Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Day EOTD: Hollywood Glow

Here is my third Valentine's Day EOTD for you makeup lovers! Today I wanted to do something softer and easier for anyone that prefers less ostentatious looks than the 2 prior ones I posted. I can go either way. I don't mind wearing super bright or dark colors, but I also don't mind wearing a softer look or a neutral eye. Wherever the mood takes me, I follow! I named this look Hollywood Glow because shape-wise I did more of a 1950s/1960s "bedroom eyes" type look--similar to the eye look Marilyn Monroe was famous for sporting. Love her, by the way. I chose colors that complemented my complexion and gave me more natural looking shadows and glow. I wanted this look to be super soft so I really blended everything out, with the exception of the winged liner on top. Personally, I find this type of look to be the most sultry.

For some reason this look photographed a teeny bit lighter than it was in person, but not by much.

In this view from below you can see how deeply colored the crease was, but I made sure to really blend the crease color out and up so that it was a soft, gradual shadow rather than a more defined, march one. From this angle the top of the crease looks more defined that it actually was--as you can see in the pictures above and below.

I love these lashes, it's actually the first time I've used them even though I've had them for a long time! They're Faux Bianca falsies, which have a mix of black and brown lashes. This combination really gives these lashes a soft, natural look so I thought they'd really complement this look--I love them! I also want to point out that I didn't completely line my lower waterline. Because my eyes are so almond shaped and my liner on top was a little heavy, I wanted to make sure I didn't weigh down my eyes so I opened them up by a bit by only lining the outer portion of my lower waterline.

What I used:
  • Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer (patted over lid and below eye)
  • Make Up For Ever #152 shadow (patted over lid; blended into inner corner and below eye; swept just below arch of brow)
  • Fresh shadow in Mission Fig (blended heavily into crease, then softly blended up towards brow)
  • Make Up For Ever #126 (blended into edge of Mission Fig towards and pulled up towards brow)
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes liner 0L (tightlined upper waterline and tightlined outer portion of lower waterline)
  • Sugarpill Bulletproof pressed shadow (lined upper lashline and winged out the outer corner)
  • Boots Botanics Exceptional Definition mascara (I'm really digging this mascara lately! I wish it came in waterproof as well, that would be amazing)
  • Faux lashes in Bianca (fixed to eye using Duo lash glue)
I want to point out that I've owned the Fresh eye shadow I used above for 3 or 4 years and I haven't seen Fresh shadows for sale in a long time. I looked on Fresh's site and I didn't see any shadows, but I saw their bronzing and illuminating face palettes and I think I may be in love! I need to try them! I have a Fresh makeup brush that I love as well that I don't see available anywhere, I wish they'd bring those back.

Complementary Product Suggestions

Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Strawberry 
I previously reviewed this in one of my Drugstore Friday posts (see original review HERE). I wanted to use something kind of bright with a hint of sparkle, so I pulled out this lip gloss. With a soft look like this, I wanted a pop of color a bit on the sophisticated side, but not super overpowering. I think that if you wanted to do a deeper or brighter red lip it would look fine as well! I purchased this lip gloss a while back, but I'm fairly sure this color is still available. These glosses retail for around $7.49 each, but every time I've gone into the drugstore lately Revlon has been on sale so you may be able to get it for less! When I originally purchased mine I got 2 for BOGO 50% off.

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer
This is one of my favorite bronzers when I want to use something with some shimmer. I like that it has the 2 colors, though I usually swirl the 2 together. I think for someone with a fairer complexion the 2 colors could be great as you'd be able to pick and choose how deep you wanted your bronzer and you could adjust it as the spring/summer went on. I wanted to give myself a little bit of a glow to complement this eye look--let's face it, it's February in the Northeast so I'm as light as I get--so I grabbed for this and dusted it gently on. I have used the darker color for contouring in the past, but I find that it's a tad more shimmery than I like my contour color to be. If you don't mind a bit of shimmer in your contour then this is definitely a great option. I've been dying to try Too Faced's Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder because it looks like it's exactly what I like for contouring--matte and just the right shade of brown. If I get my hands on it I'll do a comparison post between that one and this one. Sun Bunny is available on Too Faced's site and retails for $29. I'm not sure why mine has a black compact and the one on the site is a bronze color, but perhaps it's because I got it in a Too Faced set? Either way, it's the same as the one on the site minus the packaging.

   What do you think of this look? Would you wear it?


  1. any reason you don't show your entire face? Just wondering =)

    1. Hahaha there are a few reasons. The eye looks I do are detailed and require macro shots, which can take time to get. Also, I am hooooorrible at taking face shots of myself, but can usually get a decent eye shot! And since I'm such a perfectionist and eye makeup is my absolute obsession, I can't handle posting a pic that looks warped ;) I have a very busy schedule from day to day so between doing my makeup, getting a few decent shots, editing and posting, I just don't often have the time to try to get face shots, too. The headshot in my blog header was a miraculous event! I'm hoping to do tutes later this year though, which will make taking pics a non-issue.


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