Ultra Marine

Ah teal…there aren’t many colors I don’t like, but teals hold a special place.  Estee Lauder’s Ultra Marine is a ‘stop your heart’ blue-based teal.  It is a crime that it’s limited edition.

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Spiked Brow Crayon and Anastasia Espresso Brow Gel
Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Base: Make Up Forever Aqua Cream – #21
Highlighter: INGLOT – #352
Inner Corner: Estee Lauder – Cyber Ice
Lid: Estee Lauder – Ultra Marine
Outer Corner: Urban Decay – Blackout
Crease: Mac – Saddle
Upper Lash Line: Mac – Feline
Lower Lash Line: Mac – Feline
Lower Waterline: Urban Decay – Psychedelic Sister
Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Faux Cils – Black
Foundation: Everyday Minerals – Toffee
Get This Look:

I used a teal base to get this color to show up better on camera, but it isn’t necessary for this eye shadow.   It is very pigmented.  The Aqua Cream is similar in color, but would have to be layered to get to the intensity of this shadow.  I applied the base with a synthetic brush on my entire lid and blended lightly up to my crease.  I used a skin-tone shade to blend out the edge of the Aqua Cream.  I used a wet (Mac’s Fix+) synthetic shader brush (Mac 242) to apply Ultra Marine on top of the base.   I ran both the base and shadow onto my lower lash line.

Using the other side of the Mac 242, I put Cyber Ice onto the inner corner and blended it over.  (This shade created a lot of fallout, so a smaller brush than a Mac 242 would’ve been a better tool.)  With a blending brush, I put Saddle into my crease, concentrating the color on the outer corner.   Using a crease brush (Louise Young LY14), I place a black shadow onto my outer corner, concentrating the color near the lash line.  I blended this shade up using the same blending brush.

Mac’s Feline liner is very black and smudges with or without your help.  I decided to give it a hand and smudged along my upper and lower lash line using a small smudging brush (SigmaE21).  For whatever reason, I grabbed a purple liner for my lower water line.  A bright green would’ve looked nice too.

Platinum New Year

I typically don’t go out to celebrate New Year’s for a variety of reasons, but this look makes me want to change my routine.  Even if I still don’t go out, I’m going to recreate this look and be fabulous and happy at home.  It is definitely not for those scared of color, but if you are, it can be toned down a little.


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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eye brow Crayon – Spiked
Anastasia Brow Pencil – Dark Brown
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel – Espresso
Primer: Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base
Base: Mac Kohl Pencil – Feline
Fyrinnae Pixy Epoxy
Highlighter: INGLOT #352
Inner Corner: Fyrinnae Digital Faerie
Urban Decay Peace
Lid: Fyrinnae Platinum
Outer Corner: Fyrinnae Parental Advisory
Crease: Mac Naval
Upper Lash Line: INGLOT #77 Gel Liner
Lower Waterline: INGLOT #77 Gel Liner
Lower Lash Line: INGLOT #77 Gel Liner and Lid Shades
Mascara: Maybelline the Falsies – Very Black
Foundation: Everyday Minerals – Toffee
Get This Look:

After applying my favorite primer with my finger (Nars), I messily applied Mac’s Feline pencil onto my lid.  Feline is a very black and soft pencil that smudges easily and works as a nice dark base.  I blended the pencil out using semi stiff synthetic brush (Samantha Chapman’s Real Techniques crease brush).  I feathered the color a bit past my crease.  I blended a dark navy blue into my crease and over to the inner corner using a Louise Young LY14 brush and also formed the Outer V.

The black base will help these shadows stand out, but Fyrinnae’s Pixy Epoxy will make the shades very vibrant.  It is a sticky base that doesn’t get along with matte shadows and makes blending with a fluffy brush difficult, which is why I applied my crease color first.  I smoothed on Pixy Epoxy with my finger over the black base and lightly tapped it into the crease color, but barely.  If you don’t have a sticky base, try using Mac’s Fix Plus, and even mix of glycerin and water or eye drops.

