Makeup Haul

Here’s a collective makeup haul from the past few months! Enjoy! x

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  1. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Video Star, Girlfriend, & Material Girl (You already know how obsessed I am with these, so adding more to my collection was a must!)
  2. Huda Beauty Lip Contour in Trendsetter (This is an Instagram staple!)
  3. Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Psycho & Big Bang (I loved how it swatches on my arms!)
  4. NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick in Miami Nights (OBSESSING.)
  5. NYX Epic Ink Lip Dye in Heartbreaker (One of my favourite stains.)
  6. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Paris (I’m loving bright pinks this summer & this is a must have!)
  7. NYX Matte Lipstick in Bloody Mary (Can’t have enough red lippies!)
  8. Bumble and Bumble All Style Blow Dry (My hair cannot survive without this!)
  9. Becca Cosmetics x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette (OMG. Review soon.)
  10. Sephora Collection Eyeconic Eye Brush Set (Couldn’t resist the price!)
  11. Urban Decay’s Naked Heat Palette (Fuego. literally!)
  12. Urban Decay’s Shape Shifter in Medium/Dark (My need to look like Kim K is so real sometimes,)
  13. MACxTarajiPHenson Viva Glam (I try to purchase majority of these because it’s such an amazing cause!)
  14. NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic (So gorgeous!)

xo,

S

How To Get The Perfect Smoky Eye!

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I love this classic look that Eva Longoria is rocking here. The smoky eye paired with a nude lip does wonders for her. This look is so trendy and classic that it will never go out of style. Once you’ve mastered the method, you can play around with different colours. Below you will find a series of steps to achieve this look along with some of my favourite products.

Happy recreating this make up look Dolls! x

The Smoky Eyes

  1. Prime eyes with your favourite eye primer. (I cannot live without Urban Decay’s 24/7 primer potion).
  2. Apply your favourite soft silver eye shadow all over your lids.
  3. Line upper lash line with a black liner. It doesn’t have to be perfect but make sure you apply generously. This one is my favourite for smokey eyes because it’s waterproof and comes with a smudge tip on the other end!
  4. Take a clean liner brush and start smudging the line you just created (in slow small circular motions). Once at the outer corner of the eye, make a backwards “C” into the crease line, stopping mid way on the lid.
  5. Take your favourite charcoal shadow (if you’re feeling bold go with a dark matte black), and with a crease brush apply to your outer corner of your eye (the curved part of the backwards C) stopping at the middle.
  6. Keep blending until harsh lines are gone.
  7. Take the same Black eyeliner and apply to the bottom lash line (including the water line).
  8. Take the same liner brush used before, and smudge out the bottom lash line so that the line is a lot softer; join with the top lash line you drew (the outer corner where it ends)
  9. Take a highlight colour (why not Shroom by MAC?) and apply to the brow bone.
  10. Take a clean crease brush and blend so that there are no harsh lines.
  11. Apply a volumizing mascara to finish the look (if you want you can apply false eye lashes); My favourite mascara for a smoky eye look is this one.
  12. Fill in eye brows as you would normally do.
  13. If there is fall out around the eye, take a tissue paper and wipe it off.

Face 

  1. Apply your favourite foundation primer. This one is my fav!
  2. Apply a brightening under eye concealer and blend (why not the Maybelline under eye concealer?)
  3. Follow with your favourite foundation routine; use a concealer to cover any blemishes or inperfections.
  4. Apply mauvey pink blush on the apples of the cheek like Eva. My favourite one is Flush by Tarte. Tap lightly for a faded flush.

Lips

  1. For a natural nude look: use a lip stain that is the same as your lip colour only better. I love Exposed by Tarte because it is matte and has intense longevity.
  2. Apply a pinky nude gloss on top for a sheen. I love this one in either bare naked or bare pink (and it pairs perfectly with the Tarte Lip surgence!)

Finishing touches:

  1. Apply a setting powder first and then setting spray so nothing budges! I love the Urban Decay All nighter spray and Makeup forever’s HD setting powder.

Remember: You can always modify this make up look based on what works best for you. If you are still at a loss, you can invest in a smokey eye palette (what I did when I was first learning how to master this look). Urban Decay has the Naked Smoky Palette which is fantastic for beginners. 

Review: Urban Decay’s Full Spectrum Palette

Happy New Year Dolls! If you didn’t check out my previous blog post, then you can do that by clicking here! Since this is officially the first blog post of 2017, I wanted to start it off with a review because this was one of the main reasons why I had started blogging altogether. As always, you can follow me on all my social media accounts by simply searching Daff Diaries or clicking the links on the right hand side of this page!

