable (transition shade), Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow palette in Comfort Zone – Definer shade on right hand side used as main eye shadow and the Definer shade on the left was used as upper lash line eyeliner, Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Palette in Walking on Eggshells, I used the Browbone shade (inner eye highlight), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Junkie (used in lower waterline), Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, and Avon Astonishing Lengths mascara in Black

 On Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie

Easy Peasy Makeup Look

I find the process of applying makeup to be quite therapeutic. I can easily take an hour or more to apply any given makeup look, while enjoying every minute of it. However, there are some times when I just need to get my butt out the door, so spending an hour doing my makeup is completely out of the question. I thought I would share one of my go to easy, 10 minute makeup looks.

Step 1: I applied an eye shadow primer from my upper lash line to my brow bone. I prefer to use a color neutralizing formula to  counteract any redness and hide any veins.

Step 1: To prep my eyes, I applied an eye shadow primer from my upper lash line to my eyebrow. I prefer to use a color neutralizing formula to counteract any redness and hide veins.

Step 2: I applied a medium brown cream eye shadow and blended it out to just above my crease.  added extra shadow to the outside corner of my eye, to add depth and create the illusion that my eyes are farther apart then they are. I also applied the cream shadow along my lower lash line. I then added a matte, cream colored eye shadow to my brow bone.  When I am in a hurry, I prefer to use a cream eye shadow that I know does not crease, when used on its own. Usually, when a cream  shadow is blended out, it gives the illusion that more than one shadow color was used.

Step 2: I applied a medium brown cream eye shadow and blended it out to just above my crease. then added extra shadow to the outside corner of my eye, to add depth and create the appearance that my eyes are farther apart. I also applied the cream shadow along my lower lash line. I then added a matte, cream colored eye shadow to my brow bone.
When I am in a hurry, I prefer to use a cream eye shadow that I know does not crease, when used on its own. Usually, when a cream shadow is blended out, it gives the illusion that more than one shadow color was used.

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Step 3: I lined my upper lash line with a creamy black gel liner. To make my lashes appear fuller, I used the same gel liner to tightline my upper lash line. In a time crunch,  I usually reach for a gel liner and apply it with an angled flat brush, which allows for quick and precise lining of the eyes.

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Step 4: To give the illusion of bigger and more awake looking eyes, I applied a nude colored eye pencil to my lower waterline. I applied 2 coats of mascara to my upper lashes and 1 coat of mascara to my lower lashes. Finally, I filled in my eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil and finished with a brow gel to add more depth and hold the hairs in place.

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Step 5: I applied a mattifying face primer before putting on my full coverage foundation (by using a full coverage foundation, you will have less blemishes to cover, which in turn, will save you a bunch of time-especially if you are blemish prone like me) then used a concealer to hide any blemishes the foundation didn’t cover. I also applied concealer underneath my eyes and along the bridge of my nose. Next, I applied my lipstick to both my lips and cheeks. Not only is this a time saving move, it creates a more cohesive look. I then lightly applied a translucent face powder to set my makeup. As a final step, I applied a shimmery, off-white eye shadow to my inner eye area to open up my eyes.

Products Used:

On face: No 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base, L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation in 102 Shell Beige & 103 Natural Buff, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 Light (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #20 Sand (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), NYX lipstick in Chic (used as cream blush), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent

On Eyebrows: essence eyebrow pencil in brown, L’Oreal Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara in Medium to Dark

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Kevyn Aucoin The Prime Color Creme Eye Shadow in Decadent (applied to eyelid and crease), Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon (applied to brow bone), Clinique brush-on cream liner in 02 True Black (used on upper lash line and tightline), NYX Wonder Pencil in Light (used in waterline), YSL Shocking Mascara in black

 On Lips: NYX lipstick in Chic

 

 

Easy, Colorful Spring Makeup Look

 

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Spring Makeup – Shimmery eyes with a pop of purple paired with rosy lips and cheeks.

 

I love Spring! From the weather, to the flowers (I’m a sucker for tulips), to the pastel color palette…I love it all! I thought I would share a spring look I created, using the pastel colors that I love. The inner eye color can easily be substituted out to more flatter your eye color e.g. green for brown eyes, bronze/copper for blue eyes. The step by step instructions on how I achieved my eye makeup are listed below. Happy Spring!

 

Step One:

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I started my eyes off by priming them with a color neutralizing eye primer. Then I applied a white eye shadow pencil to my upper eyelid, inner eye area and lower waterline.

