I don’t follow any hard-and-fast rules about wearing colorful eyeshadow during the day, but if I do have many errands to run or expect to interact with lots of different people like I did today — the teller at the bank, the chatty checker at Tar-ghay, other personal assistants at Petco — then I like to keep whatever colors I’m feeling fairly close to my lash lines. That way I can get my color fix on without feeling like I’m wearing a ton of disco makeup on my eyes. Plus, it’s easy (and you know I like that).
Today I was in the mood for green and grabbed the pricey new $88 (!) Giorgio Armani Face & Eye Palette in Scarabeo, one of two new Giorgio Armani palettes released for fall.
I know. That price is insane! You kind of have to be a big Armani fan to even consider it.
With really expensive palettes like this two-tier one from Armani (the shadows are on a level beneath the blush), I usually prefer neutrals, because at least that way you can wear them daily to try to get your money’s worth.
Scarabeo, with its shimmery sheer pink blush and three shimmery eyeshadows (a dark olive green, jade green and a sea foam green), is definitely flashy and not exactly neutral, but I think its colors are still flexible enough for everyday wear (or maybe a few times a week, doing something like I’ve got going on here).
I layered the olive green shadow beneath the jade green, then swept a golden brown matte eyeshadow (you could also use your bronzer or blush for this step) into the crease. Coupled with black liner on the water lines and a couple coats of mascara, and you’ve got a colorful daytime look that isn’t too “out there.”
You could also wear any one of these greens by itself, just as easily as layering a combination of them together.
Armani is expensive, even their makeup, but they do not skimp on quality — zero fallout (not even with the darkest shade), smooth textures, and color that lasts all day.
As for the blush? Interesting… On my tan skin, I get a wash of pink and soft luminescence from the shimmer. Even when I accidentally overdo it and pack too much on, my pores are never like, “OH, HAI!”
Armani’s great like that.
While undeniably, unfathomably expensive, these products are fab, especially if you adore greens, and/or have brown eyes (the greens look great with ‘em).
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Armani counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (beautiful and pretty useful, but dayum! — so expensive)
And as usual…
I’m packing at the last minute!
I leave for Kauai first thing tomorrow morning. Right now I’m filling lots of tiny little sample jars with different skincare and bath products. Seriously, those things save my butt every time I travel.
How’s it going over there? I hope you had a good day.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,