Haaay, homeskillet. How goes it? I’m a little stunned that it’s actually Friday. This week flew by so fast, didn’t it? No complaints here, though.
I’m excited because I have a pre-birthday spa appointment scheduled for tomorrow in which I hope to take/have my very first mud bath. Yup, we’ll see how it goes…whether it turns out to be gross or cool (because there’s a fine line, right?). Wish me luck!
This morning I wanted to experiment a little more with Smashbox’s Eye Illusion.
What is Smashbox Eye Illusion?
It’s a compact with a trio of sheer, iridescent eyeshadows in blue, gold and pink. When layered on top of other eyeshadows and liners, the colors alter the original hues and impart a subtle sheen/shine. Price: $28.
Today I gave it a try with what would have been a plain jane daytime smokey purple eye, shooting for something a little more exciting and special.
I started by priming my lids with a base of Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden (a matte nude), following it up with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Rockstar (a deep plummy purple) applied to the waterlines, lid and just barely into the crease.
Where’s the waterline?
The waterline is the small 2mm (or thereabouts) strip of skin that extends from where the eyelashes sprout from the eyelid toward the eye itself, and it exists on both the top and bottom eyelids.
Then, with the MAC 217 (or any other fluffy domed eyeshadow brush), I smudged out the edges, drawing the liner into the crease and feathering out in a gradient of color.
Now here’s where it gets cool
With the blue and gold shades from Eye Illusion, I took Rockstar to the next level. Using the same eyeshadow brush, I swept the blue iridescent shade from the trio directly on top of the purple liner, all the way up to the brow bone.
Then, with the MAC 219 pencil brush, I smudged the gold along the lower lash line.
There it is! An easy look with just enough drama for a lunch date.
Colors used in this look from left: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Rockstar, Smashbox Eye Illusion in blue sheen, Smashbox Eye Illusion in gold sheen, Urban Decay Blush in Hookup (from the Face Case palette), Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick in Sweet, Smashbox Lip Enhancing gloss in Protege
You absolutely wouldn’t have to use the same products I did here to get the same basic effect. You could even dupe it with a drugstore liner like deep purple Hard Candy Geisha, or you could go with MAC and try something like a MAC Greasepaint Stick or a MAC Pearl Glide Liner. I bet there are quite a few purple cream shadows that would also work, too.
One more thing for the bargain huntresses — MBB readers Natasha, Beth and Vonvon (thanks, ladies!) suggested a dupe for Eye Illusion itself, a budget alternative by E.L. F. called Eye Transformer, and instead of three shades it comes with four! For a mere $3!
Hope your Friday’s chugging along. Let me know what you’re up to!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,