Urban Decay 15-Year Anniversary: Omen

Here is another brightly colored eye using the new Urban Decay palette.  The palette includes some nice warm neutral shades, but I can’t get neutral shades to look as intense on camera as it is in person (at least with my limited photography skills).  So brights it is.

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Brun Eye Shadow
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Gel
Base: Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Highlighter: Mac Short Shorts
Crease: Urban Decay – Cult; Rock & Republic – Denim
Lid: Urban Decay – Omen
Inner Corner: Urban Decay – Junkshow
Outer Corner: Urban Decay – Ace
Upper Lash Line: INGLOT Gel Eyeliner – #77
Upper Waterline: Milani Liquif’Eye – 01 Black
Lower Lash Line: Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil – Rockstar
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil – Asphyxia
Mascara: Clinique High Definition Lashes
Mac Prep and Prime – Lash
Foundation: Everyday Minerals Powder – Tan

Get This Look:   

After applying Painterly Paint Pot all over the lid, I put a matte grayed-purple shade (Cult, discontinued) into my crease using a Hakuhodo socket brush.  In the end, this shade was too light when compared to the lid shades.  So, I applied a matte navy shadow (Denim) on top.  I purposefully left the crease more defined since I was taking the darker color further into the inner corner.

I applied Omen, which is a light, iridescent purple on the center of my lid using a shader brush.  I used the edge of a Mac 239 to form the Outer V using Ace and also applied Ace to the outer third.  Ace is gunmetal shade, but I lightly applied Omen on top of Ace to bring out the purple.  Junkshow was applied to the inner corner and blended up toward the crease.  Junkshow is incredibly pigmented, so used a light hand during application.

Bloggers’ Obsession: Jealousy Wakes & Parisian Skies

First I want to acknowledge that this look isn’t remotely wearable for work at least not where I work.   This is actually my third attempt at posting a look featuring these eye shadows.  I’ve blocked the first one out and the second one looked incredibly similar to a look I previously posted.  I had this idea in my head, but was only going to use Parisian Skies.  Then I thought, screw it, let’s use both.

These two shades work very well together as neither color overpowers the other.  Both shadows are nicely pigmented and blend wonderfully.  I didn’t notice any fallout while using these shades.  Unfortunately, Jealousy Wakes is sold out, but thankfully MAC will replenish its stock of this shade.  No word yet on the timing though. 

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eyebrow Crayon – Spiked
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Gel
Base: Mac Soft Ochre Paint Pot
Highlighter: Mac Manilla Paper
Crease: Mac Jealousy Wakes*
Crease: Mac Parisian Skies*
Lid: INGLOT #393**
Upper Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Perversion
Upper Lashline: INGLOT #77 Matte Black Gel Liner
Lower Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Perversion
Lower Lashline: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Flipside
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Perversion
Mascara: Maybelline the Falsies – Very Black
Mac Prep and Prime – Lash
Foundation: Everyday Minerals Powder – Tan
Get This Look: 

After applying Soft Ochre paint pot with a Sigma 239 brush, I packed on a shimmery cream colored INGLOT shade onto my lid using a Mac 239 brush.  This shadow was applied from corner to corner up to my crease.

I then put Parisian Skies into the outer two-thirds of my crease using a Louse Young LY38B brush.  I kept the color darker at the outer corner and blended over.  This brush is a natural haired, narrow, fluffy brush.  The bristles are as long as a Mac 217, but tapered to point.  If you don’t have anything similar, use a pencil brush.  It will be more difficult to control the crease color if a bigger brush is used.

I wiped the LY38B clean and picked up Jealousy Wakes and started this green shade about mid-way through and blended the shade into the blue and to the inner corner.  With the remaining color left on the brush I soft blended the crease colors into the cream shade on my lid.

With a Mac 217, I used a matte skin tone shade on my brow bone, which covered up the rest of the paint pot and softly blended out the upper edge of the crease colors. 

*Check the Bloggers’ Obsession post for pictures.   **Check the INGLOT post for pictures of this shade.

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.