My Daily Makeup: Matte and Peachy

Matte eyeshadows have become my life. It may be the fact that fine lines are showing up ALL OVER THE PLACE, but I’m really into single-shadow looks in a matte formula. And with Spring right around the corner, I’ve felt the need to simplify my routine. Second only to not having to grunt my way into tights every time I wear a dress, changing my makeup routine is what I look forward to the most. And recently, I’ve been compelled to sweep on a matte shadow, slap on some mascara and call it done. I know this will be my go to Spring makeup.

My birthday was in January, and for a treat, I bought myself a much-coveted Viseart Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Neutral. If you follow the link, don’t die at the sight of the price tag. If you measure value per gram of product, this palette is great value. If you do a lot of detailed, sculpted, and contoured eye looks, this is also great value. If you want to sweep one color on and call it done, it’s great value. If, like me, you want an eyeshadow that is always perfect, blends a treat, and makes everything look smooth and airbrushed, this is great value. The versatility is incredible. Although I’m only using two shades in this look (and one barely counts) I’ve played extensively with this palette. It almost stays under my pillow so I could grab it fast in case we have to abandon the house in a zombie apocalypse.

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As always, the greatest challenge for me is getting my skin evened out and the texture smoothed. Right now, the texture is really great. I don’t have any active breakouts, but the rosacea is like WOAH. Luckily, its just flush and not the bumps. Bright red all day-but I can deal with that as long as I don’t get the rosacea breakouts too. Oh- and I’m kinda, sorta back to blonde. I’m yellow right now. I’m both. I’m… well, working on it…

The foundation is still my winter combo of Estee Lauder Double Wear in 1C1 that needs to be cut with MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW10 to make it pale enough for me. I’m probably a few weeks from forgoing the MAC, but there are still a few more sunny days to be had before I’m back to my ‘normal’ shade. I concealed some under eye blueness and bulked up the brows.

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Then, using the first of the two shadows, I swept the (my) flesh colored tone in my crease. Then I applied the warm peach shade all over my lid, and buffed it out into my crease.

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Next, I did what I always do: tightlined. Makes my lash line appear dense and thick, and I like a little liner with every look. The secret to tightlining with my go-to gel liner is removing most of the product from the brush, then pushing the gel liner from underneath the lashes into the lash line to fill in gaps.

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I took the remaining product on the brush and roughly lined the lash line from above. After lining both eyes, I applied a coat (or ten) of my fav mascara: Maybelline’s Lash Sensational in very black. Look at the difference! This is the perfect formula for my lashes which are long, but sparse.

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Simple, but impactful.

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Because I apply so much foundation to my skin to even it out, I have to build back in some color and shape. This means I’m about to use the scary ‘C’ word- contour. I use three products- bronzer, contour powder, and blush. Depending on the day, maybe only one of these. Today- all three. The bronzer is by ColourPop. It’s the blush Aphrodisiac which is a pinky brown that works well on my red skin. I brush it in a line parallel with my cheekbone, and bring it up my temples a bit.

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For the contour, I use a contour eyeshadow by Sephora. See the color difference? Although the shadow looks SO GRAY next to the bronzer, it’s more a cool brown in person. I take a smaller brush and sweep it just below the bronzer in the hollows of my cheeks (or where they would be if I had hollows).

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For blush, I used Clinique’s Cheek Pop in Peach Pop. It looks orangey in the pan, but it makes my skin look so warm and peachy without looking orange at all. I use it almost every day.

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If you wanted, you could stop here. It’s perfected skin. It’s peachy. It’s matte. I love it and it photographed surprisingly well. Me being me, I always want to show lip options. So, top left is Tanya Burr’s lipgloss in Champagne Toast. Top right is See Sheer by MAC. This one is probably my fav. It’s described as grapefruit pink, but I think it leans peach pink. It’s totally a MLBB (my lips but better) shade and I think it looks fresh and finished. The bottom left is Vegas Volt by MAC. It’s coral. It perfectly compliments the peach theme. Finally, bottom right is Pickled Ginger by Bite Beauty. It’s ELECTRIC and AWESOME and AMAZING. Choose this one if you want a bit of contrast and a LOT OF IMPACT.

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The best thing about this look is it’s easily replicated with different shadows. I’ve done the exact same thing with 3 or 4 of the other shadows in the lower right of the palette. And no matter which shade you choose, they all pair brilliantly with lipstick, which makes it a winner in my book.

This is my go-to for Spring. If you have one you’re willing to share, let me know! You can find me on Instagram and Twitter

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