Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about anxiety, minimalism and eyeshadow.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Favourite Faces: The Balm's Nude 'Tude Eyeshadow Palette





Not the catchiest title ever for a blog post if I'm honest. Bit of a mouthful - try saying it three times fast! Unless you're reading this on your phone on the bus - then don't!
I posted a couple of months ago not long after I got this palette and I showed some swatches and talked about the colours I'd been loving, and that's neat and all - I mean, who doesn't love swatches - but I thought it would be even more effective to convey my love for this palette if I showed you my favourite faces I've created with it!

LOOK NUMBER ONE


OK so we're starting off slightly backwards and beginning with the night time look - but hey, I didn't realise until I had all the pictures in here, and Blogger hates me, so I ain't rearranging them!
I don't go out a lot. I mean, I do go out but not 'out out' if you see what I mean. Basically I don't have a lot of occasions to wear heavier night time makeup, but on Saturday night I did as I attended a work night out. It was really fun getting to make the kind of look I don't do a lot, but at the same time, I didn't poke my head too far out of my comfort zone with it either; I used the same colours I usually would, just different shades and more built up.

PRODUCTS USED:


So for this eye look I first primed my eyelid and under my eye using the Rimmel eyeshadow pencil, and I also added some of the Urban Decay liner to my water line, and a tiny amount to my tide line - just around the outer corner of my eye.
It was then time to go at it with the shadows, using my Real Techniques brushes to apply them as always. I started off using Sassy - a shimmery white - to lightly highlight the inner corner of my eye and my brow bone. This shade is one of the few things that bothers me about this palette - I find it just a bit too harsh and white for using to highlight, but then I hate having to carry a separate highlighter. I then jumped straight to Seductive and covered most of my eyelid with that, then onto Silly which I worked into the outer corner and crease of my eye. I then had a good blend out. Next up, angled brush time, and I took some Serious and applied it to my lower lash line and also, delicately to the outer corner of my eyelid.
Then I simply added a little of the Stila Smudge Stick along my top lashes for emphasis, applied some mascara and boom - some smokey eyes that are not too intimidating to wear.


LOOK TWO

So out of the three looks this next one, below, is definitely the one I've worn most often. It's a look I wear to work or just on a casual day to day basis - super fast and easy and I feel it goes well with my natural complexion. Also, in the photos it looks as though the eyeshadow is really badly blended - I swear it didn't look like that in real life!


PRODUCTS USED:

Revlon Lip Butter - In Creme Brulee


So for this eye look I first primed my eyelid and under my eye using the Rimmel eyeshadow pencil, and I also added some of the Urban Decay liner to my water line, and a tiny amount to my tide line - just around the outer corner of my eye.
So, time for some shadows! As previously I start off with the too harsh Sassy and highlight my browbone and the inner corner of my eye. For the middle third(ish ) of my eye I apply some Snobby, a golden sandy colour. Initially I worried this looked too yellow, but actually now I'm used to it, I dig the way it looks with my complexion. in the outer corner and in the crease of my eye I use Sultry - a slightly paler than chocolate, matte brown. I like that this is matte, I feel with the previous two shades being shimmery, this reigns it in a bit for daytime wear. I then take the Real Techniques brow brush and run just a little Sultry under my lower lash line - not enough to create a defined liner look, but enough to give a little emphasis.


LOOK THREE

I've mentioned on a number of previous occasions (you know, just a few million times) that I don't generally feel that pink eyeshadows are flattering for me. I'm very pale with quite red cheeks and I find that having anything red toned near my eyes can make me look very tired. I would also like to apologise for the fact that my hair is soaking wet and ridiculous looking in these photos - I only realised how stupid washing my hair that morning was after I'd lathered the shampoo in. 


PRODUCTS USED:

The Balm's Nude 'Tude Eyeshadow Palette
Bourjois Rouge Edition Lip Stick - in 04 Rose Tweed

So for this eye look I first primed my eyelid and under my eye using the Rimmel eyeshadow pencil, and I also added some of the Urban Decay liner to my water line, and a tiny amount to my tide line - just around the outer corner of my eye.
Onto the shadows then! Once again I start with sassy and do my brow bone and the inner corner of my eye - but this time I actually work it over the first third of my lid or so, rather than just the very inner corner. 
 I then work some Stubborn (a matte light pink) into the middle of my lid - I feel a matte was better suited next to the extreme shimmer of Sassy. And the third colour I used was Sexy another matte colour, but this one is a deep cranberry. I then work a little cranberry into the outer corner of my lower lash line; not too much as I don't want to look like I have tired, red-ringed eyes, but enough to add some definition. 
Little splash of mascara - and we're done! 

And so there we have it, my three favourite eye looks using The Balm's Nude 'Tude Palette! I'd love to see or hear about any looks that you've created or loved, or just generally any thoughts you have about the palette!
Thanks for reading! 

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