Today, I’m doing an eight-step pictorial featuring NARS Cordura eyeshadow duo and some other recent makeup goodies in collaboration with a few other bloggers. We each created a look revolving around the zodiac signs. Naturally, I chose earth tones. I go through each step to achieve the “earth” look below, so get your neutral makeup out and let’s do this!
I like to fill in my brows before I do my eye makeup occasionally. It helps to better see where to apply darker eyeshadow shades. I used IT Cosmetics Brow Power in Universal Taupe. I’ve really been loving this lately more than any other brow pencil I’ve tried because it has amazing staying power.
I primed my eyes using NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base and then took the bronze shade in the NARS Cordura duo and packed it on my lid using the MAC #239 brush. I then took a fluffy blending brush (MAC #224) and buffed the dark brown shade into the crease, blending together the bronze shade with the brown.
Always the most stressful part of makeup application – eyeliner. I used my Stila liquid liner to line my upper lash line and slightly wing it out. Use a makeup wipe to clean up your wing if you need to even them out and sharpen them up.
I have oily/combo skin, so setting my foundation is a must if I expect it to last all day and not slide off. I like to apply powder after I’ve allowed my foundation to ‘settle’ while I do my eye makeup. Lightly dust Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder all over the face with Real Techniques Multi-task Brush. Follow up with some TooFaced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer on the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin with an angled blush brush. Apply MAC’s Melba on cheeks with a small blush brush – blending up higher towards the temples (less on the apples of the cheeks). Finish up with a bit of Hourglass Luminous Light highlighter on the cheekbones, tip of the nose and upper lip.
I used NARS Cordura on my lower lash line in lieu of liner. First, I smudged the bronze shade with the same MAC #239 brush from earlier along the entire length of my lash line. I used the dark brown shade on the outer half.
I’m excited to use my newest Charlotte Tilbury lip products in this pictorial! I first lined my lips with Charlotte Tilbury’s Iconic Nude lip liner and then applied Nude Kate lipstick (full review on both of these here). For added shine, I applied a little Marc Jacobs gloss in Pretty Thing (a nude peach).
To finish off the look, a nice coating of black mascara on both top and bottom lashes from L’Oreal Miss Manga ROCK gets the job done. I use waterproof because the Houston humidity doesn’t end in December and my lashes tend to hit my upper lid and smudge.
I love this look because it’s neutral enough to wear during the day, but also is glamorous enough to wear at night. I would probably add some black liner to the lower lash line and put a little more of the dark brown shadow on the upper lid for added drama, but that’s just me :).
What’s your zodiac sign? Do you feel like it describes your personality accurately? I’m a Cancer, but I’m on the cusp of Leo, so I definitely feel like I relate to the sensitive homebody of Cancer, but also like to be outgoing and friendly like Leo.
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