Bronze Dunes

This is a simple look using Estee Lauder’s Bronze Dunes palette.   This palette is great for those looking for an ‘everyday’ makeup look.  It’s also a nice palette to use if you’re planning on a bold red lip…perfect for the holidays. 


Products Used:
Eyebrows: Anastasia Pencil – Espresso and Mac Brow Crayon – Spiked
Primer: Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Base: Mac Soft Ochre Paint Pot and Maybelline 24 Hr Color Tattoo – Rich Mahogany (LE)
Highlighter: Mac Vanilla
Inner Corner: Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes Five Color Palette
Lid: Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes Five Color Palette
Outer Corner: Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes Five Color Palette
Crease: Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes Five Color Palette
Upper Lash Line: Mac Wholesome Gel Liner
Lower Lash Line: Mac Wholesome Gel Liner
Lower Waterline: Urban Decay Baked Pencil
Mascara: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara – Extreme Black
Foundation: Everyday Minerals – Toffee
   
   
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I used a light colored base (Paint Pot) on the inner two thirds of my lid with a Sigma E55 brush.  It isn’t necessary to get the intensity in person, but for the sake of the pictures, I thought it was necessary.  I also applied a dark brown cream eye shadow (Maybelline) to the outer third.   With a flat shader brush, I applied the cream shade (2) onto the inner two thirds of my lid.  I blended the edges with a clean blending brush. 

With a Mac 226, I blended the matte brown shade (3) into my crease.  Using the other side of the flat shader brush, I took the bronze shade and placed in my crease, in between the cream colored lid shade and the matte brown.  I also put this color into my inner corner and my lower lash line.  I kept the color closer to the tip of the brush for better control.

Using a smudger brush, I took the darkest shade and blended it into my outer corner and up toward my crease.  I then ran the brush onto my lower lash line.  I took a skin tone shade and blended it from my crease up to my brow bone.  I decided to use a more matte brow highlight, but I did place the lightest shade in the palette on my tear duct. 

I used a dark brown gel liner with an angled brush (Mac 263).  I also placed a bit of the liner on to my lower lash line, but just to the outer two thirds.

Emerald Oasis

This is a pretty green look that is great for the holidays.  You can pair it with a peach cheek and neutral lip or go all out and wear a red lip. 

 

Products Used:
Eyebrows: Anastasia Pencil – Espresso and Mac Brow Crayon – Spiked
Primer: Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Base: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadow – GR708 and Maybelline 24 Hr Color Tattoo – Ready, Set, Green (LE)
Highlighter: Estee Lauder Emerald Oasis Five Color Palette
Inner Corner: Estee Lauder Emerald Oasis Five Color Palette
Lid: Estee Lauder Emerald Oasis Five Color Palette
Outer Corner: Estee Lauder Emerald Oasis Five Color Palette
Crease: Mac Saddle
Upper Lash Line: Milani Liquif’Eye – Black
Lower Lash Line: Estee Lauder Emerald Oasis Five Color Palette
Lower Waterline: Urban Decay Eldorado Pencil
Mascara: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara – Extreme Black
Foundation: Everyday Minerals – Toffee
   
   
Get This Look:

I used two different green cream shadows as a base, just to intensify the color for the pictures.  This looks like a fairly tame eye… if you’re not afraid of color.  Suffice it to say I was a bit upset when I took a look at the picture (after I had removed my makeup) and saw how much of the vibrancy I had lost.  To the naked eye, I actually thought it was too bold…ha!  One day, I will figure out lighting.

The Shiseido cream shadow is a soft apple green, which I put on the inner two thirds of my lid with a synthetic lid brush.  I used the other side of that brush and put the darker green (Maybelline) onto the outer third.  Using a flat shader brush, I placed the forth shade on my lid.  Using the other side of that brush, I placed the darkest shade onto my outer corner and ran it under my lash line.  I went back and forth between the two shades to blend them together.

