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

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.

Ellis, Clinique, and Estee eyeshadow tutorial

Odds & ends

The rest of the look was pretty simple: a smooth base, a bit of contouring, a super-sheer light pink lip and a bit of colour through the brows. I’m wearing a coat of Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes for mascara, and skipped powdering my skin because sometimes I get bored.

On the cheeks is a little bit of Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Zygomatic (just as pretty and easy to work with as everyone says it is) applied with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (just as soft and densely-packed as everyone says it is).

!Purple creme eyeshadow tutorial + neutral cheeks (s)

Shop this look

Winter creme tutorial - products used


Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place ShadowCreme in Ivory Lace, $18.50 (being phased out & replaced by the new Shadow Paint line, $24)

Ellis Faas Light in E304, $42

Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes in So Black!, $27

Clinique Lid Smoothie in Born Freesia, $19.50 (probably my favourite Lid Smoothie! Swatches.)

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Ransom, $19

Ivory cream eyeshadow highlight etc


Korres Lip Butter Glaze in Jasmine, $14


Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Zygomatic, $26

Korres Jasmine Lip Butter Glaze etc

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  • m

    every look you do, i feel like swooning. this is gorgeous!

    i'm like your sister–i'm a huge cream products fan. :]
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    • Aww, thank you, m :)

      Do you have any favourites that we need to try? I'd love to hear 'em!

      • m

        i'm currently living in japan, so a lot of my makeup is japanese… that being said, canmake's cream cheek is one of favorites and i'm partial to kate's cream eyeshadow (included in their eyeshadow palettes).

        i also like benefit's cream shadows!
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  • You really made it work on the pictures Rae! I don't notice the tricky blending problems on your eye but I do hope your eye is ok now! The things we do for the blog eh

    • Thank you, Teri! The things we do indeed :p Let's just say that it took a lot of work to get this look blog-ready & leave it at that, eh?

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  • Annick

    You have such a flawless face Rae! Love the look on you! I never go for purples, but this is really simple and classic. Might have to re-create that one!
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    • Thank you, Annick! Let me know how the look goes if you give it a try, you hear? :) (Slightly OT: Exposed would make the perfect cheek for this look, nudge-nudge-wink-wink. You're halfway there already!)

  • Arianne

    Well hello there, Miss Gorgeous! What a fun idea. I don't think it'll last on my oily lids though. :)
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    • Aww :( I didn't even try to test wear time for these — too many products, too much eye irritation to begin with :P My lids are pretty stubborn, too.

  • I love this! Purples are so gorgeous and they look great on you!
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  • The eye look is gorgeous! I love the subtle purple smoke. And Illamasqua Zygomatic is one of my favorite blushes right now! Did you like it?
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    • I did, actually! I don't wear a ton of neutral blushers, and it wasn't one of those oh my god, I love this moments, but I'm thinking about borrowing it again to test out properly ;)

      Glad you liked the look, Tiffany :) Thank you!

  • toyarosie

    I don't even OWN any neutral blushers, so I get where you're coming from Rae – but buying one is on my to-do, it worked perfectly in this look! Interesting about the Faas shadow, I only own a lippie by the brand but every product seems to be both loved and equally hated by every person I know! Fabulous products with bizarre quirks it seems. Glad you found a way to make it work! :)
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    • This would be a great place to start! I love the Clinique Black Honey Gradient Blusher for a neutral cheek, too (though I'm not sure if they still do it), and I hear great things about NARS Douceur and Tarte Exposed, nudge-nudge. Every blogger needs a neutral blusher, as far as I'm concerned, even if it's just a sometimes-product ;)

  • BooBooNinja

    This is a beautiful look on you. You should definitely wear it more often.
    I've also become more interested in cream products, especially since my skin has become dry this winter.
    What's your sister's favourite cream blush formula/colour?

    • Thank you, dearling! I'll send her over here to answer ;)

    • Rita

      Hello! I'm The Sister. :)

      I think Illamasqua is the formula I'd recommend to you; it has a dewy, almost wet finish, so it's really great for making you look less like a dried-out corpse in winter. I only have Zygomatic (so far. I will acquire more!), which is nude and sheer and thus very hard to screw up applying.

      My favourite blush is actually NYX Golden. The formula isn't perfect (it doesn't last for very long, though it's very creamy and blendable), but it suits my skintone really well. I'm NC25ish, light olive, and Golden is a peachy-pink-beige colour with barely noticeable golden shimmer — that is, Rae's eyes notice it, but I think us regular humans would only see a pretty sheen on the cheekbones. ;)

  • BooBooNinja

    Thanks :)

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