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After I dyed my hair red and left in a “blonde” piece (honestly it has a golden sheen to it, and it makes me look like a parrot at times), I wanted to experiment a bit with the gold shade from the Maybelline 24k nudes palette. I honestly feel like anyone could look good with some gold on their eyes, especially deeper skin tones, so I guess it would be universally flattering? I honestly wish I had a bit more melanin just so I wouldn’t be so pale all of the time.

Anyways, the eye shadows are all from the 24k palette and I truly feel like I get to use a lot of the shades in there for a lot of different looks so I’m feeling more and more that it was worth purchasing. I’m really happy that this palette wasn’t kind of a dud like how the other nudes palettes have been so far. (Sponsor me, Maybelline? Just kidding!) I used the gold shade, a more coppery shade and a deep brown. I wanted to do a black smokey eye, but I don’t think my skin tone would suit that with me being so awfully pale, the contrast would be too strong. and I would probably struggle with blending it out.

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When it was time to put on a liner, I realized I had thrown out the last little stump of the black liner that I had, so I had to improvise. I found an angled liner brush and used my IsaDora Hypo-allergenic mascara to line my eyes. It was a tiny bit flaky and dried really fast so it took some work to get an acceptable line. It wasn’t the best formula to use as a liner so I wouldn’t really recommend to anyone to use it as such. I tried using a black shadow and some setting spray at first but it didn’t really show up at all so it was my last resort.

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Overall I was pretty happy with how it turned out, though I could have made the outer edge look a little bit better, maybe more of an oval shape instead of trying to make it look like a wing.

Have you experimented with any make up looks lately?

♥ What I used

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One: Maybelline 24k NUDES palette. The lightest shade all over the lid, the gold shade in the inner third of the lid, the coppery shade in the middle of the lid and the dark brown on the outer third/smokey wing.

Two: Mesauda Milano 4Ever Brows Micro Pencil in “Cinnamon”.

Three: IsaDora Hypo-Allergenic Mascara in “Black”.

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Four: A small eye shadow brush

Five: An Eco Tools fluffy crease brush

Six: An Eco Tools fluffy blending brush (technically a “large eye brush”)

Seven: An angled eye liner brush. This also works great for brows!

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.. That’s not quite how it goes! But as I have been a fan of bold colors on the eyes lately, I wanted to make an alternative version of my blue look, and I ended up with a green one! I figured that instead of just layering the green H&M shadow I have over the darker one I have used from the Maybelline 24k NUDES palette, I could use them both for one complete look.

( Please ignore the weird brown/black shift in my hair, I’m growing out my natural brown color after having it dyed jet black for a long time. )

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♥ The application and result

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I used a sponge applicator that was dampened with some setting spray to get the most pigmentation out of the H&M shade as I could, since you could see it being very sheer in my post here. I found that the trick worked rather well, but it made the pan feel a bit chalky afterwards so I had to scrape off a small layer of

it to make it feel like normal. With the darker shade I could just use a regular make up brush to apply it because it is very pigmented and it was very easy to blend into the lighter shade without creating a harsh edge. I smoked it out up towards the top of the lid, and applied a Wet ‘n Wild eyeliner in “Dont leaf me” and then the NYX crystal liner on top of it along the lash line. I used it in the blue look too, but the glitters in it are actually green so it fits this look way better than the previous one.

I was very happy with how it turned out after applying mascara and blending out any remaining harsh outer edges. I think that without the glitter liner, this would definitely be okay for an every day casual look, but with how it looks now, I would probably just wear it for special occasions! There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing glittery eye make up every day though, it just isn’t for me. I admire those that can just go full glam whenever they feel like it.

♥ What I used

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One: Wet ‘n Wild KOHL Eye Liner in “Don’t leaf me”. A beautiful glittery green eye liner.
Two: NYX Crystal Liner in “Jade”.
Three: H&M Eye Shadow in “Aventurine”.
Four: Maybelline 24k NUDES Palette, a dark green shade.

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Five: Maybelline Super Stay 24h Powder in 10 Ivory, used as a base to conceal spider veins.
Six: An eco tools brush to blend it out.
Seven: A dual ended make up sponge / brush applicator.
Eight: Mesauda Milano 4Ever Brows Micro Pencil in “Cinnamon”.
Nine: IsaDora Hypo-Allergenic Mascara in “Black”.

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My favorite thing to do is to try out weird or bold eye looks, and when I just so happen to find a ‘new’ palette to play with, plus some other colors on the side, I won’t say no. I have spent many hours of my life playing with make up, creating strange eye looks and just wiping it off soon after if I’m not happy with it. A few years ago I used to have a gold and green duo shadow from H&M that I absolutely loved, and the green shade was so dark and suit my eyes so well but I have never found any shades to recreate it ever since, until now. Well, it’s not an exact duplicate of it, but it is close enough!

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A bit chunky, but still a good gold shade.

Swatches 

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Top row

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Bottom row

The purple look

First I wanted to just see how crazy I could get with the colors, having purple and gold as my other favorite gold combo, i decided to try to make a look from it too. For some reason gold and purple makes me think of the fictional nation of Orlais, from the Dragon Age universe. Their style is really posh and over the top and that is how the gold/purple combo is making me feel. I first tried to use the purple shade that came with the palette but it just showed up slightly brown, so i guess its taupe? Instead I ended up using a purple eye shadow from H&M that was on sale for 10 NOK (around a dollar). I used a wet brush and it showed up pretty good! It took a few layers to make it as intense as I wanted but it layered well so that was no problem. The gold shade from the palette didn’t layer as well though, Maybelline is pretty notorious for having chalky eye shadows and this was no exception. It gave it some texture, not necessarily what I like in an eye shadow, but at least it had somewhat of a metallic shimmer.

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I focused on making the outer edge more opaque so it looks a tiny bit patch in the crease in the picture below, but it wasn’t noticeable when i had my eyes open so I didn’t really care. I also noticed it’s pretty easy to see that my hair is two different colors now too, I’m growing out the black color so almost half of my hair is a lighter brown color now. All in all I’m pretty happy with how the eye look turned out. Maybe I could have smoked out/blended the edges better but it doesn’t really matter to me if it has a harsh edge.

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The green look

As for the green look, I took a lighter metallic ish shade and layered on top of the gold to mute it a bit, then using a mix of the green shade in the Maybelline palette and a green H&M shade. I was a little bit disappointed since the green shade in the palette wasn’t as pigmented, but I’m sure they were going for a more subtle shade, letting the gold dominate the whole palette. The H&M shade was a whole lot brighter but more sheer so it didn’t do much apart from adding a slight sheen on top of it all. Doing dual colors like this was my favorite thing to do in high school, and I rarely went a day without it in some kind of variety. This look isn’t bold compared to the other so it was way easier to wear it casually, and it still is to this day.

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Being able to find something similar to what I used before has rekindled my love for make up a little bit, and I feel myself wanting to sit down in front of the mirror and play with the colors. Maybe I can end up with a blue and purple eye look too, or blue and gold.. or.. well, time will show! For now I’m just going to replicate this look over and over until i tire from it completely.

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Do you have a go-to look? Or did you use to have one that you would love to recreate? Tell me all about it!

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