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I blended out the eye pencil with my finger, making sure to pay extra attention to my inner eye area.

Step Two: 

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I applied a shimmery light champagne color over the white pencil on my upper eyelids, to add depth to the look, I added a cool toned light brown eye shadow, right above my crease and to my lower lash line.

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After blending out the cool toned brown transition shade, I applied a sparkly white shadow to the center of each eyelid (I applied it with a damp brush to intensify the eye shadow’s shine and intensity) and lightly blended it outwards.

Step Three:

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To keep the look light,I tight lined my upper lash line with a shimmery dark gray eye pencil rather than my usual black and lined my waterline with a shimmery light lilac eye pencil (over the white pencil).

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Next, I lined my upper lash line with a blue-based purple eye pencil. I kept the line very thin, since I only wanted to use the liner to add definition to my lash line.

Step Four:

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For a bright pop of spring color, I applied a shimmery, glittery lavender shadow to my inner eye area (I used a wet pencil brush to apply the color in order to get the exact placement of shadow that I wanted). To make sure the color was as intense as I wanted, I applied the shadow in a couple of layers.

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Next, I applied a matte, pink-undertoned, white eye shadow to my brow bone. I made sure to blend this color into my transition shade to keep the look from looking choppy. To finish the eyes, I added two coats of mascara of black mascara to my upper lashes. I used a sparkly, purple mascara on my lower lashes.

 

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To complete the spring theme of the look, I highlighted my cheekbones, the bridge and tip of my nose and cupid’s bow, I then applied a cool pink lip butter on my cheeks and lips for an extra dewy effect.

 

Products Used:

On face: Benefit the POREfessional face primer, Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation in 103 Natural Buff, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #25 (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour my cheeks and nose), Urban Decay eye shadow in Bobby Dazzle (used as a highlighter), Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter in LA (used as a cream blush)

On Eyebrows: Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Taupe, Lorac Take a Brow In Brunette and Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, Urban Decay eye shadow in Last Sin (applied to eyelid), Urban Decay eye shadow in Undone (transition shade), Urban Decay eye shadow in Bobby Dazzle (applied to center of eyelid), Urban Decay eye shadow in Grifter (applied to inner eye area), Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Daylight (applied to brow bone), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Gunmetal, Avon Color Dazzlers Sparkling Eye Pencil in Daylight, pop glitter stix Le Crayon Liner in Freesia (used in lower water line), Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (first coat upper lashes), Urban Decay Perversion mascara (second coat upper lashes), and Sephora Glitter Mascara in Majestic Purple (applied to lower lashes)

 On Lips: Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter in LA

 

 

 

NYX Prismatic Shadows Review, Swatches and Makeup Look

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NYX Prismatic Shadows – Shown from left to right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

I am like a magpie of the makeup world, I love anything shiny and sparkly. Enter NYX Prismatic Shadows.  This new line of eye shadow comes in 12 shades, ranging from light silver to a deep aubergine and are priced at $6.00 a pot. They are advertised as an eye shadow that possesses extra sparkle and dimension with a fully pigmented metallic texture.

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A close-up view of NYX Prismatic Shadows cute packaging <3

I purchased four colors from the range. In the pots they appeared sparkly and beautiful (minus Punk Heart which arrived broken to pieces…grrrr). However, I have to say when I swatched them, they weren’t near as shimmery/sparkly as I had thought or wanted them to be, especially the colors Girl Talk and Punk Heart.

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Swatches (no flash used) – Left to Right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

 

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Swatches (flash used) – Left to Right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

Also, I found the consistency to change from shade to shade. Fireball was extremely buttery and pigmented, it’s formula is by far my favorite of the four I picked up. While Girl Talk and Smoke & Mirrors formula is quite dusty and dry. The pigment of Girl Talk was also a let down, it is very sheer and took a lot of layers to get the shade as it appeared in the pot (that is why my swatch of this shade is so much larger, it took several applications to get it to show up), I would definitely suggest using this shade with a damp brush (as I did in my look) to get the best results from this shade.

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For this eye look, I applied Girl Talk from my lash lash to crease (I later went in and reapplied this shadow with a damp brush, since using it dry, I wasn’t achieving the desired intensity and shimmer that I had wanted) and all along my lower lash line. Next, I applied Punk Heart to the outer V of my eye and blended into the crease. For added definition and to keep the eye liner in my water line from moving, I used a flat liner brush to place Punk Heart all along my lower lash line. To add more depth to the look I applied Smoke and Mirrors with a small eye detailer brush to the very outer corner of my upper eyelid and the outer third of lower lash line.

