When it comes to eyeshadows, I think I have reached saturation point.
I have (finally) reached a happy medium where my collection is big enough for me to experiment, but small enough for me not to feel overwhelmed and wasteful.
One of the most exciting parts of makeup application is challenging myself to 'shop my stash'. It's a prime opportunity to wade through the masses of products that I've accumulated, then I take to the job of creating the most pleasing combination of colours, textures and placements.
|L-R: Nars Eyeshadow in Night Porter, RMK Ingenius Powder Eyes ME-05, KATE Deep Eyes GN-1, Catrice Don't Touch My Mosserati!, KATE Super Sharp Eyeliner BK1, Solone Smoody Caviar Black|
First of all, I reached for Catrice Don't Touch My Mosserati!. Ever since a dear friend gifted it to me, I've always wanted to wear it in a look where it would be the sole showcase. So it made sense to start with that eyeshadow. Almost instinctively, I then paired it with NARS Night Porter, a colour I favour for its deep, black base and soft gold shimmer.
RMK ME-05 really made it all come together though; this cool minty gold-green beauty is one of my favourite 'topper' shades for extra gleam and is absolutely perfect for a centre lid highlight.
My failsafe eyeliners for this look are KATE super sharp liner for the wing and tightline, and Solone Smoody in Caviar Black for extra sparkle and blend ability.
Now, I have to apologise in advance for scaring you. Somehow, my pictures turned out much more dark and grainy on Blogger than the files really are. I hope you can still see the textures and colours clearly.
|Bottom to top: champagne colour from KATE quint, Catrice, Nars, RMK|
As for cheeks and lips, I kept it very simple. The main reasons being practicality and competition - the former because I was heading out to a bar, and the latter because I was wearing a very distinctive sweater. I've also dyed my hair a deep, violet-red, so too much colour on my face would be very chaotic indeed.
|MGPIN Luminous Silky Blush M03, Visee Creamy Lipstick RD401|
You can see the pearlised creamy finish of the MGPIN blusher below; it imparts a glow similar to my HG, Shiseido PK304 Carnation, but the lighter, clearer MGPIN shade is much more girly and prettifying on my skin. I reach for Carnation for an effortless, natural blush, but for a slightly more brightening and youthful look, the MGPIN blusher is the one I choose.
The texture of the RMK ME-05 eyeshadow is the complete opposite to that of the MGPIN blusher - loud sparkles, and a dusty, scaly texture. Yes, thats right. Scaly. But somehow, the eyeshadow binds together when pressed onto my lids with the warmth of my finger. It still leaves a very even, shimmery finish on the skin that does not emphasize fine lines or dryness at all.
|Bottom to top: RMK, Solone, MGPIN and Chanel|
Remember these eyelashes I bought during my trip to Taiwan? So far, I am loving this set of eyelashes. They are extremely good value, and the quality is not bad either.
For more dramatic, extended winged liner looks I can technically get away without trimming these lashes at all, and they will still look good on my rather small eyes. Nevertheless, I still feel more comfortable trimming them by 1-1.5cm or so.
|Princess criss-cross lashes no. 6|
I went for this set because even the tips of the lashes look delicate and wispy, and I love the layered effect from the shorter criss-cross lashes on top, which you can see here:
|flared and layered criss-cross lashes|
Okay, enough rambling! Here is the overall look. Apologies for the ghostly head and flash pictures:
|I also has new hair!|
Whoops, I kind of skipped over base products... The most noteworthy point is that I used a soft, shimmer-less cream highlighter (also from MGPIN) all over the centre of my face - I applied it over my nasolabial lines, around my mouth, on the bridge of my nose and across the tops of my cheekbones. This is one of the reasons why my skin looks line-free, especially in flash photography. Perhaps I will write a separate post on my base makeup and contouring sometime. :)
See the RMK sparkles? They are soooOooOoo pretty! And the false lashes do not look that unnatural on my eye shape, which is something that I am very picky about. It's so easy for false lashes to look 'fake', and whenever that happens, it's as if makeup is wearing you and not the other way round. I think I've tamed them decently here. ^^
Also, for those interested, the sweater I am wearing is from Manoush. I've loved that brand for many years, though I only own a couple of pieces from them. The items are hit and miss, but the ones I do like, I fall utterly in love with. It's angora and somewhat scratchy on my delicate skin, but I am still willing to sacrifice comfort for fashion at this point.
Thanks for reading! I am planning to do a step-by-step pictorial on exactly how I do this eyeshadow look. Would that be interesting? Let me know! :)
|Manoush sweater, closeup|