Smoke and Glitter

Today’s tutorial is on a look I came up with that can go from day to night, and has a slight smoked out effect. I feel this will fast become one of my go to day to night smokey looks. It definitely makes blue and green eyes pop! So if you’d like to see how I completed this look READ ON!

~ COLOURS USED ~

Todays look I’ve used all shadows by Makeup Geek and a pressed pigment by MAC Cosmetics called Day Gleam.

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~ STEP 1 ~

As always, I start off by priming my eyes with my trusty Shadow Insurance by Too Faced. Then taking the colour Beaches & Cream I using my big fluffy blending brush (E35) I blend that into my crease and all over my lid and all the way up to my brow bone. Taking more of that same colour I concentrate it into the crease and keep blending till I am happy with the colour.

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~ STEP 2 ~

Taking the colour Nearly Naked I use a slightly less fluffy blending brush (E25) for more precise shadow placement, and blend that out into my crease and just above. I go in a few times to darken and smoke out the colour more.

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~ STEP 3 ~

As I want to really help make my eyes pop, I take the colour Cocoa Bear to deepen the crease further. Using the same brush I used before, I blend the colour out into my crease and onto my inner corner and outer V. With this step, you want to make sure you keep the centre of the lid free of colour – for now…

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~ STEP 4 ~

Taking a more precise blending brush (E45) I blend the all the colours together so there are no harsh lines or edges.  this helps to also keep the centre of the lid shadow free.

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~ STEP 5 ~

Taking the pressed pigment Day Gleam by MAC Cosmetics, I take my ring finger and lightly swirl it around picking up the colour with my finger and pressing it into the Centre of my lid.

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~ STEP 6 ~

Then taking a small crease blending brush (E47) I take the colour Mocha and darken up just the outer V and bring that into just my crease and blend it out. This will help to smoke out the look whilst adding some depth to it as well.

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~ STEP 7 ~

I go over the crease again with my big fluffy blending brush and go over the crease and ensure there are no harsh lines. As I want this look to be really smokey I decide not to use a liquid liner but rather an eye pencil (Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Mahogany by Bobbi Brown) and smudge it out using The Liner brush by Hair and Makeup Addiction.  I also decide to take more of Day Gleam and place it into the centre of my lid and right into my inner corner.

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~ STEP 8 ~

I curl my lashes with MAC Cosmetics Full Lash Curler and then apply a couple of coats of Smokey Eye Mascara by Bobbi brown (am really loving this at the moment) and finish off my under eye by taking the same eye pencil I used earlier and smudging it with the same liner brush under my whole waterline and then lining my waterline with it. Going over the top of the liner with the colour Cocoa Bear and coating my lower lashes with the same Smokey Eye Mascara.

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FINISHED …

So here you have the finished look. You chould choose to add false lashes if you wish but I just chose to go au natural-ish and just stick with mascara.

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Hope you like this one – let me know what you think or if you try it for yourself…

Till next time XOXO

Makeup Geek

Hi my loves,

I don’t know about you but I am constantly on the hunt the latest and greatest products and in my travels I have come across some really wonderful and different things. One of my most favourite things I’ve discovered is a brand called Makeup Geek. I first heard about the brand through watching one of my FAVOURITE YouTube beauty guru’s Jaclyn Hill  videos. So I decided to go online and have a look – if I am perfectly honest the first thing that caught my eye was the price! Their shadows come in two types: Pans $5.99 and Compacts $7.99 – to me that is an amazingly good price. I get the refill pans as I prefer to make my own palettes using my Z palettes which you can also buy through Makeup Geeks store. After watching a few other videos on YouTube featuring Makeup Geek shadows I decided to take the punt and order some – So I did and boy was I pleasantly surprised. Having sworn by MAC shadows for the longest time I was so happy to see another brand take them on and deliver on price, quality and service.

I started small with an order of a couple of their neutral shades… and today I’ve filled up one palette and am on to my second. So I thought I would share with you the shadows I’ve bought and do some swatches for you so you can see just how incredible the colours are:

Just a couple of points before I get into the swatches:

1.  I am swatching 5 shadows at a time, taken straight out of my Z palettes in the rows as Ive arranged them.

2. My skin is a medium tone (in the pictures it looks lighter because of the flash) so keep that in mind when looking at the swatches as some colours will look different on someone who is very fair and vice versa.

~NEUTRALS~

This palette I compiled over a couple of months and I have to say Im really happy with how its turned out:

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~NEUTRAL SWATCHES~

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L-R: Shimma Shimma, Vanilla Bean, Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Creme Brulee

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L-R: Purely Naked, Cocoa Bear, Last Dance, Burlesque, Brown sugar

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L-R: Country Girl, Goddess, Mocha, Corrupt, Moondust

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L-R: Taupe Notch, Twilight, Unexpected, Cupcake, Cinderella

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L-R: Cosmopolitan, Frappe, Pretentious, Preppy, Gold Digger

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L-R: Chickadee, Mango Tango 

~COLOURS~

While I love a traditional smokey eye or a neutral look I do love to incorporate bright colour into my looks as well. So with that in mind I started this palette and I have to say I’m really happy about how it’s starting to shape up.

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~COLOURED SWATCHES~

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L-R: Stealth, Galaxy, Mercury, Prom Night, Hipster

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L-R: Envy, Dirty Martini, Bitten, Razzleberry, Simply Marlena

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L-R: Wisteria, Drama Queen, Fuji, Lemon Drop, Neptune 

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L-R: Boo Berry, Peacock, Sea Mist, Mermaid, Poolside

I honestly adore these shadows and I use them pretty much every day on both myself and on my clients. The quality of them as you can see from the pictures is amazing – and I’m so happy I bought these and have no regrets. I also have to say the customer service is outstanding – but don’t take my word for it – go and try it for yourself 🙂