Face of the Day

fotd: luminous golden taupe

February 8, 2018

Finally, some new blog content!

With all the traveling we’ve been doing, content generation has been really, really tough. Sure, we have travel photos galore, but beauty blogging is a real challenge when you’re on the road with only a tiny bag of basic makeup. But I’m back (for now) and happily reunited with my stash (again), and finally in possession of enough time and energy to crank out looks that require more than 3 minutes of slap-dash finger painting.

Admittedly there WAS some finger-painting involved in the eyeshadow application here, but it was done very carefully…if for now other reason that the fact that I legitimately terrible at applying/blending out cream eyeshadow with my fingers. Thankfully I am more adept at blending out mistakes with powder shadows and a good brush or three, so I ended up with an eye look I really, really liked – a golden taupe that just glowed.

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I won’t lie. This is an effect I’ve only ever achieved once or twice from happy accidents – you know, the kind that always happen when you randomly and indecisively layer on 40 shadows and have no way of recreating the end result? – but have never been able to nail it down to a few key products for easy replication.

Until now! Would you believe this was created with only 3 products?

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The product that this look hinges on is a newly-discovered favourite: Stila Shimmer & Shine liquid eyeshadow in Grace, which was one of six mini shadows in the Eye for Elegance set released I bought during Christmas 2017. It’s no longer at Sephora/Ulta and only available as a full-size tube via Stila’s actual website now, but in my opinion it’s worth stepping out of your shopping comfort zone for. It’s the perfect shimmery tan – a little darker than my skin tone and soooooo unbelievably glowy without a sparkle particle in sight. It’s magical. You must own it.

The other two products I used for this eye look are powders: the medium and dark brown shades in the Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eyeshadow Palette in Antigo to blend out the edges and deepen the crease slightly, and MAC Eyeshadow in Mystery (sadly discontinued, but any dark taupey brown will do) to further deepen the inner and outer corners. Ok so technically that’s 4 products in total, but it’s still a very doable and easy-to-recreate look.

I tested it again today to be sure, and to my delight I was able to achieve the same luminous look again. I’ll be putting this into regular rotation for sure!

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Face: Cle de Peau Concealer in Ivory, Koh Gen Do Loose Powder // Cheeks: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette // Eyes: Stila Shimmer & Shine eyeshadow in Grace, Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eyeshadow Palette in Antigo, MAC Eyeshadow in Mystery, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara // Brows: Make Up For Ever Tinted Brow Gel in #45 // Lips: YSL Beaty Volupté Tint-in-Oil #22

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