Wednesday, 22 May 2013

An Everyday Eyeshadow Look

Since my 'What's in my makeup bag' post I have realised that I really haven't changed my everyday makeup look in a long time. Apart from the addition of blusher it has pretty much stayed foundation, concealer, mascara, a winged liquid liner and some lip balm.

This is a very simple look which has always worked for me but I thought it was time to mix it up a little and thought I would start with the eyes. I really enjoyed experimenting with eyeshadows for the wedding but I thought eyeshadow and liquid liner together could look a little OTT and I decided to try a much softer look instead. So for the first time in a long time I put down the liquid liner and took out an eyeshadow palette to get ready for work.

I started by using Maybelline's Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in On and On Bronze as a base, smudged over the lid using my finger. The Colour Tattoos are great as a base for other shadows as they act a bit like a primer and add some colour but they are also great used on their own. I then used one of my more recent purchases, the MUA Undress Me Too Palette. If you read my previous blog post on the Urban Decay Naked Palette you'll know that I really wanted to give the Naked 2 Palette a try and had heard that this MUA Palette was a dupe. As it was £32 cheaper I thought I would give it a try.

My first MUA Haul post was a little less than complimentary about the brand MUA as I was very underwhelmed by their products but this one may just redeem it slightly. Obviously the quality of the shadows isn't as good as the Urban Decay shadows but the palette was only £4! The colours are pretty well pigmented for the price actually and the colours do look very similar to the Naked 2 Palette.

Foundation - Maybelline's Super Stay 24hr Foundation in Light Beige, Concealer - Collection's Lasting Perfection in shade 1, Blusher - Stila's Convertible Colour in Lilium, Brows - Maybelline's Master Shape Brow Pencil in Brunette, Lipstick - Loreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in Blush Fever

Using the Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush I swept the shade Tranquil all over the eyelid as a base and the shade Reveal in the middle of the eyelid, then using the same brush I blended the shade Naked along the inner corner to brighten up the eye and the shade Wink in to the crease to add some dimension. I then used the Accent Brush to take the shade Obsessed along the lash line to add some definition and make my lashes look a little fuller. Using the Deluxe Crease Brush I then blended the edges to soften the look.

To add a little more definition I used the MUA 3-in-1 Contour Pen (which is actually a eyeliner pencil) in Dark Brown and lined along my top lashes and blended it out with my finger to soften the look. The liner is a lovely brown colour which compliments my eye colour and I also used it to line my bottom lashes before adding a few coats of Maybelline's The Falsies Volum' Express mascara to my top and bottom lashes to complete the look.

I have to say I was pretty pleased with the finished look as it was much softer and warmer than my usual winged liner and I think I will continue with the eyeshadows for a while. I may even need to invest in another MUA palette since they are so cheap and a great way to experiment with different colours. I know! Am I an MUA convert? I'll keep you updated! 

Have you tried the MUA Undress Me Too Palette? Let me know by commenting below...

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