Today’s Friday Face celebrates one of my favourite eyeshadows of all time which I had forgotten about but swiftly fell back in love with. I am back working full time at the minute which gives me little time to experiment with makeup and of course, there is always the fear of going a little too drag (as I have a tendency to do) for work. So when I had a day off during the week, I knew I wanted to go bold. I actually think this is a very wearable look (although that is a matter of opinion) and didn’t end up being too overboard for every day wear.
I began the skin by trialling a new pore smoother from Freeze 24-7 called ‘Freeze & Go’ which I will be reviewing soon. I then opted for my trusty Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry Skin (Of course! Read my comparison with the Oily/Combination version here!) and dabbed it on with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. On any further blemishes or dark circles, I used the same method to apply my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. As my foundation is demi-matte, I have really gotten into only using the smallest amount of powder lately so I used my Catrice All Matt Plus Shine Control on a very small buffing eyeshadow brush and applied it only to my T-zone.
My eyebrows are my usual Inglot Eyeshadows in #63 Matte Black and #329 Dark Matte Brown on my Mac 266 Angled Brush although you may be happy to hear that just today I ordered a new brow product to mix things up a little.
First up, apologies for the volume of products coming up. I was really experimenting and playing around. I began by priming my eyelids with my Mac Paint Pot in ‘Blackground’ using my finger. I then used a Mac Paint Pot in ‘Painterly’ under my brow bone to eradicate any redness. I wanted to set ‘Painterly’ so applied quite a lot of my Illamasqua Eyeshadow in ‘Stealth’ which has fast becoming my favourite matte base colour because it is so pigmented and just a shade or two lighter than my skin tone. In my crease, I worked a red-toned brown from my Face 2 ‘The Basics’ palette. This is a product only available in Ireland (from the Make Up For Ever store on Clarendon Street, if you are interested) but obviously you could use any matte red-toned brown you own. I also worked this underneath the eye. I changed my mind about the matte colour under my brow so opted for my Mac Eyeshadow in ‘Shroom’ instead for a touch of sheen. I also added a touch of Mac’s ‘Embark’ into the crease to intensify it a little although I don’t find this to be the most pigmented shadow and so I don’t think it did much. (Although you could probably use it in place of the Face2 shade). Then for the piece de resistance, I pressed Mac’s ‘Club’ eyeshadow all over the lid. For those who don’t know (seriously, who doesn’t?!), ‘Club’ is a duochrome that looks reddy-brown in some lights and metallic green in others. By using the sticky base of the ‘Blackground’ Paint Pot, the duochrome is brought to life and the green-shift is all the more apparent. Isn’t it frickin’ stunning? I was obsessed with this colour for the longest time, then forgot about it but my passion is reignited. I finished with a slick of IsaDora’s Twist Up Metallic Eye Pen in ‘Deep Black’ on the upper and lower waterlines and a coat of my Diego Dalla Palma Mascaragogo.
I wanted to keep the cheeks soft and warm so went for my favourite blush, Nars Blush in ‘Deep Throat’ and contoured with my Sleek Face Contour Kit in ‘Light’. On my lips, I wanted a nude so chose my Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in ‘100 Androgino’.
So that is the finished look. I love how complex it looks with the eye colours but in reality, it is so simple. I received so many compliments on it too.
What do you think? Do you have ‘Club’ eyeshadow? Are you a fan? Do you like duochrome shadows?