Thursday, October 18, 2012

An Evening Face Tutorial

I recently received an invitation to an evening event and was pondering the makeup I would do for it. Warning: I might be abusing my recent fondness for brown neutrals with a second brown-based eye tutorial this week. Granted, it's not the most flattering shade on me, but irrational fancy needs no excuse, I suppose (for those who live through life wondering why some girls look absolutely amazing in "universal" shades of brown and wheat golds when they make our eyes look like muddy swamps, this fantastic post from Ars Aromatica is worth a read).


I started with Le Métier de Beauté Tamarack as my eyeshadow base, then placed Burberry Midnight Brown all over the eyelid, blending toward the brow bone. I used Taupe Brown to deepen the outer corner and Porcelain to highlight below the brow and around the inner corner. 

I applied NARS Rue Bonaparte on my waterline to minimize redness and used Burberry Pale Barley to smoke out the bottom lash line. I lined my eyes with Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil 1, and as usual, a couple coats of Guerlain Noir G Mascara to finish.


Speaking of abuse, are you sick of hearing about Chanel Notorious yet? Because I'm totally still using it everyday. Pictured above is Notorious under the cheekbone, Benefit Dandelion on the apples, and RMS Living Luminizer to highlight.


Ellis Faas L207 on the lips for a rich, creamy peach.


On my fingertips, a deep navy creme a la JINsoon Rhapsody. Texturally, Rhapsody was slightly thicker than Auspicious (which was thinner than the standard, which means Rhapsody resembles "regular" polish). I only needed two coats to reach full opacity.

The Complete Look

Products Used:
Face -
RMS Beauty "Un" Cover Up #22
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
Benefit Dandelion Blush
Chanel Notorious Sculpting Veil for Eyes and Cheeks

Eyes -
Shu Uemura Seal Brown Retractable Eye Brow Pencil (not available in US)
Le Métier de Beauté Dualistic Eye Pencil in Tamarack
Burberry Eyeshadows in Porcelain, Pale Barley, Midnight Brown, and Taupe Brown
NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte
Giorgio Armani Waterproof Smooth Silk Eye Pencil #1
Guerlain Noir G Mascara

Lips -
Ellis Faas L207

Nails -
JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Rhapsody

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  1. I think the brown eyeshadow looks lovely on you :) Great tutorial!

  2. Gorgeous! Your bone structure is to die for!

    Where is your top from? I love the pleats and the color!

    1. ^^

      It's actually a dress, from Zara (and it's this season so it's probably still there!)

  3. That nail colour is fantastic.

  4. Love your hair! It really shows off your features and bone structure.

  5. I don't very often wear full eye shadow looks because of what you just said about things looking muddy - oh and I might add I sometimes look beat up...ew! I so want to get the Burberry shades all the blogs rave about, but I have that funny feeling they just won't look good on me. *sigh* Ha ha! I live vicariously through posts such as yours :-)

    1. Browns are tricky! I think grays are best for smokey eyes, on me anyway.

  6. Stunning look on you! I really love the new hair too. Has Notorious taken the top spot for contouring in your arsenal now?


    1. I haven't stopped using Notorious since I purchased it! I'm using it so much it's actually getting ridiculous

  7. Your photography is absolutely completely stunning. Such a lovely look too

  8. GAHHH you so pretty CHEEKZ!!! I can't look away! Mesmerized.......
    P.S. Got my Notorious the other day and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Thanks so much! <3

    1. <3!

      Glad Notorious reached you safely. Now show me those cheekbonez!!

  9. I never thought I'd see the day where I was actually WANTING to buy a grey cheek powder/contour powder, but I WANT this. It makes your cheekbones look friggin AWESOME! And I love the light glow from Dandelion on your apples. I really want both now...dammit Xiao! :P

    1. Teehee. Seriously though, get Notorious >:)

  10. This is like 12 kinds of gorgeous.
    I'm tossing whether or not to chase Chanel Notorious. Can you make an executive decision for me? :P

  11. Hi Xiao! This question is off-topic: my grandma is going to buy me a gift in the US and I jokingly asked for one of the LMdB kits, not expecting her to say yes but turns up she's up for it, and now she wants one for herself too lol, so next week she and my mom are going to Bergdorf's to buy one for me and for her.

    Since I don't know how to put eyeshadow on I'll have to buy one of the face kits so I'm choosing between the Flawless Face kit or the Blush kit. What do you recommend? I'm MAC NC30, Asian. I figured I'd go for the Blush kit because I'm not sure how the bronzer on the FF would look on me (and I'm a total blush fiend lol). But then Echo is in the FF kit. I can ask to switch Echo with the sparkly pink shade on the blush kit, right?


    1. Hi Anon,

      First, awesome grandma you have there :P

      Second, unfortunately I think Bergdorf's doesn't stock the blush kits anymore. I think it's now only available online (or whatever's leftover at counters). Plus you wouldn't have been able to switch Echo with the sparkly pink shade.

      While I don't think the bronzer is scary (I mean seriously. It barely shows up on the face unless you poke it onto your face. And even then you'll need to stab repeatedly), if you're not comfortable with it I will suggest getting Echo as a single, and maybe Whisper, because it's a really beautiful highlighter. You can consider the Creme Fresh Tints too (my favorites are Mystique, Tenne and Poppy) because they're AWESOME and weirdly cheap considering LMdB's price point.

      And finally, no lip cremes? :P

    2. So would they have the Flawless Face kit? Either is fine, I just figured since my grandma was up for buying me anything I might as well go big or go home haha. The CFT look awesome too, and I was actually thinking of asking for one of their Color Core lipsticks in the shade Paris. I want so many things, haha. As for lipcremes, none of the shades look particularly appealing to me, I think I might have to try them myself first.

      Anyway if all else fails I might just ask for the Tom Ford blush in Flush. Or Notorious. Ahh!

    3. Hi! I don't know if you're still following this thread, but I just checked with Bergdorf's and they're out of both the Face Kit and the Blush Kit. Dustin travels around though, so he might be able to get one for you from another location. If possible, call him at Bergdorf's 212.872.8612 or email him at!

  12. Stunning, as usual! I am so on the fence with Notorious. It scared me a bit but everyone is singing it's praises. hmmm

  13. I love the eyelook you created. It looks very sexy on you! That grey blush looks stunning too! I wonder how I would look in grey contouring blush, would love to try :D

    1. At this rate I'm just yelling at people to get it. lol

  14. I was shopping around for red lipsticks and came across your blog, and I haven't been able to stop reading ever since. I love it! Can I ask you a really lame question? I noticed that you also have lopsided eyelids (i.e. one double eyelid is more prominent than the other) -- can I ask how you usually overcome this or make your eye make up even out a bit more? I keep finding that eyeliner/eyeshadow on one side comes out pretty and the other just folds back into the inner crease and disappears. All. The. Time.

    Thanks loads!

    1. It's not a lame question at all! My lopsided lids used to bug me a lot, but I've become a lot more comfortable with it since starting the blog. People tell me they never notice it until I point it out though...

      I don't know if you can see it in this post ( but basically I line one side of the eye just slightly thicker than the other. When I do a smokey eye, I try to shade in the crease a little bit more on the less prominent eye to balance it out with the other. I've also been experimenting with different placements, extending/blending it over the crease line toward the outer edge of the brow bone etc, so when my eyelid starts swallowing color up I still have plenty left to show :P

      Hope that helps!

  15. LOVE the haircut. Seriously stunning. Beautiful look too.

  16. I am LOVING the fuller brows on you! Perfectly compliments your new cut :)

  17. I am LOVING the fuller brows on you! Perfectly compliments your new cut :)

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