Using a Mac 239 brush, I applied Digital Faerie to the inner third of my lid.  The Pixy Epoxy makes the green in this shadow stand out a bit too much for what I wanted so I applied a bright blue Urban Decay shade on top.  This gives me the bright teal I was looking for.  Using the other side of the brush, I applied the purple shade (Parental Advisory) to the outer third.  Unfortunately, Fyrinnae no longer offers this shade, but any shimmery purple will do.  Using a clean 239, I applied Fyrinnae’s Platinum to the center of my lid, blending it into the other lid shades.  I blended the matte blue, teal and purple shades to my lower lash line 

I occasionally sprayed Mac’s Fix Plus onto my brush after packing on color to limit fallout and get the intensity I wanted.  There will still be a lot of fall out, so I did my eyes first before applying my concealer and foundation.  To clean up the fallout from my lashes, I used a clean fluffy brush.

With narrow blending brush, I used a skin tone shade (Mac’s Moleskin) to blend out the navy crease shade.  Using a fluffy brush may grab the colors by accident.  I used a short shader brush for my highlight.  I used a Mac 263 brush to apply my gel liner.  (Quick tip:  Dry off your waterline before applying any liner.  It will last longer.)

Bloggers’ Obsession: Hocus Pocus

This shade is very impressive.  The blogger wanted to create a shadow that would make an easy smokey eye and darn it if she didn’t do just that.  I don’t do the traditional smokey eye because I don’t think it looks good on me.  This is as close to a smokey eye that I choose to get to.  I wore this look to work today (yep, a smokey eye to work).  The shade allows you to vary the intensity of the color without losing the complexity of the shade or becoming patchy.  Sweet!

Unfortunately, this shade is sold out already on Mac’s website.  I called today to inquire if they were restocking soon, but they aren’t.  Knowing Mac, the shade will probably be re-released in a later collection.

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eyebrow Crayon – Spiked
Base: Mac Soft Ochre Paint Pot
Highlighter: Mac Vanilla
Crease: Mac Corduroy
Upper Crease: Mac Tete-A-Tint
Lid: Mac Hocus Pocus
Inner Corner: Mac Short Shorts
Upper Lashline: Mac Feline Kohl Pencil
Lower Waterline: Mac Gilded White
Lower Lashline: Mac Feline Kohl Pencil
Mascara: Clinique High Definition – Black

Mac Prep and Prime – Lash

Foundation: Everyday Minerals Powder – Tan
Get This Look: 

Soft Ochre Paint Pot was applied all over my lid and up to my brow bone.  To blend the edges of the paint pot, I brushed on Mac’s Soft Brown, which is a skin tone shade for me.  I also put this color in my crease and up to my brow.

With a Mac 239 brush I applied this color to my lid and up to my crease, leaving the inner corner bare.  The shade is applied slightly above my crease on the outer corner.  Since I was going to work, I didn’t make this color too dark on my eye.  For the camera, I was able to darken the shade quite easily without fallout.  Of course, it was much darker in person.

Using the other side of the same 239 brush, I applied Mac’s Short Shorts to the inner corner.  Any shimmery white or cream color will work.  With a clean Mac 217, I blended out the upper edges of Hocus Pocus.  I then took Mac’s Corduroy (medium dark warm brown) and blended the color starting at the outer edge and working my way inward.  With the same brush (cleaned off) I used Tete-a-Tint (matte peach-brown) and blended out Corduroy.

I used Mac’s Feline Kohl pencil on the upper lash line and smudged the liner using a Mac 219 pencil brush.  Feline is a very soft and very black pencil, but when left on its own will smear and run terribly.  After smudging the liner, I took more of Hocus Pocus and patted it on top.  I took the remaining Feline that was left on the 219 brush and used it on my lower lash line.  I used a white shimmery pencil (Gilded White) on my lower water line.