Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Guerlain Ombre Perlees — Matte Eyeshadow

I did this look over the weekend with Guerlain’s Ombre Perlees Palette. Even though the shades look like they have a hint of shimmer, they’re near-matte, particularly when used over a matte base. This is such a fall look, though, ha!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Soft Ochre paint pot as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply the light white-pink eyeshadow on the inner third of the eyelid. Next, apply the coral eyeshadow on the middle third of the eyelid and lightly blend with the inner corner. Darken the outer third of the lid with the taupe brown eyeshadow with the 239, gently brushing it into the lower crease. Lightly blend the taupe brown eyeshadow, with the 239, on the outer corner and lid. Lightly tap and brush the coral eyeshadow directly above the crease to soften. To finish the eyeshadow look, sweep a mix of the light white-pink and coral as a highlighter on the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Brown eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Sugarbomb blush to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116. Highlight cheekbones with Beige Tint Meteorites with the 165.

For lips, apply Imperial Rouge Allure Laque first, and then layer Desire lipglass for a complementing lip.

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139 thoughts on “Guerlain Ombre Perlees — Matte Eyeshadow Look

  1. bxboricua

    love the red lip!

  2. 53

    something is off about the look. maybe because of all the matte-ness.

    • Sorry you didn’t like it!

      • Iliana

        I guess it’s because the eyes are too white/light for Christine’s skin, that it looks like a reverse smoky eye?

        Maybe the highlighter could have been less white and closer to the skin tone instead. Still, I like the lips as well as the eyes but I’m still not sure if I like them together. :)

        • Gotta use the quad only, though πŸ˜‰ Normally I would have used a highlighter like Shroom on my skin tone – not so shimmery, but it’s sheer enough that it won’t give me any whiteness on the brow bone.

  3. love that hole look on you !

  4. Janora

    This look is so fresh and professional! I see you totes rocking the courtroom wearing it XD

  5. Wilcoa

    You look for beautiful Christine! The look and lip color really suits you. I like the look, it’s very wearable and office appropriate. Though I don’t know what it is about the palette,but it’s just not grabbing me. Perhaps it is, like you said, very fall and I’m set for bright pops of colour! ;P

  6. MeaisΓ­n Caoin

    This look is so flattering and lovely on you– definitely one of your best!

  7. Gorgeous Christine! Everything looks so natural, I love it. It’s great for an everyday look. :)

  8. Mariel

    Well now, I have just GOT to have that. Beautiful look!

  9. Kaylynrenee

    Wowza! LOVE that on you! How flattering is that lip?!

  10. Andrea

    I LOVE it!!!! Makes me want this palette even more!!!

  11. Vanelle

    Hey Christine,

    I love the look especially the lips.
    Quick question: the brush you use for the paint pot, the “249” do you mean to say 242 or is that a brush from a different brand?

  12. Marta Fernandes

    This looks great on you. You have the perfect skin tone to pull this off. I’m a NC 15/20 and the Imperial Rouge Allure Laque looks a bit too vampy on me.

  13. Frances

    You’ve inspired me to pull out Imperial! Do you think it looks better with a gloss over it? Any suggestions?

  14. GretalovesMAC

    very pretty! the lip color is gorg and I like your top too!:)

  15. KP&7

    Love this look! Also, your hair looks super healthy! =)

  16. looks gorgeous, as always :)

  17. audrey

    I will have to try this! Although maybe with some darker colours as I am pasty white (NC15)!!

  18. peachyrose

    i LOVE this look on you. you look so polished and sophisticated, very french

  19. Sari

    Is there any lipstick you don ‘t look gorgeous in ?! I ‘m so jealous !

  20. Emily

    Love the whole thing! Gorgeous!

  21. Lauryl

    Well I just love this. I think you’ve interpreted the nude trend perfectly on your eyes. And your lip color is flawless. The overall look is very clean, yet muted. This is one I’ll be trying to for myself. Keep up the stellar posts!

