Tuesday, October 30, 2018

3 Ways To Wear Sleek When The Sun Goes Down Eyeshadow Palette

When I attended the Behind the Brush makeup class with Lipstick Nick and Jeffree Star I received a large gift bag filled with makeup. One of the items was an eyeshadow palette from Sleek called When The Sun Goes Down. This palette is available for sale at Ulta and retails for $12.99. It contains a lovely mixture of matte and metallic eyeshadows that can take you from day to night. The color story contains mostly earth tones, with colors much more unique than I realized at first glance.

The palette itself is in the matte black format that most Sleek palettes come in. This is a smaller palette about the size of my hand. It comes with a nice sized mirror inside and sponge tip applicators. 

I have been testing out the palette over the past few weeks and was able to create a variety of daytime and nighttime appropriate looks. However, I like it best for creating more smokey looks. I found the shadows perform best over an eyeshadow primer such as Too Faced Shadow Insurance. 

Over a primer, which is how I wear all of my eyeshadows, the pigments last a good six hours before any noticeable fading.

There is an antique gold in the palette that I really love. The lighter shimmer shades also double as a face highlight. I didn't have to reach for any outside palettes to get a complete look because of the matte ivory and brown shades that work well as a base and contour shade respectively.

Below are three different looks I created using the palette. 

Look 1:

For the first look above I used a chocolate brown eyeliner, smoking out the edges with the shimmery copper in the palette.

Look 2:

For my second look, I played around with the mauve shadow as well as some of the bronze metallics. 

Look 3:

For my third look, I used the antique gold shadow on my lid, the matte brown on my outer corner and lower lash line, and the shimmery lighter shades under the brow and on the inner corner of my eye. 

 If you recreate any of these looks, please share them with me on Twitter @MakeupMatters1.

*I do not get paid to write reviews. All opinions are my own.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Want To Save Money On Makeup Brushes?

The two brushes above look similar, right? That's because they are the exact same brush! The brush on top was a Foundation Stippling Brush that I purchased from Makeup Geek. The one below it is The Deluxe Flat Bronzer Brush from Crown Brush Syntho Series. 

It looks like Makup Geek has updated their brushes somewhat since I purchased this one, but the price difference is shocking. Makeup Geek's Foundation Stippling Brush currently retails for $18, while the Crown Brush pictured above is only $9.99. 

To further prove that it is the same brush, the Makeup Geek Version (top) even has the SS014 FLAT BRONZER labeling from Crown on it.  Why not shop directly with Crown Brush and save money?

This flat top style brush is very multipurpose. It works great with liquid, powder and cream foundation, as well as bronzer.

You can shop the Crown Brush using my affiliate link here:


Type in this code to save 10%: LIZACHUNG 

The next time you are buying makeup brushes, check Crown Brush first, as many brands apply their company label to them and resell at a markup.

*I am a Crown Brush Affiliate. Shopping through my affiliate link does provide me with a small commission that helps support this site. 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

5 Beauty Tips To Get Ready For Winter

We may not want to think about it, but winter is right around the corner. Living in the Chicago area, we are expecting this winter to be a bit colder than last year. This can mean dry skin, and dry hair, often with static from those winter hats. I rounded up five of my most useful beauty tips to keep you looking and feeling your best even when the weather is at its worst. 

Some of these may look familiar, because they were in my post about preparing for Fall. If you already implemented some of these, then you are ahead of the game! 

1. Switch to a creamy and/or moisturizing facial cleanser and/or hydrating toner.  I switched to a new cleanser from InstaNatural.  Their Vitamin C Facial Cleanser works well for dry & sensitive skin. It contains aloe vera to keep the skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. Before cleansing the skin, I like to make sure all of my makeup is off.  With my last Beautylish order, they included a free sample  of Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm ($34/3.2 oz / 90 ml).  I have been using it religiously and think it is the perfect makeup remover for the colder weather.  It comes in a balm format that transforms into a silky oil, and then a milky lather when mixed with water.  It contains sunflower and ginger root oils to help melt away even long-wear makeup formulas. A little goes a long way with this product making it the best cleansing balm that I have ever tried. I fully intend to purchase the full size when I am done with the sample. 

Here is a look at the cleanser & makeup remover:

2. Add a face oil. You can add this to your skin care routine, try a drop mixed in with your foundation, or do both (depending on how dry your skin is)!  It really helps lock in moisture. I like Jojoba or Maracuja oil (like the below version from Tarte). 

