stay frosty |stā ˈfrôstē|
1 A phrase which has come to mean “be cool,” but which more properly understood is an admonishment to stay alert and on one’s toes : stay frosty, and man the barricades!
2 What Urban Decay wants people who wear their new eyeshadow colors to do : Urban Decay wants us to stay frosty and look hawt.
So I’m kinda lovin’ on Urban Decay’s new eyeshadow colors, but WOW! — they sure are frosty.
Freelove, Woodstock, Psychedelic Sister, Haight, Dashiki and Aquarius launched exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com last month ($17 each), and they have everything UD lovers (like moi) adore about the line — smooth textures, playful pigments and insane color payoff — along with a whole lotta frost.
While I love a good frosty shadow, they aren’t always the easiest products to wear. Go even a tad overboard with them (been there, done that), and they can look heavy on the skin and highlight fine lines and wrinkles.
Clockwise from lower left: Psychedelic Sister, Haight, Woodstick, Freelove, Dashiki, Aquarius
Swatches from left: Haight, Woodstock, Freelove
Swatches from left: Psychedelic Sister, Aquarius, Dashiki
Despite that caveat, frosts have one may-jah thing going for ‘em: they’re great at making eyes look larger than life!
They reflect a lot of light, essentially acting as big spotlights that direct attention wherever they’ve been applied, and it makes them a great tool to play up different parts of the eye.
NOTE: Matte finishes tend to have the opposite effect, making wherever they’re applied appear to recede into the background.
When I’m trying to make my eyes look larger with a frosty shadow, I like to start by lining my upper lash line with a white eyeliner, and then I’ll lightly smudge and soften the edges with a pencil brush like the MAC 219.
The white liner acts something like an eyeshadow base, latching on to the frosty eyeshadow and intensifying it, essentially turning on the spotlight effect.
Then, with a shadow brush like the MAC 239, I’ll pat a frosty eyeshadow directly on top of the liner and over the entire eyelid. A matte shadow in the crease can really make the frosty top pop (by giving the look some depth), so I’ll apply one with a crease brush like the MAC 217. I’ll usually use some sort of neutral, but you could always use a matte in a color that complements the frosty shadow you chose.
With the same brush, I’ll further open the eye by highlighting the brow bone with a lighter frosty shade. For better definition and to create the look of thicker lashes, I’ll finish by drawing a very thin line with eyeliner along my lash line, taking care to not cover the lid area.
How do you feel about eyeshadows with frosty finishes? Are you a fan?
TGIF, girls. Do you have plans tonight? I’d like to go to a movie if I can get my shizz together in time. I think I might see Letters to Juliet… I’m in the mood for a frothy chick flick, and it sounds like it would do well in that capacity, ha!
Hopefully I can sneak in a run beforehand so I can load up on popcorn, sans guilt.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,