Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Look of the Day: Beg for Bronze

Hey, everyone! Today's look of the day features a smokey bronze eye and flushed, coral cheek. This is definitely more dramatic than my everyday look, but I think it would still be quite easy to pull this off for daytime. By balancing the eye and cheek with a soft, subtle lip, it stays sultry, but wearable!


The stars of this look are the NARS Cordura Eye Shadow Duo and Illamasqua Powder Blush in Beg. The Cordura duo features a warm, mid-tone orange brown and a deep, bronzy chocolate shade. They work so well together to create a brown smokey eye! I've paired the duo with the unique golden-white shimmer of Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow in IR911. They blend so well together! Illamasqua Beg was a purchase made late last year when Illamasqua finally made its way to Canada (a banner day, let me tell you!). I had been dying to try a couple of their other blushes (Lover and Hussy, specifically), but it was Beg that caught my eye that day. It was the perfect warm, caramel-toned coral shade that didn't look like anything else in my collection. I had to have it!


Here is a closeup of the eye makeup, demonstrating how well the Cordura Duo and Shu IR911 work together. Not the clearest photo, unfortunately, but hopefully you get the idea!


And now, a breakdown of what I used!

Foundation: Revlon ColourStay Whipped Creme Makeup in Buff
Concealer: NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in 03 Light
Powder: Lush Emotional Brilliance Translucent Face Powder
Bronzer: Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Hula Hula
Blush: Illamasqua Powder Blush in Beg

Brows: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Ash Blonde
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Eye Shadows: NARS Cordura Eye Shadow Duo (lighter brown shade generously on crease and outer corner; deeper bronze shade precisely in crease to add definition) and Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow in IR911 (as a highlight on brow bone, inner corners of the eye, and centre of the lid)
Eyeliner: Holika Holika Jewel-Light Waterproof Eyeliner in 01 (Black)
Mascara: Clinique Lash Doubling in Black

Lips: MAC Modesty Lipstick topped with Bourjois Effect 3D Les Nudes Lip Gloss in #36 Fleur d'Oranger Poetic


And a few more views of the look:








What are some of your favourite eye shadows to create a brown smokey eye? Any Illamasqua blushes that you can't live without?

Thanks for reading! xoxo

30 comments:

  1. I ADORE that eyeshadow color. Definitely purchasing now! Looks great :)

    xo,
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    1. Great! Glad I could introduce you to a product that piques your interest :)

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  2. Beautiful! i love how its neutral yet dramatic at the same time :) http://funsizebeauty.blogspot.ca :)

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  3. Looks great! I like the blush/bronzer very much. I haven't been able to get my hands on any Illamasqua products yet, sad as it is :( My favourite eyeshadows for a brown smoky eye are Beethoven by Kat Von D, Backstage by Rimmel and a Tarina Tarantino glitter to highlight. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Kori! You should definitely check out Illamasqua when you get the chance. Some really unique shades! And thanks for the recommendations :)

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  4. So so pretty! I love the eyes and the cheeks look so fresh and vibrant. Love love love! xo

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  6. Love it!! Your eye makeup is perfect :) xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Coco! The Cordura Duo makes it pretty effortless, luckily :)

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  7. You are honestly so beautiful Jen, and the make up is stunning! I really need to get that Duo, heard so many good things about it :)

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    1. You are so kind to say so, Marvelle- thanks so much! You should definitely check out Cordura- unique, but so easy to wear! :)

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  8. loving the eyeshadows!

    xx

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  9. Your eyebrows look amazing!! And the eyeshadow colours look gorgeous on you!

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Alysha :)

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  10. i love love love this! whenever i try to make a smoky eye it just looks very block-y and never smokes out like that on top. i also like the way you did the eyeliner. i can't wait to get out of work and try this out with the makeup i have at home haha! fingers crossed it's as easy as you made it look ;)

    xo Marlen
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    1. Yay! I'm always so happy to hear I've inspired you to play with makeup. That's what this blog is really all about. Let me know if you have any smokey eye success :)

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  11. Amazing makeup!
    Katie xx
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    1. Thanks, Katie, for commenting and stopping by :)

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  12. you look absolutely golden darling :)
    beautiful eyeshadow work!

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    1. Aww, thanks for the kind words, Vanessa! So much appreciated :)

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  13. Gorgeous! How are you liking the Holika liner?

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    1. Thanks so much, Sheri! The liner is really great- super pigmented, easy to apply, and the lasting power is impressive! Thanks again for such a thoughtful gift :)

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  14. You look amazing!!
    Would you like follow each other on blog and facebook?

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    1. Thanks so much! Will check out your blog soon :)

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