How To | Step by Step
To prepare for this look, I first primed my lids with the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer. For my transition shade in the crease, I used the KOCO (by Beauty Brands) Eye Shadow in Natural.
I then used MAC Brown Script to deepen up the crease. This is a reddish brown, so it works perfectly with the duochrome shadow that I used in this look.
All over the lid, I applied the orange-blue duochrome shadow from the Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Palette. This color is so pretty and unique, I love it!
To balance out the eyes, I applied some more of the duochrome shadow on my lashline. I also highlighted my inner corners with the ivory shadow from the same Wet N Wild Palette.
For some extra definition, I also used Crave from the Naked Basics Palette on a flat liner brush, just right below my waterline. I added a bit of this shadow as liner on the outer portion of my top lid as well.
To complete the look, as always, I curled my lashes and applied the L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black and Urban Decay Perversion mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
The Nyx Blending Brush #16 is a fluffy domed brush made with synthetic bristles. Nyx isn’t exactly known for their makeup brushes, but I wanted to pick one up since I got to see them in person at the Mall of America Nyx store. This brush is super soft, softer than both my Sigma and Zoeva brushes, so it feels really nice on the eye area. I like to use this brush for both applying shadow into the crease and for blending out shadows. It is similar in size to the Sigma E40, and works to blend out shadows in pretty much the same manner. This brush is just a bit more dense than the E40. As far as applying shadow in the crease, I much prefer using the Nyx #16 over the Sigma E40. I have gotten so much use out of this brush, and it remains as one of my go-to eye brushes. After my experience with this brush, I will probably purchase some more Nyx brushes in the future!
Price: $17 * Buy At: MAC * Size: 0.1 oz / 3 g
The MAC Lipstick in On and On is a sheer red brown with blue duochrome glitter. The shade is very similar to the infamous blue-brown shifting pigment or eyeshadow that many brands have.
On and On has the classic black bullet MAC packaging. The glitter gives the product a girtty texture, but it is surprisingly comfortable on the lips. Due to the duochrome shift in the lipstick, the swatches and lip photos really do not do the color justice. I would really recommend going into a MAC or to a MAC counter and testing this shade out. On and On is such a cool, unique color and I just absolutely love it. It is bold and interesting, but the red brown base color keeps it wearable.
Price: $7 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.13 oz
The Nyx Embellishment Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick is a medium dusty purple with a matte finish.
The Nyx Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick comes in a long, clear tube and has a flat applicator. The formula of the Lingerie Lip Lingerie is quite interesting, and different from a typical matte liquid lipstick. It doesn’t go on opaque like a paint, but it quickly builds up to a full coverage on the lips. Personally, I find the texture to be a cross between Nyx’s Soft Matte Lip Cream and a typical matte liquid lipstick, like one from ColourPop. The product feels a bit uncomfortable on the lips following application, but after a bit, the wear is quite comfortable. Embellishment lasts on the lips like other liquid lipsticks, and needs some kind of oil to remove (I like using coconut oil).
Price: $45 * Buy At: Ulta
The Lorac Pro Contour Palette is a slim palette with three highlight powders and three contour powders. All the shades are matte, with the exception of the shimmery highlight.
The Lorac Pro Contour Palette has the same rubberized packaging as the Pro Palettes, which is nice and compact, but will get dirty faster than other kinds of packaging. The formula of the highlight and contour powders is very similar in texture to the shadows in the Lorac Pro palettes. The powders all have a very soft texture, making them prone to powder kick up. This is not a big problem, especially if you tap off your brush before applying product to the face. The color selection of this palette works quite well on my fair skintone. This is quite nice to see, since many contour palettes have a lot of shades that are too dark for me, or they have contour shadows that are far too warm in tone. This being said, this palette probably would not work well for darker skintones.
Price: $6 * Buy At: ColourPop Website * Size: 3.2 g
The ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Zipper is a dark purple liquid lipstick with a matte finish.
The ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips come in a clear tube with a classic doe foot applicator. Zipper’s formula is a bit more patchy than other shades of the Ultra Matte Lips that I have tried. It wasn’t bad, or even all that noticeable, but it definitely did not apply as opaque as other colors. Zipper still feels thin and light on the lips, but like most matte liquid lipsticks, Zipper does have a dry feeling. For the most part, you won't notice the dryness unless you press your lips together. Zipper has good lasting power, as long as you don't rub your lips together, as it will cause the product to flake off.
How To | Step by Step
To prep my lids for shadow, I first applied the Nyx Dark Circle Concealer to create an even base. To draw in the line for the cut crease, I used a small brush and Saddle from the Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette. From the same palette, I used Melon for my transition shade.
Right below the Melon shadow, I applied Burlap, also from the Mega Pro 2. Directly in the crease, I applied Saddle, blending it into the other crease colors.
To clean up the lid space, I applied more of the Nyx concealer all over my lids and I also cleaned up the side of the crease to give a winged out shape. I set this concealer with Porcelain from the same palette. I used the same shade to highlight the inner corner of my eyes just a bit.
For the lower lashline, I just the same Burlap shade that I used in the crease to balance out the eyes. I also applied a thin line using my Sephora Colorproof Liquid Liner in Black.
I applied mascara to my top and bottom lashes and used the Ardell Natural 110 Lashes to finish off the eye look.
Price: $21 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.05 oz / 1.5 g
The Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Space Cowboy is a warm champagne nude with a shiny, glittery finish.
Urban Decay’s Moondust Eye Shadows come in the same round compact as the rest of the shadows. The Moondust shadows have a quite interesting texture. Space Cowboy feels smooth and creamy, although the product does not squish down at all when you apply texture. The Moondust line differs from other shimmery shadows in that it gives the lids a super cool wet appearance, which I find super unique. Although Space Cowboy has a decent amount of glitter in it, I rarely experience fallout during application or throughout the day, making it much easier to use than a loose glitter. I love how it looks on the lids, and since the color is so natural, it is super easy to pull off.
Price: $5 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.06 fl oz
The Makeup Revolution Salvation Lip Lacquer in Nothing Like Anything is a warm reddish pink with a glossy finish.
The Makeup Revolution Salvation Lip Lacquers come in a clear tube with a typical doe foot applicator. Although it is referred to as a “lip lacquer”, I find it to pretty much have the formula of a lip gloss. I love the texture and formula of this product, it’s super thin and does not feel sticky at all. The formula is very comfortable on the lips, and would work great as a lip color to just toss in your bag for everyday wear. On the lips, Nothing Like Anything has a really nice glossy shine, giving the lips a wet look. I would recommend this product to anyone that does not traditionally enjoy lipglosses, as I typically stay away from them as well.
Price: $7 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 4 mL
The Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Stone Fox is a dark grey with a demi matte finish.
Stone Fox is very pigmented and has full, opaque coverage on the lips. The Liquid Suede lipsticks apply super smooth and evenly. I wouldn’t consider the finish to be completely matte, but it does set down quite a bit. Because of this, the product doesn’t feel or look drying on the lips, as many matte liquid lipsticks tend to do. In my opinion, the Liquid Suede line is like a cross between a regular liquid lipstick and a matte liquid lipstick. The finish is almost matte, and it sets on the lips so you don’t have to worry about the color moving around on the lips throughout the day. I really love the color of Stone Fox (which I'm sure you would know based on how many grey toned lip products I have) but of course it is not for everyone. But, I love the formula and it is rather inexpensive, so it could be a great option if you are looking to try out a bold color like Stone Fox.