Have you ever fallen into a makeup rut? I remember when I used to work in an office and pretty much wore the same makeup day in and day out. It wasn’t boring to me then because I just thought of it as a professional uniform for my face, but I always made a point to experiment with a wider variety of colours and looks when I could.
Now with all the products I review, it’s rare for me to wear the same look two days in a row. So it’s no exaggeration to say that I surprised myself by wearing this look for almost a solid week. I actually put it together when I was on the fence about buying Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette in Solar Exposure; this was my attempt to see if the shades would be too cool/neutral for me.
This is by no means a dupe look – though I was so pleased with the outcome that I decided against buying the Soleil palette! – I just think it comes reasonably close in terms of overall effect, even though the textures of the individual shadows I used are quite different. For this look, I started with NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia all over the lid, and from my Tartelette Palette I used Power Player in the crease and Bombshell to darken the outer V. I finished up with some Urban Decay Moondust in Cosmic for a little added sparkle.
While I’m usually against cool eyeshadow and ambivalent about neutrals, this look somehow just clicked for me. I didn’t feel washed out or blah in any way, just really pulled-together which came in handy for all the meetings I had lined up that week. And although I’ve since gone back to my experimental ways, this was a happy rut to temporarily fall into – I know I’ll be revisiting it the next time I need a foolproof, polished daytime look and hope it helps anyone else looking for inspiration for something similar!
Face: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation, Cle de Peau Beauté Concealer, Cle de Peau Beauté Loose Powder // Cheeks: Tom Ford Cheek Colour in Ravish // Eyes: NARS Himalia, Tarte Eyeshadow in Power Player & Bombshell from the Tartelette Palette, Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Cosmic, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown // Lips: Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick in Douglas