Showing posts with label daytime looks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label daytime looks. Show all posts

Monday, February 4, 2013


A daytime, work appropriate look was requested by one of my readers. I decided to take it a step further and show how to do professional looking makeup that is subtle and wearable for daytime. There are four different components to the eyeshadow: lid shade, transition, crease, and highlight. You can change the colors you use, but just stick to the general guidelines.

STEP ONE: Fill in brows and apply primer. I went for a very strong brow, just for fun :) I used Maybelline brow pencil in Blonde and MAC Espresso and Omega for my brows, and Urban Decay Primer Potion.

STEP TWO: Apply MAC Patina to the lid with a flat shader brush (MAC 239). If you don't have Patina, use an antiqued gold color... something close to the color of your skin tone! You don't have to be extremely precise because we are going to blend it out in the next step.

STEP THREE: Apply matte transition shade with a big fluffy brush (MAC 224). I used MAC Soft Brown because I wanted it to be a very warm look; warm colors make blue and green eyes pop!

STEP FOUR: Deepen the crease with a medium matte brown using a crease/blending brush (MAC 217). I used a mixture of MAC Cork and Mulch, but any matte brown will do. Try to keep the color concentrated to the crease -- don't over blend into the transition.

STEP FIVE: Apply brow highlight. I used MAC Vanilla which is a Velvet (mostly matte with tiny amound of sparkle) You can use either a shimmery or matte highlight for this look.

STEP SIX: Apply Liner. I used a brown gel liner by MAC called Dipdown, and winged it out slightly using a MAC 210.

STEP SEVEN: Apply liner to waterline, curl lashes, apply mascara. I used MAC Coffee Pencil, Lancome Lash Curler, and Loreal Voluminous Mascara.

I hope that was helpful!



Sunday, January 20, 2013


HELLO LADIES!! It's been a couple days since I did a post, so I decided to do an Eye of the Day!

I did a VERY neutral look using mostly the Naked2 Palette by Urban Decay with a couple MAC shadows thrown in the mix. I love the Naked2 but it is definitely missing some key elements... like a transition shade!!! Anywho, this look is meant to be a little more effortless, so don't worry about doing exact placement.

Unfortunately I could not get a picture that did this look justice... Partly because my camera isn't up to par, and secondly because shadows with this much shimmer can be difficult to capture. Soon I will be getting a new camera and will be filming videos on YouTube, so keep an eye out for that!!! I hope you like the look and here's the items that I used:

MAC Kid -- transition
UD Verve -- inner third of lid
UD Suspect -- outer 2/3 of lid
UD Snakebit -- outer v and crease, lower lashline
MAC Wedge- blend lower lashline
MAC Vanilla -- highlight

MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
MAC Espresso -- Eyebrows
MAC Omega -- Eyebrows
MAC Fling Eyebrow Pencil
Maybelline Brow Pencil in Blonde
Lorac Brow Pencil in Brunette
Clinique Cream Liner in True Black
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
Salon Perfect Lashes #110
Revlon Lash Adhesive
Voluminous Mascara

MAC 217 (2)
MAC 224
MAC 210
MAC 266
Brow Grooming Brush
Tweezerman Tweezers

By the way my dears, it is not necessary to use 5 brow products like I did, but I am growing them out so they are requiring A LOT more attention these days :)


Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Sugar Plum Inspired Daytime Look

Without Liquid Liner

 With Liquid Liner
This is an easy and wearable purple eye, that is appropriate for work or school. The key to making most looks daytime appropriate is using a light hand and making sure to BLEND, BLEND, BLEND!! My favorite brush to use is the MAC 217. If you don't have the 217 just use any dome shaped blending brush. A less expensive brush version is the Sonia Kashuk blending brush, which can be found at any target.
Shadows used:

MAC Satin Taupe (metallic purpley taupe): Inner two-thirds of lid to crease

MAC Nocturnelle (dark purple with shimmer): Outer third of lid to crease, and line bottom lashes

MAC Kid (matte light brown -- two shades darker than yor skintone): Blend crease and transition

MAC Vanilla (matte off white): Highlight

MAC Vex (multi-color shimmer): Inner corner

MAC Carbon (matte black): Line top lashes

You don't have to purchase these shadows necessarily... Just use something you have that is similar in color and finish.

In the first picture I used a matte black eyeshadow (Carbon) on a small angled brush (MAC 208) to line my eye and create a small wing... You can stop there for a more natural look, or you can use the shadow as a guideline when creating your winged eyeliner using liquid or gel liner. I like to put on one light coat of mascara before using liquid or gel liner because it keeps my lashes out of the way.

I hope this was helpful and I will be experimenting with different lighting to take the best pictures possible for future looks.