 

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I didn’t want a total shimmery eye look, so I applied a matte mauve eye shadow above my crease and blended well. For my brow bone highlight, I added a matte white eye shadow with pink undertones. To highlight and open up my eyes, I applied a shimmery champagne eye shadow to the inner corner of my eyes. To add more definition to my eye, I applied a black gel liner to my upper lash line and smudged it out using the Smoke & Mirrors shade.

Pros:

  • Super cute packaging
  • Price
  • Staying Power

Cons:

  • Inconsistent formulation of shadows
  • Differing pigment from shade to shade
  • NYX line not widely available in stores
  • Only 12 shades in line
  • Fallout from shadows

Bottom Line:

I find these shadows to be okay. Maybe I have been spoiled by my Colour Pop eye shadows with their awesome pigmentation, super creamy formulation and no fallout. All in all, I am happy with the colors I have purchased, but I don’t see myself purchasing any more shadows from this line, they are way to hit and miss.

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My finished makeup look.

 

Products Used:

YBF Perfect Prep Face Primer, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in Shade 30, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska (mixed these 2 products together to create my base), Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 10 and 20, NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light, Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural, Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, wet n wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Shimmer Palette in To Reflect, Marvin Westmore blush in Blush and Mocha, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, wet n wild Creme Eye Pencil n 130 Pixie, NYX Prismatic Shadows in 04 Girl Talk, 02 Punk Heart and 06 Smoke & Mirrors, Lancome Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Sultry Mauve and Daylight, wet n wild Color Icon palette in Walking on Eggshells (used browbone shade), Sephora Flash Liner in 10 Deep Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Crash, Dior Show Mascara in 090 Noir, Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara in Black, Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Rock N’ Rose and Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood

ColourPop Shadows Eye Look

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I thought since my previous post was on how awesome these shadows are, I needed to back up my claims and show you how well these little babies perform on the eyes. One of the reasons I love these shadows so much, is because of how easy they are to apply. Just a small dab of your finger, into the pot, gives you enough product to cover your desired area. You can also use a brush to apply the product (which I do, for more precise application), however, when using a brush, be prepared for the product to lose some of its intensity and luminosity. Below, are the steps I took to achieve this eye makeup look.

 

First, I applied Urban Decay primer potion in Eden, to my entire upper eye area and lower lash line.  Next, I used my finger to apply I <3 this to my entire eyelid stopping just above the crease. Then using a small brush (I used the elf professional eye crease brush..bonus it's only $1) to apply the shadow to my lower lash line.

First, I applied Urban Decay primer potion in Eden, to my entire upper eye area and lower lash line. Next, I used my finger to apply I <3 this to my entire eyelid stopping just above the crease.

I applied two layers of shadow for extra intensity and shine.

Then using a small brush (I used the elf professional eye crease brush..bonus it's only $1) to apply the shadow to my lower lash line.

Then using a small brush (I used the elf professional eye crease brush..bonus it’s only $1) to apply the shadow to my lower lash line.

Using the same elf brush I applied So Quiche shadow to my outer V and

Using the same elf brush, I applied So Quiche shadow to my outer V and brought it lightly through my crease. I also took So Quiche along the outer third of my lower lashline.

Then I took a fluffy brush and blended the shadow, so there would be no harsh edges. These shadows are super easy to blend.

Then I took a fluffy brush and blended the shadow (I didn’t want there to be any harsh edges). Another bonus, these shadows are super easy to blend.

To show the versatility of these shadows, I used the shade Cricket as my eye liner. Using a damp angled brush (using your product wet allows for more intense pigmentation and lasting power) I lined across my entire upper lash line and along my lower outer third lash line.

To show the versatility of these shadows, I used the shade Cricket as my eye liner.

Using a damp angled brush (using your product wet allows for more intense pigmentation and lasting power) I lined across my entire upper lash line and along my lower outer third lash line.

Using a damp angled brush (using your product wet allows for more intense pigmentation and lasting power) I lined across my entire upper lash line and along my lower outer third lash line.

Using my pinkie finger, I dabbed Girly into the inner eye area to brighten up the look.

Using my pinkie finger, I dabbed Girly into the inner eye area to brighten up the look. I also brushed translucent powder (Rimmel Stay Matte) along my brow bone for a subtle highlight

I then finished my look with Perversion mascara by Urban Decay (a review will be in a later blog post).

I finished my look with Perversion mascara by Urban Decay (a review will be in a later blog post).