As requested by Noah, here are five of the best highlighters I’ve come across! Dior Skin Shimmer, Guerlain Meteorites, and Bobbi Brown Shimmerbricks are all excellent highlighting products–and they come in more colors than the ones I’ve shown above (e.g. if you are cooler toned, you might like Rose Diamond more than Amber Diamond!).
We had our celebratory dinner on Saturday, and I had to wear Chanel Dragon–my go-to for special occasions–and decided to pair it with the neutral shades from the Rollergirl palette, due out in late April. I really cannot express how absolutely in love I am with Le Metier de Beaute Echo… ah, it is just glowy goodness to the fullest extent.
Substitutes: Verve = MAC Retrospeck (for this look), Suspect = theBalm All About Alex
For eyes, start by applying Greed as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Apply Verve eyeshadow to the lower lid with the 239. Next, apply Suspect eyeshadow above the crease and into the outer corner with the 222. Use Trench eyeshadow to highlight the brow bone and diffuse the crease color with the 217. Apply Whiskey liner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Inimitable Intense mascara.
For cheeks, apply Echo blush on the apples of the cheeks and pat towards the temple with the 116. Lightly apply Amber Diamond on the highest planes of the cheeks with the 165.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a really bright look, and of course, I had to go back to one of my favorite color combinations. MAC True Chartreuse is easily one of my favorite products, because it applies so beautifully and vibrantly.
For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. With the 239, apply a few drops of mixing medium to dampen the brush, then apply True Chatreuse pigment on the lower lid, blending just above the crease. Next, apply #159 eyeshadow into the crease with the 222. Take the 219 and apply #72 eyeshadow into the crease to brighten. Apply True Chartreuse pigment on the inner lid and brush upwards with the 239 (dry), and then hold the brush horizontally and apply it damp to the lower lash line. Use #72 eyeshadow on the outer half of the lower lash line using the 219 to smudge. Bring everything together by applying Perversion liner on the lower water line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Buxom Lash mascara.
For cheeks, apply Echo blush on the apples of the cheeks and pat towards the temple with fingers, then highlight cheekbones with Amber Diamond skin shimmer.
For lips, apply Bare Pink lipstick on lips first, and then dab Soft Coral lipstick to brighten, for a complementing lip.
I really don’t like the Leopard Luxe eyeshadow quad. I just find the colors to be so… unappealing when paired together. It’s like this peachy brown getting mixed with a dirty brown and gray. Perhaps the usage of green, blue, or gunmetal could have made this palette work better. The colors seemed awkward to me–not inherently bad–but not very complementary. I will also reiterate that using the Superslick Liquid Eyeliner on the lower lash line went about as well as the time before–it just dries awkwardly around the roots of the lower lashes and seems to crumble a bit.
I normally find myself liking products more when I use them, rather than simply swatching them, but I’m even less keen on it after using it in a look. If you want a great, slightly smoky quad, try (all MAC) Gleam, Goldmine, Soft Brown, and Bronze. If you want something a little “unusual,” try switching out Bronze for something like Coppering, Cranberry, or Sumptuous Olive.
Substitutes: Lithe = Naked (less golden); Wild By Nature = Soft Brown; Notoriety = Patina (not a great dupe); Furiously Fabulous = Brun + Satin Taupe; Prized = Shroom; Bite of an Apple = Illamasqua Hussy; Out Minxed = Melon (pigment)
For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Apply Lithe pigment all over the lid with the 239 and mixing medium. Using the 239, apply Wild By Nature eyeshadow on the lower lid. Lightly blend Notoriety eyeshadow in the crease with the 239. Blend Furiously Fabulous eyeshadow above the crease. Highlight the brow bone with Prized eyeshadow with the 239 and blend with Furiously Fabulous eyeshadow to soften. Bring everything together by applying Smoky Heir liner on the lower lash line layered with Crash liner. Finish by sweeping lashes with Inimitable Intense mascara.
For cheeks, apply Bite of an Apple blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116. Highlight cheekbones with Amber Diamond skin shimmer with the 165.
For lips, apply Out Minxed lipstick as a base color, then layer Viva Glam Cyndi lipglass on top for a complementing lip.
Still loving Chanel Dragon. Still my favorite red! Also still loving Guerlain Parure Gold (which is totally my “special occasion” foundation). It’s always nice when you go back to your favorites and you find they’re just as amazing as you remembered!
For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Tzarine (warm champagne) eyeshadow on the lid. Lightly blend Rajasthan (taupe) eyeshadow on the outer third of the lid blended to the outer lid with the 239. Next, apply Coconut Grove eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Trench eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Stash eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.
For cheeks, apply Douceur blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116. Highlight lightly with Amber Diamond skin shimmer with the 165.
For lips, apply Dragon rouge allure laque for a complementing lip.
This is a tutorial, but it’s also more about me going through the process of using just two eyeshadows, not loving the result, and trying to work it into something I did like. Not everything always turns out according to what we envision, and sometimes, it may not even be perfect at the end, but each time we do something, it’s just part of the learning process!