My day to day makeup is pretty non-descript: neutral eyes, mascara, and lipstick when I can be bothered. I own some beautiful eyeshadows that I’ve never used because they are outside my comfort zone. I sat down with one of my recent purchases, the Lorac Pro Palette 2, which has quickly become a favorite, and forced myself to use colors that I’d normally leave untouched. I didn’t have a plan, and I didn’t know if I’d like the outcome.
In case you aren’t familiar with the palette, this is what I was working with:
Seems pretty obvious that if I’m going outside my comfort zone, I needed to tackle that navy shadow. It’s matte, incredibly pigmented, and something I’d never touch with a 10ft pole.
I started by priming, and doing my normal foundation routine. I primed my eyes with Urban Decay Primer Potion and let it dry. Next, I layered on MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in medium. The powder ensures the shadow has a better chance of blending well and not ending up too patchy (which you’ll see later I failed with spectacularly)
I packed on the navy with a Real Techniques base shadow brush. I tried to make the coverage as even as possible, and only applied shadow to the mobile lid of my eye, not taking any of the color into the crease.
I really wanted this to be a wearable look, so containing the color seemed to be the best option. I took ‘nectar’ from the palette and blended that in the crease and up towards my brows as a transition color. The warm peachy color of this shadow compliments the dark navy nicely and ensures that the eyes don’t end up looking like bruises (which was my fear.)
Can you see the blending fail on my eyelid?? I didn’t notice until I reviewed the pictures later, but if I had to do it over again, I’d blend and blend and blend and blend. Lesson learned- when working with dark, matte shadows, blend until you cannot blend any more. Yikes.
I normally don’t add color to my bottom lash line, mostly because my eyes are not symmetrical, and adding shadow to the lower lashes can emphasize the difference. However, with this particular look, I needed to balance the dark blue. I added some of the ‘light brown’ shadow on the outer part of my crease, and ran it along my lower lashes for warmth.
One of the only complaints I have about this palette, or the Lorac matte shadows in particular, is the fallout. MEGA MEGA MEGA fallout. That’s why I didn’t conceal under my eyes until I finished with the eyes (which I normally do before eyeshadow) because I knew there would be lots of navy blue to clean up.
I then tightlined my upper lash line with my favorite black gel liner, and my lower lashes with a waterproof brown liner from Sephora. I think black in the lower lash line would have been too harsh, but it needed some sharper definition. I think it was too soft without the tightlining.
Top and bottom lashes get a healthy coat of my new FAVORITE MASCARA! L’Oreal’s Miss Manga Mascara in very black (and waterproof of course.)
A bit of extra powder and blush, and I was done. Overall, I’m very happy with this makeup look! It took something incredibly intimidating and scary, and now that I’ve experimented a bit, I’m pretty sure I’ll find excuses to wear this eyeshadow in the future.
(Working on learning how not to make EVERY PICTURE I TAKE BLURRY).
You can see from this ‘after’ shot of the palette that the powdery fallout was crazy. I had to tidy up a few of the other shadows just to make sure they weren’t contaminated with blue.
Here is a shot of all the products I used, including the blush to finish the look.