Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

I try to get some all-matte looks in from time to time, because it’s basically “out of the box” for me. I gotta tell you, while I don’t have anything against mattes, I just don’t do them often because I don’t have a lot of mattes! But after doing this look, it made me so sad to see all those wrinkles amplified and screaming at me :( I’m not sure if it was a one-time thing or not. Time will tell ;P

How was everyone’s weekend? It’s not quite over yet, but what did y’all do for fun?

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral base), Malt eyeshadow (dark beige-pink), Soft Brown eyeshadow (medium brown), Wedge eyeshadow (cool brown), Bisque eyeshadow (soft beige), Urban Decay Honey 24/7 Liner, Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Enough Said blush (soft peach)
  • Lips: Calvin Klein Lipgloss in Maven
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Enough Said = bronzer

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner lid, apply Malt eyeshadow using the 239. Apply Soft Brown eyeshadow to the middle of the lid. Darken the outer lid using Wedge packed on and drag into crease using the 239. Darken crease with Wedge eyeshadow using the 239. Sweep Bisque underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay Honey 24/7 Liner on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Enough Said blush using the 129. Apply Calvin Klein Maven lipgloss for color and shine.

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80 thoughts on “Look – All Matte Neutrals

  1. Faiza

    You look different in Matte eyeshades, but in a good way. I love the lips!!

  2. danielle

    i LOVE your eyebrows!

  3. Alice

    i think you look great, really classy! It totally enhances your features! Love it!

  4. Kella

    I reeeally dislike Honey by UD, I just don’t like gold liner. BUT, this look is so amazingly beautiful that it’s ok! ANOTHER #1 from me! Lovelovelove :) Love everything about this look.

  5. Laura

    You look so pretty.

  6. Coffee

    Hands down, my FAVORITE look of you so far. You are so pretty and your brows are amazing!

  7. Kellie

    Your eyebrows look spectacular here! I’m not sure what you did differently . . . but they look great!

  8. Kat

    I love the raspberry/burgundy lip color. How do you like the lipgloss? Is it a good texture or sticky? I recently bought a CK Delicious Luxury Creme lipstick in Show Stopping. I like it and want to go back to try some more of the line.

  9. evangelia

    really, really pretty! you look so natural and glowy…you are inspiring me to try a matte eye look!

  10. Jenna

    You look really sweet! :)

  11. Erin/slipnslide

    The paint pots don’t help with the crepe-y creasing problem, I’ve had that happen to me before too. Try using a Paint instead of a Paint pot, I usually have better luck with those, or maybe UDPP.

    • I’ve never really had this problem before, and I use Soft Ochre as a base often enough. Paints tend to get a little oily on me for some reason :( UDPP creases, LOL.

  12. Tekoa

    Wrinkles? Mi’lady, you areth seeing things. I like the matte eyes, yet something seems missing…more Wedge? A bit of Mineral? I shall experiment.

  13. Shefali

    Hey Christine! Pretty…I think you should wear more berry lip colors more often. It looks good and I think it really stands out nicely with your dark hair color.

  14. whitnee

    I don’t see the wrinkles! It’s definitely odd to see you with rather dewy complexion and matte eyes. I think I like it though. A lot of times you see people with a matte face and shimmery eyes to stand out, and this makes them stand out equally…and it’s different from the norm without being crazy.

  15. Sexy Sadie

    The best look you have posted in ages. Love the eyes!

  16. abby

    wow…i love this look too!

  17. i love this look very much! love the berry lips. did u use lipgloss only? it’s very pgmented i love it!

  18. Eva

    Loving it!! Very sophisticated and I have to agree: your eyebrows look especially great in this look. :o)

  19. gio

    It’s very pretty!!

  20. tinnie has a question:

    this look is EXACTLY what i need for new years parties!
    how do i do this look while trying to make my eyes look bigger (rounder) at the same time?

  21. charlene

    God bless u honey, u KNO how much i LOVE a matte look! love it!

  22. cloudburst

    That lipgloss is very pretty on you!

  23. Ruby

    All I can say is Wow, one of the best looks Ive seen, you look absolutely gorgeous!!

  24. Nicole

    The Malt on the inner lid looks strange, not so well blended and a little bit to light in my opinion, but the rest is just amazing. I like it.

    • Thanks for the tip! What would you have used instead?

      • Nicole

        I’m not so into matte finishes. Maybe a litte darker color, which looks not so floury or something with a more pinkish base.

        Or you exchange Malt with Shroom or another light color with a hint of shimmer or you try Bisque on the inner V as well. I think this would look better, because the crossing between Malt and your natural skin color is too harsh. I believe you can soften this area and reach an more harmonically look.

        I hope that helps.

  25. Yvette

    I love this..I keep looking at this over and fresh and new..heck this is sexy girl..what wrinkles??

  26. That gold liner is such a perfect addition. So great for work!

  27. Anitacska

    I like the lips and the face, but don’t like the eyes, sorry. Especially the eyeliner, odd colour choice tbh. I don’t really do matte either, so that’s really my taste, but you do look nice as always. :)

  28. Claudia M.

    When I looked at the first picture, I thought “meh”, but it looks good in the full face pic. You look so cute, younger maybe?
    Not too crazy about the gold eyeliner, but the lips more than make up for it, gorgeous color =)

  29. Sash

    I’m really starting to like matte make-up these days. You look STUNNING, btw! Ur eyebrows really stand out here!

  30. The first time I started noticing my wrinkles – I started wearing every cream under the sun to get them to stop. They didn’t. I’m getting older everyday! =(

  31. Theresa

    very…berry nice!

  32. lovekills

    You look good!

    I need a matte palette, think those colors will work on an NW43?
    If not any recs?

    Thanks in advance as always!

  33. I just stumbled on this page and I have to say that it’s fantastic!
    You have great reviews and tips!

  34. A

    Your eyebrows look WAY better thicker and shapely than your old thin ones. I’m jealous, I wish I could get mine to look this perfect. You look so much younger and fresh!

  35. Rebecca

    I am in love with this look! I am going to go buy and fill a quad tomorrow with these colors. I am also going to go swatch this CK gloss to see if it’ll work on me. (Never paid attention or bothered to check out the CK makeup line at my department store.)

    You should totally do something like this again. You look awesome!

    • Thanks so much, Rebecca! :) I’m pretty eager to try out more CK glosses to see if they’re all as decadent as Maven!

      • Rebecca

        Hey Christine!

        I made these shadows into a quad at my MAC Pro and the girl said “What a GREAT quad!” She was all excited about the matte/neutral color combos and I told her I got the idea from someone’s site online! Looks like you impressed even the pro girl!


  36. Wrinkles? Girl, what are you talking about? This look is BEAUTIFUL! I love the way the mattes define your features and you look very chic with your hair pulled back :)

  37. stacy

    this look is sooo gorgeous , i love every single thing about it. you look too gorgeous, and the tan, just beautiful. . its funny im looking at a fotd from today and compared to this one you’re so much lighter hehe and your hair pulled back like that is also very nice on you

  38. Bettina

    Hey Christine, I think you pulled that look off quite well. I don’t own alot of mattes either. I own a few because I think they help blend some colors together well and that they are useful for highlighting. It’s funny that you say they amplify wrinkles because my mom is telling me to find her an entire eyeshadow palette of just matte neutrals and it’s proving quite a challenge for me. She claims that shimmery shadows are amplifying her wrinkles.

    • Thank you, Bettina! :)

      I’m so mad – Bobbi Brown usually comes out with matte palettes for the holidays but this year not so! Shimmery eyeshadows can definitely do that, though!