3. Use a humidifier to keep your skin moisturized. I have never included a beauty tip like this before, because I typically focus on makeup and skincare in a more traditional sense.  However, I notice a real difference in my skin and hair in the winter on the days that I forget to turn on my humidifier. Buying a good humidifier is a worthy investment for anyone who suffers from dry skin in the winter. I purchased mine on Amazon.com for $54.99.  The brand is TaoTronics and it includes adjustable mist levels, a timer and water-less auto shut-off. 

4. Use a good moisturizer every time you wash your hands.  I like this one from Hempz ($12.75/17 oz) which I purchased on Amazon.com.  This lotion contains shea butter & ginseng to help calm and soothe the skin.  I have noticed a much healthier look and feel to my skin since I have started using it. While it is enriched with 100% pure natural hemp seed oil, it is THC-free. 

5. Wear eyeshadow that matches the weather. Colors like browns & grays can help update your winter makeup look. Try Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette for a sophisticated selection that can take you from day to night.  

Bonus Tip: Use a moisturizing facial mask once a week. I have been really into sheet masks lately. I find them very convenient because you do not have to wash your face after. Simply apply the sheet to clean skin, leave on for 15-30 minutes and remove.  I have tried a number of brands over the years and there are a lot of good options on the market. Lately, I have liked these from Celavi Cosmetics ($9.50/1-12 pack). They are infused with natural botanical ingredients that are gentle enough for dry or sensitive skin.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  What are some of your tips to get ready for winter? Please let me know in the comments below.

*This post contains both products purchased by me and free samples sent for consideration.  However, I do not get paid to write reviews.  All opinions are my own. I never recommend a product unless I personally use it and love it. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

1 Brush, 3 Uses

The Bdellium Tools Green Bambu 955 brush is one that I have had in my kit for years. It is designed to be used as a finishing brush, for applying and blending finishing powder, but can be used for so much more. 

This brush retails for $14.00 and can be purchased here:


Here are a few different ways that I like to use it:

  1. To apply moisturizer before makeup
  2. To blend on liquid foundation
  3. To apply & blend finishing powder

This brush was the winner in my post about Stippling Brushes. While it is technically a finishing brush, it also works when used in a stippling motion. 

I use it most frequently to paint on moisturizer as part of skin prep before foundation. There is something about the length and movement of the bristles that coat the skin with product very evenly. 

Liquid foundation can be stippled on, or buffed on with this brush in a polishing motion.

This brush picks up the perfect amount of finishing powder so that you can apply and blend it over the face without disturbing your foundation underneath. 

With so many uses for this professional quality brush, I recommend buying more than one for your stash!

Do you own this brush? How do you like to use it?

*All products in this post were purchased by me. I do not get paid to write reviews. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

How To Use Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Liners & Supreme Frost The Right Way

As you may know by now, I am a big fan of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks.  I own several colors, and it is hands down the best formula I have ever used.

Until recently, the brand did not offer lip liners so I was pairing them with my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils.  When I found out Jeffree Star Cosmetics was launching lip pencils in colors to match my beloved liquid lipsticks perfectly I could not wait to have them in my hands. I ordered three colors from beautylish.com; Allegedly (terracotta nude), Weirdo (black), and Dominatrix (chocolate brown).  Like the liquid lipsticks, the lip liners are also eye safe.  I ordered Weirdo & Dominatrix to use as eyeliners.  While brown and black may sound like standard eyeliner colors, it is surprisingly difficult to find the perfect chocolate brown color.  I am also a bit picky about my black eyeliners, as I like a very dark matte black, not the dull muted gray-black many brands offer. Allegedly is the liquid lipstick that I wear the most, so I was excited to buy a matching lip liner.

I also decided to pick up one of the new Supreme Frost highlighters, as they promised to create a wet look to the skin with their pearl (man made) infused pigments.  I purchased the color Snow Globe (light gold).

I have been testing all of these products for the past four days, trying them out in a variety of ways. I used the pencils on my eyes and lips.  I tried them alone, and with other products over them.  I applied the highlighter with a variety of different brushes, sponges, and even tapped the product on with my fingertips.

There are not a lot of reviews for these products online yet because they are so new.  Some might even call this post a first impressions as I have not had these products very long.  However, I have tried to put them to the test as much as possible. I thought I would share with you the best way (that I have found) to use these products.  Granted, different application methods work for different individuals.  However, I think my methods will work for most, helping you to get the best product pay-off.