  22. I dont agree with your comment about the lip not being courtroom appropriate. I think it would look GREAT and totally acceptable. Its not distracting at all.
    I do love the whole look but I dont think I am loving that much matte white against your skin. It doesnt look bad by any means. I want that palette too and I bet I am going to HATE that color. OMG IT JUST HIT me while I was typing! It reminds of a Bobbi Brown look that she would do. She always uses Bone over the entire lid and if you go back and look at the ads for her collections from a few years back there is one that looks just like this. It was on a Neiman Marcus card that was in the anniversary bag!! I KNEW this reminded me of something!! I thought the exact same thing about that pic too in regard to the white. But god love her she LOVES her some matte white/beige up to the brow looks LOL!!!
    Regardless its gorgeous and you should wear that lip to work. Maybe with just Ocher pain pot and mascara so it didnt compete??? Pretty pretty pretty!!

    • Hey Heather!

      Aww, well that’s good to hear :) I’ve been told no noticeable makeup is what goes in the courtroom thus far in my law school experience!

      I probably would have used a much, much more beige-y highlighter (something as close to my skin tone as possible!) — I had to mix the two lightest shades in the Guerlain palette, because the lightest is pretty white against my skin tone–fine for the lid, not so fab on the brow bone!

  23. Ky

    Wow you look beautiful!
    And that lip colour is absolutely gorgeous.


    that LIP is beauty!

  25. Shanna

    wooooow this look is so pretty! makesme wanna buy all those products, haha

  26. I’m disappointed, did not expect this quad to be so bleh. Matte and boring. :( (Not your fault though, you still look great with it on. :))

  27. Mirna

    I agree with the other comments in that it is a work-wearable look. I never gave matte colors much of a chance. After seeing this look, I will give it a try. I really love how it brightened up your eyes, they look bigger and wide awake!

  28. Laura

    I have always popped in now again when my web searched found something on your blog, but I have become addicted lately (probably because I am supposed to be writing a paper :)

    Anyway, I was wondering, do you have a review of Benefit Sugarbomb? You seem to wear it alot. Is it more pink or peach? Can you compare it to any other product? And how does it wear?
    Sorry for the questions..thank you for any help you can give me!
    You look great!

  29. Sexy Sadie

    The best look in weeks.

  30. iliang25

    I didn’t quite like the inner lid color in the closed eye pic but in the full look it wasn’t noticeable..

  31. I love it! Oh my gosh. I wonder if it’s the Meteorites or the Sugarbomb that gives you that beautiful glow? I’ve been so conflicted and obsessed about the Meteorites and whether I should get them or not.

  32. CeeBee


    As much as I love your dramatic and colourful looks (and have been inspired by a number of them!), I have to admit I think this and the Crush Glow look you did recently are just so gorgeous and flattering on you… I guess I’m trying to say both *you* and *your* makeup look beautiful in this sort of look and sometimes I get so busy looking at dramatic makeup I forget to see “you” underneath, which sounds kind of silly now that I type it all out… :-X – but you’re an amazingly gorgeous thing, you are!

    • Aww, thank you! :) It’s good to hear – it is kind of funny – a neutral look will get less comments than a bright one, so I always try to limit the “neutral” looks since I always attribute “boring” to them, lol!

      Thank you again :)

      • CeeBee

        Nope, not boring! (as if you could be ;-p)

        Neutrals are pretty, classy, sophisticated, elegant and infinitely wearable. But not boring!

        I love me some bright pops of colour every now and then and a dramatic smoky eye (purple especially!) is always gorgeous but mostly I want people to think “Gosh, she looks pretty…” not “Cripes, look at all that blue eyeshadow she’s got on!” – especially for everyday, office or work appropriate wear.

        For a party, heck yeah, I’ll let loose! but it’s so nice (for me anyway!) to see different, gorgeous and SO not boring neutral makeup combinations.

        • I feel ya… sometimes I’m like, “OMG, this is ridiculously bright just for SCHOOL!” It’s funny… never felt odd about it, but now I do like me some neutrals.

