Saturday, January 27, 2018

Weekly Looks: Cool Tones


I mentioned a few times in the past month or so that I was getting a little tired of my eyeshadow looks and felt like I was always doing the same things. And I realized that what most of my favorite looks have in common is that they are warm-toned. 

I was inspired this week to separate my single shadows (that aren't already in existing duped palettes) into warm and cool tones. And to my complete surprise, I was really drawn to my collection of cool shadows. I did one look this week with a cool shadow on the lid and warm shadows in the crease, but after that, I just wanted nothing but cool tones. So that's what I did. 

It was a nice departure from what I typically do, and it was great to get some use out of shadows that are typically very ignored. I guess this could almost be considered a one week, one palette, but I did not use every shadow in this palette and also pulled in some other shadows. 

Here is a closeup of the palette and shade names:


And here are the five looks I did this week. 

Look 1: Ardency Inn Heaven




Lid: Ardency Inn Heaven
Transition: Kat Von D Ludwin
Crease: Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear
Brow Bone: Wet N Wild Brûlée

Look 2: Juvia's Place Chi




Lid: Juvia's Place Chi
Center of lid: Ardency Inn Heaven
Transition: Viseart cool brown and Coloured Raine Moments
Crease: Urban Decay Untitled and Juvia's Place Chi
Inner corner: Kat Von D Saphyre
Brow bone: Wet N Wild Brûlée
Lower lash line: Juvia's Place Chi

Look 3: Coloured Raine Royal Highness and Ardency Inn Violet




Inner lid: Coulred Raine Royal Highness
Outer lid: Ardency Inn Violet
Transition: BH Cosmetics pink
Crease: Colourpop Silver Lining
Inner corner: Urban Decay Roadstripe
Brow bone: Wet N Wild Brûlée
Lower lash line: Ardency Inn Violet

Look 4: Costal Scents Lakeshore




Lid: Costal Scents Lakeshore
Transition: Viseart cool brown
Crease: Urban Decay Boom
Outer corner: Urban Decay Untitled
Inner corner: Kat Von D Saphyre
Brow bone: Wet N Wild Brûlée
Lower lash line: Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose

Look 5: BH Cosmetics taupe and Colourpop Glass Bull




Lid: BH Cosmetics taupe
On top of lid: Colourpop Glass Bull
Transition: Viseart cool brown
Crease: Coloured Raine Moments
Outer corner: ABH Rosette
Inner corner: Urban Decay Roadstripe
Brow bone: Wet N Wild Brûlée
Lower lash line: ABH Rosette

Look 1: Ardency Inn Heaven

Heaven is an odd shadow for me. When I swatch it on my hand, I am so blown away by how gorgeous it looks, but when I apply it onto my lids, I tend to feel like it is too cool-toned for me. It almost comes off as a silver, which I know sounds strange, but that's usually how it looks. I paired it with warm-toned shadows in this look, and while I think it looks nice in photos, I didn't really like how it looked in person. I contemplated decluttering it from my collection, but when I moved it into the cool-toned palette and away from the other, warmer golds, I became much more drawn to it. 

Look 2: Juvia's Place Chi

This was one of my favorite looks that I did this week. It was also the first that I did with the completed cool-toned palette. As soon as I saw Ardency Inn Heaven next to Juvia's Place Chi, I knew that I had to use them in a look. I'm really happy with how this turned out and enjoy the the "moonlight on the ocean" look that it has, but I would be curious to see how Heaven would look on the majority of the lid with Chi on the outer corner. This was much more of a "midnight" look than I originally anticipated, but I absolutely loved it. I also love how great Coloured Raine Moments looks within the eye look because that is a shadow that I have not been able to utilize much. 

Look 3: Coloured Raine Royal Highness and Ardency Inn Violet

I might sound repetitive in this post, but this was another look that I really liked this week. I have several purples in my collection, but I feel like they don't get a ton of use, which is a shame. I don't think it comes across this way in photos, but this was a very smoky, dramatic look, and I loved it. The combination of the BH Cosmetics pink shade and Colourpop Silver Lining made for a really pretty glow in the crease, and I think it transitioned well into the colors on the lid. Again, these aren't colors that I ever would have paired together on my own, but seeing them in a cool-toned palette made them make sense for me. 

Look 4: Costal Scents Lakeshore

This was my absolute favorite look of the week. Lakeshore is such a fantastic and underrated shadow, and I was excited to do a monochromatic blue look with it. And this look could not have come out better for me. I depotted two shadows from the Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat palette (Boom and Untitled), and I'm so glad that I did because I was contemplating decluttering the entire palette from my collection. Instead, I depotted the blue and green shades and decluttered the rest. The two blues performed like a dream in this look. I was also really impressed with how great it looked with the Viseart cool brown shade as a transition, as that is a shadow that I haven't used much because I don't wear a ton of cool shadows. I thought about running one of the blue shadows on my lower lash line, but decided to use the coolest-toned purple in my collection, and I think the result is really, really pretty. I feel like I say this often, which kind of minimizes the sentiment, but this is really one of my favorite looks I've ever done. 

Look 5: BH Cosmetics taupe and Colourpop Glass Bull

Rounding out my cool-toned week, I decided to go with a taupe-based look. To be honest, I wanted to use my Le Metier de Beaute single in Corinthian, but I thought it might be best to stay within the palette. I decided that I wanted to use Colourpop Glass Bull, and I have to say that I still don't quite understand the hype with this shadow. I tried to pull inspiration online, but when I searched for "Colourpop Glass Bull looks," the only thing that really came up was my own look the last time I used it (and, yes, that was quite a weird experience). I find this shadow really sheer and glossy. Maybe it's supposed to evoke the look of a Glossier model. I'm not sure. But it's not a look I personally want at this time. I decided to layer it with the BH Cosmetics taupe shade, and even though Glass Bull is on top, you can't even see it. I think it's a fine look, and I paired it with a raspberry lip, which really pulled it together, but it's not something I think I'll replicate. 

2 comments:

  1. I really like these looks, especially look #2! I totally admit that I mostly do warm toned looks but maybe I’ll try to step outside of my comfort zone. Your looks have inspired me to try a similar look!

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  2. Man are these looks gorgeous!

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