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Tom Ford Golden Mink Eye Palette Pictorial (aka what to do with sparkle shades in eye palettes)

If you’ve ever tried or bought one of those palettes with some transparent sparkly shades, you’ll know they sometimes aren’t the most easy to work with. The glitter shades come in a transparent base, so when you apply them alone, there is almost no color. Just a scattering of sparkles.

Tom Ford’s Eyeshadow Palette 01 Golden Mink is one of those. 

Tip: You can wear the glitter shades on their own as a wash all over the lid, but my preferred way of wearing them is as accents, to create a gleaming, “wet” effect when you blink.

This is a warm-toned face I very often wear on work days and lazy days.

Products used:

  1. Base: MAC Face and Body foundation N2
  2. Concealer: Lancome Le Correcteur Pro concealer
  3. Setting powder: Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder
  4. Blush: Lancome Blush Subtil 030 Eclat de Corail
  5. Guerlain Ecrin Sourcil brow powder compact
  6. Eyeshadow palette: Tom Ford 01 Golden Mink
  7. Brown liner: NYX Skinny Brown Liner (I LOVE this thing. It’s such a bargain and such a great matte brown automatic pencil to draw flicks with because of the super-fine point. Highly-recommend!)
  8. Black mascara: Givenchy Phenomen'eyes mascara in 01 Black
  9. Lipgloss: Nars Deepthroat (I actually applied the gloss first)
  10. Lipstick: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 14 Corail In Touch (I ran this lightly over the gloss for additional color but kept everything still translucent and jelly-like)

Coppery-Bronze Eyes and Coral Pink “Watermelon” Lips

Here’s a quick warm look that pairs rich copper-brown tones on the eyes with bright pink-coral lips. The cheeks are also a rose-gold just to echo the undertones of the lipstick, and the rest of the skin is kept to a “luminous-matte” finish with matte base and slightly glowy setting powder.

And yes - this eye look works for mono-lid eyes as well because the shading goes up to the socket line on the outer corners.

Products Used: 

Base: Benefit Big Easy BB Cream

Concealers: MAC Studiofinish Concealer (for undereye area) and The Body Shop Pencil Concealer (for dark spots)

Powder: Dior Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Powder in 002 Crystal Beige

Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 in Seal Brown, Canmake Coloring Brow Mascara 01

Brown cream shadow: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 14 

Copper, Brown, Gold shimmery shadows: The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes 30

Brown eyeliner: Lancome Hypnose Khol in 02 Brown

Mascara: Givenchy Phenomen'eyes Mascara in Black

Subtle Contouring: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil matte bronzer with a touch of Make Up Store Tri Brow Color (2 brown shades)

Blush: The Balm Hot Mama

Coral Lipstick: Make Up Store Watermelon


Dark Dramatic Plum Lips, Soft Plum Eyes

Did this look last week using an expensive Dior palette but I decided to recreate a pictorial for it using something that’s a bit more accessible AND (more importantly) not limited edition, so more of you can try it!

Dark plum lips are actually flattering for most people and most skintones as long as you stick with the reddish/violet plums. Avoid the brown-plums because those are much trickier to pull off and can just make your face look dull and dirty.

For this soft silky eye look (which complements but won’t overpower that dark glossy lip) you just need the Urban Decay Shadow Box. I’ve marked out the shades used in the image above. 

An optional step is applying cluster lashes. I wanted fluttery fullness but not the darkness and harshness of black mascara and liner. But if you need, just skip it and apply regular mascara. 

For the cheeks, I used a discontinued mauve blush from YSL, but just use any neutral or cool-toned pink blush. Skip the super-shimmery ones. You want your cheeks to be very muted so that it’s not fighting for attention with your lips and eyes.

As for that dark glittery glossy lip, it’s all about layering. I used MAC Fashion Revival and coated it generously with Lime Crime’s Carousel Lip Gloss in Present.

Neither dark lipstick nor dark gloss will be as intense and dramatic on their own. But if you can layer, you get opaque color AND a lacquer like shine. (You can use a dark plum lip liner in place of lipstick too; that lasts longer. But it’s just easier to find a dark plum lipstick for most people. And I’d recommend looking for a matte texture so it doesn’t bleed the way a cream lipstick will once the gloss goes on.)

Just remember to apply concealer or foundation around the rim of your lips to even out the color, and make sure you also conceal any unevenness around your face because dark lipstick tends to emphasize those.

Makeup Tools: Brushes are great, fabulous even, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret: there are so many other tools out there that can make makeup application a heck of a lot easier. Some of the things above probably seem a little out there (you’re probably thinking “why on earth do I need sticky tape and spoons for my makeup?”) BUT if you’re a beginner with makeup (or just a bit clumsy) some of these tools can completely change the way you apply your makeup.

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Beta Baby: Bright Orange Lips and Dark Lids 

Are you ready for super dark lids and a bright orange lip?

The eye look is pretty much a solid black, with hints of chocolate around the edges, and that orange is REALLY orange, so it’s not for you if you aren’t ready for strong makeup!

But of course, feel free to switch out the lip color for any other bright shade you like!

It WILL work for girls with glasses, because your frames and lenses make it a lot less dramatic looking, so technically you can get away with a LOT more eye makeup, since subtle looks are not very noticeable. Just take it easy on the mascara so your lashes don’t push up against your glasses too much. (The look is so dark you won’t need big lashes anyway.)

Products used:

  • Base: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector All-in-1 Perfecting Cream SPF 21 (testing this one out; it’s great for oilier skins!)
  • Concealer: Make Up Store Cover All Mix
  • Powder: ClearLast powder in Matte Ochre
  • Blush: NYX Cinnamon blush
  • Eye Kajal: Shahnaz Hussain Kajal (I bought this stick kajal off eBay from India. Try VDL’s Eye Bomb Mega Smoky Pencil or a kajal from Bourjois. That, or even black gel liner from a pot!)
  • 2 Dark brown shadows in one cool and one warm tone: NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Cordura
  • Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash in Blackest Black
  • Orange lipcolor: OCC Lip Tar in Beta

Last tip: If you have oily lids, pack a matte black shadow over the black portions of the lid so your kajal doesn’t smudge or crease.