Friday, April 24, 2009

Look - "Contrast" Too Much of a Contrast Today

Yeah, I bit off more than I could chew with this one. I don't think it was quite a failure - I just think I didn't take as much care as I should have. Reader Sumo declared "I don't like this one" and "There's too much contrast". Ironically, this look was centered around a shadow called "Contrast".

Contrast is one of the scariest eye shadows in my collection. It's right up there with Blue Storm pigment - yes, they look very similar. This is the ONLY thing I know how to do with Contrast, and sadly, I just didn't execute it well here. Lots of fall out - blue eye shadow bits all over my face all day.

There is a story behind this eye - about 4 years ago, I was having my first year anniversary with my husband. We happened to stop by the Dayton Mall, and of course the MAC counter at Macy's. I was just looking around. This WONDERFUL Makeup Artist (who's name is escaping me at the moment - I swear I remember it) decided to take the time to do a look on me. She decided to do a "Contrast Eye". In the end, my husband loved the entire look so much I bought everything.

The Breakdown - So that you may try it and do it BETTER than I did here.

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Smolder Eye Kohl - draw an outline of the smokey eye you want to achieve with this. Fill it in. This will act as a bit of a base.
  • MAC Crystal Eye Shadow - Put this wherever you didn't color the Smolder on the lid.
  • MAC Contrast Eye Shadow - With your pencil brush, color Contrast all over the areas with smolder. Sort of massage it a bit, because the smolder will spread around. Beware of fall out. Also take the pencil brush and fill in the lower lid.
  • MAC Phloof! Eye Shadow - Brow highlight, inner corner, anywhere you want really.
  • MAC Prussian Eye Liner - Upper and lower lash line.
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
  • Chanel Poudre Douce Powder in Almonde
  • MAC Strada Blush
  • MAC Stray Rose Blush (LE)
  • MAC Dervish Lip Liner
  • MAC JellyBabe Lip Gilee - It's easy to underestimate MAC's Lip Gilees. But man do they ever make lips look juicy! I don't use them often, but occasionally I'll purchase one of the holiday sets.