Sometimes, when I’m going through my makeup looking to get inspired, I stumble across a shadow that I think “I’ll never wear that” and that’s motivation enough for me to try something with it. This time, I noticed I had a few copper shadows lurking around that look beautiful in the pan, but have never made it onto my eyes. I sat down to have a bit of a play around, and I really loved the outcome.
On this particular day-red cheeks for days. So I covered it a bit with some yellow-based concealer before applying a light layer of foundation.
The concealer really helps neutralize the red, and helps my foundation look more even. I don’t do this step every day, only on days I have exaggerated surface redness. Believe it or not, there are no active breakouts on my skin. I just have red cheeks. Always red cheeks.
When you see it side by side, you can really see the difference:
For this look, I used MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. I custom mixed NW10 and NW20 from sample pots for as close a match as I could get (for anyone wondering, there are two inbetween shades- NW13 and NW18. I have NW13 to try, but I haven’t yet. I think it will be a match. For now, I’m mixing.). I really really really love this foundation so far. I’ve worn it almost every day for about two weeks, and I love how it wears throughout the day. If I have one complaint, it’s that it oxidizes on me pretty quickly, so I have to start a shade lighter than I really am, so as it darkens throughout the day, it doesn’t go too far. I did a quick spot conceal using MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer Duo. I love this concealer. It sets very nicely and it’s very pigmented, but it doesn’t go dry and weird. I also put a bit of concealer under my eyes to really even out my face and cover any blue tones.
Ok. Now. Are you ready for this? New step in the routine… I started doing my brows.
Yep. Me. With no lack of brows, I took a really long time to get on this train, and now I wondered how I was ever not on it. I use Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, and I find that if I just lightly run this through the front and tails of my brows, that it covers patchy areas and helps shape my arches. See what you think…
Here is one done, one undone: and both done:
Just a bit more shape. I’m hooked…
Anyway, I primed and prepped my lids as per usual, and dusted them with a matte vanilla shade to help with creasing. For my first prep step, I ran a medium warm brown on my lower lash line. Weird first step? Maybe. But I thought I should build the shape starting with the lower lash line. After I layered it up a bit, I ran some through my crease to serve as a transition shade. I used my Lorac Pro Palette and the shade Taupe for this:
Since the palette has a great coppery shade called “garnet’ I patted it all over my lid, the inner corners, and slightly into the crease.
Since garnet is quite a muted copper and leans quite brown on me, I decided to amp it up a bit by layering MAC’s Coppering just on my mobile lid. This shade has a bit more of an orangey copper color, and really pops.
To build more shape and help the red/copper colors pop, I used a pencil brush and a deep brown from the Lorac palette to shape the outer corner of my eye and shade a bit.
I pulled that brown down along the outside of the lower lash line and ran some of the Coppering in the middle and inner lower lash line.
As you can see above, the copper shadows can make you look ill if you don’t have a bit of separation and definition to the look. So, to achieve both separation and definition, I lined my upper lash line with brown gel liner (to no one’s surprise, ever). You can really see the difference:
The liner also helps me balance out the asymmetry in my eyes. And for me, mascara is a girls best friend.
As with all the Lorac shadows, there was a bit of fallout to clean up before finishing the skin with a bit of bronzer.
I ran a bit of the Balm’s Frat Boy over the apples of my cheeks for a peachy warmth that I thought would compliment the gold in the shadows. And, if you are going to play with makeup and let things get a little cray, might as well put on some highlighter (the Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer of course). Made me feel all fancy and shit.
I liked the result of this. A little more full-on and sultry than I like to go on the day to day, but as I wore it after taking pics, I kept thinking ‘hmmmm. This looks good!’
I had fun with this one. Makes me want to do another “Let’s see what happens”. Any looks you’d like me to try? Let me know! You can leave a comment on this post, or you can find me on Instagram and Twitter
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