Velour Lip Liners:

The packaging on all of these products is special and unique.  The pencils come with a gold colored cap that makes them resemble a wand.  The pencil itself is a traditional format that allows you to sharpen it for a perfect point (I highly recommend the MYKITCO 'on Point' Sharpener - also available on Beautylish).  The formula is extremely soft.  When I first swatched these, the softness surprised me, but I soon came to appreciate it.  Many eye pencils require being warmed up on the back of the hand so that they glide on without tugging or pulling the delicate eye area.  In the old days, we used to apply heat to the tip of our eyeliner with a lighter to soften it.  These are already the perfect texture, requiring almost no pressure for full-on pigment.

These are the first swatches I did right after opening the boxes:

How to wear the lip liners on your lips:
  • Prep your lips with a lip balm or primer.  They are a matte formula, so if your lips are not properly hydrated you may find them a bit drying.
  • Touch the pencil to the skin, and gently glide it on.  You will not need to apply pressure due to the soft formula. 
  • Next, line the outside perimeter of your lips, following your natural lip line.  Since the color match is perfect to the liquid lipsticks, coloring in your lips completely with the liner is not required.
  • Fill in with matching liquid lipstick.

Here are the three colors I purchased (lip liner outlining the lips with matching liquid lipstick filling in the entire lip):

Allegedly is such a beautiful color. I especially love it for the Fall season.  It works well as a neutral, but the terracotta tint adds something unexpected. 

Weirdo is not a lip color I will likely wear often on my lips. I bought both the liquid lipstick and lip liner to use on my eyes.  However, I have tried my fair share of black lip colors over the years.  Finding rich, bold full-on pigment like this in black lip colors is not common.  

Dominatrix is another one that I purchased for use on my eyes.  However, I ended up loving the way it looks on my lips as well!  I think this will look beautiful on a variety of skin tones.  


Above, you can see the unique cap on the liners.  The picture above right, shows Dominatrix worn on the eyes only, with the one beneath it worn on eyes and lips. 

How to wear the lip liners on your eyes:

  • Stabilize the skin. If you are lining the upper lid, gently pull the skin taught with one hand, using the other to apply the pencil.
  • Again, be mindful of the soft formula and simply touch the pencil close to the lash line and glide it on with little to no pressure.
  • Smudge with a brush or cotton swab. I love these pencils smudged along the lash line. My favorite way to wear them so far is to apply straight from the pencil, smudge with a brush, then reapply. I personally love makeup that doesn't look too "done" or perfect. These allow you plenty of playtime before they set, but once they set they do not transfer. I did not even wear an eye primer, and had no transferring at all, which is not typical for me.
  • Try with a fine liner or angled brush.  If you are very heavy handed, and not used to the soft formula, treat this like a gel liner. Pick up some of the pencil on the tip of a brush and draw it on as you would with any gel liner. 

In the above photo, I used Weirdo as eyeliner.  I applied it straight from the pencil on my top & bottom waterline and smudged it along the upper and lower lash line using a smudge brush. Since these are so pigmented, it really kicks your eyeliner look up a notch. 

Supreme Frost:

Again, I purchased the color Snow Globe.  This is my first highlighter from Jeffree Star Cosmetics. As advertised, this product is full of sparkle and shimmer.  If you don't like glitter, this product is not for you.  If you love iridescent, pearled pigments, buy this now.  Jeffree described this as a gel-powder hybrid in his product reveal video.  For this reason, it seems some people were expecting a different texture. With products like the Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter on the market, some have become used to an almost bouncy texture. This does feel like a powder to the touch, but it does not apply like one. I swatched it against some of my powder highlighters and you see nothing but reflective pigments and pure highlighter in this product.  My powder highlighters from other brands, while they look lovely when applied with a brush, a full-on finger swatch displays a mixture of powder and shimmery pigments that is clearly not in the Supreme Frost.

Also worth noting, the packaging is spectacular on this product as well. The box has a soft touch to it, and the pink chrome packaging feels fun, yet luxurious at the same time.  There are a lot of little touches that make this brand so special. 

