Danse Macabre

In this look, I used a Makeup Forever Aqua Cream.  Makeup Forever describes its Aqua Creams as an ultra-pigmented, long-lasting waterproof cream.  It is a highly concentrated mother-of-pearl pigment that has a luminous finish.  It will not crease or smudge under the most extreme conditions.  It comes in 22 shades and some are formulated for the eyes, some for the lips and cheeks ($22 for 6 grams of product).  This product is definitely not new.  It came out around this time last year.  I was very intrigued by it then, but did not purchase any of them because I had doubts about cream-based products in general.  Boy was I wrong!

Admittedly, the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill gave me comfort that cream-based products will hold up on my eyes (with a primer).  So I gave in and picked up several shades.  I’m still figuring out how to fit these types of products in my daily makeup routine.  So far, it has been great to throw in my bag for a quick application on the train to work.  From talking to other individuals that have had this product for about a year, it has not dried out. I’ve also heard the Aqua Creams formulated for the lips are very drying.

This products is smooth, but not overly creamy.  It can easily be picked up by a stiff shader brush for an easy application.  It does dry down quick, but gives you just enough time to blend.  I bought these a week ago, but hadn’t even swatched them until I did this look.  I wanted to take pictures of the unused product.  I had no idea what I was going to do initially, but here is what I came up with. 

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eyebrow Crayon – Spiked
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Gel
Base: Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Highlighter: Mac Sweet Joy
Crease: Makeup Forever #13
Lid (Wash): Makeup Forever Aqua Cream #20
Lid: Fyrinnae Danse Macabre
Lid: INGLOT #428
Inner Corner: INGLOT #41
Upper Lashline: Mary Kay Eyeliner – Black
Lower Waterline: Urban Decay – Eldorado (gold)
Lash Primer: Mac Prep and Prime Lash
Mascara: Maybelline the Falsies – Very Black
Foundation: Everyday Minerals Powder – Tan
Blush: NARS Gina
Contour: Everyday Minerals Powder – Bronzed Tan


Get this look:

If you’re looking for a bright blue that could be seen on your eye in the dead of night on any skin tone, MUFE Aqua Cream #20 is your blue.  I applied this color on top of a Paint Pot because I was also using powdered products.  I used a Sigma SS252 brush.  I did not apply the Aqua Cream to the inner corner because I knew I wanted a lighter shade there and didn’t want it to compete with the blue.

To blend out the blue upper edge of the blue, I applied MUFE #13 eye shadow (not pictured), which is a yellow tinged brown.  The yellow in this shade combined with the blue of the Aqua Cream turns a bit of it green.  Applying too much of this brown or blending too much, it will start to turn muddy.  If I had a do-over, I would use a skin tone brown.

On top of the blue, I applied a dark blue Inglot shade (#428) to the outer third of my eye.  I then patted on a bright Fyrinnae green shade to the middle of my lid.  This is an intense bright green with yellow highlights, so the blue definitely gives it a new twist.  I also applied a shimmery lime green shade to the inner corner (Inglot #41) and into my crease slightly.  My highlight color (not pictured) is a limited edition Mac shade that is a low shimmer cream shade that leans yellow. 

I decided to use Mary Kay’s black eyeliner today.  It was black enough to cast a shadow but soft enough to not give me a harsh black line.  I also used this liner to tightline, but it bled onto my lower water line.  I used the green and blue Inglot shades on my lower lash line.

For my cheeks, I decided to use a barely there shade for my skin tone, which is Nars Gina and contoured to give this color more contrast.

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