You know you’re from California when you’re already complaining about the weather after the first rains of the season. You see, I’m a certified weather wimp, and I was over the moon this morning when I looked out the windows and saw blue skies.
Tabs was even happier than I was because it meant he’d be able to go outside again after being cooped up all weekend long, and the first thing we did was go for a nice, long walk.
While he mouth mowed his favorite patch of grass, I gazed up at the sky and thought, “blue…” I know! — I’ll do a blue eye look with maybe a dash of purple to celebrate the day.
Right away I knew I wanted to use the Bobbi Brown Crystal Eye Palette from the Holiday 2010 Collection.
The Bobbi Brown Crystal Eye Palette
She’s the party girl of the release and the brightest of BB’s holiday eye sets, with four fun, shimmery powder shadows in purple, lilac, off-white and teal.
Since I’d already be wearing the palette, I figured I’d go all the way (all the way across the sky) with Bobbi, so I also used her products (a mix from fall and holiday) for my cheeks and lips.
Clockwise from bottom: Bobbi Brown Beauty Rules Palette, Crystal Eye Palette, Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette, Bobbi Brown Kohl Eye Liner in Black
That’s the Crystal Eye Palette and Bobbi’s Kohl Eye Liner in Black from the Black Velvet collection on my eyes, Glitter Lip Gloss in Golden Topaz atop Shimmer Lip Gloss in Paisley Rose (both from the Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette) on my lips, and Pot Rouge in Baby Pink from Bobbi’s Beauty Rules Palette on my cheeks.
Swatches of Bobbi Brown Crystal Eye Palette from left: Metallic Eye Shadow in Amethyst, Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Diamond, Sparkle Eye Shadow in Star, Metallic Eye Shadow in Peacock
Pot Rouge in Baby Pink from the Beauty Rules Palette, Shimmer Lip Gloss in Paisley Rose from the Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette, Glitter Lip Gloss in Golden Topaz from the Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette and Bobbi Brown Kohl Eye Liner in Black
More on the products I used…
I used about three layers for the products in the palette, which is why they turned out fairly bright. For a quieter version of the look, you could do something like a single wash of color on the lid, perhaps with a fluffy domed eye shadow brush like the MAC 217, and then line your lash and water lines with a black eye pencil.
Also, I must say — I really, REALLY dig the Pot Rouge in Baby Pink from the Beauty Rules Palette. Talk about pigment! A little goes a long way, and it’s extremely flexible (très easy to blend), working on either bare skin or atop foundations and powders. No one should put this baby in a corner because, like Jennifer Grey, she’s a star.
A note about the glosses from the Modern Classic Lip & Eye palette: I like how they look in pictures, but they could stand to be more hydrating. After an hour wearing them my lips start to feel dry and uncomfortable.
I’m pretty happy with the overall look, but the next time I do it I think I’ll skip the color on the lower lash line and make the whole effect a little less BAM! Maybe like this it’d work for pictures and parties, but this isn’t exactly a “Honey, I’m running to Target” look, LOL!
How do you feel about bright blue eye shadows? Do/would you wear them in daytime or more so at night?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,