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If you’ve been an avid reader of this blog, then you already know how much I love Urban Decay as a brand. They have some of the best eye shadows out there and you will never be disappointed by any of their product launches. So when this palette first came out, like most people, I read the reviews. Now, some reviews were great and some not so much…so I figured why not give this palette a shot!

First Impressions

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I’m what you call a true Urban Decay junkie, mainly because I own practically every palette this company puts out (so loyal UD, you should send me some stuff for the promo :P). Anyways, when I saw this palette at the Urban Decay store, I picked it up merely because it was on sale. I didn’t swatch all the colours. In fact, the only colour I swatched in-store was Calavera (the bright yellow) and it was super pigmented! That alone sold it for me. So when I first swatched everything, I will say there were a few shades that were powdery but by no means was it not pigmented. Yes, UD has had better palettes but this one isn’t AS bad as some people made it seem. I will say that you can’t wear these colours daily (unless you work somewhere that requires you to). But all in all, I was satisfied with what this product was going to offer me. It has a bevy of colours that goes absolutely well with all those South Asian events I attend and I don’t really own a similar palette like this.

Product Application & Swatches

As I mentioned, there were some shades which are a little powdery, but they’re not bad. You have to make sure you use an eyeshadow base with this palette so that you avoid fall out from the powder/glitter. Other than that, you can check out the video posted here to make up your mind about the swatches. I will say this though, you can use these shadows wet and boy, are they extremely pigmented when wet. Like all Urban Decay palettes, the shadows are buttery smooth and glide on to your lids without any sort of issue (with the exception of a few powdery shades). My favourite shades in the palette have to be Blindsided, Metamorphosis and Iced. The other thing I love about this product is the fact that there are 21 eye shadow shades which work on its own or with one another. With 2017 here, I already can sense that one of the biggest trends of this year is going to be the coloured smoky eye and this palette is perfect for that!  The packaging is your typical Urban Decay packaging. It’s got a hefty size mirror and it comes with their dual sided brush (one of my favs). Majority of these shadows are extremely pigmented and I love that the most unconventional colours are one of the best ones in the palette.

Swatch Rating: 8/10 

Product Application Rating: 8/10

Packaging Rating: 10/10

Price & Availability

I bought mine at the Urban Decay store located inside Square One in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. But you can purchase this at Sephora or at any UD retailer for a cool $57 (CDN). I think it’s a steal because it is on sale right now and it’s limited edition!

Final Verdict

Do I think this is a must-have product for every single person out there? No. But do I think this is a great palette for those who love bright colours? Yes, a thousand and 1 percent. I don’t think this palette is bad at all despite having a few powdery shades.The swatches of some of the bright colours are amazing and when used wet, this is one killer palette! If you love colour, you better pick this up ASAP because it is ON SALE right now!

Overall Rating: 8/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

Shopping Diaries: Sephora Haul

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It’s a known fact that I cannot leave a Sephora store without purchasing something (ask anyone that goes shopping with me). This particular haul is a collective haul, consisting of a couple Sephora trips I made in the past few months. These are some things that have been on my “to-get” list for a bit! Enjoy! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & Tumblr. 🙂

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  1. MakeUp Eraser (I saw a demo of this product and I literally fangirled; I’m definitely going to be blogging about this product in the next few weeks, so…be on the lookout!)
  2. Kat Von D’s Lightning Liner in Bach (I swatched this one on a whim and instantly fell in love. This metallic blue is gorgeous and the staying power seems to be amazing, since the colour stayed on my hand for the rest of the day!)
  3. Kat Von D’s Ink! Liner in Dali (I am obsessed with the colour teal and I try way too hard to incorporate it in my daily life. But, this colour swatched beautifully and I already was blown away by the shade Trooper, so I thought why not try this!)
  4. Kat Von D’s Lightning Liner in Ludwig (I have never seen such a gorgeous shade in the form of a liquid liner! I had to pick this up because it was so unique!) 
  5. Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita (This particular lipstick is the reason why I went to Sephora so many times in the past few months. This shade has been sold out for what seems like forever & I finally got my hands on this!)
  6. Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Temper (This shade is beautiful! UD has not yet disappointed me with any of their products, so I had to give this one a try!)
  7. Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bad Blood (I’m pretty sure I only bought this because I love Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood & jamming out to the song with this lipstick on is probably the best thing ever…actually it is…how do I know? I’m doing it right now as I type this post!)
  8. Kat Von D’s Shade+Light Contour Palette (This has been on my list to purchase for a looooong while. Why did it take me this long? No clue. But just from the first impression of this product, I’m in love!)
  9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture World Traveller Eye Shadow Palette (I purchased this on a major whim. I vaguely read about it online and I saw it was a limited edition palette…so I thought might as well give it a try, since I’ve never tried ABH’s eye shadows.)