  33. Disneytwinmom

    I’m lemming this palette and glad the shades are kinda matte. I’ve been dabbling in mattes and mixing with my satins and shimmers. Thanks for the great pics!

  34. Kim L

    OOOH! Loving this – it’s HOT!!!

  35. I love this! This look is so gorgeous. I really love everything about it. Probably one of my favorite looks from you. (:

  36. Tiffany

    you look beautiful!!

  37. lauraaaaaaaa

    that l/s looks greeeeeeeeat

  38. Cherokee

    So pretty!!!!!

  39. Carol

    Love that look on you! That red lip is just beautiful. I’m going to check it out for myself!

  40. I like the lippy with it. Very pretty.

  41. Nathalie

    I’m not a big fan of light eyes with dark lips but I’m loving this one. Good job!

  42. ashhhh

    wow, you look incredible!! i am totally loving this look on you, although i am usually drawn to the bright colors.. it really compliments you!

  43. Catherine

    Wow, I LOVE this, Christine! It makes you look so sexy and…mature. Does that sound weird? Because it’s totally a good thing!

    Also… run out of that Sugarbomb yet? πŸ˜‰

  44. starr

    you look so pretty as always Christine! I love matte eyeshadows :)

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  46. Amber

    This looks fantastic!

  47. Brenda

    I do like the look although I feel like the inner corners, I guess the white pink, might be a touch cool for the rest of the palette?

    • Brenda

      I liked the palette when I saw it, I dunno, what did you think when you used the colours together??

      • I loved it, to be honest! It was so, so subtle and natural. I’ve always found that mattes tend to look a bit brighter/more garish in photos than in person for some reason.

    • Hmm, the whole palette feels kind of muted… not really warm or cool, but perhaps on the cool side, overall.

  48. Steph

    Very pretty. The shadow looks chalky to me for some reason though.

  49. rachel

    this is really really striking! you can REALLY rock a bold lip, the wine-y color really gives the whole look a great spin

  50. Beck

    Gosh Temptalia, Christine =), you are just so beautiful. Absolutely stunning. I love this look too, you make matte’s look marvelous.

  51. Jessica

    Very pretty!

  52. Hilana

    your technique as usual is perfect, and I LOVE the red lippie.
    However, I don’t really like the eye colours. It looks chalky. I think it would have looked better if they put in a wee bit more shimmer. It just looks kinda dead this way.

  53. I think a brighter red would be a better choice though this one is also nice but in combination with matte eye shadows it looks a bit ‘dead’ somehow. :)

  54. Adhya

    Me thinks this absolutely works on u :-) . Wud perhaps b a bit better on me had the eyes had a bit more of shimmer n shine in them … Love the lips :-)

  55. vero

    i love this look, i actually copied it this morning with dupes; the only difference was the lipcolor, i had a more berry lip in the makeup bag but I would like to try it again with the red lip you have. this is the perfect work look too, not just fall ;).

  56. DallasBrownEyes

    Beautiful lips, as always! Loving the sugarbomb, too.

  57. This is STUNNING on you. This might be favorite look you have done yet!

  58. I LAAVVEEE IT! you know me and my mattes…love them, i’m so surprised this is so pigmented! i want it badddd!

  59. Ashley

    This is the ABSOLUTE BEST LOOK you have EVER done! FABULOUS!

  60. Megan

    this look is scandolous! love it! :)

  61. Sash

    Oh, Chris, you look so beautiful and tanned! Lovely.

  62. Hannelore

    I really love this look! But if you’d pair it with Shroom like you said you would normally do, this would look even more fantastic!

  63. Amber

    That lip looks absolutely stunning on you !

  64. DaniΓ«lle

    You are SO gorgeouse especially with this look πŸ˜€ so pretty!!!

  65. Leesh

    This is one of my faves. I was searching for a matte shadow on you, and VIOLA! You look incredible! And the burgundy lip just topped it off!

  66. Diane

    Love this look!!! U look sensational! <3