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Neutral Staked Smoky Eye: Tartelette tutorial

Sorry for the wait! My computer’s been down half the week so I’ve only just started to clear the backlog of unedited photos and posts.

Here’s a quick sculpted smoky eye using nothing but neutrals, but I also added stacked liners, a metallic brown on top of a black. Steps are all above and products used are listed below!

  • Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 Pencil in Grey
  • Tarte Tartelette palette
  • Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er Precision Pen
  • Tarte Clay Pot Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Bronze
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black

If you want a softer look, all you need to do is substitute shades 2, 3, and 4 with lighter colors. 

P.S. For those who asked, you can absolutely use this palette for school and work. Just use softer shades and stick with only one darker color along the lashes. (Or just wear stacked liner and keep your lids clean with a single skin-toned eyeshadow from any brand!)

My makeup today!
Simple but classic…. I used my Louise Young Essential eyes palette to define my socket and create a soft contour.
Then I lined my top lid using Maybelline gel liner in Brown.
And I placed on my newly self-designed Eldora lashes (check out my previous post to see what I mean) on the outer corners of my eyes.
I also placed some cream kohl pencil from Kryolan along my waterline.

Powder, Pencil, Liquid or Gel Eyeliner?

Eyeliner often seems like an extra step in your makeup routine, but it can make all the difference. Just a hint of it smudged in between your lashes or a clean line swept across your lash line can glam up your look, add more definition and make your lashes look thicker. Nowadays there are loads of formulas on the market instead of your regular ol’ pencil and they can create heaps of different looks.

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The Blue Hour: Iridescent navy and pink smoke

This is a look a little inspired by colors we associate with a clear evening sky. Deep blues and faded pinks. Blue and pink can sometimes end up very “My Little Pony”; fun - but not terribly chic. So to keep things more adult, you can choose a matte or rich deep navy blue, and a pink that is not too cool-toned, but has a bit of bronze, beige or gold in it.

For the lips and cheeks, stick with muted or beige/nude pinks rather than a stronger shade, if you don’t want to look too “Barbie”.

Products used:

  • Foundation: Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation (link for a before/after application here!)
  • Concealer: Shiseido Sheer Eyezone Corrector 
  • Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 pencil in Seal Brown
  • Blush: Nars Gaiety (I applied this with a soft and fluffy yachiyo brush, so that the color isn’t too strong)
  • Navy cream shadow base: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadow in BL722
  • Pink cream shadow base: Shu Uemura Silk Cushion Eye Shadow in Morganite Pink
  • Pink-bronze powder shadow: VDL Festival Mineral Eyes in 101 W. Sweet Room (both shades mixed)
  • Navy metallic blue pigment: Illamasqua Alluvium
  • Black gel liner: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink
  • Matte beige pencil: NARS Larger Than Life pencil in Rue Bonaparte
  • Black mascara: Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash
  • Nude-pink lipstick: Rimmel Marshmallow Look lipstick in 007
How to Tightline your Eyes

Tightlining is one of my favourite eye-lining techniques. It gives great definition but still looks subtle and natural, plus it also makes your lashes look thicker. It is great for all eye shapes especially those with hooded eyelids because it doesn’t take up any lid space. Not to mention it doesn’t require a precision application unlike winged eyeliner. It is also a great technique to use before applying false lashes as you won’t end up with a gap in between the band of the false lashes and the base of your natural lashes.

Tightlining is done by applying your eyeliner in between your eyelashes instead of above them.

You will need: Either a flat eyeliner brush with gel eyeliner (I like Essence Gel Eyeliner) or a three dot liner like Too Faced Three Way Lining Lash Tool (a budget friendly version is ELF Essential Triple Tip Waterproof Eyeliner Pen but try and wear the tip down a bit on the back of your hand first otherwise it will be too firm and hurt your eyes!) To finish off the look use a mascara. I’m using Maybelline The Rocket Mascara (I find the formula a touch clumpy but it still gives great length & volume. My other favourites are: Benefit They’re Real, Smashbox Hyperlash and Covergirl Lash Blast Clump Crusher)

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OVER HYPED: Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner

Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner when I first heard about it I though it was a really unique concept and the only eyeliner I know of its kind (I have since seen that Maybelline released a very similar liner a while ago) II had extreme high hopes for this product and it turned out to be a real let down. The application was uneven and clumpy; the formula itself was just too crumbly and dry and the applicator wasn’t firm enough to work with such crumbly formula. This product did not work well for winged eyeliner/upper liner as the formula was so soft the line ended up clumpy and uneven. Benefit describe this as a “lash hugging gel liner pen” so I hoped this eyeliner would be good for tightlining, but it was just a big goopy mess, the dry formula sort of “balled” up and wouldn’t grip to the area in between the lashes. In terms of staying power it failed on all counts. Benefit call this eyeliner “budge proof” but in under six hours of wear this eyeliner had completely smudged, it was all above my crease and halfway across my temples, the liner also flaked onto my cheeks. I’m so disappointed with this product and can say it is one of the worst eyeliners I have ever tried, I had hoped for so much more. Out 27th of June

*This product was sent to me for consideration disclosure policy.

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Marc has a new Style Eye-Con.

Quick Greek mythology lesson! The Sirens were a group of sea nymphs known for their beauty, singing, and ability to lure sailors to unexpected death. In modern times, the term applies to a certain type of seductive woman who carries an air of danger—but still turns enough heads to be considered a muse.

Marc Jacobs clearly agrees: He named the newest eye shadow palette in his namesake beauty line after the fanciful creature. Meet The Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Eyeshadow Palette in The Siren, as well as nine new shades of his Highliner Gel Crayon and three new Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquers.

“As we were working on concepts and colors [for Spring], I kept pulling swatches of fabric to demonstrate the tones and textures I wanted in the makeup,” says Jacobs. “It’s definitely about both texture and color and none of it means anything in the abstract. It’s really about the person who wears it.” Set against chic white and silver packaging, all the new products come in an array of invigorating tropical colors perfect for the girl who wants to drop a little mysterious mermaid reference in her summer look. KELLEY HOFFMAN