In my last post, I promised to share the makeup I wore to the Alessia Cara concert and here is that promised post. I didn't do anything massively different for my face so we'll gloss over that in this post (if you do want details just ask me in a comment and I'll reply forthwith), for now let's focus on the eyes. I planned to wear a grey dress from Missguided with a metal zip detail so I wanted an eye look to compliment that. For this makeup look, I broke out two of my favourite palettes, The Too Faced Matte Eye palette £22 (on the right - £2.40 per shadow) and Too Faced Naked Eyes palette £26 (on the left - £2.80 per shadow). These are pretty old-school palettes, you can see they have the old cardboard packaging and not the tin packaging that is more popular with their current palettes, but don't be fooled the quality of these shadows are superb and the shade range is perfect for creating a diverse amount of looks. I also think many of the colours you see above are shadows you see in the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette (£38.50 - £3.30 per shadow), so dupe alert, I would still consider Too Faced Cosmetics as high end, but the price comparison is still significant, although you do get more shadows in the Urban Decay palette.
I primed my eyes with my Too Faced Shadow Insurance (£15), and set it with In the Buff and used a mixture of Pillow Talk and Like a Virgin from the Naked Eye palette as my transition shade, working it into the crease with a fluffy brush. For the main lid colour I chose Pebble (a cool toned grey-blue shade), from the Matte Eye palette and packed this on with a flat brush all over the mobile lid. I really wanted to add some intensity and smokiness so I worked Midnight (a deep matte grey from the matte eye palette) into the outer v of the eye and a little into the lash line. I then layered Unmentionables (from the Naked Eye palette, which is really just a shimmery version of Midnight) over Pebble to make the colour more intense. Finally, I added Stiletto (a matte black) to the lash line and the outer v making it a real smoky eye., and then used Midnight in the crease to blend out the edges. Velveteen Bunny acted as my brow bone highlight and inner corner highlight. I used Stiletto on a flat brush and pushed it into my top waterline to make my lashes appear thicker. For mascara I used the Urban Decay Perversion mascara, a great mascara to add drama to your lashes which is exactly what you want with a smoky eye. You don't want your lashes to get lost in the smoky haze of your lids. To complete the look, I used Pebble and Midnight on my lower lash line to balance the top and bottom of my eyes.
I know this is a relatively long post for just the eyes, but smoky eyes can go horribly wrong. For me, it is best to start slow with the less crazy colours and that way you can blend your way through achieving the desired look so your end result is exactly how you want it. I loved the gradient smoky eye I was faced with at the end, and I wish I could have taken a few photos but the ones I did take I somehow deleted to make room for photos of my cousin's wedding (future post alert!). Sorry about it.
I hope you enjoyed this journey into cool toned matte smoky eyes with me, I generally steer away from cool-toned eyeshadows as they aren't really suited to my Indian skin and brown eyes but sometimes when you venture a little out of your comfort zone you can be surprised and pleased by the results. What makeup looks do you tend to steer away from? Let me know in the comments. This makeup lasted all night long, we returned home at midnight and it was still pretty pristine. Thank you for reading, and please take the time to comment. It means the world to me. Take care.