sometimes, you just wanna go all out. well, for me, that's kind of every day but i know some people prefer to wear glitter only on 'special occasions' and consider a look that requires more than one shade of eyeshadow an 'evening look' but pfft, amateurs. no, i'm kidding, as much as i love make up, i know lots of people would rather the extra half hour in bed or lack the interest (or dexterity) to anything swish on the day to day. however, when i amp it, i really amp it up, as displayed in this look.
i first got my hands on the stila magnificent metals metallic foil eyeshadows* a while back and i've been transfixed ever since. i really don't know that there's much else on the market like them; tiny pots of sponge like, dense eyeshadow that you mix with the accompanying primer on a tray for a sheer wash of colour, or use neat for a denser block. okay, no, this isn't quick, but the pay off is amazing. you can get really futuristic looks, or use to enhance a smokey eye. i love kitten and comex copper best; kitten's a soft rose gold, copper a burnished bronze. i created this look by using the naked palette*; sin over the lid of my eye and sidecar in the crease, with toasted just above the crease to blend it all together and add a bit of definition. i still love my real techniques brushes for this in the your eyes enhanced set; the creased brush is also good for blending in excess product. next, i used the smashbox waterproof shadow liner in black to draw a little arrowhead in the corner of my eye and opposite in the crease, which i buffed through with the smudger end. this gives the eye a bit of smoke and helps to break through all the pinky tones. i loved the dior style liner, so when i heard it had been replaced i was gutted. turns out, the replacement, the it liner, is EXACTLY the same, just has different packaging. it's still easy to use and gives a great, buildable line, so i did this at the lashes for definition. now, the metallic foil. i did a TINY dab of primer on the centre of each lid, then carefully applied the kitten shadow to the centre, in a thick line. i blended it a little with fingers and a brush, until you get this sort of metallic gleam that makes the eye look bigger and adds drama. i finished it with a hundred coats of kevyn aucoin's the essential mascara* and set it with some NARS light reflecting powder. i love this for a more glam, smokey look that's playful - kind of a fun twist on grey.
i've been wearing my foil eyeshadow during the day as a sheer wash of glitter, but i love using it to accentuate night-time looks. they're very versatile with a truly unique effect, so if you're willing to put in some time playing with them, you'll love the results. also, one pot lasts FOREVER. do you like this? have you tried any of the foils?