It’s no secret that I live to wear makeup. It’s where I can express some creativity and have a little fun in my day-to-day. As much as I love it, I also like to keep it relatively restrained. I can admire the airbrushed looks favored by certain beauty bloggers, but I don’t find that aesthetic suits me. In my twenties, I was more experimental with makeup and willing to really push my comfort zone. Now that I’m in my thirties, I know what suits me best, I know what flatters me the most, and I know where I should play it safe and where I can play around a bit. I own every neutral shadow ever made, so after I’d seen the raves and raves and raves and raves about the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows, so I made it a point to get my hands on a few. After playing with some of them, I decided to do a little bit of drama, the way I’d wear a full-on eye.
My z-palette is exclusively Makeup Geek. Before I start with the tutorial, I just want to say that if you love MAC eyeshadows, you should buy Makeup Geek shadows instead. They are less expensive (at a bargain $6.99 each for the regular and $9.99 for the foiled), more pigmented and just all around better. I got this z-palette for Christmas and planned to de-pot some of my blushes from the Balm, but instead used it as an excuse to get my hands on these babies. They are beautiful, and I will be buying more ASAP. I’ll also do a more in depth post about the shadows because they deserve it.
You all know the routine by now. Bare-faced to full coverage:
I prep and prime my eyes with my usual Urban Decay Primer Potion and MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly. Whenever I’m going for a smoky or dramatic look, I like to start with my transition shade in the crease. It makes blending so much easier and I’m less likely to get crazy with the color. I opted for one of the Makeup Geek shadows in Barcelona Beach, which is a mid-tone brown, and after applying it, I realized it need a bit more warmth and more depth, so I ran some of the shade Nectar over it from the Lorac Pro Palette 2.
This step helps me define the shape I’m going for, as well as ensures I don’t creep the shimmer too high on my eyelid.
Next, I patted on the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in the shade Mesmerized all over the lid. This shade is described as taupe with purple undertones. It reads cool on me without being blatantly purple, and I love that. These shadows (the foiled ones) can be INTENSE. They are great because they build well, so I always start cautiously and add more as I go until I get the desired opacity.
After I apply the shadow to the lid, I blend blend blend into the crease, and add a bit more of my transition shade for definition.
Because I’m going for dramatic, I’ll be lining my lower lash line, so I make sure I conceal under my eyes properly. Any blue tones in my under eye area will be exacerbated by shadow, so it’s extra important I cover it as best I can.
For liner, I decided to use the Urban Decay 24-7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Perversion, which is a matte black. I had high hopes for this pencil when I bought it, but I find it transfers like crazy. I reach for it with looks like this, when I know I’m lining my lower waterline, and I smudge the top lash line out completely. It’s too soft to work well as a liner without lots of smudging.
I line my top lash line and push the pencil between my lashes as best I can. Then I smudge and smudge and smudge with a pencil brush until it’s as blown out as I like.
You can see, above, that I’ve already gotten some transfer on my lower waterline, and I didn’t even tightline with it yet. The black eyeliner blends well into the shadow, giving more definition and dimension to the look. I blended the upper lash line, then with whatever black liner remained on the pencil brush, I blended into the outer corner and in the outer part of the crease. I also ran the pencil along the lower waterline, then followed that up with more Mesmerized on the lashline.
Then, as it always does, mascara completes the look. Nothing better than layering on lots of eyeliner and eyeshadow then poke yourself in the eye making your eyes water like mad. I had to go a little wide-eyed until they stopped watering.
For the blush, I chose Makeup Geek’s Spellbound. It’s described as light tan with salmon undertones, but it’s looks mostly pink to me. I don’t think it matches the description at all, but nonetheless, it’s lovely!
I’m most likely to wear this with a balm or pale lip gloss. If I’m wearing my go-to “my lips-but-better” combo, then I go for MAC’s Patisserie followed by Tanya Burr’s Lipgloss in Champagne Toast. They sort of mimic the peachy-ness in the Nectar transition shade I used on my eyes.
I’m really happy with how this turned out, and I’d certainly wear it if I was going for a bit more full-on than normal. Even when I go for dramatic, I try to make it pretty wearable.
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