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How to Apply Eyeshadow: Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial for Beginners

Warm Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial
Warm Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

Here’s an in-depth, step-by-step eye makeup tutorial that is geared towards explaining every step in as much detail as possible so that whether you’re a makeup beginner or an old pro, it should be easy to follow. The look showcased in a warm, smokey eye that uses a light-to-dark gradient on the lid and layers mid-tone to deep shades in the crease for depth.  In real time, it takes about five to ten minutes per eye once you’ve had some practice. You might also want to take a look at this eye makeup diagram if you are unfamiliar with certain terminology (like crease, brow bone, etc.).

I wanted to create a fairly generic, warm neutral look with a slightly smoky outer corner and lash line, so it should be easy to replicate with a slew of products, but I specifically used Milani’s Bold Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette and Urban Decay’s Perversion 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil.  I used three brushes: a medium-sized, tapered crease brush (Wayne Goss 17), small, tapered crease brush (Wayne Goss 19), and a flat eyeshadow brush (Smith 253) for the tutorial.

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MAC Key Lime Trifle, Wild Berry Frosting, Funfetti Cake Oh Sweetie Lipcolours

01/06

MAC Key Lime Trifle Oh Sweetie Lipcolour

MAC Key Lime Trifle Oh Sweetie Lipcolour

MAC Key Lime Trifle Oh Sweetie Lipcolour

MAC Key Lime Trifle Oh Sweetie Lipcolour

MAC Key Lime Trifle Oh Sweetie Lipcolour

MAC Key Lime Trifle Oh Sweetie Lipcolour

Key Lime Trifle

MAC Key Lime Trifle Oh Sweetie Lipcolour ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, chartreuse green with warm, golden undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and the very creamy, emollient texture did not bode well for layering as it slid around a lot for the first two hours of wear. Eventually, it “set” and didn’t slide around, but the product had to wear down (whether through talking, drinking, etc.) for that to occur. The color did not appear streaky along the edges of my lips, but the color did not appear evenly dispersed and some product was in my lip lines. It lasted well for four and a half hours but felt a little drying. This shade smelled exactly like key lime pie: sour, creamy, and graham cracker crust; it did not have any discernible taste to me.

Formula Overview

$17.50/0.10 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "lasting colour" for "eight hour" wear that's "hydrating" and "non-feathering" that comes in "frosted opaque hues." There are 15 shades in the range, and each one has its own distinct scent--tied to its name--and most of the scents were pretty dead-on but I could see those with more sophisticated noses finding some scents a little cloying or synthetic. I didn't notice the scents lingering for long after I applied the respective shade, and I didn't notice any tastes. The coverage ranged from semi-opaque to opaque, while the application was inconsistent, and I think it'll come down to how one wants to wear a particular shade (layered or alone) whether the application pitfalls (settling into lip lines, unevenness) of some shades will be deal-breakers.

The finish on most shades was very shiny and metallic with an initial glossiness that took an hour to three to wear down; most shades felt like a lipstick and gloss hybrid but I can see why MAC has it listed as a lipstick. Once the glossiness goes away, the remaining color and finish look a lot more like a lipstick than a gloss, and it felt clingier (some more than others) and seemed to adhere better. The texture is lightweight, smooth, and mostly non-sticky, so there was more slip and creaminess compared to something like Lipglass, and it didn't have the dry down of a Retro Matte Lipcolour.

They definitely did not wear for eight hours--that claim felt really over-the-top to me--and most shades lasted between four and six hours with a few deviating from that range. There's enough product in an application that a good amount of color comes through after drinking a coffee or glass of water (despite transfer). They were lightly hydrating at best but some seemed more non-drying over time. One upside was that getting colors in this finish (metallic/pearl with some shine) and opacity level (even when they weren't opaque) made them less dupable, though I looked for dupes across lipstick and gloss options.

Browse all of our MAC Oh Sweetie Lipcolour swatches.

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24 x Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette Look Ideas

01/13

Urban Decay Born to Run 21-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born to Run 21-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born to Run 21-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born to Run 21-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born to Run 21-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born to Run 21-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born to Run 21-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born to Run 21-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born to Run 21-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Born to Run Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Born to Run Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Born to Run Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Born to Run Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Born to Run 21-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a solid mix of neutrals and color with a deeper, more autumnal-vibe than traditional summer offerings. For long-time fans, there are plenty of shades in the palette reminiscent from past releases, but for those who haven’t indulged in lots of Urban Decay, it’s a beautiful palette that’s high-quality, easy to use, and versatile. It leaned slightly more shimmery, but there were enough mattes and near-mattes that I didn’t struggle to create looks with the palette.

About This Series

Each look idea is centered around a “quad” of four shades with the expectation that one might bring in the appropriate brow bone or additional transitional shade based on skin tone. I know that I tend to use more like five or six shades in a typical look, but I think that four is a happy medium to give a good idea of the “core” color scheme of a look while giving you the ability to lighten/darken as desired. I have listed the colors in this order: inner lid, middle of lid, outer lid/crease, and crease/above crease.

You might see combinations that seem slightly repeated but placement will vary (e.g. a halo placement where the lightest and more shimmery shade is placed on the center) as placement can also create a different effect/look! You might also want to heading=”Born to Run .0″ sub_heading=”Urban Decay Palette” incorporating your favorite matte/shimmer shades (as applicable) to increase the versatility of certain palettes. heading=”Born to Run .0″ sub_heading=”Urban Decay Palette” these ideas a jumping off point!

Urban Decay Palette
Born to Run 1.0

  1. Urban Decay Big Sky — A warm Green with a Metallic finish.
  2. Urban Decay Radio — A Warm Teal with a Pearl finish.
  3. Urban Decay Drift — A Cool Gray with a Metallic finish.
  4. Urban Decay Jet — A Cool Black with a Satin finish.

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #450

Happy Friday!

Each week, we share our beauty hauls, talk weekend plans and learn a little about each other.

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  • Haul: MAC Blushes, Dior Backstage palettes, Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi
  • Weekend plans: I’m taking some photos/swatches today (Friday), and I’m hoping to spend most of the weekend cranking through some reviews as I’m running soooo behind!
  • What makes you feel brave?: The love and support of my family, from my parents to my husband to my mother-in-law.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

01/06

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Original

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38.00 for 0.40 oz.) is a soft, champagne gold with warm, peachy undertones and a fine, pearly sheen. It had a luminous, high-shine finish on my skin that didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture and was somewhere between radiant and dewy–more sheen than glossiness, though. Per the brand, it’s supposed to have an “extreme Hollywood luminous finish … that imparts high gloss, brightening and highlighting effects,” which I’d completely agree with.

The liquid highlighter pushes through a soft, cushioned applicator (which I did not find particularly ideal for long-term storage/use), which certainly worked for depositing and gently diffusing the product on the skin, but it worked just as well with fingertips or synthetic cheek brushes and I didn’t have to worry about getting base products onto the included applicator. It had a fluid, more gel-like consistency that spread easily across the skin and diffused easily along the edges. It does dry down quickly, though I didn’t feel like I had to work at warp speed to get the product blended out but I wouldn’t dilly-dally either. It wore well for nine hours on me with minimal fading.

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