Thursday, March 28, 2013

Everyday Look Twisted : Tutorial

Let me clarify what I mean by an everyday look twisted; an everyday look is generally very laid back and simple to do but this look, while very simple looking, takes a bit longer and is a bit more spruced up. It can definitely pass as something minimal, but it's much more polished than what I would do everyday. Keep ready to find out more about this look and how to achieve it.

Like usual, we'll start with our tools:

1) Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless Primer
2) Urban Decay Naked Palette (which, I can't believe that this is the first appearance of this palette, I use it all the time)
3) Stila Smudge Pot in 24 kt (gel liner)
4) Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara
5) Kiss Ever EZ Lashes (these are the new "trio" lashes in the short/medium combination)

The shadows squared off in white are the shades that I used for this look.

1) Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
2) Duo Lash Adhesive in Dark Tone
3) Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Watermelon Twist
4) Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Flamingo Pose

I feel like at this point, most of you recognize these brushes. The Bare Minerals double sided brush, the two Sephora Professionals brushes, and the little skinny guy is a liner brush from MAC. 

Now, let's get started.

All foundationed/concealed/powdered and ready to go. I have been using Laura Mercier's Silk Crème Foundation in Rose Ivory for the last week because I requested a sample of it at Sephora. I had heard great things about this foundation and honestly, it's pretty amazing and I've kind of fallen in love. It has a very strong scent to it, but it makes my skin look great for hours and hours, so I guess I can deal with the fact that it smells.

After priming my lid, I took the fluffy eyeshadow brush on my double sided brush and applied Virgin from lash to brow bone.

I then went in with the same brush and applied Naked all over the lid to make it a bit of a pearlescent nude.

This picture is out of focus and it's the only one I have of this step, so I apologize! I took smog and pressed it into my socket, not my crease. I wanted my eyes to appear a bit deeper and since I have partially hooded lids, I apply this to my eye socket to feign depth.

And with my eye open so that you can see the color does go above my crease.

I then dipped my fluffy brush in Baked and used that to blend out the line of Smog. I also took it down and applied Baked to the outer third of my lid.

I love winged liner, so it goes with my everyday theme. I decided to use gel liner today and upon use, I've come to realize that my smudge pot is drying out :( Regardless, when I use gel liner, I tend to draw the shape and then go back and fill it in.

Now, those wings may look a bit dramatic, but like I said, this is everyday with a twist, so they'll look toned down a bit once we complete the rest of the look.

I then took Darkhorse and smudge it into the outer corner of my lower lashline. I also created a little tiny baby double wing just for fun.

And a healthy dose of mascara.

Now the fun part, false lashes! I just got these the other day, so I thought I would try them out with this look. I applied my lash glue and let the glue get tacky before applying.

I place and adjust the falsies with my tweezers and then press them in to my own lashes. Most people curl their lashes when using falsies, but my own lashes are fairly curled on their own, so I generally skip this step.

And so you can see the difference, the eye on the left has false lashes and the eye on the right does not.

Falsies applied! I stuck with mid to outer corners for my false lashes. If I apply a full strip, it can look cartoonish since my lashes are already very long.

A quick brush of Luminoso on the cheeks.

And with Watermelon Twist on the lips. You can definitely leave the look here if you want since Watermelon Twist is a nice, subtle bright color (I know how contradicting that sounds). It doesn't blind you, but you can definitely see it on the lips.

OR you can go for something really bright like Flamingo Pose and rock it out.

What do you guys think, would you rock this look? Let me know in the comments below! 

(all photos copyright Allison Richardson Photography and not available for use without permission)


  1. How amazing is the Naked palette? I've had it in my sephora cart for a long time but just can't bring myself to spend that much on eye shadow...

    1. I mean, it LOOKS amazing on you, but as far as quality, versatility, how long it lasts, etc.

    2. Well, now that I know that you've bought it (it only took me forever to figure out who this was, it should have been EXTREMELY obvious), I can tell you that it is actually a pretty budget friendly purchase. You are getting 12 quality eye shadows for $50; that breaks down to less than $5 a pop. As always, I recommend primer beneath the shadow and when I do that, the shadow lasts me all day.