Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette
Lately, I’ve been watching quite a few videos by Australian YouTuber, Schellea Fowlwer, on her fabulous50 channel. She focuses on tips and tricks of applying makeup for those who are older. I’m not 50 yet but I have hooded lids and lines around my lips, and she shares tips on how to work with these aspects. There’s almost nothing I love to watch more on YouTube, and she just gives me the most useful tips and they are easy to replicate.
Her '5 Biggest Makeup Mistakes On Mature Eyes Tutorial Over 50 by Fabulous50s' was my introduction to her and I've referred back to it a few times. Since gravity is already working against you to drag the outside corners of your eyes down, her whole point of this video is that you should always look for ways to bring the eyes up in that area and not down. I was doing a few of her "don'ts" so it was nice to see what they were and why some are not flattering.
Pull away tips:
- A thick line of liner on the mobile lid will make your eyes appear smaller. Tighlining the top lid is better.
- Black liner on the bottom water liner can make eyes look more almond shaped.
- Don’t follow nature when applying shadow! Don’t bring the shadow all the way down on the outside.
- Neutral or nude eyeliner pencil can open up the eye look.
- Eye primer is a must!
- Only apply a highlighter in the middle just under the brow, not all the way across.
Since I’m loving the new PIXI BEAUTY Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty ($24 @ pixibeauty.com) I thought I’d try it out using some of her tips. The palette has both mattes and shimmers in it so this sole one can be used to create a whole look.
Click the link to see how I did it and what I used!
Other products used:
Instead of lining my top lid with a lot of liquid liner, I tight-lined it and applied just a very thin pencil line with ANTONYM Certified Natural Eye Pencil in Steel ($19 @ antonymcosmetics.com). This is a nice grey shade as for this look I didn’t want the harshness that can come with using a black liquid liner or even black pencil. I applied a very thin line along top lid and to hide a false lash band but I decided not to wear lashes in the end. I also lined the top water line with this pencil.
To apply my MAC foundation, I used the LAURA MERCIER Flawless Finish Makeup Sponge ($20 @ sephora.com, macys.com, nordstrom.com). I tried using it wet and dry and prefer the wet way, I think. What makes this sponge different from others is that it's not supposed to soak up as much product as the traditional sponges (I compared this one to the Beauty Blender), and when I washed it after a few uses, I think that’s true. The sponge itself is a lot denser than the traditional Beauty Blender, especially when wet. I like that the BB seems to literally bounce around the face to blend and this one was a little more work and well, didn't have any bounce. So using it to apply foundation overall, I didn’t not really like it, however, I did like it for under the eye and around the nose, really anywhere that had a curve or nook and cranny I had to get product into. I’m not sure I would buy this one again though just for that. I'm pretty used to the BB now and how to maneuver it well.
SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primerizer $32 @ ulta.com
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC20 $30 @ nordstrom.com
KAJA Cushy Vibe in Silk Robe $18 @ sephora.com
TARTE Shape Tape in Medium $21 @ ulta.com,
REAL TECHNIQUES 301 Flat Contour $21 @ realtechniques.com
Earrings from OzdobyZiemi on Etsy
Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.