Jun 8, 2015

Easy Makeup How-To: Purple and Pink Day Look

Easy Makeup Tutorial Using MAC Shale Sketch Embark Eyeshadows: Purple and Pink Day Look
Easy Makeup How-To: Purple and Pink Day Look

Summer has finally arrived out here in the Bay Area, and today was a miserably hot day - one of many more to come, I am sure.  Much as I love the clear blue skies and the big bright flowers blooming everywhere, I hate hate hate the heat, and have been scowling my way through outings on weekends (I get sun-burnt in a nanosecond).  Makeup really has not been as much of a priority with me as have big floppy hats and sunblock, but this purple eyeshadow look had been my go-to look until recently, and I figured I might as well make a post of it before putting away the darker shades for a while :D

Easy Makeup Tutorial Using MAC Shale Sketch Embark Eyeshadows: Purple and Pink Day Look
Easy Makeup How-To: Purple and Pink Day Look - Products Used on the Eyes 
Eyeshadows - MAC Shale, Sketch, Espresso, Saddle, Soft Brown
Urban Decay Primer Potion and Smog Eyeliner Pencil
Maybelline MegaPlush Mascara in black
For the brows, I have used the dark cool-toned brown from the Avon Chocolate Sensation quad to fill in the brows.  I use a random flat eyeshadow/concealer brush I picked up in India (I think the brand is Audrey) to fill in gaps and comb through with the Elf lash/brow comb.
Other brushes and tools used:  Chanel Lash CurlerTBS Slanted eyeliner brush, Suqqu F (smudger brush), Suqqu M (pointed brush), NARS large-domed blending brush, Chanel #25 flat eyeshadow brush 
MAC Eyeshadow Swatches Shale Soft Brown Saddle Sketch Embark Urban Decay Smog Pencil Eyeliner
Swatches of Products Used:  (L to R)
MAC Eyeshadows:  Shale, Soft Brown, Saddle, Sketch, Espresso
Urban Decay Smog Pencil Eyeliner

I used a bunch of MAC eyeshadows for this look, starting with the light purple/mauve shade Shale all over the lid and the darker Embark and Sketch to give a hint of darkness along the outer corner of the eye.  I skipped liner along the upper lashline but did use a bronze-brown liner along the lower waterline - it looked a bit nekkid without any color.  Scroll on for more photos and a quick makeup how-to.

Easy Makeup Tutorial Using MAC Shale Sketch Embark Eyeshadows: Purple and Pink Day Look
Easy Makeup Tutorial Using MAC Shale Sketch Espresso Eyeshadows: Purple and Pink Day Look

1.  Prime the eyelids (I have used Urban Decay's Primer Potion) to help the eyeshadows latch on to the skin better and stay on longer.  Blend a medium-toned warm brown shade along the crease.  I have used MAC Saddle since that works best for my darker eyelids.
2.  Use a flat eyeshadow brush and pat on MAC Shale along the eyelid, up until but not beyond the crease.  Blend along the edges, into the warm brown eyeshadow that was applied earlier.
3.  Using a slightly pointed eyeshadow brush, blend a smidgen of MAC Espresso along the outer corner of the eye.
4.  Using the same eyeshadow brush and MAC Sketch, blend the edges of MAC Embark inwards, buffing out the border between MAC Embark and MAC Shale.  This will help deepen the outer corner of the eye without too much of a dark smokey look. - well, at least not too dark on my skin tone :D
5.  Using a thin angled brush - I have used TBS Slanted brush - apply MAC Sketch close to the lower lashline, keeping the color towards the outer half of the lid.  Using the same medium-toned warm brown shade used along the crease in step 1 (MAC Saddle) and a smudger brush, blend this darker color towards the inner corner.  This will take off the harsh line and leave a softer haze along the lashline.
6.  I am quite used to applying a dark eyeliner along my lower waterline but wanted something lighter (and less prone to smudging with the heat), so I opted for a bronze-brown eyeliner instead.  I have used Urban Decay's Smog 24/7 Pencil Eyeliner.  Finish with a black mascara for the upper and a bit on the lower lashes.

I also used MAC Soft Brown on a fluffy shadow brush to blend the edges of the eyeshadows along the crease and smooth out the brow bone area.  And here's the finished makeup look.

Easy Makeup Tutorial Using MAC Shale Sketch Embark Eyeshadows: Purple and Pink Day Look
Easy Makeup Tutorial: Purple and Pink Day Look

I usually go for a peach-coral lipstick with purple eyeshadows but on a whim decided to use Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Saga - a slightly sheer soft pink shade.  For the cheeks, I used a mix of warm brown - Chanel Brume D'Or - and a more pink Chanel Emotion.  My foundation routine has been a bit of a mess.  I have used Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet (lovely finish - a bit too pink) mixed with NARS St. Moritz radiant tinted moisturizer in these photos, but it's not the best shade match in real life (I use Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm mixed with St. Moritz for non-blog makeup).

Easy Makeup Tutorial Using MAC Shale Sketch Embark Eyeshadows: Purple and Pink Day Look
Other Products Used:  NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation 
Chanel Les Beiges Powder
Brushes:  Tom Ford Cream foundation brush
Chanel Ultra-fine Eyeliner brush and It Cosmetics dual-ended brush for concealer
Suqqu Face/Powder brush and Suqqu Cheek/blush brush
Chanel retractable lip brush

It's been a while since I have done any kind of regular posting here, and I must say finally getting around to posting this made me realize just how much fun I have with blogging.  As always, hope to get around to posting more often, and hope you all have a great week :)

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  1. Belated happy birthday Rads and trust me it is good to see you back ..

    like every time it is good to see you back ...

    so keep them coming and all the best for everything .... is this how we say ??

    so birthday month ahem ahem ...

  2. It's nice to see you posting again!

  3. Nice you see you back here Rads :) Loved the makeup :)

    1. Awww thanks, Aarthi! I will still might be doing more swatches than anything else, though :D

  4. Such a pretty look, it's great that you're using higher end as well as budget friendly drug store too! x

  5. I need MAC saddle in my life! its the perfect transition shade for the crease

    1. I knowwwww!!! I keep thinking I should find something else...just for a change..and then I think why bother when this is so perfect :D


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