How to apply the Supreme Frost Highlighter:
  • Use a synthetic brush.  I only use synthetic bristled-brushes, but the ones that worked best for me were brushes like the Real Techniques Multitask Cheek Brush or Contour Brush. The brushes that I have in my collection that more closely mimic animal hair did not seem to work as well with this formula. 
  • Gently tap the formula on, and then blend it in.  Take your beauty sponge and go over the edges for a flawless look.
  • For a very intense, dramatic look, apply with your fingers, tapping the product on to the high points of your face.
  • Be gentle.  There are a lot of tiny glitter flecks and micro pearly pigments in this product. If you don't want them flying into your hair, or your eyebrows, I recommend using a light hand.  Always start with a small amount, tapping off the excess on your brush before applying.
  • Using a setting spray or facial mist after helps enhance the wet skin look of this product. 

I have always found highlighters difficult to photograph.  They are meant to catch the light with movement, so a still picture simply does not do justice to any highlighting product.  In the image on the left (above) I applied the Supreme Frost lightly with a Real Techniques Multitask Cheek Brush.  In the image next to it, I used my fingertips to pat extra product on top.  As you can see it has a light golden color to it.  In person it looks very iridescent on the skin.

At first glance, it reminded me of my Alexis Vogel highlighter.  However when I swatched them side by side, the Alexis Vogel highlighter had a more powdery texture.  On the skin, they do look similar, but the Alexis Vogel highlighter is a drier formula so the skin needs to be properly hydrated for a similar look. Below is a side by side comparison. I painted one side of my face (tops of cheekbones, and brow bone) with the Supreme Frost, and one with Alexis Vogel Afterglow Highlighter in Meringue. The Supreme Frost also has a more golden hue, versus the champagne tone to Afterglow. 

I hope you find these tips helpful. I know the Supreme Frosts were back ordered so many people are just getting their orders now.  Try implementing the tips and tricks I have outlined in this post and if you have any to share with me, please let me know in the comments below. 

*All of the products in this post were purchased by me. I do not get paid to write reviews.  All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Looking for the most luxurious cruelty-free makeup brushes money can buy? This set is for you.

Earlier this month, I saw a tweet from Allure magazine about cruelty-free makeup brushes. Allure has been a source for quality makeup and tools for years.  Anytime I see a list of cruelty-free makeup brushes published, I immediately scroll through to see if there is anything new that I am not aware of. Most of the brushes on the list are ones that I already own. 

As for those brushes not already claiming a spot in my collection, I began doing further research. One set in particular stood out; the Essential Brush Collection from Beautycounter.   I found myself reading online reviews to try to get a feel for the quality of these beautiful brushes. After reading numerous 5-star reviews, I decided this sleek collection of brushes needed to become part of mine. 

I purchased the Beautycounter Essential Brush Collection for $98.00.  The set includes four brushes; two face and two for the eyes.  Each came packaged in an individual cardboard box. Like the brushes inside, the boxes have a nice high-end look and feel to them. Each gives a brief description of the intended use for the brush inside.  The majority of packaging from this brand includes cartons that are recyclable in most North American Communities.

The company, Beautycounter, isn't one that I was familiar with before reading the Allure article. You can learn more about the company here: The Beautycounter Story

There are many high-end, luxurious makeup brushes on the market.  However, sadly a lot of them are made with animal hair. There are of course some wonderful brands on the market, but this set is different from others that I own.

Here is a closer look:

The Fan Powder Brush, isn't a traditional powder brush.  As the name suggests, it is a hybrid between a fan brush and a powder brush and serves both purposes. Like a powder brush, it is intended to apply and buff setting powder.  Like a large fan brush,  it also works well for bronzer, blush and highlighter application, as well as other powder products. The soft, dense brush head is quite large, as you can see from the above photo.  I used it to apply my Urban Decay mineral foundation (pictured above) for extra coverage.

The bristles glide over the skin with ease without disrupting the liquid foundation or concealer underneath.  As I am getting older, I really do not want to use anything that will pull or tug at my skin.  It is easy to find a brush with soft bristles, but not as easy to find one with soft, synthetic bristles that pick up, apply and blend powder beautifully.  This brush hits all the marks.  The unique shape and size makes it very versatile.

Next, I tested out the Angled Cheek Brush.

This brush is much smaller than the fan powder brush. It is the perfect shape for blush application.  Like all of the brushes in this set, the quality is remarkable. I love this for sweeping on my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush. The way the bristles hug the contours of my cheekbones allows for perfect placement.

