fotd: updated jewel eyes

April 13, 2017  |  Face of the Day, Josie Maran, Urban Decay  |  1 Comment

This is actually a recreation of an old FOTD, which I felt compelled to updated because the main product I used – Josie Maran Watercolour Eyeshadows in Maui Teal – was limited edition and no longer available. Although the Watercolour Eyeshadows don’t seem to be carried at Sephora anymore, you can still get them here at QVC, and the permanent shade Forest Green is a decent stand-in for Maui Teal.

I wanted to tweak this do-over slightly to be more sparkly, so I based this look around another awesome liquid eyeshadow: Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadow in Vega.

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I love liquid eyeshadows because they’re so versatile. You can be really imprecise and finger-paint them on for a sheer wash of colour, or heap them on and combine them with powder eyeshadow for a punchier look as I did here. I think you can tell which I prefer! I added a bit more sparkle to the look by patting more Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in (solid) Lightyear over (liquid) Vega.

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I know this very bright, very glittery look isn’t going to be for everyone, but take it from a person who has been living in neutral shades lately: it can be really cathartic to just go crazy once in a while! I hope you’ll be inspired to break out your loud colours and glitter this long weekend and have fun playing with your stash too.

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Face: MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation // Cheeks: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta, MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Soft Frost // Eyes: Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadow in Vega, Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Lightyear, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Blackheart from the Naked 3 Palette, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in M228 Eggplant and ME912 Orchid, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Dark Brown // Lips: Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Lip Lacquer in #15


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the highlighter chronicles: josie maran

I received Josie Maran’s Argan Illuminizer as a Christmas present last year from a friend whom I now suspect is psychic. Grace: if you’re reading this, bravo for predicting my highlighter obsession!


To be honest, the first time I used this product I wasn’t entirely sold on it. I made the mistake of mixing it into my foundation, which I have since realised isn’t a method of application that suits my skin type. But now that I’m older and wiser and know what to do with highlighter, it’s definitely back in my good books.


The best way I can describe the Argan Illuminizer is to say it’s an extremely concentrated warm champagne highlighter. Though it’s a light colour and reflects super brightly, it blends out to be quite gold-toned and doesn’t have a white cast to it. This means that although it shows up dramatically on fair skin you could use it on medium and dark skin as well without it looking ashy. If I were a makeup artist, this is hands down the highlighter I’d have in my kit – it would look good on pretty much anyone!


As you can see here, it’s quite similar in shade to Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal, but the shimmer particles aren’t as fine so it packs way more of a punch.


I actually started this look with Buxom’s Divine Goddess Luminizer, but just wasn’t feeling it. It has a very thin consistency, which made it all too easy to blend out into barely-there territory. It also dried very quickly, so I had to be fast and thorough with my blending, or risk visible edges to my highlighted areas. And now you know why I ended up over-blending! This is definitely something that needs to be mixed with a foundation rather than worn on its own, but if you don’t mind wearing your highlighters that way it does give a very natural, sheer golden glow.