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Have A Great Day Dolls! x

Makeup Diaries: The Naked Battle

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Before the release of the new Naked Smoky Palette from Urban Decay, I’ve decided to do a little compare and contrast between all the Naked Palettes that I own. Each one of these palettes are unique yet similar to one another. Below, I’ll share a link to my review (click on the title/picture) and who will benefit the most from each one of these palettes. As always, if you’re not following me on my various social media accounts (seriously, why aren’t you yet?!), then give me a follow on these sites: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & Tumblr. 🙂

IMG_2886The Naked Palette

What: This is the original Naked palette, which created quite the frenzy when it first released. I still remember having to return to Sephora a few times before the palette was back in stock. At the time of this palette’s release, there was nothing like this on the market and being Urban Decay, I knew that the shadows would not disappoint.

Who will benefit the most: It’s a warm toned palette but I’ve seen almost every skin tone use this. Each one of these colours are gorgeous on practically anyone. Personally, this being the original Naked palette, I’m sentimental about this one.

How often do I use it: Quite often. If I’m not using just the palette for an eye look, then I’m usually picking out the colours I want to use for a certain eye look.

What I use it for the most: A golden/bronze smoky eye. I find that this palette is really perfect for any sort of smoky eye, whether it’s for a shimmery one or a matte one. Click here for an eye look created using this palette.

Why this should be the palette you purchase: …because this is THE original Naked Palette and honestly, if you have to pick out of all the Naked Palettes, then this really should be the one. It’s the most versatile and the most flattering on any skin tone.

 IMG_3799The Naked 2 Palette

What: This was the much-anticipated second installment of the Naked line of products from Urban Decay. This palette was specifically created to showcase cool toned shadows, which weren’t included in the original palette. Although, there’s a few shadows that were re-included in this palette from the original, it’s still a pretty unique palette. Again, Urban Decay hit it out of the park with this, which features some gorgeous metallics and shimmers.

Who will benefit from this the most: As much as I want to say this palette is made for all skin tones (it is, I mean I use it on my lids and haven’t had an issue), this palette looks the best on lighter skin tones. These shades don’t wash lighter skin tones out and it really does a great job at looking neutral. This doesn’t mean that if you have a darker skin tone, then you should miss out on this. The darker colours, shimmers and metallics will work wonderfully with any skin tone. But as a whole, this one is best for lighter skin toned dolls!

How often do I use it: If I’m being completely honest, not as much as my other Naked Palettes. This is probably because this palette (for my skin tone) isn’t perfect for daily wear. But I do use it for nights out, time to time.

What I use it for the most: Shimmery and metallic eye looks. Also, I have used the shade YDK alone on my lids a lot of times and it looks amazing! Here’s a look I did using this palette.

Why this should be the palette you purchase: …because the quality of the shadows are incredible. If you love cool toned shadows and/or metallic/shimmery shades, then this is the palette for you.

 

IMG_5199 The Naked 3

What: This had to be the palette I was waiting for the most. I’m a huge fan of anything that is rose hued or rose-gold. So, it was a given that I would be purchasing this no matter what the outcome. Again, UD (being the game changers they are) killed it with the third installment of the Naked palette. This palette includes rose hued shadows with a mixture of mattes, shimmers and satins (like the other palettes).

Who will benefit from this the most: Anyone. Honestly, I’ve spoken to anyone and everyone that have used this palette and the verdict is the same: It’s amazing. Although, it’s probably the priciest from the lot, but it really truly is a unique palette that flatters every single skin tone.

How often I use it: A lot. This palette is usually at the top of my bunch. I find that whenever I’m in doubt of what eye look to do, this is the palette I gravitate towards first. This also makes my brown eyes really pop out, so most of the time this is the palette I use for nights out.

What I use it for the most: Everything from a smokey eye to a shimmery eye to even using some of these shadows individually. The shade Nooner is used for almost all my eye looks I wear, as a crease/transition shadow.

Why this should be the palette you purchase:…because have you not seen how pretty the colours are? This palette is super versatile and even with the hefty price, it’s totally worth it. You can transition this palette from day-to-night very easily.

 

IMG_3882The Naked Basics

What: After releasing three installments of the Naked palettes, Urban Decay did something everyone was waiting for (including me). They decided to release a smaller, more compact version of the Naked palette featuring only “basic” matte eye shadows!