The All-Over Eyeshadow Brush is a standard flat eyeshadow brush intended for applying color to the eyelid.

It has a medium brush head size, with the bristles cut in the perfect shape to pick up powder products easily. When I apply eyeshadow, I often use quite a few different brushes depending on how dramatic the look is that I am creating. I decided to apply an eyeshadow look using only the two eye brushes in this set to really put them to the test. The second eye brush in this set is the Crease Eye Brush.

I found this brush to be surprisingly multipurpose. I used it to blend eyeshadow through the crease of my eye, sweep pigment below my lower lash line and highlight the inner corner of the eye. The size, shape and flexible bristles make this a much more unique shaped brush than I originally thought.

Who is this set for?

This set is ideal for those looking for luxurious, cruelty-free makeup brushes. It is a highly edited set comprised of the four brushes everyone needs in their set for a full makeup application. If this is your first set of brushes, it is a great place to start, allowing you to add on extra blending brushes and angled brow brushes later. 

At this point in my life, I am very particular about the type of makeup brushes I want to use. I have tried so many different brands, that I only want to add truly high-quality brushes to my stash. While I still try a variety of brushes and review them here, so that you don't have to find things out the hard way, it is important that I only add well-made brushes to my personal and professional collection. With the quality of synthetic brushes finally at a point that rivals their animal hair counterparts, I can confidently recommend brushes to fit a variety of budgets.  With this particular set, I do think the quality is superior to many other brands at this price point.  

These are the types of brushes that will improve your application, allowing you to get the most out of your products. 

What brands are they comparable to?  

I don't have any powder brushes shaped exactly like the Fan Powder Brush in this set. However, if I had to describe the bristles, I would compare the texture to my Real Techniques Bold Metals #100 brush or Furless Cosmetics PRO3F.

Here is the makeup look I created using only the Essential Brush Collection from Beautycounter:

Next on my list from this brand, I hope to try their Powder Brush ($39), which has a large dome-shaped head.

Have you tried any Beautycounter brushes?  Which one is your favorite?

*All of the brushes in this post were purchased by me.  I do not get paid to write reviews.  All opinions are my own. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

7 Best Eyeshadow Brushes for Applying Metallic Shadow

When it comes to applying glittery pressed pigments or super metallic eyeshadow, using the right tools will help you get the best color payoff while minimizing fallout.

After years of experience, here are the brushes that I have found to work the best for me: 

1. Silicone Tip applicator from the LORMAY 9-Piece Silicone Makeup Brush Set ($7.99) - available on amazon.com 

This is the newest brush type in this list. When I first bought the set, I was more interested in the face spatulas for applying moisturizers & primers. However, I quickly learned the smaller eyeshadow brush in the set is amazing for packing pigments onto the lid. The best part, aside from the low price point, it is super easy to clean. 

2. Crown Brush Precision Kabuki (discontinued)
3. Sedona Lace Synthetic small round flat #847 ($13.56)

The middle pair (pictured above) are very similar. The top brush is from  Crown Brush Set that had sadly been discontinued. The brush just beneath it is from Sedona Lace. Both have been staples in my professional kit for years. They mimic your fingertip making them ideal for the pressing motion needed to get full color payoff from metallics. 

4. Real Techniques deluxe crease brush is half of the Eye Shade + Blend Duo Pack ($8.99) and is great for both powders and creams allowing you to buff on your eye primer, and immediately after pat on your pigment without switching brushes. 
5. Real Techniques bold metals collection #200 Oval Shadow Brush ($13) has soft luxe bristles and is a great size to apply eyeshadow to the lid in one go. 

The two brushes on the right (above) are both from Real Techniques. The first, is a great choice for professional makeup artists as it had a nice long handle. I consider this one to be a must-have. The second, known as their deluxe crease brush is intended for blending eyeshadow, or under eye concealer. However, I have found that using a patting motion to pack pigment onto the eyelids has the same feel as the first two brushes that I mentioned, but at a very budget friendly price point. 

6. Furless PE2 - Purple Fluffy Eyeshadow Brush is perfect for packing on pigment ($11.99)

In the third picture above, it is the second brush displayed in the first pair of brushes.

7. Everyday Minerals Everyday Eye Shadow Brus($10) - has a nice flat oval head

It is a traditional shaped eyeshadow brush. My pick for this style is this one from Everyday Minerals (pictured above left). The flat brush head works well for the packing motion used when pressing on metallic pigments. Plus this brush type is one that most have in their brush collection. 

