Monday, December 19, 2016

Winter Eye Makeup Inspiration

Hello darlings,

You know that I like to try new things on this blog and this is one of those experiments. I'm not as adventurous as I once was in my makeup habits. You know, it just gets too expensive trying out new products and different crazy shades all time. But when the seasons change, it's a great opportunity to step out of the comfort zone of your holy grail makeup routine. It's a chance to be a little more playful with your look and try out some darker colors and different textures that might feel too heavy in the summer when you have to worry about everything melting off your face. With that in mind, I thought I'd show you some makeup looks inspired by lingerie sets from the company Adore Me (Not a sponsor. God, I wish. Why won't anyone ever pay me?)

Now, I don't believe in splurging on an entirely new makeup stash every season. You can easily transition to fall by just incorporating a few new colors. It's all about having fun with your makeup and being creative. So with that in mind, I'm just going to show you some simple looks with techniques you probably already know (a smoky eye and a cat eye), keeping the rest of the makeup very simple and natural. I chose products in my collection that I like but you can always adapt these looks for your skin tone and based on your personal makeup stash.

My skin is having some reactions to the products I've been testing so instead I drew you up a makeup template to show off the looks I came up with. Bear in my that this makeup is being applied to blank, white paper and not natural skin so some of the makeup is going to look a little different. But using a template like this is a good way to experiment with looks without applying makeup to your face. It can also be a good guide when you're trying to recall a particular look. Feel free to use my template if you'd like as long as you remember give me credit and/or credit this blog. I will leave a copy of the template at the bottom of this post.

This gray silk teddy inspired me to play with the gray eye shadows in my collection to come up with a classic smoky eye. With its deep V and barely there straps in the back, this piece seemed to call for something sultry and colder months are a great time to experiment with darker eye makeup. But a doing a smoky eye or using darker eye shadows doesn't have to mean looking like a raccoon. With that in mind, I did a softer daytime look with my Rimmel Smoky Noir quad (which also makes for a great low budget option) as well as a deeper nighttime look with my Urban Decay Naked 2 and Dangerous palettes.

I would keep the liner thin for your daytime look. Try more natural, fluttery lashes and keep the rest of the makeup simple and natural. Soft pinks pair well with gray so it's easy to just use the subtle pink makeup you already own for your lips and cheeks. You don't need a full face of makeup and contouring with a look like this. Just make sure you're keeping your skin moisturized. Maybe apply something light coverage like a BB cream, fill in your brows, and let the eyes be the focus of this look. For nighttime, you can go a little thicker with the liner and wing it out a bit more. Maybe apply falsies or use a very sooty mascara but again, keep lips and cheeks natural.

DAY LOOK: Rimmel London Glam'Eyes Quad Eye Shadow in 1 Smokey Noir (shades 1 and 2)
Anastasia Dip Brow in Dark Brown
Stila Stay All Day Liner in Black
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Dollface
Lancome Color Design Cream Lipstick in Love It

NIGHT LOOK: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (shades Verve and Pistol)
Urban Decay Dangerous Palette (shades Mushroom and Ace)
Anastasia Dip Brow in Dark Brown
Stila Stay All Day Liner in Black
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Dollface
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 668 Primrose

The pairing of this lacy, pale blush bra with this muted pine green nightshirt brought to mind one of my favorite ways to play with makeup colors in fall and winter, which is deep jewel toned liners. They work for every day or a special holiday party. Sadly, Maybelline refuses to make their gel liners in the colors I used to love but Stila is back to save the day. They make their Stay All Day Liquid Liners in a huge range of colors, to the point where I don't even understand why people who aren't professional makeup artists would need some of those colors. Who needs bright pink eye liner? Anyway, they have some great blues and greens in their line which is fun way of injecting some color into your makeup look without going too crazy. Bobbi Brown also has some brighter colors of gel liner but I haven't tried them yet. If you stick to a darker shade, it'll only be a tad out of your comfort zone if you usually stick to black or brown eyeliner. Keep the rest of your makeup routine the same and just try a more colorful shade of eyeliner. You'd be surprised what a difference it can make.

Keeping the lingerie set in mind, I wanted to keep the makeup very simple and neutral with a lot of soft pinks so the liner would really pop. Of course you can adapt this for your skin tone if light pink shades don't flatter you. Just use your natural makeup and pair it with a bold shade of eyeliner.

BRIGHT LINER: Stila Stay All Day Liner in Teal
Anastasia Dip Brow in Dark Brown
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Dollface
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette (shades Righteous and Tyranny)
Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Evangeline
DARK LINER: Stila Stay All Day Liner in Midnight
Anastasia Dip Brow in Dark Brown
Rimmel London Glam'Eyes Trio Eye Shadow in 621 Orion (shades 1 and 2)
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 668 Primrose
Inglot Bronzer

If you need more cold weather makeup inspiration, Adore Me has shared this graphic with me. Feel free to check out their bras, lingerie, and sleepwear collections on their website if you are so inclined. Enjoy your winter whether you decide to venture out or spend a cozy night indoors.

As promised, here is the makeup template.

Thanks for reading,

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