Dark Matter Makeup Zodiac Collection: Looks

Zodiac Swatches

Leo, Cancer, Gemini, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces / Libra, Aries, Taurus, Capricorn, Aquarius, Sagittarius

After yesterday’s swatch post, it’s time for my looks from Dark Matter Makeup’s Zodiac collection. This collection has a lot of bright, fun colors, although some of them took a little bit of extra work to use in the looks. Nonetheless, I’m happy with what I came up with and if you’re a more confident eyeshadow user, you should be able to make some nice bold looks with these colors. Also, if you missed my update to yesterday’s post, these shadows have been reformulated since I bought them, so it’s possible they perform better now. Dom’s sending me a few samples of the reformulation, and when I get them, I’ll post an update about the new formula.

zodiac s3 Look 1: Virgo and Pisces Zodiac 3For this look I primed my eyes and then patted Virgo over the lid. I placed Pisces in the outer corner and the outer portion of the crease and blended it down and into Virgo. I kept blending until the transition was smooth. I added a little bit more Pisces in the crease to make it more vibrant, and brought some under my lower lashes as well. I lined my eyes all the way around with black pencil liner and applied a lot of mascara.

zodiac s5 Look 2: Scorpio, Taurus and Sagittarius Zodiac 5b I primed my eyes and patted Pixie Epoxy on to my mobile lids. After it set, I applied Scorpio to my lids. I took a tiny bit of Taurus on a blending brush and worked it into the crease to smooth out the edges, fanning it up slightly at the outer corners. I tidied a bit with a q-tip and diffused the edges with my blending brush. I used a liner brush to apply Sagittarius along my lower lashline. I lined my eyes with black pencil liner and finished with mascara. (Lips are Kae Q Sapodilla.)

zodia s2 Look 3: Aquarius and Aries Zodiac 2This is the second look I attempted with these colors, since the first one turned out patchy. For this, I primed my lids and applied Aries up to my crease. I blended out the edges a little to diffuse the upper edge. I mixed Aquarius with Superstar Serum and applied it as winged liner using an eyeliner brush. I applied a little of the mixture to my lower lashline as well. I finished the look with mascara. (Lips are Kae Q Mamey.)

zodiac s1 Look 4: Libra, Gemini and Capricorn Zodiac 1 This look is an attempt at a halo eye, although the colors were too similar for it to be very distinct. I primed my eyes and applied Gemini to the inner and outer thirds of each eye. I used a pencil brush to apply Libra to the very inner and outer corners, as well as to the inner and outer thirds of my lower lashline. I filled in the middle third of each eye with Capricorn and blended the purples together. I might have overblended slightly, which cause the halo-ness to become extremely subtle, so I added a touch more Gemini over the top. In retrospect, maybe I should have added a little bit more back. I also applied Gemini to the middle third of my lower lashline. I blended out the upper edge of the purples with Capricorn on a fluffy brush, bringing it up a little higher than my crease. I lined my upper lashline with black pencil liner and my lower lashline with grey. I curled my lashes and applied mascara to complete the look. (Lips are Fyrinnae Pygmy Hippo topped with gloss.)

zodiac s4 Look 5: Aries, Leo and Cancer, plus Pisces Zodiac 4a For this look I started my priming my eyes and then applied Aries to the inner third of my lids. I applied Leo to the middle third and Cancer to the outer third. I flared Cancer up at the outer corner and applied some to the outer half of my lower lashline as well. I applied Leo to the middle of my lower lashline, stopping before my tear duct. I blended the three colors on my lid together to get a smooth transition, but Leo became very sheer so I patted a little more on top. I took the teensiest bit of Aries on a blending brush and used it to lightly blend out the upper edge. I lined my upper lashes with black liquid liner, ending in a little wing, and my lower lashes with black pencil liner. I also applied mascara.

