Eyes to Kill Intense: Khaki Pulse

Here is a simple look using the new Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense shadows (ETK).  In the pictures, the shadows takes on a gold hue, but to the naked eye, it is definitely more olive toned.  It is a look perfect for fall.  The calendar says spring, but given the weather was two degrees away from snowing today; this look is just fine.

The last look using these new cream-hybrid shadows, I was having issues using a brush.  Armani says fingers are the best tool for these shadows, but that isn’t practical when you have nails.  Well, I found a trick that will allow me to use a brush and my finger.  Under the lid, these potted shadows come with a hard plastic insert that has a small handle.  You’re supposed to use it to press the shadow down to flatten the surface after use.  I scraped some of the product out using the back of my nail and placed it on the flat side of this plastic insert.  For this look, I dampened a small concealer brush (Sigma SS194) to apply the shadow to my lid.  It worked out pretty well.

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eyebrow Crayon – Spiked
Primer: NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Highlighter: Mac Manilla Paper
Crease: Makeup Forever #13
Outer Corner Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense No 6
Center Lid: Mac Sumptuous Olive
Inner Corner: Mac Gorgeous Gold
Outer V: Mac Brown Down
Upper Lashline: Makeup Forever #20L
Upper Waterline: Inglot Gel Liner #77
Lower Lashline: Makeup Forever #20L (green)
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Eldorado (gold)
Lower Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Baked (bronze)
Lash Primer: Mac Prep and Prime Lash
Mascara: Maybelline the Falsies – Very Black
Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #10
Cheek Highlight: Giella – Eye M Glam
Blush: NARS Exhibit A

Get this look:

I started out priming my lid with Nars Eyeshadow Base and put MUFE #13 into my crease using a Mac 217 (dome brush).  I blended out this shade up to my brow using Soft Brown (not pictured) which is a skin tone color for me.  I formed my Outer V with Brown Down using a pencil brush (Mac 219).  I softened the edges with this brush as well.  Since Mac matte shades make life challenging, I had to go back to my 217 with a touch more shadow to finish blending.

I applied the ETK #6 to the outer third of my lid using the dame concealer brush.  I then applied Sumptuous Olive and Gorgeous Gold to my lid with a Mac 239.  (Gorgeous Gold is duochrome shade that takes on a green hue on my skin.)

Not too long ago, I picked up an Inglot gel liner in black.  I have no use for this during the week because it takes too much time.  In a makeup forum, it was suggested using a gel liner to tightline.  I tried that for the first time in this look using a Sigma SS266.  Initially, I was very impressed because it seemed like it wasn’t going to transfer to my lower water line, which is the issue I was having with other pencil liners.  By the time I finished my foundation and blush, it was starting to transfer and I couldn’t stop it.  You see a bit of this in the outer corner of my lower water line.  On skin, this liner doesn’t budge, but even on my water line it took multiple attempts to wash off.

Today I’m trying out a sample liquid foundation I was given when I purchased the Intense shadows from Giorgio Armani.  I am not a liquid or cream foundation girl.  I walk a very thin line with my skin and a powder foundation is best for me.  I am too nervous to wear a liquid foundation on daily basis, but I tried it for this look.  The color isn’t an exact match.  This shade is too peachy.  It could possibly work when summer finally arrives and I darken up a bit.  The foundation didn’t feel too heavy and the coverage is buildable.  I’m the wrong person to review a liquid foundation.

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