The Basic Smudgy Eye

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I’ve always been jealous of those who can sweep a single shade of shadow over their lids and slap on some eyeliner and have that slightly-grungy but pretty smoky thing going on and lately I’ve been admiring these kinds of looks when I go through the blogs I follow at the very least, thrice-daily. After many attempts and a few accidents, I began to kind of like where I was going with the whole approach, and I wanted to share the results in one of my daily face posts. But as much as I love those kinds of posts (both reading and writing them), I know they can get a bit dull and repetitive and lengthy with my writing style so I decided to try a more focused kind of post. You’ll have to tell me your thoughts… please?

Although I haven’t written a post exclusively on my rediscovery of the cult favourite Maybelline Bad To The Bronze Color Tattoo, I feel like I’ve gone on about it more than a few times in the last little while so this shouldn’t be a shock to see this here. Sometimes I find the taupe tones in the taupe-bronze shade to come off slightly muddy when worn by its lonesome and I’ve remedied this by placing the neutral gold-brown shade, the unique MAC Patina on top of the cream shadow on the lid. I’ve always been a fan of definition on the lash line but along with the liner, I’ve been enjoying taking the shadow underneath the eye with a fairly small brush.

Being someone with errrm ‘bug eyes’, — there’s no better way to put this, I’m afraid —, I have eyes that benefit from the added definition provided by liner and some shading in the outer-v. For eyeliner, I smudged the creamy chocolate brown, Annabelle Smoothliner in Brownie, among both upper and lower lashlines and put my neglected MAC Charcoal Brown shadow to use in the outer corners of my lid. Mascara was applied of course and I’m not going to waste my energy typing which formula I used…

The Result? Laid-back smudgy eyes with enough definition for my liking and an overall no-fuss kind of aesthetic. I know I said this post was going to be shorter and focused on the eyes, but I feel compelled to mention that I’m wearing Bourjois Sweet Cherry Cream Blush on the cheeks and my go-to MAC Patisserie on the lips.

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I must say, I’m pretty pleased with myself, coming out well under 500 words. Are you a fan of the pared-down smudgy eye?

Maggie, x.

Daily Face #3: Minimal Makeup & Dark Lips

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EYES: Maybelline Bad to the Bronze Color Tattoo, Maybelline Copper Chic Quad, L’Oreal Lineur Intense in Carbon Black, MAC Charcoal Brown, Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

FACE: Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, Diorskin Nude Foundation in 011, Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer/Highlighter in Ivory, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light, MAC Harmony Blush, MAC Semi-Precious Pearl MSF, Nars Orgasm Blush

LIPS: Revlon Lacquer Balm in Enticing

I don’t know about you but I’m a go big or go home kind of girl when it comes to makeup. I don’t feel as confident without it on but being without it in public doesn’t bother me and if going out bare-faced means a couple of minutes of sleep, I’ll gladly go out without it. I don’t tend to be one of those girls who has a go-to minimal makeup routine for every time I leave the house or anything but lately I’ve been intrigued by the concept. I’ve always liked the look of the bold lip with minimal makeup that still defines the features and here was my attempt.

When I’m keeping my overall makeup quite subdued (minus the lip), I like to keep my face dewy and natural-looking, although this seems to be my foundation preference overall as of late but it’s even more important when going through major issues with dehydration. When your skin looks as dry, pale and dull as mine does this time of year, a radiant complexion tends to be an essential. I’ve been using Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, underneath the tiniest amount of Diorskin Nude($47) that I can get away with wearing that still offers coverage.  I’m recovering from a stress-induced breakout from last week that has left me with dry marks and scars and I’ve been spot-concealing them with Maybelline Fit Me ($10) because it covers them without emphasizing the dryness.

I’ve returned to my contour of choice, MAC Harmony Blush  — ($25) when I wear anything bold (or wear any makeup in general), adding some shape to the face is essential and this is a staple of mine. I couldn’t decide on what blush to wear, so I reached for the old stand-by, pink-coral Nars Orgasm Blush ($32) and I was feeling looking particularly glowing so out came my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Semi-Precious Pearl (LE – sorry!) for my Thighlighter. The texture of MAC MSFs are really smooth and seem to blend in with the skin and I think the product itself is a gem.

I wore the Maybelline Copper Chic Eyestudio Quad ($10) and after having it for ages I’ve decided I quite like it, although it’s certainly not mind blowing and slightly on the sheerer side. I quickly placed the frosty champagne on the inner lid, the sheer and slightly glittery copper pink on the rest of the lid and put the warm burgundy in the outer v and the lower lashline, blending into the crease. On me at least, I think that a thin and subtle winged liner pairs nicely with a bold lip and of course I used my latest love, L’Oreal Lineur Intense in Carbon Black ($10) along with a generous amount of my favourite mascara — I don’t think I even need to spell it out, do I?

Revlon’s newly launched Lacquer and Matte Balms have been getting lots of press since their release but most tend to gush about the Matte Balms, but I have a Lacquer Balm and I adore it – mentioned hereEnticing is a comfortable to wear, glossy neutral-toned darker red that actually does not cling to the outside of the lip as it fades. It wears for about four hours on the lips with light eating, I’d say. I think it’s a nice festive bold lip, but that might just be my inner need to justify my makeup purchases… If MAC Ruby Woo was less matte and had a baby with MAC Dubonnet, Revlon Lacquer Balm in Enticing ($10-11) would be the offspring. Need I say more?

What did you think of this Daily Face? Have you tried any of these products?