Zodiac 4bAfter I finished the first version of this look, I realized that it would be super fun to add some turquoise to the lower lashline, so I used a liner brush to apply some Pisces to my lower waterline. This version made me think of a tropical sunset over the ocean!

zodiac looks aSo there are my five Zodiac Collection looks! Despite the fact that some of the shadows were a bit tricky to use and required a careful hand or touch ups after blending, I really like the way they turned out. I was able to make a lot of bright, fun looks! Since turquoise is hands down my favorite color, look number one was my favorite, but I was pleasantly surprised by number three as well. My first attempt at an Aquarius/Aries look (a smoky eye over Pixie Epoxy) turned into a bit of a patchy mess (especially when my eyes were closed and you could see it all), but foiling Aquarius as liner worked quite well and made for a nice, delicate, pretty look. What about you? Which look was your favorite?

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Hello Waffle Painted Flowers Collection: Looks

Painted Flowers Swatches

Mad as a March Hare, Animate Chess-Piece, Eat Me, Golden Afternoon, Pool of Tears, Gryphon, Deepest Fears / Locked Doors, Dormouse, Mad, Beneath Oxfordshire, Moonlit Grin, Rule 42, Hearts

Yesterday I posted my swatches of Hello Waffle‘s spring seasonal collection, Painted Flowers. Today I have the looks to share with you. This is one of my favorite collections, and I really like how easy it was to come up with looks using these shadows.

eat me shadowLook 1: Pool of Tears, Eat Me and Moonlit Grin

Pool of TearsI liked this look so much I actually put together a tutorial for it with pictures. But in brief, I primed my lids, applied Eat Me to the inner half and Pool of Tears to the outer half and blended them together. Then I used a narrow angled brush to apply Moonlit Grin in a C around the outer corner and blended that too. I finished with black winged liner and mascara.

rule 42 shadowsLook 2: Hearts, Deepest Fears, Rule 42, Dormouse

Deepest FearsFor this look, I primed my eyelids and applied Hearts to the inner third, Deepest Fears to the middle third and Rule 42 to the outer third. I blended them together and brought Rule 42 up into the crease. I blended out the upper edge with Dormouse. Then I smudged some Hearts into both my upper and lower lashlines. I applied Rule 42 to my lower lashline as well, closer in to the lashes. I lined my upper lashes and lower waterline with black pencil liner, smudged it out and finished with mascara.

mad shadowaLook 3: Golden Afternoon, Mad, Animate Chess-Piece, Beneath OxfordshireGolden Afternoon

First, I patted Golden Afternoon onto my already primed lids. Then I applied Mad in the outer corner/crease and blended the two together. I used a little Animate Chess-Piece to as a transition color to soften the upper edge. Then I mixed Beneath Oxfordshire with Superstar Serum and applied it as liner, thickly on the upper lashes and lightly on the bottom.

dormouse shadowLook 4: Locked Doors, Mad as a March Hare, Dormouse

Locked Doors

For this look, I primed my eyes and applied Locked Doors all over my lids and along my lower lashline. I placed Mad as a March Hare in my crease and blended them together. I applied Dormouse above the darker shadows and blended it up to my eyebrows. I finished with smudgy dark brown liner and mascara.

gryphon shadowLook 5: Gryphon, Eat Me, Rule 42, Dormouse

GryphonI decided to try a new technique for halo eyes with this look. I started by applying Dormouse to my crease as a transition color and blended it out quite a bit so it wasn’t too sparkly. Then I applied Gryphon to the inner and outer thirds of each eye, leaving the middle of my lid empty. I used a pencil brush to apply Rule 42 to the very inner and outer portion of each eye and to the inner and outer thirds of my lower lashline as well. I filled in the middle section with Gryphon. Then I patted Eat Me into the blank space in the center of my lid and carefully blended the three colors together, making sure not to darken the white. I lined my eyes with a metallic dark grey pencil, curled my lashes and put on mascara.

