Saturday, June 7, 2014

Face of the Day: Greens and Plums on Eyes with Peachy Lips and Cheeks



From time to time I get weary of using the same brown or taupe shadow (as much as I love a good taupe), and have the urge to do something a bit more colorful. Today I decided to put to use a forgotten item that I purchased over a year ago: Anastasia's Pacific Coast Palette (part of the spring 2012 "Wish You Were Here" set). I like the look worn by the model shown on the packaging and decided I would try to replicate it. 


Apologies for featuring an older item that is no longer available, but these shades are not so unique that they can't easily be duplicated using products from other brands. Urban Decay's Bordello is more metallic, but similar in tone to the pale lilac shade, and any smoky purple will do for the plum shade. MAC's Aquadisiac could stand in for the aqua shade, and for the dark green, Bobbi Brown's Bash or Urban Decay's Loaded would work well.



I have a love/hate relationship with blues and greens. I love all variations of aqua, teal and tiffany blue when used in clothing, jewelry, home decor, candles and glassware, and so on, but when it comes to blue or green on my eyes I'm often worried about crossing that fine line between a fun pop of color and scary clown territory!





So...my look didn't turn out quite like the model's. Unfortunately, you cannot see the lilac shade as much as I would have liked. And I may have gone a little overboard with Milani's Eye Tech Bold pen liner, which is not hard to do (its jumbo size makes me feel like I'm using a Sharpie marker on my eyes). 

I tend to put more thought into my blush and lip choices when wearing blues or greens. I try to stick to a light caramel nude or an understated peach and coordinating cheek color. Today, I wanted to try out a new purchase: Laura Mercier's Bonne Mine Stick Face Colour in the shade Coral Glow. Although it looks as if it would be very pigmented and bright, the color becomes quite sheer once blended out. For lips I used Trish McEvoy's Classic Lip Color in the shade Natural 16 and Urban Decay's 24/7 liner in Illegal along with the Guava gloss that came in the Anastasia set.




Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your weekend! 

15 comments:

  1. Oh that is a nice palette! The look turned out really pretty as well! I like how glossy the eyeliner looks here :)

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  2. Hi Sunny, Thank you! :) I had high hopes for this palette because the colors look so pretty in the pan, but they are very sheer. It says you can use them wet, so I'll try that next! xx

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  3. That palette is pretty looking! I don't remember seeing it, but then again I haven't paid much attention to eye palettes lately. Love greens on you-so pretty! But I hear ya, I'm the same way. I always feel so obvious when I wear green eyeshadow, so I don't do it often myself.

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    1. Hi Tracy, Thanks! :) I got it at Sephora almost two years ago, and I can't believe I had not tried it until now - just goes to show I have too much makeup!! Need to revisit a lot of things I purchased long ago :)

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  4. That green look is STUNNING, Shannon! I love it! And I think the bold eyeliner works with it :)

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  5. Hi Larie, Aw, thanks so much! :) It was fun to wear and I think I'll try to do colorful looks more often!

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  6. How lovely, the greens/aqua really suit you. I tend to stick with my natural/taupe rut though will on occasion branch out and go bold :)

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    1. Hi Clare, Thanks very much! I always feel self-conscious wearing brights but it's fun sometimes :)

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  7. This palette is so pretty. Love those green shades. Good thing that you have tried this for it looks amazingly pretty.

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    1. Hi Emmy, The variety of colors really attracted me to this palette. I tried the first two neutral shades recently and they are my favorites right now :)

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  8. Oh, wow. I only wish I could get away with greens the way you can. I just feel like green eye makeup looks weird on redheads.

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    1. Green can be tricky but I think a very nude lip color really helps to balance it :) Deep emerald or dark forest green is a lot easier to pull off than bright green :)

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  9. such a gorgeous eye look! I buy so many colored eyeshadows that I'm too scared to wear (a real problem I know) and I just love how you have this perfect balance of color! Definitely feel inspired to try this out! :)

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    1. Hi Miss Louise, thanks for the kind comment! Have fun playing with color :)

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