2011 holiday makeup: look II

Here's my second holiday look (first one is here)! Again, please excuse the bad lighting. I forced Brian to take these photos while we were in the middle of prepping our apartment for a party, so it was hastily snapped in our hallway. I'll make sure better lighting is in order for upcoming looks. Also, I'm not retouching these at all so you can see what the makeup truly looks like, unaided by Photoshop.

Holiday Makeup Look II: Smoky Emerald

This look involves a green smoky eye anchored with violet liner, neutral cheeks and shimmery nude lips.

Wear this on a night out, or as a party hostess.

Products used:

Face: Sally Hansen Your Skin foundation in Porcelain; Lancome Effacernes Concealer in Porcelain
Eyeshadow: Inglot Eye Makeup Base; MAC eyeshadow in Sassy Grass
Eyeliner: Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes in Purple 11L
Lashes: L'Oreal  Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara
Brows: Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Sable
Cheeks: MAC powder blush in Buff
Lips: Elizabeth Arden Lip Pencil in Coral; Stila Lip Glaze in Dreamy

Tips & tricks: You may notice that I used a lot of the same products as in yesterday's look. I wanted to show that you can achieve two dramatically different looks while using the same core products but switching up key elements i.e. eye shadow, liner, and lip colour.

The trick with using a dramatic, matte eyeshadow is to make sure you use a good quality eyeshadow primer. This creates a good, even surface and allows you to apply the colour evenly. I would also recommend using a good blending brush (like this one from MAC) to feather the colour after your initial application. Typically, I would recommend blending in two or more other eye colours to tone down a bold green, but I didn't want to muddy up the bright colour by mixing this time. 

If you're pale like me, make sure you use a nude lip pencil to outline and slightly shade your lips before applying nude lipstick or gloss. Failing this, you risk looking zombie-esque.

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