Contest Entry – Celebrity Smokey Eye

As a last minute entry to Rai’s Celebrity inspired makeup contest, I decided to do a black smokey eye a la Eva Mendes.

the inspiration:

the outcome:

the numerous outtakes:


what I used:

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Dark as bronzer
MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty (probably my most favorite blush ever)
Lorac Foundation sample (you’d think it wouldn’t last me this long)
Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ in White (as a primer on eyes)
Urban Decay Cream Shadow in Asphalt
Maybelline Professional Natural Lash Clear Mascara
Lancome Oscillating Mascara in Black
Styli-Style Lipstick in 1520 Nude
MAC Lustre Glass in Pinkarat
and all the white-to black shades on the 120 color palette

I used 2 blending brushes, a foundation brush, a medium shadow brush, and a blush brush…

Less vs Luxe – Dupe Guide?

After much needed inbox cleanup, I found a possible dupe guide. TotalBeauty.com wrote an article about Less vs. Luxe lip products (that I may have to test out for meself in the future), but I saw it as a dupe guide where they just tell ya which cheapie is like which wallet buster.


Chanel Rouge Hydrabase in Fire, $28.50
vs.
Styli-Style Hipstick in Happy, $8.49


Givenchy Rouge Interdit in Only Beige, $26.50
vs.
Napoleon Perdis NP Set Lipstick in Washington, $15


Benefit Benetint Lip Balm, $20
vs.
Flirt! Tint-a-Licious Lip Sheer in Lover, $10


Giorgio Armani Sheer Lipstick in Plum, $25
vs.
CoverGirl TruShine Lip Color in Plum Shine, $5.66


Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $14
vs.
Neutrogena MoistureShine Soothing Lip Sheers in Ruby Bliss, $8.99


Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Pur in Pure Coral, $29
vs.
CoverGirl Amazemint Lip Gloss in Freedom of Peach, $5.79


Cle de Peau Lip Gloss in No. 11, $47
vs.
L’Oreal Paris Bare Naturale Gentle Lip Conditioner in Soft Bloom, $8.96


Lipstick Queen Sinner Pink, $18
vs.
CoverGirl Incredifull Lipcolor in Warm & Rosy, $6.99


Nars Lipstick in Kiss, $24
vs.
Boots No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Velvet Kiss, $9.99


Lancome Juicy Tubes Sparkling Night in Sky Diamond, $18
vs.
Mark Juice Gems in Juicy Cherry Pop, $6