Here I am, making good on my promise to experiment with the aforementioned Dior palette. It’s ridiculous how color-shy I’ve become; I honed in on the sheerest color duo in the entire set (the purples). Well, I have to start somewhere, and I’m actually quite pleased with how this turned out, all muted mauvey-browns and faded blues. As usual, I’ve put together a step-by-step picture tutorial, in case you want to recreate this. It’s very easy, although there is one step that will probably give some of you pause. Trust me, it’s not nearly as scary as it sounds. See how I’m building suspense?
Start by assembling your troops:
Products Used (to be referenced as a guide, feel free to use whatever you have on hand)
- Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin*
- Burgundy/brown shade from Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow Palette in Moonlit Jewels
- Purple eyeshadow duo from Dior 2009 Holiday Collection Makeup Palette
- King Lighter (these are my absolute favorites, I get them from the 99 cent store)
- Sephora Nano Eyeliner in 11 Silver Green (from one of the free Beauty Insider birthday gifts)
- Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in Perversion*
- Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus
1. I started off by priming my eyelid with UDPP in Sin, a shimmery champagne color
2. With my ring finger, I patted the burgundy Revlon cream shadow all over my lid. This adds more depth and richness to the colors on top.
3. With an eyeshadow brush, I applied the lighter of the two shimmery purples on my inner corner, and the darker shade in my outer corner, up to my ‘crease.’
4. This is where things get exciting! I very carefully held the tip of the Sephora liner in the flame for 1-2 seconds. I let it set for 3-5 seconds, briefly held it against the back of my hand to check the temperature, and applied to my upper and lower lashline. If you’re using a creamy pencil liner, skip this step. However, if you’re using one of those stiff, scratchy pencil liners that refuses to glide smoothly, this will help ensure an even color deposit.
5. I finished off with the thinnest possible line of Urban Decay Perversion, enough to add definition, but not so much that I covered the pencil liner.
Add a coat of mascara, a healthy dose of fake lashes in Photoshop, and this is the result:
Have you ever used a lighter with your liner before? I first heard about this trick on Makeup and Beauty Blog, and am pleased to say that a) it works well and b) I didn’t burn myself.
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