Who will benefit from this the most: Anyone who’s obsessed with matte shadows and anyone who needs something subtle for work. This palette works with any skin tone, despite being a more warm toned palette (which is why UD released a cooler and darker toned version of this palette, which I don’t own). Each one of these shades can be used with one another or by itself, which is perfect for the workplace environment.

How often I use it: Every day I am at work. Out of all the Naked palettes, this is the one I use everyday because the colours are not shimmery, they look great on my eyes and they’re matte as well as you can transition your eye look from work-day to party-night!

What I use it for the most: Everything from a subtle smoky eye to a basic brown eye. Sometimes, I just use Venus to highlight my brow area and that’s it. Here’s a look I did using this palette.

Why this should be the palette you purchase: …because it’s an all matte palette that’s super versatile and the size of this palette is perfect for travel!

There you go dolls, hope this guide helps you decide which Naked palette to go purchase! Have a great Sunday Dolls! x

Review: Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette

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If you’ve read my reviews on the Naked palette and the Naked 2 palette, then you’re already aware of how obsessed I am with the “Naked” range of products Urban Decay has put out. After much speculation, Urban Decay decided to put out a third installment of the “Naked” palette, focusing mainly on rose-hued neutrals (which includes mattes, shimmers and glitters). Like the other two palettes, the set up of the Naked 3 palette is the same. This palette is filled with 12 never-before-seen shadows and a double-ended brush. Each of these shadows are infused with UD’s special “pigment infusion system”, which blends ingredients to give you the perfect shadow that is velvety in texture, rich in colour, blends easily and stays on your lids for hours. Like the other palettes, this has been created so that you can create subtle daytime and extravagant nighttime looks. I picked this palette up merely because I was extremely impressed by Urban Decay and the other Naked palettes, plus the colours looked extremely gorgeous!

My Verdict?

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This has to be one of my go-to palettes for situations that start with the question “What the heck will I do with my eyes?”. As always, Urban Decay does not disappoint with this palette at all. First of all, the quality of these shadows are incredible. If you’re an avid reader of this blog, then you already know my obsession with Urban Decay eye shadows and why I love them. They’re seriously one of the best out there. The texture of these shadows are incredibly smooth and super blendable. They’re buttery soft to touch, including the glitters, and it glides on your lids perfectly. Also, there’s no fall out from these shadows. I find that with glittery/shimmery shadows, you have to always be careful when applying because you don’t want the shadow to be all over your cheeks. But with these shadows, I had no problems like that whatsoever. Second of all, the pigmentation of these shadows are amazing! With one swipe, you get a great deal of colour. You can also build the colour up without it looking cakey, which is important for creating specific types of smoky eye looks. The colour selection is also pretty. The rose-hued shades look gorgeous on any skin tone and each of these shadows can be worn alone or with one another. Thirdly, the packaging is super adorable. It’s a metal hinge case, like the Naked 2 palette. It comes with an enormous mirror. Lastly, I love that there’s a good mixture of mattes, shimmers and satins. This makes the palette super versatile and easy to use for transitional makeup looks. All in all, this is one amazing eye shadow palette that I think every makeup addict should own. It sells for $64 (CDN) and includes a double-ended brush (which is seriously the only eye shadow brush I use now) as well as a packet of one week’s supply of 4 different primer potions. I got mine at Sephora but you can pick it up at any Urban Decay retailer!

The Colours

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  1. Strange: Pale matte-satin pink (I use this as a base & highlight for the brow bone)
  2. Dust: Light dusty pink micro glitter (love this in the inner corners of the lids)
  3. Burnout: Light pink shimmer/satin (amazing as a base for a smoky eye, can be paired with any eye shadow)
  4. Limit: Matte dusty rose/mauve (perfect as a transitional colour in the crease)
  5. Buzz: Metallic rose shimmer with silver microglitter (can be used on its own with a dark liner)
  6. Trick: Light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal microsparkle (I love this shade for nights out)
  7. Nooner: Medium pinky-brown matte (I use this shade all the time for my crease no matter what eye look I wear)
  8. Liar: Medium metallic mauve shimmer (this is the perfect base for a dark shimmery smoky eye)
  9. Factory: Pinky brown satin (this is great in the outer corners, perfect for lining the lower lash line)
  10. Mugshot: Metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shimmer (this is one of my favourite colours in the palette because it’s so unique)
  11. Darkside: Deep taupe-mauve satin (perfect for a smoky eye)
  12. Blackheart: Smoky black matte with rosy red microsparkle (this is the best eye shadow UD has put out. Period.)

