I HAD THE DOORS OPEN ALL WEEKEND. Sorry. I’m so excited. After endless 90 degree days, this 60 and 70 degree weekend weather was divine. I’m ready for fall. It’s by far my favorite season. All the sweatshirts. All the leaves. All the endless cups of hot coffee (and none of them pumpkin flavored).
As you may or may not have noticed, I have a thing for warm-toned eye makeup and lipsticks. I like changes in the weather to motivate changes in my makeup routine, so I decided to gather my cool-toned eyeshadows and the holy-grail berry lipstick (in 107) and see what I could make happen.
I’ve had, in short, a skin FREAKOUT. I do not know why. I think it’s a new foundation I bought, but I extensively sampled it first with no issues… But forgive the excessive redness. It’s taken a lot of work to control the reaction once it started and I’m only just now starting to get back to normal.
I’ve used my normal foundation routine here. I’ve been really into Estee Lauder Double Wear recently, but with the cool down, I don’t need quite as intense coverage. I can be a bit dewier in finish because I’m not sweating from 6:30am til all-the-remaining-minutes-in-the-day.
I prepped my eyes with the usual Urban Decay Primer Potion then followed it up with MAC Prolong wear paint pot in Painterly. My new favorite way of applying this is with a Real Techniques deluxe crease brush. It really smooths out the product but still applies a really healthy amount. If you have really deep creases like me, and you are prone to serious creasing, this combo is amazing.
After getting my skin unnaturally uniform, I color corrected a bit right in the corner of my eyes, highlighted under my brow bone with my favorite highlighter pencil, then brightened a bit with some lighter concealer under my eyes and the tops of my cheeks. I don’t normally do this step, but knowing I was about to apply gray and cool-toned shadows on my eyes, I wanted to make sure that didn’t convey as bruised or tired, which can happen if you don’t cancel out the blue/purple undertones under the eyes. Maybelline makes great products for both of these purposes. I use this for corrector and this for concealer (which I also keep around to mix with any foundations that may be a shade too dark as my skin starts to reset back to translucent for winter- And another note- shade 15 is actually lighter than shade 10. I learned that the hard way).
I ALWAYS prep my lids with a dusting of Makeup Geek’s Vanilla Bean shadow. It matches my skin tone perfectly, and it extra-mattefy’s my lids against creasing AND it creates a smooth blending surface for dark shadows… I love this eyeshadow more than words can convey.
Then, I ran a light warm shadow (MG’s Purely Naked) through the crease as a transition shade. The warmth really will make the cooler tones pop (hope that makes sense).
Then, I grabbed my Lorac Pro Palette 2 (which seems to be my go-to fall/winter palette) and ran the shade Cool Grey through my crease.
This color is purpley brown more than grey, but it works beautifully as a cohesive color to tie everything together. Several rounds of color, blending, color, blending, etc. Since most of my crease work disappears when I look straight ahead, I always bring the color to the outer corner of my eyes so it’s visible.
Next, I got my Urban Decay Naked 3 out and ran the color Mugshot all over the lid. I decided to deepen the crease even further, so I used Darkside at the outside corner, and outer part of my crease.
For a bit of definition, I ran a grey eyeliner along my lashline and buffed it out with a pencil brush. If, like me, you have sinking eyelids (thanks ageing) make sure you lift your eyelid up- not to the side- to get the best product placement at the lashes.
Here’s where things get interesting. I wanted a bit of highlight in the middle of my lid, and for the overall look to have a bit of a silvery effect. So, I had a silver eyeliner in my collection. It will work! I’m sure it will be brilliant! Spoiler- It wasn’t. It really really wasn’t. I went back in and fixed it with a silver shadow from the Lorac 2. I just patted a bit right on the center of my mobile lid for a lightening effect.
To finish the eye shape, I brought cool grey and darkhorse under my eyes and ran a bit of Nectar from Lorac 2 just on the outside edge of my makeup. This warm color blends the darker shades beautifully and gives it a bit of contrast.
I filled my bald spots on my brows. Then curled my lashes.
It didn’t go well. I ripped out a few eyelashes and had a bit of a watering issue:
Mascara always makes the look. It also loves to find all the baby platinum hairs I have that creep onto my forehead (see above picture) so I have to hold those securely so I don’t get mascara EVERYWHERE.
I also added some shape to my face with my much used and much loved bronzer from Pixi:
Because I’m going for a cool-toned theme here, I reached for my fav cool-toned blush: Down Boy by the Balm. This blush gives the prettiest pink flush without being too doll-like:
Of course, in the fall, I can use my fav highlighter to my heart’s content (see constant summer sweating issue mentioned above).
And finally, because no look of mine is complete without lipstick, I broke out the best berry-fall-in-a-tube lipstick: Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 107. I apply a coat, then blot it down to a stain. I think it is perfection.
I really love this look. Perfect for a change in weather.
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