Monday, July 7, 2014


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I don't usually do FOTD (face of the day) posts, because no1curr. My daily makeup is not that exciting and certainly not dramatic enough to really show up in photos. But I thought I'd post this phone selfie that I took yesterday, since I'm happy with the way it turned out. I used a technique I read about here on BeautyGeeks for making eyes look bigger.

I really can't do smoky eye looks with dark shadow all the way around unless I want my eyes to look extra tiny. This, however, is an easy trick, in which you use two shadow shades and blend them horizontally to extend your eyes a bit. You can watch/read all about it at the above link. I never really blend my eyeshadow beyond the outside edges of my eyes, because I always thought it would look weird, but turns out it's not crazy looking. Excellent.

I've listed the products I used below the photo, but I'll note that I tried this again today with a dark beige and medium brown shade, and it created a more subtle, completely work appropriate version. This trick does actually seem to enlarge my eyes, despite the best efforts of my coke-bottle glasses to shrink them (I really need to get some higher index lenses). Eye makeup photos with glasses are not the most illustrative, I know, but that's what I'm working with here.

Products used:

Eyes: Wet N Wild Fergie Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer (reviewed here); eyelid shade from Wet N Wild Silent Treatment trio; TheBalm Matt Batali shade from Meet Matt(e) palette (though I think the crease shade from Silent Treatment would work well too); CoverGirl Brow and Eye Makers in Soft Blond (reviewed here); L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara

Face: Boots No. 7 Lift & Luminate Foundation in Cool Vanilla mixed with Revlon ColorStay Combination/Oily Foundation in Ivory (note: I do not recommend mixing these two - failed experiment); Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair; NYX Concealer Stick in Green; e.l.f. Studio Tone Correcting Powder in Cool (reviewed here)ULTA Extreme Wear Cheek Stain in Desire; TheBalm MaryLou Manizer highlighter

It's worth a shot, if you want to try something that is really simple and effective and only requires two shades of eyeshadow.


  1. lovely look! and fairly easy one too. I decided to give a try today, and so far so good. Do you think adding eye liner would ruin the look?

    1. I haven't tried it with eyeliner yet, but I think it would work. It might not open up the eyes quite as much, but I think it would still widen them. If you try it, let me know!