Friday, December 11th, 2009

So here’s a tip about using all matte eyeshadows (or matte products in general): make sure you’re exfoliated and well-moisturized. My eyelids were a touch dry on the inner lid, and the mattes really enhanced that dryness. The same thing is true if you have drier skin and opt for a matte finish foundation; it doesn’t always go so well! Winter is being particularly brutal to my skin lately, but I imagine that has more to do with the fact that we’ve seen some below 50 temperatures here in California (hey, WE freeze at 50 degrees here!).

Happy Friday!

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral beige base), Blanc Type eyeshadow (matte white-beige), Malt eyeshadow (pinky-beige), Wedge eyeshadow (soft brown), Bisque eyeshadow (pink nude), Lancome Plum Tease Gel Artliner (plum), Urban Decay Rockstar 24/7 Liner (dark purple-plum), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Face:  Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer (medium)
  • Cheeks: Petalpoint blush (raspberry-pink), Dior Rose Diamond Skin Shimmer (icy rose highlighter)
  • Lips: Giorgio Armani #600 Rouge d’Armani lipstick (fuchsia plum), Lancome Untamed Plum La Laque Fever (muted plum)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Petalpoint = Well-Dressed + Breath O’ Plum

Directions: Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner and middle lid, apply Blanc Type eyeshadow on using the 239. Apply Malt eyeshadow to the middle and outer portions of the lid. Darken crease with Wedge eyeshadow using the 226. Sweep Bisque eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay Rockstar Liner on lower lash line, and Lancome Plum Tease Gel Artliner on the upper lash line using the 209. Apply Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Petalpoint blush using the 129, then highlight with Dior Rose Diamond Skin Shimmer with the 188. Apply Giorgio Armani #600 Rouge d’Armani lipstick to lips, and then top with Lancome Untamed Plum La Laque Fever for color and shine.

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61 thoughts on “Holiday Makeup: Office Party Neutrals

  1. Frances

    The blush and cheek highlighter is sublime! And I love that Armani lipstick. I just wanna take it behind the middle school and……

  2. the lip color is gorgeous! :) And is the rockstar liner the liquid one?? <3

  3. That lipstick is so pretty. I hope I get a gift card so I can get one too 😉

  4. jess

    I really like this, it’s different.

  5. Amanda

    Love this look! Just curious though…How do you like the Kiehl’s tinted moisturizer??

  6. I love the lip color you paired with this look!
    Colors like that usually age me…but it looks perfect on you! Any tips for how to wear dark lip colors youthfully? Haha

  7. Sarah M

    Stunning. x

  8. Kerry

    that cheek combination is gorgeousss. such a pretty look :)

  9. Alexis

    It’s official I WANT that lancome plum liner!

  10. fiaspice

    love it, I shure will do that this hollyday

  11. Palak

    wow !
    this Armani lippy suits yu so well !!
    lookin gorgeous , as usual :)

  12. AnGeLwInGz

    Thanks so much for the tip. I always have trouble working with matte shadows.

  13. Anitacska

    I love the cheeks and lips, but the eyes, I’m not too sure about. I’m wondering if just using the liners and mascara wouldn’t have been easier and prettier. I’m not a big fan of such nude matte eyeshadows.

  14. Haylie

    I was thinking about purchasing soft ochre paint pot. Is it worth it?

    Haha I wish it was 50 degrees where I live! I woke up this morning and it’s -15 degrees…

  15. amy

    That is soft, pretty and really easy to do. I love the purple liner and the fuchsia lip. Looks like I need to browse around the Armani counter when I visit Holt Renfrew.

  16. Sarah

    I really like Petalpoint, what collection was that from?

  17. Jenn

    Up here in Seattle we freeze at relatively high temperatures, too… this past week we’ve had a run of 15-20 degree nighttime temperatures and you’d think the apocalypse had hit with the way people are acting!

    Very nice matte look, though. I’ve felt like my collection is overrun with glitter and shimmer lately, and it’s nice to see a look that can make you feel more “grownup”.

  18. aradhana

    love the lipcolour!

  19. Brittany

    I wish it was 50 degrees here in Colorado! This week we’ve had some below temperatures! Today it’s finally a nice, warm 35 degrees 😛

  20. Lisa

    You look so cute!

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  22. Jess

    You look really pretty :)
    Well you always do lol.
    Im loving that plum colored eyeliner!

  23. Lorna

    i like how you can tell you’re wearing makeup but it doesn’t look overdone.

  24. Helena

    I know what you’re talking about regarding the weather…65 degrees Fahrenheit in L.A.? Preposterous! My skin hates me right now :c ha ha. I love the look!

  25. Luisafer

    That’s a lovely look!!! kinda neutral but really pops with the cheeks and lips…

  26. pia

    oh my! i totally love love this look!!! and the lips combo was fabulous!!!

  27. Caitlin

    Gorgeous look, but by saying “you should exfoliate and be well-moisturized b/c my eyelids were dry and flaky and so the mattes didn’t work well” it sounds like you’re suggesting that eyelids should be exfoliated… surely not a good idea?

  28. Brenda

    What have you found to be the best moisturizer around the eyes? I often find my inner lids a bit dry too.

    hahaha…I had to kind of laugh because 50 degree weather would be so great right now!! my parents have 3 feet of snow and Toronto (where i am, my folks are north) its a wonderful 30 degrees…and that’s NOT celsius! Winters up north get to 30 below on average in January.

    • Hey Brenda,

      I often use Vaseline, because I find a lot of eye creams just make my sensitive eyes burn (and I’m just putting it around them, not really *on* them).

  29. Mandy

    I love this look. So flirty but simple. Do you have any recommendations for a mac dupe for the lips?