A Sephora + Pantone Makeup Look: Emerald (2013) // St. Patrick’s Day Makeup

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pantone is totally just screwing with us

I’m all about multi-tasking when it comes to posts, so  I couldn’t miss this chance to share a green look with you: not only is it totally appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day, but it features Pantone’s 2013 Colour of the Year, Emerald.

Don’t miss this post on SSB for the full tutorial!

Emerald eye makeup tutorial - Sephora + Pantone

I kind of hate Pantone’s 17-5641 Emerald, to be totally honest, but I’m sucking it up for the time being. It’s not that I don’t love greens–I love a deep forest green, and I’m currently smitten with this grey-green polish–it’s just this green.

The Sephora + Pantone Universe Emerald collection is undoubtedly gorgeous on some, but I just feel like it looks a little obnoxious on my skintone, you know? A little too bright, a little too blue.

Emerald eye makeup look

Sephora + Pantone Universe Emerald Color of the Year 2013 collection

Bright lids & light lips

I don’t often opt for a brighter version of something, but I really preferred this one — as gorgeous as the red lip was, I liked the vibrance of the monotone lid & shimmery, mid-toned lip.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year makeup look - Emerald 2013

I layered the Sephora + Pantone Prismatic Shadow Block and Lightspeed Glitter Dust (both in Emerald) to get this eye, and I have to say: not really feeling either product.

The Shadow Block in particular really grated on my nerves; for a Sephora cream eyeshadow (two things I’ve come to expect a lot from), I thought it went on rather patchy and oily, and creased like a terror.

A darker lid & bold lip

Green smokey eye makeup tutorial

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Violet Haze: Spring Smokey Eyes with the Clarins Rouge Eclat Collection

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Spring 2013 makeup look Clarins Rouge Eclat

Wow, okay, this look is really late. (I think I promised it for… Monday?)

All the same, though, here’s an easy violet smokey eye–seriously, this is super easy–eye done with the Clarins Iris Blossom Eye Quartet from the Rouge Eclat collection.

Don’t miss this post at She Said Beauty for the full tutorial!

Clarins Iris Blossom Eyeshadow Palette (t)

Done first as a Valentine’s Day makeup look, this Iris Blossom-based eye creates a soft, luminous “haze” of violet around the eyes — honestly, you could do this with your fingertips. (But please don’t. Brushes are great.)

A bit of sculpting to the cheek, a neutral lip (yes, that’s Clinique Curviest Caramel!)…

Clarins Rouge Eclat makeup look

Just by pulling the violet shade of the palette through the entire lid, then adding the shimmery white in the inner corner (for a little bit of texture & glow) and buffing in a tiny, tiny bit of the charcoal shade for definition, you can create an incredibly seasonal makeup look without adding any harsh lines or contours to the face.

It’s just so easy, you know? Add a flick of lengthening (not volumizing) mascara, and ta-da! you’re already done.

Clarins Iris Blossom spring makeup

I’m a huge fan of really light, translucent eye looks, so (of course) I loved this one. No, it’s not the most exciting makeup you’ll ever wear, but it’s pretty hard to go wrong with something like this.

Especially when it makes you feel as ready for Spring as this look does — the Clarins Palette Eclat Face Blush & Powder smells amazing!

Clarins Iris Blossom makeup look

Shop the Look

Clarins Rouge Eclat:

  • Clarins Ombre Minérale 4 Couleurs Eye Quartet Mineral Palette Long Lasting in 10 Iris Blossom ($42 USD/$42 CAD)
  • Clarins Palette Eclat Face & Blush Powder ($35 USD/$40 CAD)
  • Clarins Poudre Multi-Eclat Mineral Loose Powder in 01 Light ($35 USD/$47 CAD)

The dressings:

  • Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in 01 Curviest Caramel ($16 USD/$19 CAD)
  • Senna Voluptulash Mascara ($22 USD)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful Kit, Vol. 1 Bold Brows ($36 USD)

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Spring pastels, with a smokey twist | YSL Arty Stone Spring 2013 Look

Monday, February 18, 2013

YSL Arty Stone makeup look Spring pastels with a twist

To start off The Week of Awesome: a “moody pastels” makeup look with the YSL Arty Stone (Spring 2013) collection.

This was initially designed to be a basic Spring tutorial for She Said Beauty, but after pulling out all of the products I wanted to use, I realized that if I just grabbed one or two more YSL products… it would be all YSL.

So, I mean, I had to go for it (of course)!

Getting the Eyes: Y Facettes Palette 

Eye tutorial - spring pastels with a twist

The eyes, for all you might expect otherwise, are actually pretty easy. Prime, then start off with YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil in 01 Black Ink and smudge it up from your waterline. Apply the smokey violet from the gorgeous Y Facettes Palette through the lid, then foil the dark blue into the outer corner and blend.

