I came home from work today all excited to do a dramatic, metallic look with some of Aromaleigh’s Elemental Lustre and Bete Noire colors, but I had serious makeup FAIL and took it off pretty much immediately. Thanks to my appalling color selection and hamfisted technique, I ended up looking grubby and oddly wide-eyed, like a filthy alien. Totally demoralized, I determined that dark, smoky, metallic colors must be makeup 201, whereas I remain firmly entrenched in 101. Hell, not even 101. I’m in remedial makeup, and I’m barely passing … the only thing keeping me afloat is serious after-school tutoring in the form of YouTube videos.
So, I went back to the drawing board to play with some slightly less intimidating colors. Not ready to give up on Bete Noire, I decided to experiment with a couple of stunning, sparkly pinks.
So here you have it. All shadows by Aromaleigh, Bete Noire collection (except the first one). Click all photos for 800-pixel-wide versions.
- jasmine (Opulent Lustre collection) on inner lid
- lisette on center of lid
- jolie on outer lid and in crease
- viviane wetlined on upper lids
- Sonia Kashuk purple eyeliner on waterline (holy crap this irritated my eyes)
- Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara over Urban Decay primer
Natural light, no flash:
Natural light, with flash:
Special bonus trickery question!!! On one eye, I used $19.50 MAC Vanilla pigment as a highlighter, and on the other eye, I used a $4 knockoff from an independent mineral makeup company (Sonic by Silk Naturals). See swatches below … can you tell which is which?
These two were taken outside in indirect light, with flash:
This one was taken in direct (albeit fading) sunlight with no flash:
So … which is which? Answer, details, and my impressions tomorrow!