Painted Flowers Looks

So those are my Painted Flowers looks. I like that they’re a mix of colorful fun looks and dark and moody looks. My favorite is the first one, just because of my deep and abiding love for turquoise shadow and winged liner. It’s tutorial will be up tomorrow if you want to try it for yourself! But I’m also really happy with looks 4 and 5. I’m usually not a huge fan of browns, but really liked how they came together in look 4 and I feel like look 5 is the most successful halo eye I’ve ever done. What about you? Which look is your favorite?

FOTD: Easter Pastel Halo Eye

easter Happy Easter! I decided to do a springy pastel look to celebrate. (Easter’s not my favorite holiday, it’s not spring here and my husband and I failed to plan ahead enough to buy groceries for our usual Easter dinner, so this is pretty much the only bone I’m throwing to Easter this year.) I did a pastel pink and green version of my newfound halo eye technique. It turned out much more subtle than I expected, but it’s pretty and fitting for the holiday.

easter lookPardon the weird pinkness of my skin. I just got back from a week on the beach, where I got a bit too much sun. Worth it, though!

easter shadowsEyes:

  • Hello Waffle Debussy
  • Shiro Wildflowers
  • Hello Waffle Golden Stairs
  • Shiro Cake
  • NYX Milk
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
  • Buxom Lash Mascara

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Benefit Posietint

Lips:

  • Tarte Pink Peony

I started by covering my mobile lids with NYX Milk pencil and blending it in with my finger so there weren’t any harsh edges. Then I patted Cake!, a sparkly white, into the inner and outer corners. It wasn’t very noticeable, so I patted Wildflowers, a light pink, over the top. I placed Debussy, a light green, into the hole in the middle of each lid. Then I picked up some Golden Stairs, a light peachy gold, with a blending brush and used it to blend out the transition between the pink and the green. I also used Golden Stairs to blend out the crease. I used some more Cake above the gold, up to my eyebrow. I lined my eyes with black liquid liner with a little flick and applied mascara. I did my face like usual, with a bit of extra foundation on my nose in an attempt to minimize my sunburn. I used a pink cheek stain, which I blended in with my finger, and a soft pink lipstick.

Do you ever do holiday-themed make up? How do you celebrate Easter? In my family growing up we always went bowling and ate Indian food to go with our Easter baskets and egg hunt. It’s one of our weirder traditions, but I loved it.

 

FOTD: A Tight Dress and Shoes to Kill For Challenge

red halo lookFor the next IMAM challenge pairing, I got Hello Waffle’s A Tight Dress and Notoriously Morbid’s Shoes to Kill For. Since one’s a bright red and the other’s a dark purple, I decided to have another go at a red and purple halo eye.

red halo 1My new halo eye technique is definitely working better than my old one.

red halo glassesUnfortunately when I put my glasses on, they hide the red pretty much entirely. Until I blink. Then BAM!

red halo shadowsEyes:

  • Notoriously Morbid Shoes to Kill For
  • Hello Waffle A Tight Dress
  • Shiro Shinigami
  • Stila Bliss
  • Stila Bare
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Sephora Collection Black Lace Eyeliner
  • Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Tarte Natural Beauty

Lips:

  • Urban Decay Naked lipstick

I recently discovered a new halo eye technique, which I really like. I started by applying a transition color (I used a dusty rose-brown) in the crease on my primed lids. Then I patted Shinigami, a sparkly purple, onto the inner and outer thirds of my eye. I used a pencil brush and applied A Tight Dress, a dark purple, to further darken the outer and inner corners. I also put some on the outer and inner thirds of my lower lashline as well. Next I put some Shinigami into the gap in the middle of the lower lashline. Then I carefully patted Shoes to Kill For, a bright sparkly red, into the middle of each eyelid. I dab a tiny bit over the purple in the center of the lower lashline as well. Then I blended. I tried to make a smooth transitions between the two purples but keep the red from getting muddied. In the spirit of full disclosure, I blended the shadow up way too high and needed to clean up the edges with some lotion and a q-tip. So I went back over my crease with the same transition color I’d used before. I also applied a matte skintone shade below my browbone. I lined my eyes with black pencil liner, curled my lashes and applied mascara. I did my face like always, used a little bit of red blush and finished it off with a nude lipstick.

