“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” This powerful quote comes from one of the winners of the Mac Fall Color 2015 M.A.C.nificent Me Campaign– Ji Won Kim. Some time ago Mac asked Mac lovers to send in their photos and short essays on what makes them M.A.C.nificent. Out of all sumbissions Mac picked 6 finalists who were invited to a Mac studio in NYC to take part in a photo shoot and to share with others what being M.A.C.nificent means to them. I find all the stories very inspiring, however Ji Won Kim’s one captivated me the most. I also fell in love with the final look that’s quite bold and features a lot of red worn on the eyes and cheeks.
Inspired by M.A.C.nificent Me campaign, I decided to step out of my comfort zone a little bit and create a look using a red eyehsadow. Wearing red on your eyes can be a little tricky. It can make you look like you cried all day or like you have not had any sleep in 36 hours. However, it can still be wearable if paired with other shades. In today’s post I am going to show you the look I created where the red eyeshadow is the main focus. I paired it with a matte brown shade, a dark matte grey and shimmering copper and bold purple lips.
- After filling in my eyebrows (Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe) and priming my eyelids with an eyeshadow primer (Lorac Behind The Scenes) I highlighted my under brow area with a pearl white eyeshadow.
- Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush I applied matte brown shade (Mac Quarry from the Cinderella palette) to the crease of my eyes.
- Using a flat eyeshadow brush I placed a red shimmery eyehshadow all over the moveable part of my eyelid. I used the red shade from Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No.7 The Siren palette.
- Using a shading brush I applied a dark grey matte shade to the outer corners of my eyelid, blending it into the crease (Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette, shade Undone).
- Using a flat eyeshadow brush I applied copper gold shimmery shadow to my lower eyelids Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren Palette, third shade from the left). This shade adds a pop of color to the whole look and brightens up the eyes.
- To open up the eyes I ditched my usual dark brown eyeliner and applied a champagne gold eyeliner to my waterlines (ChanelStylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in #987 Or Blanc).
- Finally, I applied 2 coats of waterproof mascara using Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies.
I really like the combination of the shades, with the red still being the center of attention on my eyes. All the colors remind of me of fall and are season appropriate.
Since the eyes are quite bold, I kept my cheeks rather simple. I used a dusty rose blush from Mac’s Glamour Daze Collection from 2012 in Small Vanity and added a little bit of highlight with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal.
After creating the eye look, I immediately knew I wanted to pair it with a purple lipstick, even though it’s quite bold I think it pairs well with the eyes. The lipstick I am wearing is Goddess of the Sea from Mac’s Alluring Aquatic Collection. It is a purple berry shade with a Creamsheen finish. For a finishing touch I added a tiny bit of sparkly clear gloss to the center of my lips using Clear Water Lipglass from the same Alluring Aquatic Collection.
- Mac Cosmetics Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation in NW20 (I received a sample at a Mac counter and I have used it only twice but so far, I love it. I like how lightweight it feels on my skin, yet provides enough coverage and stays on a whole day).
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Defintion Loose Finishing Powder in Medium Light.
- Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector.
- Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer in #02 Meringue.
- Mac Cosmetics Powder Blush in Small Vanity.
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal applied with a damp brush.
How do you like my today’s look? Do you ever wear red eyeshadow? If so, do you wear it on its own or what colors do you pair it with? Would you wear this look? And how often do you step out of your comfort zone with makeup?
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