Bare Escentuals wearable brown smokey eye

Today, I wanted to try out a brown smoky eye, but I wanted to make it daytime appropriate. I think it turned out to be a nice, soft brown smokey eye, great for the cooler months. I also added in a sweep of BE True Gold for a little pop of shimmer.

Clockwise from left: Citrus Twist, Turn On, Harmony, True Gold

On the eyes:

  • BE Prime Time Brightening
  • Harmony all over lid from lashes up to crease, and smudged under lower lashes
  • Citrus Twist blended into crease
  • Turn On under brow and blended down to blend out any harsh lines
  • True Gold swept lightly over lid
  • Buxom mascara

  

On the lips:

  • Pretty Amazing Savvy
  • Smashbox Gilded Nude lipgloss

On the face:

  • Missha Perfect Cover bb cream in #21
  • Laura Geller Balance N Brighten in Fair
  • MAC mineralize Dainty blush
  • Make Up For Ever HD microfinishing powder

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Smoky Eye Series: Greens

Today’s smoky eye is featuring greens. I kind of just chose the green shades at random, looking for a dark, medium, and light shade. Interestingly, all this green on my eyes really brings out the brown in my hazel eyes. For tips on how to create a smoky eye, see this post.

This is definitely my least favorite of the smoky eye series. I’m sure that the random colors I chose had something to do with it, so I may attempt another green smoky eye at some point to redeem myself!

On a side note, I rarely wear the BE 100% Natural lipglosses by themselves because I’m just not a huge fan of the slippery texture…. and you know I love my Pretty Amazing lipcolors like there’s no tomorrow! But Lollipop is probably my favorite of the ones that I have.

Clockwise from left: Sublime, Bamboo, Refresh, Ulta Extreme Wear gel liner in Dublin

Contour Shadow, Full Edged Liner, Ecotools Shadow brush

100% Natural lipgloss in Lollipop

On the eyes:

  • Original Prime Time eye primer
  • Ulta Extreme Wear gel liner in Dublin applied in a thick line along upper lashes and smudged under lower lashes using Full Edged liner brush
  • Sublime patted heavily on lid from lashes to crease using Contour Brush
  • Bamboo swept into crease using  Ecotools brush, then blended well
  • Refresh swept onto browbone and inner eye using Ecotools brush, then blended well
  • FDVM in Blue-Black (2 coats)

On the lips:

  • 100% Natural lipgloss in Lollipop

On the face:

  • Prime Time Brightening
  • Original foundation in Fairly Medium
  • Pink Petal blush
  • Original mineral veil

Smoky Eye Series: Purples

I loved this look a lot. It really brought out the green in my hazel eyes. I’ve liked doing this smoky eye series quite a bit. First of all, I got to have dark and dramatic eyes for quite a few days. But more importantly, I found it easier to achieve the desired “smoky” look each time I practiced. So for all you “I want to but I can’t” naysayers, I say try it. Then try it again, and again. Each time will get easier, I promise.

Clockwise from top: Lilac Vibe, Berry Flambe, Flamenco

Buxom Smoky Eye stick in 5" Stilettos, Contour & Define brush, Full Edged Liner

Buxom Denise

On the eyes:

  • Original Prime Time eye primer
  • Buxom Smoky Eye stick in 5″ Stilettos in a thick line along upper lashes
  • Berry Flambe patted onto lid from lashes to crease (but not into crease), using Contour end of Contour & Define brush
  • Flamenco swept into crease and blended down using Contour & Define brush
  • Lilac Vibe on inner corner and swept up along browbone and under brow
  • Wetlined with Berry Flambe along upper lashes, using Full Edged liner
  • Smudged both Flamenco and Berry Flambe under lower lashes, and waterlines
  • 2 coats FDVM in Blue-Black

 

On the lips:

  • Buxom Denise

On the face:

  • Brightening Prime Time
  • Benefit Erase Paste to conceal
  • Original foundation in Fairly Medium
  • MAC Mineralize blush in Feeling Flushed
  • Original mineral veil

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Smoky Eye Series: Browns

I know most of you are die hard Bare Escentuals fans. Don’t worry, I am too. But once in a while, I have to show some other brands some love! I picked up a couple of new goodies recently and couldn’t wait to use them. I’m wearing BE foundation and mineral veil today, but beyond that, I’m loving on some Tarte Cosmetics, MAC, and Aveda. This face sure got around today! 🙂

So first off, let me introduce you to my new friend, Tarte True Blood palette. This collection is SO FUN. Whether or not you’re a fan of the show (I totally am), the colors are fantastic. For $52, you get 17 shadows, a mini mascara, an eyeliner, and an eye primer. The shadows are nice and pigmented and apply easily, and the mascara was totally fab. Many people like their lashes to look natural, but I love to emphasize them as much as possible. This mascara made that job a breeze. Plus… it comes in this fantastic packaging!