All in all, I’m really happy with this look. This is what I was going for last time I tried to do a red and purple halo eye. I think using a super bright, almost pink toned red with a darker purple helped, because there was such a strong difference between the red and the purple.

FOTD: Grey Halo with Purple Liner

grey halo with purple liner 1Since yesterday’s post was leftover from January, today I decided to kick the month off by actually doing a halo eye. Sort of. I’m still not great at halo eyes, so my eyelids kind of ate the middle part. Which sort of makes it look just like normal eyeshadow. Oh well. Perhaps by the end of the month I’ll be better.

grey halo with purple linerEven if the halo part didn’t quite show up, it’s still pretty.

grey halo with purple liner glassesGlasses! Just cuz it’s been a while since I posted a glasses picture. I wish my lenses didn’t mute the purple of the liner so much.

Heaven Nor Hell and What's That SmeltEyes:

  • Shiro What’s That Smelt?
  • Shiro Heaven Nor Hell
  • Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Tornado
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
  • Lorac Behind the Scenes Primer
  • Buxom Lash Mascara

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Benefit Dandelion

Lips:

  • Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Kissability

For this look, I applied Heaven Nor Hell, a dark blue-toned shimmery grey, all over my primed lids and along the outer portion of my lower lash line. I patted What’s That Smelt?, a bright sparkly silver into the middle of the lid. I used Pixie Epoxy to bring out the sparkles. With Heaven Nor Hell on a blending brush, I made a rainbow shape around the pixie epoxied silver part to blend out the edges. I lined my eyes with purple pencil liner and applied mascara. I did my face make up like always, with a pretty pink blush and a slightly purple lip gloss.

While the halo part didn’t show up as much as I wanted, I still think it’s a pretty look. Do you guys have any advice on how to do halo eyes properly? I understand what they’re supposed to look like, but not how you make them look that way, so it’s kind of a crapshot whether mine will turn out or not.

FOTD: Brown and Copper Halo Eye

Brown and Copper Halo 1In the interest of doing more halo eyes in March, let’s start this off with the first halo eye look I ever did. (This is from January, but somehow I didn’t post it. Oops. From this point on, everything is from the perspective of January-me, so a bit outdated.) I recently discovered that the thing you do where you put a lighter color of eyeshadow in the center of your eye and a darker color on either side of it is called a halo eye. So here’s a halo eye, with some brown and coppery Shiro shadows.

Brown and Copper HaloI used a very pretty brown all over my lid, with a coppery color in the middle and bronze in the inner corner and along the lower lashline.

Brown and Copper Halo 2I did not like this look at all after I’d finished with the shadows. So I added a highlight color in the inner corner and patted a bit in the center of the lid to brighten things up a bit and piled on the mascara. Still, it didn’t work at all until I’d added the blush and lipstick. And then, all of a sudden, I loved it.

Brown And Copper Halo productsEyes:

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body Foundation in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed

Lips:

  • MAC lipstick in Patisserie

I started with Urban Decay Primer in Eden, which I’m testing a sample of. The I smudged Getting Wood, a lovely basic brown, all over the mobile lid, extending it up and out at the outer corners. I put the tiniest dot of Pixie Epoxy on my pinky and dabbed it onto the center of each lid. I waited a second for it to dry a little, then patted Full of Craft, a golden brown with a reddish sheen, over the top. With the Pixie Epoxy it wound up looking coppery. Then I used a pencil brush to apply You Dropped Your Rod, a dark bronze, to the inner corner. I also applied it to the outer 3/4 of my lower lashline, and connected it to the brown at the outer corners. I blended the edges of my eyeshadow out with Bare from Stila’s In the Light Palette, which is a matte that matches my skintone. I applied Twice Baked, a shimmery red-based brown eyeliner to the outer part of the lower lashline, and Damsel, a black-brown, along the upper lashline. I smudged both of these out with a brush, curled my lashes and applied several coats of mascara. At this point my face looked really weird, and the whole thing wasn’t working at all, so I got out Doge, one of my favorite highlights and put it my tear ducts. I also patted the tiniest bit on top the the eyeshadow at the very center of my lids using my finger, to lighten it and make it look more Halo-y. Then I did my usual face stuff. I used Tarte’s Exposed blush, a pinky-browny-nude that I love and suddenly the whole look came together. I finished with MAC’s Patisserie lipstick, my favorite nude lipstick.

