Hi, everyone! I firstly wanted to extend my thanks for all of the kind congrats on my recent blogging milestones! Your comments on my anniversary post have been so lovely to read! Thanks also for all the excitement about my 350 Follower Giveaway. So happy to be able to offer you some goodies! If you haven't checked it out yet, you can enter, here!
Now, onto today's look! I recently received The Balm's Nude 'Tude Palette from a friend and fellow blogger who knew that I'd give it a good home (thanks again, Jenn!). I've been using it like crazy since then and have already posted two looks centred around it (which you can find here and here). Time for the third installment! This Nude 'Tude look features a soft, smokey eye and pink cheeks and lips:
To offset the smokier eye, I opted for a glowy natural base using Elisha Coy Forever Triple BB Cream (got a sample packet of this and it's fab!), Clinique Perfectly Real Foundation, and BeneFit Watt's Up highlighter. I typically opt for a nude-toned blush when I do a smokey eye, but this time I wanted something a bit more colourful. I grabbed Sleek Powder Blush in Flamingo (a stunning, warm watermelon pink) which is utter perfection in a pan, especially for Spring! I wanted my lips to be rosy, but not quite electric (as the intended main focus was still the eyes), so I chose Revlon ColourStay Matte Balm Lip Pencil in Unapologetic (a perky matte coral) and mixed it with Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Crayon in Mauveous (a neutral rose). Gave my lips that perfect 'just bitten' look!
As for the eyes, the Nude 'Tude palette was the star of the show. First, I applied Serious (a true matte black) thickly to my upper lash line and smudged it up. Then, I added some of Sleek (a deep matte brown) on top of Serious and blended it up towards the crease. To add some shimmer, I mixed Selfish (a shimmery, cool taupe) and Standoffish (a warm, shimmery champagne) into the crease and blended up (notice all the blending?). I also applied a small amount of Selfish along the outer half of the lower lash line for some extra smoke. The last shadow I used was Sassy (a frosty white), which I popped onto my brow bones and inner corners of the eye as a highlight. The eye shadow primer I used for this look was a bit shoddy (a cream primer from an NYC eye shadow palette), but this actually worked out quite nicely. It gave the eyes an extra glossy, smudgy look that looked perfectly worn in as the day went on.
I finished things off with some golden black eyeliner (MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Black Line) on my upper lash line and on the outer half of the lower lash line and two coats of the amazing BeneFit They're Real! Mascara.
Here's a peek at the final eye look:
And a full list of everything I used:
Primer: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer
Foundation: Elisha Coy Always Triple BB Cream Shade #1 mixed with Clinique Perfectly Real Foundation in #1 Ivory
Concealer: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Concealer in Y1
Powder: Revlon ColourStay Pressed Powder in Light
Bronzer: Bourjois Delice de Poudre #51
Blush: Sleek Powder Blush in Flamingo
Highlighter: BeneFit Watt's Up (on cheekbones and down bridge of nose)
Brows: Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Dark Blonde
Primer: Eye shadow primer from NYC Individual Eyes Palette
Eye Shadows: (All from the Balm Nude 'Tude Palette): Serious (smudged into lash line and blended up), Sleek (blended on top of Serious and up to the crease), Selfish (blended into the crease), Standoffish (blended into the crease and up towards the brow bone, also lightly on the outer half of the lower lash line), and Sassy (as a highlight on the brow bone and inner corners of the eye)
Eyeliner: MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Black Line
Mascara: BeneFit They're Real!
Lips: Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm Lip Pencil in Unapologetic layered with Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Crayon in Mauveous
And a few more shots of the look:
So there you have it! I had a lot of fun creating this look- I don't play around with smokey eye shadow nearly often enough! I think my Urban Decay Naked Palette may still win out in the sultry eyes department, but Nude 'Tude also did a killer job at smoking things up :)
Have you tried the Nude 'Tude Palette? What are some of your favourite neutral eye shadow palettes?
And again, don't forget that you can enter my 350 Follower Giveaway, featuring goodies from Tarte, Essie, Revlon and more by entering HERE!
Thanks for reading! xo