Tuesday, 5 November 2013

the beauty post | pretty gold and purple eyes using the urban decay 'alice in wonderland' palette

 i'm usually very samey with my eye make up, i just sweep on some liquid liner and mascara and go. 
however, sometimes i really love mixing it up and adding some colour, and i have quite a few looks i go to regularly - and i'm going to share one of these looks with you today.

these are the products i used to create the look - liquid liner, mascara, an eyeshadow primer and the urban decay 'alice in wonderland' palette. i was lucky enough to buy this palette off ebay in 2010 a couple of says after it was released. you can still get it now, but the prices are pretty high.

the palette itself includes 16 shades, two 24/7 eyeliners and some primer potion. none of the shades are new releases - they are all existing UD eyeshadows but the names have been changed to fit in with the alice in wonderland theme.

the shades i used were oraculum (baked), queen (last call) and underland (flash).
oraculum is a really lovely copper-gold, it's quite dark and really well pigmented.
queen is a cranberry shade with a really warm hint of gold to it. 
underland is a bright purple which is crazy-pigmented.

with all of the shades, you only need a little to go a long way as they are so pigmented. they are also really smooth and easy to apply.

i first applied a primer to my lid (MUA's pro-base primer) and then applied oraculum to the inner two thirds of my eye, stopping at the crease. i used a flat shader brush (MAC 242) and packed the shade on.

i then took queen and applied it to the outer third, blending it into the gold. i used the benefit talent brush as it is so thin and helps to control where the product goes.

i then blended the edges to give a seamless look using the MAC 224 brush, a really big fluffy brush. this can sometimes make the colours lose intensity so you can go back in with the shadows to add it back.

i then took underland on an even smaller brush (an UD liner brush) and added a small amount right into the middle of the purple shade. this just added a little more dimension and colour to the purple part to really make it pop.

i then brought queen and oraculum under the eye to the bottom lid and blended them together in the middle, just to pull the look together.

i then lined my upper lid with my trusty soap and glory supercat liner and falsies mascara to finish off the look. 

i've been turning to this look whenever i've been on a night out recently and get lots of compliments on it. i really think gold and purple work well together, and these UD shades really do stand out and last.

to do you think this is a pretty look?
would you wear it yourself?