Monday, February 8th, 2010

Valentine’s Day Makeup: Soft Peach & Plum

I thought I’d do a look using NARS Kuala Lumpur, a new eyeshadow duo for spring–review coming soon–which went okay. I had to use this duo wet in order to get the intensity I wanted. The cheeks and lips are still goin’ strong with MAC Spring Colour Forecast, so never fear!

Oh, man, I really wanted to add more to the crease.  I wanted some more depth, more darkness… just MORE!  But I held myself back.  I told myself, “Go softer, let’s try it!”

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot (neutral beige base), NARS Kuala Lumpur Eyeshadow Duo (soft melon/plum burgundy), NARS Mediteranee Eyeshadow Duo (soft gold), Urban Decay 1999 24/7 Liner (burgundy), MAC Plushlash Mascara (black)
  • Face: Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer (Medium)
  • Cheeks: MAC Vintage Grape Blush Ombre (dirty plum)
  • Lips: MAC Radicchio Lipstick (pinky plum), MAC Almondine Lipglass (frosty white-gold) (sheer gold)
  • Brushes: 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 116 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes:  Try MAC Motif, MAC Cranberry, MAC Ricepaper

For eyes, start by applying Soft Ochre paint pot as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using a dampened 239, apply Kuala Lumpur eyeshadow (the peach side) all over the lid. Next, apply Kuala Lumpur eyeshadow (the plum side) on the outer third of the eyelid and lightly blend into the outer crease. Lightly tap and brush Kuala Lumpur eyeshadow (the peach side) directly above the crease to soften. To finish the eyeshadow look, sweep Meditaranee eyeshadow (the golden side) as a highlighter on the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying 1999 eyeliner on the lower lash line and sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Vintage Grape blush ombre to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Radicchio lipstick first, and then layer Almondine lipglass for a complementing lip.

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106 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Makeup: Soft Peach & Plum

  1. Oooh, I like this take on Valentine’s Day makeup! I just swatched Kuala Lumpur and was really lemming it but I’m afraid it’s going to be too light/sheer for me now. I’m so used to seeing strong creases on you that this look really surprised me lol. Super pretty and sweet though.

    I actually LOVE Vibrant Grape blush on you! Especially with this lip combo. Gorgeous! 😀

    • Thanks, Catherine!

      I think it’s very, very soft. It’s not my cup of tea (I would rather use a shadow with a lighter hand to get “soft” than have to *pack* it on just to get there), sooo I’d say check it out in person if you can.

  2. amy

    I tried Kuala Lumpur last week and I quite like it. You are also making me want all the pink lipsticks from Colour Forecast!

  3. Nicci

    Very pretty! I love the eye shadow colors!! I am going to have to try to create it this weekend hopefully :-)

  4. Danielle

    Hi Christine, as soon as I saw the picture of your eyes, I immediately thought Oh my gosh that is Kuala Lumpur……and it WAS! First of all it is stunning on you, and secondly I just wanted to share that my sister and I just recently had our first NARS haul after much research on your site and in sephora and the stores. We got a gift with purchase at Nordstrom’s (orgasm/albatross) and had recently bought Laguna. On Sat. we both had our makeup done and ended up buying Kuala Lumpur after it was put on my eyes! We also got Bellissima e/s duo, Indian Summer e/s duo and Ophelia! My sister and I are die hard MAC fans, but we have loved trying some nars…especially Laguna, orgasm and albatross. :)

  5. Beautiful look. Real sweet, I like it and it’s great suggestion for V-day :)

  6. Silvia

    love! the look christine!
    I know how you feel about adding more to the crease, but I guess you did well.
    the soft look is supersweet for valentines day!

  7. Tami

    Very nice Christine! Although it’s not the same, I may try this look using Melon and Burgundy pigments:) Vintage Grape is quite fetching on you as well.

  8. This is such a pretty look! I’m falling in love with this duo now.

  9. DJ

    very pretty– love seeing a looking using a bit of Nars 😉

  10. This is such a pretty look!
    I need to recreate it somehow. :)

  11. Sarah M

    Very pretty, Christine. 😀

  12. Anitacska

    Oh no Christine, don’t do this to me! I checked out Kuala Lumpur the other day and concluded that I didn’t need it, but now seeing this look you’ve done, I might just have to go and get it! All your fault! 😉 I’m already getting Radicchio and a bunch of other lipsticks and lipglasses from the Spring Colour Forecast collection as it is!

    • OK, I won’t! Read the review, ’cause I wasn’t loving this. It’s just too soft for me! :( You can get away with Motif (or Flip or Melon pigment) and Cranberry.

      • Anitacska

        Thanks, I’ve seen the review and decided I won’t get it after all. I don’t have Cranberry, but have Fresh Cut (from the Fresh Cut palette) and Star Violet that are pretty close I think, and I do have Melon pigment. So I won’t get it after all. :) Really looking forward to the Orgasm illuminator though.

  13. margot

    I love everything about this look, it is subtle, colors are great !! Simply a very beautiful look I could wear any day ! I especially love the lip combo, made me want that lipstick and lipglass !!

  14. DevilishDoll

    Gorgeous, I especially love the lips. Also loving the color of your shirt.

  15. Hilana

    Wow. These colours suit you to a “T”! Beautiful!!!! I think they would look pretty on me too! :)

  16. Andrea

    Vintage Grape… yum.

