FOTD: Black and Gold Eyeshadow

black and gold big I have a few AFK eyeshadows that I picked up in a destash a while back and hadn’t gotten around to trying out yet. It’s a kind of random assortment of colors, so I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them, and wound up do a flared out black and gold look. I wound up using Baroque’s I’d Hate Toulouse You on both my cheeks and lips as well. I think it makes a really nice lip color, even if my application leaves something to be desired.

black gold look Darknessssss was a little bit tricky to use. I took a lot of blending and a couple layers to get it to show up as dark as I wanted and even then, it’s not as even as I’d like. But I’m pretty sure it’s been/is being reformulated. But AFK’s closed at the moment, so I can’t go check.

black and gold shadowEyes:

  • AFK Solar Flare
  • AFK Darknessssss
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Stila Smudgestick in Stingray
  • Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Benefit The Porefessional
  • Benefit Watt’s Up
  • Baroque I’d Hate Toulouse You

Lips:

  • Baroque I’d Hate Toulouse You
  • Lush Honey Trap

I started this look by priming my eyelids. Then I applied Solar Flare, a gold, all over my mobile lids. I applied Darknessssss, a blackish dark color, to the outer corner over the gold. I blended it down and in towards the middle and flared it up at the outer corner as well. I used a fluffy blending brush to blend the two together. Darknessssss wasn’t very opaque, so I had to apply a couple layers to get it darker. I brought a little bit of it under my lower lashes as well. The gold on my lower lashline was actually fallout, but I decided I liked it there, so I tidied it up and left it. I tidied up around the edges of the black as well. I lined my eyes with black pencil liner and applied mascara. I actually wore face primer today, mostly out of curiosity. I basically smeared it all over my face with me fingers before I applied my foundation (with a brush), my concealer (with my fingers) and powder (also with a brush). I used a blush brush to apply I’d Hate Toulouse You, a reddish blush, which I blended into the skin with a clean blush brush. I also applied a little bit of a golden highlight to the tops of my cheeks and blended it with my fingers. I decided to use I’d Hate Toulouse You on my lips as well. I exfoliated my lips (but not quite well enough, since I missed a patch of dry skin), then applied a thick layer of waxy lip balm. I used a brush to pat the blush on top of the balm and my finger to even things out. I didn’t do the best job applying it evenly, but I do think it makes a nice lip color.

This look makes me feel like I should be going to a Tiger’s hockey game. The goldenrod base of Solar Flare matches their colors pretty well. I feel like my application wasn’t quite on point today, but I enjoy what I came up with anyways.

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FOTD: Bright and Springy Turquoise and Coral Look

turquoise and coralWhen I was trying out my new lip lustres, I wanted to do something bright and springy for Meloncholy, a bright coral orange. So I paired it with matching blush and sparkly turquoise blue liner. So much fun!

turquoise and coral lookThese are some of my favorite colors, and I can pretend I’m in North America and it’s spring now by wearing them!

turquoise and coral products

 

Eyes:

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Shiro Gelato Beach

Lips:

For this look I primed my lids and applied Bubbles, a light tan shadow with a blue green sheen, all over my lid. I mixed Bulletssssss!, a sparkly bright blue, with superstar serum and applied it as winged liner. I patted a little bit of dry shadow over the top of the line for added sparkle. Then I curled my lashes and put on mascara. I did my face like usual, but used a small contour brush to very lightly pat Gelato Beach, a very bright coral blush, onto my cheeks. Then I applied Meloncholy, a bright coral orange lip lustre, with the doe foot.

I love this look, but it’s definitely bright. Bubbles is a gorgeous color and the sheen goes so nicely with the bright blue liner, although it doesn’t show up very strongly in pictures. Also, the tones of Gelato Beach and Meloncholy match so well! I’ll definitely use them together again. Do you have any great indie make up pairings?