Urban Decay FOTD – Last Call

Yes, it’s been quite a while since I posted a blog about makeup. I’ve been busy talking about music and other fun things, but I decided to go back to beauty for a minute. First of all, FOTD=Face of the Day, for those of you who are new to the makeup lingo!

So…I’ve been “collecting” Urban Decay palettes for the past year or so. So far, I have the Rollergirl, I ♥ NYC, Naked, 15th Anniversary and Book of Shadows IV palettes. I probably get the most mileage out of the Naked palette, a collection of neutrals that can be toned down for daytime, or glammed up for nighttime wear. I tried hard not to get sucked into the Urban Decay palettes, because a few years ago, I was told by a Sephora employee that UD was for “really young” people, and at first I agreed with her. But after seeing a bunch of YouTube makeup gurus work some fabulous looks for even an “old” 40-something like me, I decided to give them a try. However, I never seemed to find the right color combinations for my traditional looks. So what did I do? Changed some of my traditions! I saw a great tutorial the other day from one of my favorite MUAs (MakeUp Artist), BeatFace Honey, who used a beautiful UD shade from the 15th Anniversary Palette – a beautiful teal called Deep End – and she dampened the brush before applying the color. WOW!! What a difference that technique made on the color payoff. Now this is not a new technique, but I see what a difference it makes on the bold shimmery Urban Decay shades, especially for my skintone. Now I know the trick!

Having said that, I decided to play with another UD color and wore it to church today. Since I was wearing a simple black and white dress, I decided to add a ‘pop of color’ (although I really dislike that overused phrase! lol). If you have any questions about the products or technique, or if you would like to see a video of how I achieved this look, feel free to post a comment. Here are the pictures and products I used. Enjoy!

FACE:

MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural – Deep

MAC Eyebrow pencil – Spiked

MAC Studio Finish concealer – NW45

EYES:

MAC Paint Pot – Groundwork (lid primer)

Urban Decay (I ♥ NYC Palette) – Last Call (lid)

Urban Decay (I ♥ NYC Palette) – Uzi (inner corner)

Urban Decay (I ♥ NYC Palette) – Maui Wowie (brow highlight)

L’Oreal HIP Duo – Brazen (dark brown shade as transition color)

Revlon ColorStay™ Liquid Eye Pen – Blackest Black (upper lash line)

L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil eyeliner – Carbon Black (lower lash line and waterline)

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes – Blackest Black

CHEEKS:

NARS Blush – Albatross (cheek highlight)

Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder – Afterglow

LIPS:

MAC Lipglass – All of My Purple Life (not shown in face shots, but here’s what it looks like… )

The finished face!!

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Fall FOTD – Gilt by Association

Fall is here! My favorite time of year. I love the cool crisp days, and the sound of leaves crunching under foot. What I am really loving this fall are the strong brows and jewel-toned makeup looks that are in season this year. Today I wore one of what will be my two favorite fall faces for work (and play!), using MAC Gilt by Association from the old Style Black collection. I finally figured out how to wear it in a way that works for me. I know, it took me long enough, right?

Here are the pictures and products I used. Enjoy!

FACE:

CoverGirl Natureluxe Liquid Silk Foundation – Brazilnut

IMAN Second to None Semi-Loose Powder – Earth 3

EYES:

L’Oreal HIP Creme Eyeliner – Black (lid primer)

MAC Mineralized Eye Shadow – Gilt by Association (lid)

L’Oreal HIP Duo – Brazen (dark brown shade as transition color)

MAC e/s – Arena (highlight)

MAC Eyebrow pencil – Spiked

MAC Fluidline e/l – Blacktrack (upper lash line)

L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil e/l – Carbon Black (lower lash line)

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes – Blackest Black

CHEEKS:

NARS Blush – Albatross (cheek highlight)

NARS Blush – Exhibit A (main cheek color)

LIPS:

MAC Lipglass – All of My Purple Life

     

Pearly Blue FOTD

I very rarely post a FOTD (Face of the Day), but I felt inspired. I recently posted my video showing off my amazing makeup prizes from the BeautyThesis contest I won a few weeks ago. In that package was a beautiful Stila “Precious Pearl” palette.

Stila Precious Pearl Palette-cover



Here are the products I used:

FACE:

Sephora Primer

CoverGirl Natureluxe Liquid Foundation (Brazilnut)

Iman Second to None Semi-Loose Powder (Earth 3)

EYES:

MAC Brow Pencil (Spiked)

MAC Fluidline gel liner (Blacktrack) – upper lash line

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes (Blackest Black)

Stila Precious Pearl Palette (Beige-Gold and Deep Blue colors) – inner lid/outer lid

MAC shadows (Saddle, Carbon) – transition/outer corner

Urban Decay 24/7 liner (black) – lower lash line

CHEEKS:

MAC Blush (Sweet as Cocoa)

LIPS:

MAC Liner (Chestnut)

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss (Nude Lustre) – great dupe for NARS Lipgloss in Giza, by the way

Hope you like the look!