13 August 2012

FOTD: Earthly Metallics

.... anybody else feel like my title is a bit oxy-moronic?  Yes?  Me too!  Anyways.  This really isn't a tutorial, but I am going to describe the techniques I used to get this particular look. 

The Eyeballs

Basically, I used two products as a base which is the key to turning a frosty shade into a metallic shade.  NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Primer from lash to brow and MAC Powersurge Kohl Pencil all over the eye, under the lower lashline and winged out slightly at the outer corner.  Then I blended the whole eye with a MAC 217, and set the lid with UD Suspect Eyeshadow. For the crease, I used a tiny bit of UD Tease Eyeshadow on a MAC 266, which is a finely pointed precision crease brush, but I held it on an angle and deposited most of the color above my eyeshadow, and blended really well.  For the highlight, I used the flesh toned browbone highlight from the Wet n' Wild I Heart Mattes Palette, and hit my browbone, the side of my nose, my inner v and just under my lower lashline.  I rimmed my eyes with MAC Feline Eyekohl, and ran a superfine line of liquid liner from Eyeko of London's Skinny Eyeliner along my lashes to anchor them.  As a finishing touch, I layered Beauty Addicts ShowOFF Mascara, a great bulking mascara under UD Big Fatty Mascara, my favorite finishing mascara.

The Face

I'm not into heavy face makeup, I'm a big believer that to get a flawless base, less is more.  But I'm also not a big believer in just using concealer and powder either - I feel that it makes your face look unbalanced.  So, my happy medium is sheer foundation that layers really, really well.  Like MAC Face & Body, which is what I used. I also like to apply foundation with my fingers/ hands and smooth into the skin.  The rest of the face is pretty light.  For concealer I used two thin products that layer well on my under eyes - Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roll On in Med/ Deep and MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW25.  Then I buffed on some bronzer, your favorite will do and powdered the face down to a semi-matte finish.

The Lips

This is really easy.  I like the look of matte lipstains.  Stains normally have a bit of sheen to them, which is nice, but with the insane amount of bling on my lids, to keep this look balanced, I went matte.  I applied and blotted, and applied and blotted, and applied and blotted, and applied  and blotted Bite Beauty's Lush LipTint in Blackcurrant, until I felt my lips had enough color, and then, I simply dusted a mattifying powder over them.  Boom.  Matte-Stained Lips!

Key Products:

- NARS ProPrime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Primer
- MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl
- UD Naked 2 Palette
- Eyeko of London Skinny Liner
- Super Volumizing Mascara (Mascara is subjective, use what works for you!)

- MAC Face & Body Foundation
- Illuminating Concealer and Lightweight Corrector
- Bronzer

-  Bite Beauty
- Any Red-Brown Balm that is very sheer, but can been built up to layer
- Mattifying Translucent Powder (I used Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder)

That's it!  Hope y'all like it!