In a pinch? Use a sponge tip applicator, or your finger. When I was a teenager, and first learning proper makeup application, my instructor told the class to throw away the sponge tip applicators that come in most drugstore eyeshadow duos or quads. While I appreciate the sentiment, these little tools actually do serve a purpose. I find them truly useful for pressing on the perfect amount of eye color to the lid. 

Many people prefer using his or her fingertip for the job, but I just can't bring myself to do so. I find it unsanitary, and a bad habit to get into. However if it works for you, go for it. Just make sure your hands are squeaky clean first. 

Don't run out and buy a sponge tip applicator. If you must buy something for applying pigments on a budget, the silicone tip applicator wins my vote. 

What is your favorite tool for the job?  Are there any tools that I missed in my list above?

Let me know in the comments below.

*All products in this post were purchased by me. I do not get paid to write reviews or accept money from any brands. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

1 Brand Tutorial - Hourglass, Get The Luxury Look

Hourglass is a brand that I have used and loved for years. This brand is a reminder that shopping cruelty-free does not mean you have to sacrifice luxury. 

I rounded up some of my favorite products from to demonstrate how to get the look of luxury with Hourglass.

To start, I applied Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint in Shell (light with neutral undertone). I dot it around my face then blend it in using the Hourglass retractable kabuki brush. 

This foundation is medium coverage with a luminous finish. It is ideal for those with dry skin. A little goes a long way, and once it is on, it feels like you aren't wearing any.

The retractable kabuki brush feels nice too. The bristles are soft, but dense so they provide a very airbrushed look.

Next, I warm up the Hidden Corrective Concealer on the back of my hand before applying it under my eyes with the No. 5 Concealer brush. This is a stick concealer that is very smooth. It is a bit on the thick side, which is why I recommend warming it up on the back of your hand. It provides medium coverage.

If you need a more full coverage foundation or concealer, I recommend the Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick. This product blends so beautifully into the skin and creates a truly flawless base. Since my skin seems to be cooperating today (knock on wood), I opted for medium coverage.

To set my concealer, I applied Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light (warm, pale yellow). Then I went in with 2 other Ambient Lighting Powders; Mood Light (lavender/pink) to the cheekbones using it almost like a blush, and Radiant (golden beige) as bronzer. Radiant really adds a nice glow to the face, but it is a grownup glow.

For brows, I love the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. If you like the full brow look, this is a great product to own. 

For eyeshadow, I used the Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Graphite.  It is a 5-color compact palette with a great mirror inside. Some people may take issue with the metallic colors being next to the matte, but I like how easy it is to mix colors together with this style of palette.

To begin with the eyes, I used a No. 3 brush to apply the ivory shadow all over the lid, blending it up to just under my brow. Taking the No.4 brush, I patted on some of the dark brown shadow. I first stamped it onto the outer corner of my eyelid, and then gently blended it inward, and ran it through the crease. 

The No. 4 brush is a wonderful eyeshadow brush from Hourglass. Something about the size and shape makes it super easy to blend eyeshadow with.

Next, I went back to my No. 3 brush and picked up that beautiful shimmery golden copper. I sprayed my brush with a touch of facial spray (optional) for added shine. Using a packing motion, I pressed the pigment onto my eyelids, begining at the inner corner, and stopping 2/3 of the way out. I picked up a little bit more of the same color and tapped a bit more on, leaving the brush dry this time. 

For the lower lash line, I used my No. 9 brush to sweep on a mixture of the dark brown and gunmetal.  If you want to, you can use a tiny bit of the silver in the palette on the very inner corner of the eye (optional). For my top lash line, I applied a very thin line of mechanical gel liner in Obsidian, using it to tight line as well. I used their kohl pencil in Espresso on the lower water line.

The only product that I used that wasn't from Hourglass was my Mascara. Unfortunately, I simply do not own one from the brand. I applied a thin coat of Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara to top & bottom lashes. 

To brighten my face, I applied Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush using the No. 1 brush.

For lips, I used lip liner in Canvas with Child gloss (photos above from Sephora.com)

Here is the finished look:

A closer look:

I hope you enjoyed this post. All products in this post were purchased by me. I do not get paid to write reviews. All opinions are my own.

You can purchase Hourglass at beautylish.com or Sephora.com.

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