Tarte True Blood palette

Tarte True Blood palette

Tarte True Blood colors

I added to the Smoky Eye Series today using browns as the focus color. As I talked about in the Black & Grey Smoky Eye post, a smoky eye can be achieved using 3 shades in the same color family. I kept it fairly simple today, using a dark brown, a medium brown, and a pale beigey peach with some shimmer to it.

Colors used today: Werewolf, Fairy, Dusk

Ecotools shadow, Quick Shadow & Crease, Contour

My other new favorite thing that I picked up is this MAC Mineralize blush in Feeling Flushed. I tried this on my hand at the store, thanks to my favorite Nordie’s MAC counter employee, Antionette, and immediately fell in love. I tend to gravitate toward really pink or peachy pink blushes, and you KNOW I love some shimmer. This turned out to be a beautiful shade on my skin and after only one use has already made it into my “all-time favorites” club.

MAC Mineralize blush in Feeling Flush

Aveda lipglaze in Sunkissed Melon

On the eyes:

  • Tarte eye primer
  • Werewolf patted onto lid from lashes to crease, making sure not to go any higher, using Contour brush
  • Dusk buffed into crease and blended down, using Ecotools brush
  • Werewolf and Dusk both smudged under lower lashes and swept outwards toward outer V
  • Fairy swept all along browbone, under brow, and in inner corner, using Quick Shadow & Crease brush
  • Retro liner shadow applied using Full Edged liner brush, in a thick line along upper lashes, both water lines, and smudged under lower lashes
  • Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara (2 coats)

On the lips:

  • Aveda lipglaze in Sunkissed Melon

On the face:

  • Brightening Prime Time
  • Benefit Erase Paste to conceal
  • Original BE foundation in Fairly Medium
  • MAC Feeling Flush blush
  • Original mineral veil

Ooh, am I looking shiny in this pic! I used plenty of mineral veil, but it’s 90 degrees today!

Smoky Eye Series: Black & Grey

My understanding of the “smoky eye” look is that it looks easy on paper, but can be a little tricky to pull off.  The standard smoky eye look is created using black or dark charcoal colors, but you can also use deeper hues of blues, greens, and purples to play up your eye color.  Here’s how to get the look.

  1. Pick three colors in the same color family. Apply the lightest shade all over, concentrating on above the crease.
  2. Next, apply the medium eyeshadow shade from your lash line to the crease of your eye and blend well
  3. Then apply the darkest shade to just above your lash line.. Again, blend well.
  4. Apply eyeliner close to your lashes and then smudge the line.
  5. For a finishing touch, line the inner rims of you lower eyelid.
  6. And of course, add two coats of your favorite dramatic mascara.

When you wear a heavy eye, you should go with a pale blush and nude lips.

Clockwise from top: Poise, Surreal, Onyx

Buxom Smoky Eye Stick, Precision Eye, Full Edged Liner, Seamless Blending

100% Natural lipgloss in Pink Prosecco, Pretty Amazing lipcolor in Free Will

On the eyes:

  • Prime Time Original eye primer
  • Thick line of Buxom Smoky Eye Stick in Smokin’ Pistol, then smudged with pinky finger
  • Onyx smudged over Smokin’ Pistol, along both lashlines, and in waterlines, using Full Edged Liner brush
  • Surreal blended on lid from lashes to crease using Precision Eye brush
  • Poise blended well from crease to brow using Precision Eye brush
  • Everything blended well with Seamless Blending brush
  • 2 coats of FDVM in Blue-Black

On the lips:

  • Thin layer of Pretty Amazing lipcolor in Free Will
  • 100% Natural lipgloss in Pink Prosecco

On the face:

  • Prime Time Brightening
  • Benefit Erase Paste to conceal
  • Original foundation in Fairly Medium
  • Pink Petal blush on outer cheeks
  • Original mineral veil

Stay tuned for more smoky eye looks, using blues, greens, and purples!

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