I blended out the edges using a shader brush.  With a Louse Young LY38A, I blended a warm matte brown into my crease.   I put the golden shimmering brown shade (#3) on the inner corner and under my lash line (inner two thirds).  I placed the matte white shade under my brow bone.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette

There are eight five color palettes in Estee Lauder’s permanent line, priced at $48 for 7.6g of product.  Each palette contains four different finishes (matte, shimmer, satin and metallic).  The individual shades do not have names; however, Estee Lauder conveniently puts a swatch of the palette on the back.  It’s a nice touch if you can’t remember the palette name.  One annoyance is these buggers are hard to open, especially if you’re trying to save your nail varnish.  Outside of that, they really are nice.  I didn’t experience any pigmentation or fading problems with any of the palettes.  The matte, shimmer and satin shades are buttery soft and blend easily.  Some of the metallic shades have a gritty texture, which may create fallout issues if you don’t tap off your brush.

Desert Heat (#05) EL Desert Heat palette

EL Desert Heat arm swatch

The first shade is a creamy white shade with a satin finish.  Mac’s Sweet Joy (LE) is the closest dupe I have.  The second shade is a medium brown with a shimmer finish.  Mac’s Texture is close, but it’s darker and has a redder undertone.  The third shade is very light brown with a matte finish.  Mac’s Soft Brown is similar, but darker with more of a peach undertone.  The forth shade is a metallic taupe brown with silver flecks.  Urban Decay’s Mushroom is similar.  The fifth shade is a matte dark brown.  Mac’s Brown Down is close.

Bronze Dunes (#08) EL Bronze Dunes palette

EL Bronze Dunes arm swatch

The first shade is shimmery vanilla shade.  Mac’s Short Shorts (LE) is close, while Mac’s Manilla Paper is more yellow.  The second is a cream color with yellow undertones; it has a shimmer finish.  Nar’s Isolde is close, but lighter.  The third shade is a matte medium brown similar to Mac’s Swiss Chocolate.  The forth shade is a metallic copper with silver sparkle.  Mac’s Amber Lights is close minus the silver sparkle.  The last shade is a dark brown with a satin finish.  Inglot #325 is similar, but has a matte finish.

Emerald Oasis (#09) EL Emerald Oasis palette

EL Emerald Oasis arm swatch

The first shade is a matte white with a slightly greenish undertone.  The green undertone makes this shade unique.  It isn’t something you’d notice right off, but it blends well with the other colors in the palette.  The second shade is a blue-based medium green with a satin finish.  Rock & Republic’s Jaded (DC) is similar.  The third shade is a medium dark brown with a satin finish.  Mac’s Bronze is similar.  The forth shade is a yellow-based medium green with a shimmer finish.  It’s a shade that leans olive…almost.  I don’t have anything in my collection close to it.  The fifth shade is a metallic green with blue sparkle on a dark base.  Fyrinnae’s Dark Fantasy is close, but has more sparkle.

Blue Dahlia (#01)

EL Blue Dahlia palette swatch

EL Blue Dahlia arm swatch

The first shade is a metallic white with a peachy pink undertone and pale blue sparkle.  I would use this shade has a brow highlight, but it would be great for the inner corner.  The blue sparkle had a tendency to fly away.  I don’t have anything in my collection similar to it, but perhaps Mac’s Reflects Turquoise is close.  The second shade is a dark teal, with a satin finish.  Estee Lauder’s Ultra Marine is similar in color, but has a metallic finish.  The third shade is a brown-based taupe with a shimmer finish.  theBalm’s Insane Jane from the Shady Lady Volume 2 or Selfish from the nude’Tude palette are close.  The forth shade is dark blue with a shimmer finish.  This shade didn’t swatch nicely, but works better on the eye.  Inglot’s #483 is similar, but more pigmented.  Urban Decay’s Evidence is purple and Mac’s Deep Truth is brighter.  The last shade is a matte black.  It is a nice dark black, but Makeup Forever’s #4 and Urban Decay’s Blackout is darker.