Monday, September 28, 2015

Summer Bronze Smokey Eye

Summer is still in full swing in the sunshine state, so I wanted to do one last summer makeup look. This bronze smokey eye is perfect for hot summer nights, and it goes with everything. 

Product List:

1. Prime your eyes, using primer, concealer, or both. If you use concealer, set your eyes with translucent powder. 
2. With a fluffy crease brush, apply Buck (Urban Decay) into your crease. 
3. With your finger or a small shader brush, apply Smog  (Urban Decay) onto the inner and outer third of your eyelid and lower lash line. 
4. Using the same crease brush used earlier, lightly buff the edges of Smog out. 
5. Apply Half Baked (Urban Decay) to the center of your lid and lower lash line, in-between where Smog was not placed, with your finger or a small brush. 
6. Lightly diffuse where the colors meet by tapping your finger between the colors. 
7. With a fluffy pencil brush, apply Earth (Stila) to the most outer portions of your lids and lower lash lines for more definition. 
8. (Optional) For more of a highlight, apply Albatross to the most center part of the lid, do not use a lot of this and only apply it at the center of where Half Baked was applied.
9. Blend Air (Stila) onto the brow bone and inner corner. 
10. Apply eyeliner to your tight line and water line. This will transform the look into a very smokey eye. (I used a brown eyeliner for this step because I think it complements the bronze and gold shadows better). 
11. Apply lots of mascara and do your brows and the eye look is complete. 

This look calls for lots of bronzer and highlighter on the cheeks, and your lipstick of choice. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer, and the beginning of fall!

Too Faced Natural Matte Palette Review

Recently I picked up this palette at Sephora, and have been using it constantly. This palette is relatively small, and has basic colors in it.  The Too Faced Natural Matte palette is available at Too FacedSephora and Ulta for $36. 

Overall I have been impressed with the color payoff, and lasting time of these shadows. I absolutely love matte shadows, so this is obviously something I had to have and love. 
I have found that these shadows are super soft, and when you place your brush into them there is a lot of excess powder. I don't mind that because it shows that they are soft and easier to blend, but it is something to think about if you don't like that. 
The palettes small size is perfect for travel and daily use. I brought this palette with me on my month long vacation over the summer and was so pleased with it. I could create a lot of different looks that were simple. 

The layout of this palette is similar to most of the palettes from Too Faced, with three rows of colors designed to use for specific looks. Of course you do not have to use the palette that way but it is nice to know that it is set up "user friendly."
If you love matte shadows this is a really good one, and I highly recommend it. I would really recommend this for anyone who has more mature skin as well, as matte shadows are more flattering on mature skin. 

Row 1- Day; Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexspresso
Row 2- Classic; Lace Teddy, Strapless, Risqué
Row 3- Fashion; Nudie, Honey Butter, Chocolate Cookie