This year’s fall makeup collections have begun to trickle in, and the one I’m spending quality time with today is Smashbox’s new Reign ($19-48/item).
Inspired by England’s Tudor period (circa 1485-1603), a time that encompassed Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, the eight pieces feature shades of berry, peach, plum, black and champagne.
Smashbox Reign Eyeshadow Palette in Majesty ($42), Lip Gloss in Crowned ($22)
For today’s 4-step eye makeup look, I grabbed the Smashbox Reign Majesty Eye Shadow Palette ($42), one of three eye palettes in the collection. It comes with three baked eyeshadows (a champagne, a reddish plum and a black), each with a dollop of matte shadow surrounded by a shimmery version of the same shade.
Top row: shimmery shadows. Bottom row: matte shadows.
I was in the mood to wear something soft today but wasn’t sure if I could make the red shade work for a daytime look — that is, until I discovered that with enough blending the shade looks somewhat reddish brown (!).
Smashbox Reign 4-Step Eye Makeup
- First things first. I grab my MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush and wet the head with a spritz of MAC Fix+ Rose. Applying shadows with a wet brush like this intensifies their color. I load the brush with the shimmery champagne shadow from the Smashbox Reign Magesty Palette and apply it over the entire eyelid and along my lower lash line.
- Next, with a Sonia Kashuk Crease Brush, I apply the red eyeshadow (mixing the matte with the shimmer) from the same palette into my crease, concentrating more of the color toward the outside (closer to the ear), and use a MAC 217 Blending Brush to soften the edges.
- Then, to make the whole look really pop, I apply a mix of the shimmery black and shimmery red shadows with a Sonia Kashuk Angled Eyeshadow Brush, drawing a thick line along the upper lash line and smoothing out the edges with a MAC 217.
- Finally, with the same brush and a mix of the shimmery and matte black shadows, I line the lower line.
Lips and Cheeks
I wanted the cheeks and lips to reflect the same softness as the eye look, so I went with peach. That’s Smashbox Blush Rush in Masterpiece on the apples of my cheeks and a layer of Smashbox Reign Lip Gloss in Crowned on top of MAC Cremestick Liner in Summer Fruit on my lips.
What do you think of the palette? I think that red’s a little tricky, but it seems pretty wearable.
I spotted it at Sephora.com today, but it wasn’t available yet through the Smashbox site.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,