Pat the sheer pink into the inner corner, add the green to the lower lashline (the pointed rubber applicator is perfect for this!), and finish with a flick of Black Ink and YSL Shocking Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils.

(For the record, hate Shocking. A lot. It smells amazing, but always tries to leave me with five clumpy eyelash-sticks poking aggressively from my eyes!)

Read the full tutorial here on SSB.

Spring makeup tutorial - smokey

As I mentioned on the Y Facettes review, I copied this look onto my sister last week. And ,after she got over being horrified by her first glance at the palette (the pinks! the greens! the blues!), she loved the way it looked on her lids, too.

I swear, this palette works magic when translated onto the eyes!

Moody pastels - YSL Spring makeup look

hello, enormous photo of my face. (sorry.)

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Playing with textures | A violet-eyed makeup look done entirely with cream products

Monday, January 21, 2013

Easy cream eyeshadow tutorial

I love playing with different textures when it comes to my makeup, but it’s not a regular thing for me — I have a set few products that I use all the time (mainly powders), and I don’t really get much of a chance to work with other methods of delivery.

My sister, though, is hugely into creme products. Like, hugely-hugely. She has this weird–and notably false–preconception that the pigments in cream products will stick around for longer, but it means that her stash is easily 80% cremes.

Illamasqua Zygomatic Cream Blusher

Anyhow. For something a little different, I borrowed a couple of her favourite creme products (the Estée Lauder  cream eyeshadow and Illamasqua blusher) and threw together a violet-eyed, neutral-cheeked look.

For the full tutorial, don’t miss this post on She Said Beauty! 

!Violet and brown eyeshadow tutorial (s)

The eyes

For the eye, I started with a base of Estée Lauder Ivory Lace (the ShadowCremes are being discontinued; try something like MAC Bare Study instead), added Ellis Faas Light in E304 to the outer half of the lid, then layered Clinique Lid Smoothie in Born Freesia overtop in the centre. And it… went actually horribly, to be honest.

I’ve never tried to layer one of the Lights before; I will never try to layer one of the Lights ever again. 

(Actually, now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure I’ve come to this conclusion before. Anyone else find that Ellis products are glorious only if used without a primer underneath?)

!Winter violet lids (s)

I don’t know if it was the layering or the blending, but — never; never again. Fingers or brushes didn’t matter; drying time didn’t matter… again and again, I ended up with flaky bits of fallout and an increasing amount of eye irritation.

To get around this, I actually mixed the two violets on the back of my hand & applied. It went really well, surprisingly — E304 added an intensity that Born Freesia doesn’t usually have, but the texture of the Lid Smoothie was maintained and led to a really easy, smooth application.

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The Lipstick Bandits’ Secret Santa Look Swap | Big hair & a plush pout, inspired by call it beauty.

Monday, December 24, 2012

!LB look swap - call it beauty

Happy Christmas-Eve-Day, my dearlings!

This month for The Lipstick Bandits, we’ve put together something a little different — a bit of a “secret santa” project, for both ourselves and our readers. Each Bandit has been paired up (by myself, unbeknownst to the other person) to create a look inspired by the other blogger, whether in product, application, colour… you get the idea.

The inspiration: Dani, at call it beauty. 

Dani - call it beauty

I ended up being paired with the absolutely gorgeous Dani, a wonderfully talented Vancouverite with a fantastic blog (and even more fantastic hair.) To mimic her look, I tried to copy said hair (of course), using hot rollers and a flat iron to add as much curl and volume as possible.

I think the hair went surprisingly alright, all things considered, but I’m completely bummed that I forgot to line my waterlines in black, as she usually does!

!LB look swap - Dani

After making my best attempt at getting Dani-hair, I applied a quick flick of coloured eyeliner (Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple) overtop a neutral smokey eye (mainly Clarins Smokey Passion, used also here and here), and paired with a pop of colour — in this case, a bright teal along the lower lashline.

Finally, I applied a sheer layer of a coral-y blush, and layered a Marcelle Rouge Vitality lipstick (one of my all-time favourite formulas) with Korres‘ Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Rose for a bright, plush pout, something I absolutely associate with Dani’s look.

! The Lipstick Bandits Secret Santa Look Swap

I also made sure to take the eye shots from my left eye, rather than my right — I feel like I never see Dani’s right eye unless it’s in a full-face shot! :P

My right eye is certainly my favourite, but I have to admit, it was kinda nice to change things up a little & photograph the other one for once.

!The Lipstick Bandits December Look Swap

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