LA Night Out

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About this Look

I was headed to a goth/EDM night at a club in LA, and had just changed my hair from blond to royal blue. So I needed a look that was bold but simple so that it didn’t overpower my hair or my outfit (wearing a Tripp military vest in that pic). Unfortunately I forgot to apply my lipstick, whoops….

Step-by-Step Guide


I started by priming my face with Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment. I chose a mattifying primer to help cut down on shine since I was wearing makeup to go dancing.

Then I primed my eyes with Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original. This is my every day eyeshadow primer, and since I was going to use a matte look on my lids I didn't feel I needed one for shimmer or glitter.

For my eyes, I started with the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette. Stark all over the lid, Frisk blended out as my transition shade. Then I used Dirty Little Secret shadow in Teaser for my crease colour, but in hindsight I should have used Cover from the Naked2 Basics, since Teaser came out a little too orange for my liking.

I did my winged liner up top with Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner in Trooper, cleaned up as necessary.

Then used my Smashbox Color Correcting Stick in Get Less Red (the green stick, basically) on my face to help conceal redness on my forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, and jawline (I have a few scars that are quite red/dark so it helps me cover those up). Blended out gently with my (clean) fingers.

I used Urban Decay's Naked Skin lightweight foundation in 1.5 - now, I mentioned I was going dancing. A heavy coverage foundation is NOT a good idea. And unfortunately, the All Nighter foundation oxidizes really badly, so I stick with my Naked Skin foundation and build it up if needed. I use one pump to do my entire face with a damp blending sponge, let it dry/set and then using half a pump I build it up a little bit on my forehead and cheeks.

Then I did my brows, using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Primer pencil, and then applying Urban Decay's eyeshadow in Radium with an angled liner brush. The same method you would use to apply brow creme or brow powder onto brow wax. The primer is a wax that acts as a base for the powder to stick to, allowing me to use the metallic eyeshadow to match my brows to my hair colour. It works great and looks way more natural than using liquid eyeliners to fake coloured brows.

I used my Kat Von D concealer creme in Light 9 to touch up my brows, conceal blemishes, and even out the skin under my eyes and around my nose. I don't ascribe to using a too-light concealer to "highlight" the centre of your face. It looks ridiculous and fake. I use one that looks natural, and works perfectly with my pale skintone.

Once all of that was done, I went back to my eyes and applied Urban Decay Moondust shadow in Dark Cloud along my lower lashline. This was to give me a bit of colour and offset the nude look up top with the bold liner. My eyes are blue so the desaturated purple helps make them pop. I added Sephora's Duo Reflects shadow in Iridescent Shell to my inner corner as a highlight, though I've also used Skimp from the Naked2 Basics palette in this look on other occasions (its a satin with a bit of shimmer, good for subtle inner corner highlight).

I then finished off my eyes with Smashbox X-Rated mascara to my top and bottom lashes. This is a wet mascara, so I apply it carefully and let it dry before doing anything else.

I finished my face with Too Faced's Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer, forgoing blush and highlighter for this look. I just wanted some light definition, letting my eyes and lips stand out with my hair. I'd intended on using Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in Poe, but forgot it -- hence my naked lips and mismatched eye and lip tone.

I set my entire face with Make Up For Ever setting spray.

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