Inspired by…Alice Lane | Deep smoky eye with bright accents

For the second installment in this series of looks inspired by makeup artist Alice Lane and one of her approaches to color schemes in makeup–“If it’s a color found in nature, it will work”–I thought I would take our inspiration snapshot in an evening direction.

As a brief reminder, here’s a shot of the inspiration pic, which I chose mostly because of the contrast between the warm, golden clouds and the blue sky, and between the black branches and the paler gold and blue shades:

Contrasts in nature: soft gold, sky blue, black.

Contrasts in nature: soft gold, sky blue, black.

Yesterday, we looked at a day look with creamy, mid-tone gold and blue shades on the eyes, a thin line of black liner, and rosy-natural lips and cheeks.

For the evening look, I wanted to stick with gold and blue shades on the eyes, but instead of yesterday’s sparkly mid-tone blue, I thought we might try more of a turquoise shade. I kept the same gold shade, because it’s the creamiest gold I have, and I wanted the gold to have a softness, like our clouds–rather than coming across as harsh and metallic. Instead of black liner, I thought it would be nice to put the gold and turquoise-blue shadows on a background of charcoal cream shadow–always a handy technique for adding depth for evening. Lips and cheeks I took in a peachier direction this time, but still pretty natural.

Clockwise from top left: Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette (shade Honeypot); Make Calypso eyeshadow palette (shade Aquamarine); MAC Paint Pot in Blackground; Revlon matte lipstick in Mauve it Over; Ellis Faas blush in S301.

Clockwise from top left: Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette (shade Honeypot); Make Calypso eyeshadow palette (shade Aquamarine); MAC Paint Pot in Blackground; Revlon matte lipstick in Mauve it Over; Ellis Faas blush in S301.

And here are some (sad) swatches, so you can get a feel for the color palette:

From the left, Revlon matte lipstick in Mauve in Over; Ellis Faas blusher in S301; Make eyeshadow in Aquamarine (from the Calypso palette); Too Faced eyeshadow in Honeypot (from the Natural Eyes palette); MAC Paint Pot in Blackground.

From the left, Revlon matte lipstick in Mauve in Over; Ellis Faas blusher in S301; Make eyeshadow in Aquamarine (from the Calypso palette); Too Faced eyeshadow in Honeypot (from the Natural Eyes palette); MAC Paint Pot in Blackground.

Revlon Mauve It Over is probably my favorite nude lippy–I’m not used to seeing myself in very pale nudes, and this one feels just right to me. But I do think it has a misleading name. Is it really mauve? It always seemed more peachy to me than mauve. I was pretty bummed when Revlon discontinued this line of matte lipsticks, but I hear that the matte balms are nice. There’s always something new to love! 🙂

Because I wear glasses, I usually focus more attention on strong lip shades in the evening (as opposed to strong eyes), but I’m looking forward to doing something a little different and trying a big, deep, smoky eye with bright turquoise and gold accents. I’ll look forward to showing you how it worked out very soon. In the meantime, I wish you a lovely day!

xo bunikins@mua

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