 Happy Shopping Dolls! x

Pros:

  • Amazing quality of shadows
  • Versatile palette, cute packaging
  • Great longevity on the lids, buttery smooth, blends extremely well
  • Beautiful colours

Cons:

  • None at all

Rating: 10/10 (If you already don’t own this, then what are you waiting for? Seriously, this has to be one of the best eye shadow palettes I own)

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Makeup Diaries: The Purple Haze Eye

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Hey dolls! Remember a little while ago, I had gone to a fashion show and I blogged all about it? If you need a refresher, you can click right here! Well, I wanted to share with you what I wore and what my makeup look was. The purple haze eye look is one of my favourite eye makeup looks to wear. I find that it’s unique, fun and perfect for a night out. Also, it makes my brown eyes pop! Below, I’ve shared with you how to get the Purple Haze eye look, what other makeup products I had on and what I had worn. Have fun recreating this look and remember you can always change things to make it more unique to your own style. Just to let you know that I only used one eye shadow palette for this eye look (The Vice 3 by Urban Decay), but you can definitely find dupes for the eye shadows so that you can recreate it. Lastly, if you aren’t following me on my various social media accounts, then do so (Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest & Instagram). Hope you guys enjoy this look!

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The Purple Haze:

Step 1: Take an eye shadow primer of your choice and apply all over the eyelids, including the lower eyelids and brow bone. I’m using the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original.

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Step 2: With a flat shadow brush, take a light matte pink shadow and apply all over the lids and brow bone (this will be your highlight colour as well). I used the shade “Truth” from the Vice 3 Palette.

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Step 3: Take a bright pink shadow, I used “Alien”, and apply in the first 1/3 of the lids using the same flat shadow brush you used earlier. Focus more in the inner corners of the lid.

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Step 4: Using a bright maroon-purple colour, I used the shade “Alchemy” (which is one of my fav shadows of all time now), apply all over the lid. You want to layer this on top of the two shades you just applied, this will make the colour intense.

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Step 5: Take a grape purple colour, I’m using “Vanity”, and apply again on the eyelid, focusing more in the center. This way the shade “Alchemy” peeks through the inner corner. You can use the same brush you used in step one, since you are building each colour on one another.

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Step 6: With a pencil brush, or any brush that’s pointed, apply the shade “Vanity” to your lower eyelids. Don’t worry about the fall out, you can clean that up once you’re completely done the eye look.

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Step 7: Using a dark purple eye liner, I’m using Tarte’s smoldereyes in Ash Violet, line your upper and lower eyelids, staying close to the lash line. Using a smudger, I made the harsh line a little bit softer.

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Step 8: Take a dark purple eyeshadow, I’m using “Bondage”, and apply to the outer corner of the eyes using a fluffy crease brush. You want to make sure you are blending this dark colour into the bright purple shadows on your lids.

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Step 9: Take a bright purple liner, I used Marc Jacobs’ gel liner in plumage, and line your upper eyelids (where you used the smudged dark liner in step 7).

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Step 10: Take a bright blue liner, I used MAC’s liner in Petrol Blue, and layer that liner on top of the purple liner you used in step 9. This step is up to you, I did it because I wanted a little bit of blue to peep out through my liner and to make my look a bit more unique.

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Step 11: Using a waterproof black eye liner, I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Pervasion, line your waterline.

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Step 12: Apply two coats of mascara to your lashes. I used Tarte’s curler to curl my lashes first and then I applied an eyelash primer (Urban Decay’s Subversion) and then I applied two coats of Diorshow waterproof mascara.

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Step 13: Using your favourite brow liner, fill in your brows. I used Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Wiz.

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Step 14: Take a CLEAN crease brush and make sure to run it through your crease blending out any harsh lines. Make sure to clean up any fall out.

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Now that you are done the eyes, you are good to go to finish the rest of your face!

Here’s what I paired this eye look with:

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Foundation Primer: Mixture of Smashbox’s Colour Correcting primer and MAC’s Prep+Prime in Natural Radiance.

Foundation+Concealer: Make Up Forever’s HD foundation and I set it with MAC’s Mineralize SkinFinish foundation to give it a more natural feel. For concealer, I used MAC’s mineralize concealer. I used my beauty blender to apply all of these for a flawless finish.

Blush+Contour: I used a blush from Tarte’s Christmas Blush Palette, it’s the one on the far right. As for contouring, I used Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Contour Kit in Medium to Tan.

Eyes: See Above!

Lips: Nars’ Audacious Lipstick in Audrey

Setting Powder+Spray: Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup setting spray and Makeup Forever’s HD setting powder.

Here’s the outfit I wore

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Have a great time recreating this look dolls and have a great day! x