Sunday, January 18, 2015

Look of the Day: Monochomatic Marsala

Pantone named Marsala as the 2015 Color of the Year. Last month just after they announced it, I wrote about how excited I was for this unusual color. You can read it here. I also mentioned how it's not a color I play with very often, but wanted to. Well, I have been playing with it, and really liking it lately. Other than bronze and copper shades on my eyes, I usually stick to cool tones, so this was kind of new for me. I have wanted to experiment with more warm tones, and Marsala was an excellent gateway. I love this look, and it will be flattering on all skin tones. I also mentioned earlier this week how I am currently obsessed with Metallic Eyes, and they worked great as part of this look. I went with a monochromatic look, using a Marsala shade on eyes, cheeks, and lips, and I loved how it turned out. I will list the products I used below. What I did was actually pretty simple, but I loved the way it turned out. This look manages to be understated yet bold at the same time. It's very simple, but it looks so polished and it's quick and easy to do. I am usually uncomfortable in monochromatic looks and think they can end up looking kind of plain, but I felt great in this, and thought it looked far from boring.


I buffed tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation all over my face
I concealed and highlighted with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
then I set that concealer with a combination of the light shades from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit 
then I contoured under my cheekbone, around the forehead and the sides of my nose with Benefit Cosmetics Hoola
I applied BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold to my cheeks above the Hoola
then highlighted above that with my favorite highlighter ever, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighting Powder
and filled in my brows with Hourlgass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil


I patted Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer all over my lid from lashline to brow
then I buffed MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in M650 Cookie into the crease as a transition shade
I packed Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in No.79-Indian Summer all over the lid with a wet brush for extra dimension
then put MAC Texture Eyeshadow in the crease
and Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Snakebite
on the outer corner in a V shape
I lined my upper and lower lashline with Marc Jacobs Highlighner Gel Eye Crayon in Brown(out) 54, creating a wing on the top lashes, and being relatively messy on the lower line because I am going to buff it out with shadow
then buffed out the lower line with a pencil brush and more MAC Texture Eyeshadow
and finished with several coats of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara on the top and bottom lashes


I did not use anything on my lips other than OCC Stained Gloss in Nomad
I love this color!!

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