It’s been a while since I’ve felt a look came out a failure. It’s not terrible but it wasn’t what I intended to do. What I had in mind was based on some flowers with a purplish pink center that faded into a delicate and striking cobalt blue around the edges.
I started out planning to only use the Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette. I wanted to keep it simple and stick to a single palette but a few shades into it, I wasn’t getting the color payoff or the tones I was really looking for. The main problem is that there isn’t enough blue in the UD palette.
To add some richer tones of blue into the look, I ended up bringing in my NYX Vivid Brights Liner in Vivid Sapphire and the ColourPop Blue Moon Palette. I’ve been trying to point out in videos and in writing where I place the shades I use but in this look, I layered shades from both palettes on top of each other. This threw off the way I usually put content together.
- Alter Ego Eyeshadow Primer
- NYX Eyeshadow Base in White (center of lid, underneath the pink shade)
- Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette
- Warning (center of lid/crease)
- Cyber Punk (outer lid/crease, outer lower lashline)
- Euphoric (used sort of as a transition shade on the very outer edges of Cyber Punk, also on inner lower lashline)
- ColourPop Blue Moon Palette
- Lumi (inner corner)
- Da Ba Dee (under inner part of brow)
- Fine China (outer crease)
- Billie Jean (over top Euphoric on inner lower lashline)
- ColourPop Creme Gel Liner in Prance
- NYX Vivid Brights Liner in Vivid Sapphire
- ABH Brow Pen
- Viseart Brow Palette
- CG Lash Exact Mascara
I used the NYX liner just as a typical winged liner and it kind of went as expected. I was able to get a crisp edge at the tail of the line but the product dried pretty quickly on the brush so I had to go back into the container several times to pick up more color. I got liner on my lashes a ton and ended up having to pick it off. Maybe I’ll try this style again with a separate brush and see if it goes any better.
I reviewed the Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette last year, if you want a bit more info on it. Its a pretty palette to look at but what you see in the pans is not necessarily what you get when you actually apply the colors. Because the shades are sheer, I don’t get much differentiation between shades. The three shades I used look different enough in the pans but on the eye they weren’t as obvious to tell apart.
The Blue Moon palette definitely helped add some more impact to this look. The shades I used gave me decent color payoff pretty quickly.
- Smashbox Primerizer
- Nars Soft Matte Complete Foundation
- Benefit Erase Paste
- Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
- Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
- Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
I love this foundation. LOVE. Haven’t used it for a long time because I know I like it and I have others I wanted to get more use out of. The color is perfect and it has coverage almost like a concealer. It can be dry looking though which is why I used the Smashbox Primerizer underneath it.
I decided to keep on using the Nars powder to see how it works with other products. The foundation I used is a matte finish and it generally stays matte for a while so I was curious to see how the powder would do over it. I expected it to maintain its finish for longer. I ended up adding more powder several times as I was doing this look. Not the best if you like to keep shine away.
- LA Girl Just Blushing Blush in Just Because
- Physicians Formula Butter Blush in Rosy Pink
- Too Faced Diamond Light Highlighter
- Sleek Makeup Distorted Dreams Highlighting Palette (center shade)
- Fenty Slip Shine Lipstick in Vamps Who Brunch
This is the darkest shade in this line and it can be streaky if I apply it straight from the tube. I used a brush to get a more even application.