This was one of those looks I’m really glad I stuck with, cuz in the middle it looked awful, but by the end it came together really nicely. I tend to get bored with more neutral colors, but the halo techniques livens it up and makes it a bit more interesting.

Darling Girl My Three Witches Collection: Looks

Re-Witched, Love's a Witch, Witch Way Now, Hell Hath No Fury, Painted World / The Apocalypse, Not, Woogy, Just Harried, Blinded by the Whitelighter, Scry Harder

Re-Witched, Love’s a Witch, Witch Way Now, Hell Hath No Fury, Painted World / The Apocalypse, Not, Woogy, Just Harried, Blinded by the Whitelighter, Scry Harder

Yesterday I posted my swatches of Darling Girl’s My Three Witches collection . Today it’s time for the looks. This collection is very cohesive, in that all the colors are sparkly but somewhat subdued (especially when applied over just primer), so all the looks are in a similar vein, which should make them easy to wear.

DSCN5441Look 1: Hell Hath No Fury, Witch Way Now, Just Harried and The Apocalypse, Not

MTW Look 1For this, I primed my lids then patted Witch Way Now all over the lid. I placed Hell Hath No Fury in the outer corner/crease and blended. I used Just Harried to highlight under my brow and mixed The Apocalypse, Not with superstar serum and applied it to my lower lashline. I finished with dark brown liquid liner, drawn with a strong wing, and mascara.

DSCN5493Look 2: The Apocalypse, Not, Just Harried and Re-Witched

MTW Look 2 2I primed my eyes, including beneath and then patted Pixie Epoxy on top of my lids. I covered the Pixie Epoxy with The Apocalypse, Not, and used a pencil brush to apply some to the lower lashline as well. I blended out the edges using Just Harried and patted Re-Witched onto the inner corner. Then I lined my entire eye with black pencil liner and smudged it out with a brush. I used some of the liner on my brush to darken the outer corners. Then I finished with lots of black mascara.

DSCN5533

Look 3: Woogy and Scry Harder

MTW Look 3This is an attempt at a very subtle halo eye. I patted Scry Harder into the center of my primed lids, and applied Woogy to the inner and outer corners and blended it up towards the middle. I used a clean blending brush to soften the edges. I lined my eyes with pencil liner to finish it off.

DSCN5756Look 4: Just Harried and Love’s a Witch

MTW Look 4For this, I applied primer and then patted Just Harried over the lid. I applied Love’s a Witch to the outer corner and blended. Then I finished with black winged liner and mascara. Easy and simple.

DSCN5438Look 2: Painted World and Blinded by the Whitelighter

MTW Look 5I started by priming my lids. Then I applied Blinded by the Whitelighter all over the lid. Next I added Painted World to the outer corner and blended. I lined my eyes with a shimmery dark grey pencil liner and smudged it out with a brush. Then I applied Blinded by the Whitelighter to my lower waterline. I curled my lashes and put on mascara. This look feels Cinderella-y to me.My Three Witches Looks 2Those are my five My Three Witches looks. All of them are pretty classic and easy to wear. The second one’s my favorite, because it’s the boldest and I love the hidden purple glitter in The Apocalypse, Not. Also, I’m just on a smoky eye kick right now. Which one’s your favorite?