This One-Trick Pony Broke Away From Browns Today and Swapped Them for Mauve #FOTD

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I have a horrible habit of only wearing browny/goldy/bronzey eyeshadow.

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I’m kind of a one-trick pony when it comes to that.

But it’s good to break out of your routine every now and then, so I decided to try using some mauve and taupe shades, and I loved it!

Obviously, I’ve used mauve and taupe before, but I just forgot how pretty they can look! I was super happy with how this look turned out, so I thought I would document it and share the products I used.

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation has crawled its way back into my heart. I always do this — I rediscover things and wonder why on earth I ever stopped using them! Sheer Glow gives such a flawless look to the skin without looking like heavy makeup.

Nars Sheer Glow in Monte Blanc

NARS Sheer Glow in Monte Blanc

Under my eyes, I used Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, of course, because it’s the only concealer I ever use these days. It’s literally the best concealer I’ve ever used.

I’m pretty sure I’ve blabbed about it a lot before, so I’ll keep it short today. It’s lightweight, lovely and covers everything I need it to without going cakey. I use it to conceal under my eyes and to highlight my cheekbones, nose, chin and center of my forehead.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral

Because I am so ghostly white at the moment, bronzer is a definite necessity to keep me from looking dead these days. There’s a lot of bronzers that I love to use, but Benefit Hoola has to be one of my favorites. I love that its matte and pigmented and adds natural-looking color to the skin. I dust it all over the high points of my face with a big fluffy brush to mimic a tan, and I also contour a little with it as well.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

All of you listen up! — there is no reason that you should not own Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. It’s uh-may-zing. The color is perfect, and so is the glowy finish. It goes on smoothly and looks like a dream.

When my mom asked for a blush recommendation, this is the one I got for her. I think it looks fresh and perfect on everyone! For this look I dusted it on the apples of my cheeks and back towards my temples to brighten everything up a bit.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

I’ve been going a little highlighter crazy lately because I’m one of those people who loves to look like she’s bathed in highlighter. My favorite products for doing that have been anything from Becca. Today I used Becca’s Champagne Pop. It’s a gorgeous champagne color (obviously) with golden undertones. I used a fan brush to dust it all over the tops of my cheekbones and pretty much the rest of my face as well.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

Look at that glooooowww!!!

Like I mentioned at the start, today’s eyes were all about mauves and taupes for me, so I decided to go with my well-loved Lorac Pro Palette.

Using a blending brush, I buffed the shade called Mauve all over my lid and up into my crease, and I went in with several layers to make sure everything was blended and opaque.

Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette

From left to right: Mauve, and

From left to right: Mauve, and Pewter

Next, using the same brush, I put Pewter on the outer half of the lid and into the outer corners, and also buffed it into the lower lashline. That’s all I did, and I think it turned out to be a super pretty eye look! Obviously, I also added winged liner, because it wouldn’t be a normal day if I hadn’t!

Eye look using Lorac Pro Palette

Eye look using Lorac Pro Palette

Since letting my eyelash extensions fall out, I’ve been having some fun playing around with mascara again. My champion mascara has been Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, which was brought back out. It’s just so great at giving you massive lashes without any clumping.

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Because it’s sort of a shock going from eyelash extensions back to your normal lashes, I also put on some individual false lashes, so I didn’t feel quite as sad about it.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I’m glad I tried something new today. It put me back in the mood to play around more with my makeup! So long, makeup rut!

I’m curious, what’s your favorite eyeshadow palette? I have a bunch already, but I’m starting to feel that itch for something new!

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Jen Clark


Hi, beautiful! I’m Jen from Jen Leigh Beauty. Now, rather than just talking to myself about makeup, I write it down in a blog. Besides being madly in love with anything I can smear on my face (and sharing pics on Instagram), I’m more in love with my hunky husband, my sweet 2-year-old, and my fluffy fur baby. Thank goodness they put up with the madness, because I love chatting about my favorite things with people who understand the addiction.

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  1. Chris says:

    Very pretty! Love that you’re still rocking the watercolor nails, too.
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  2. Susan says:

    Pretty! My looks rotate between some shade of beige/brown/bronze, some shade of purple/mauve, and occasionally select shades of green. I have a GWP palette from Clinique with this amazing mauve shadow that looks beautiful on. My favorite palette(s) are all Bobbi Brown – Telluride, which has a perfect blend of mauve & rose colors for me, her Sand Tortoise Shell palette from a few summers ago, and the Smokey Nudes palette. Although all are LE, Telluride is still available online at Nordstrom. You might find the other two at a Cosmetic Company store, if you have one near you.

  3. I don’t really like palettes that much, so I don’t have a favorite one. But I love mauve, and it looks amazing in you.
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  4. Eesha says:

    Lovely look Jen! If you like mauves and cool tones eye shadows try Chanel Tisse Rivoli quad, I am sure you will love it! 🙂
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  5. You’re so pretty! I really like the Hoola bronzer. And you’re right, Luminoso looks really lovely.
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  6. Lauren says:

    The top pic looks like my daily makeup items…kinda made me look twice! Beautiful look, Jen!

  7. Deanna says:

    I think the purple-ly tones in the Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette would look beautiful with your eye color. Love that concealer! I might have to FINALLY pick up that blush next time I’m at CVS.

  8. denise S says:

    I love Milani’s Luminoso blush it goes with pretty much everything and is a great bargain. It’s so good to see a well worn palette!! I have the Lorac one and like it but haven’t made a dent because I own so many palettes. Urban Decay’s Naked 1 is still my favorite. But I’m really enjoying my Viseart palettes a lot! I own 4 of them and they are great especially Bridal and Boheme.

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