  17. aradhana

    hi christine
    v pretty look! i like the balance you reached with the crease colour, personally. also nice to see the purple ombre blush used in a look and doesn’t look like a bruise at all! (adding it to the list…LOL)

  18. Nice and wearable…very pretty..:)

  19. omo

    lovely…i really like

  20. egon

    stunning as usual =)

  21. Glenda

    It’s a beautiful look Christine. For the eye shadow part could you recomment MAC substitutions?

  22. Maribel

    Love this look! so soft and pretty! :)

  23. This is so fresh and pretty!

  24. wow, i didn’t know nars came up with an eyeshadow duo named after the place where i currently live in right now!…lol ;p…very nice combo :)…lovin’ the look!…nice job christine! 😀 xoxo

  25. annie

    wow superpretty!
    almondine makes radicchio pop. i knew it would work great with lipsticks. on it’s own it looks a little scary though.

  26. Annie

    I actually really like this as a “soft-and-pretty” every day look :] ADORE the lip combo!

  27. evo

    love this simple look on you.
    i swatched the KL duo and was super disappointed. wish it wasn’t so sheer

  28. Pretty look! I like the lip combo most, so now I think I’ll have to get Almondine and Radicchio 😉

  29. daphne

    Wow! Really interesting how Vintage Grape turned out on the cheeks. It’s got more depth than your average raspberry/plum blush but it still doesn’t look quite purple either. I love that lip combination, too. I don’t need Almondine at all but it keeps tempting me, it’s just so durn pretty. The eyes are lovely…though I think I could pull it off pretty well with Queen and Muchness from the UD palette with probably less effort :)

    • If you build up the color, it’ll definitely go plummier (but it’s too intense for me). A light hand is just right for me!

      Thanks 😉

      HA, yes, Queen and Muchness would work (albeit, it will have a more metallic/shimmery feel).

  30. PJ

    PLUMTASTIC! LOVE LOVE LOVE. I’m really surprised you weren’t thrilled by Kuala Lumpur because the colors look amazing on you. I guess having to apply it wet to even get minimal payoff can be a time suck. But I love the pairing with the 1999 liner and the MAC blush!

  31. Alexis

    This is a fantastic look on you – I wish you liked the Kuala Lumpur duo more! =(

  32. Ryan

    Hey christine

    Wow this is absolutely beautiful and my favorite look you have done for a long time. Personaly im into more dark, dramatic looks (which you rarely do) but I actualy might do somthing similar to this with products I have. And I was woundering if im too late to go pick up some blush ombres… Do you think there all sold out?

  33. Tiffany

    most definitely getting almondine now!

  34. Vintage Grape is so pretty! and i like your lips, almondine looks great over Radiccio

  35. Penny

    This is absolutely beautiful. I’m a little darker than you are (NC37) and I was terrified of Vintage Grape- even (or maybe especially!) after seeing swatches, but it looks so lovely and soft on you. Another thing to add to my list when I go check this collection out in person.

    You are like, the ultimate lemming creator. :)

    P.S.- That lip combo is amazing!

    • LOL, I try to find a way to make things work. I like that the blush ombres can be used lightly OR intensely – you don’t have to work hard to get it to be intense (just pick up more on the brush), but for a light look, just a single tap in the pan is enough.

  36. Steph B

    I really like this softer look on you. Thanks for mentioning some alternatives with better payoff.

    Question — I notice you pretty much always line your lower lid but only line the upper lid some of the time. I’m just the opposite as I think it opens my small eyes more. What is the reason behind your preference?

    • Thanks, Steph!

      I seem to be easily irritated or allergic to wearing liquid liner on the upper lash line. My eyes tend to swell up whenever I use it. (And yes, I do it sometimes just because it’s so requested, and then my lids are swollen for a day or two afterward.)

  37. Angela

    Pretty e/s. Do you think these colors would look okay on NC 43-45 skin tones? Are they pigmented enough?

  38. Steph

    This is my first time posting!

    You look gorgeous as always Christine. Your reviews and photos really inspired me to pick up a lot of pieces from the MAC Spring
    Forecast collection.

    Do you think the MAC Radiccio lipstick is worth it and flattering for an NC15 skintone? It is not too purpley or dark, is it?


  39. Ferarri

    Thank you so much for putting Kuala Lumpur on the map! Hi, I am from Kuala Lumpur and if I can buy Nars, Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia would be my first two picks!

  40. Faheema

    Another very beautiful look :)

  41. ashhhh

    i am absolutely in love with how that blush looks on you!! it really suits your skin tone…

  42. this is such a pretty look. I love yr lips – I would never have thought to put raddichio and almondine together. I saw almondine the other day and completely dismissed it. Shame on me!

  43. The eyeshadow colors look so beautiful! Do you know of any dupes for the Kuala Lumpur duo?

  44. Rosie

    Thank goodness for the newsletter, I had missed this look earlier. I like how subtle this look is. The lips are so pretty. I love pink lips :).

  45. aida

    I like it and I have Kuala Lumpur!!!

  46. justjamiexo

    ahhhhhh love!! Such a beautiful look! it definetely makes me want to buy that eyeshadow duo!

  47. Alexis

    Wow, this is beautiful! I could never get Kuala Lumpur to look like this on me, so I returned it. I guess I should’ve tried it wet to get the right pigmentation :).

  48. Chau

    wow! I LOVE this look. you are so beautiful Christine! Plum is flattering on brown eyes.

  49. Sri

    I love this look..very sweet for a date..I’ll use it for this weekend date..♥
    you’re so stunning as always..