When I saw the Disney Ariel Cosmetics Collection at Walgreens I knew I was getting false lashes. I’ve since learned that there are three different eyelash sets, of which I have Set 3 that includes Ardell Demi Wispies and 205s. At $7.99 , the Ariel Ardell collaboration sets aren’t a huge bargain. But…it’s Ariel.
Naturally I then wanted to do a mermaid themed look, but I didn’t want it to be Ariel related (I’m not exactly the fair skinned, blue eyed, red locked, vocal phenom that she is) so I waited for inspiration to strike. That’s when I found NARS Cleo.
I was instantly set on sea glass tones, bronze bases, and sparkling skin, using a few of my current favorite products.
The trick for getting the exact color started with using Baalbek Eye Paint as a base. Remember the difference in a smoky eye with a colorful base? The same is true in using a bronze base under colorful eyeshadows (or color under color, etc). So I took Baalbek to my mobile lid, covering about 2/3 of the way from my lashline toward my crease. Then I opted for NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Peacock in and under my crease, carefully blending the edge with Baalbek for a seamless transition. Next I used the darker side of Cleo over the outer 2/3 of my mobile lid and the lighter side on the inner 1/2, keeping it intense in the very inner corner.
For my crease and very outer ‘v’ I blended Malacca back and forth until it was good and smoky. Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream became my transition shade and my brow bone color. To finish off the eyes, I ran Makeup Geek Hipster under my lower lashes, Baalbek above my upper lashes as liner, Too Faced Perfect Espresso on my waterlines, and Makeup Geek Afterglow Pigment along my tear duct areas. After curling my lashes, I applied Trish McEvoy Dramatic Lash Mascara (I’m all about that separated volume) and applied the Ardell Demi Wispies lashes from my Ariel set.
I want my skin to look retouched in photos without actually having to retouch it. I started with Becca Resurfacing Primer before using an Expert Face Brush to apply Kett Fixx Creme in O3 and N3. I brightened under my eyes (tutorial here) with NARS Honey before covering up with Ginger Radiant Creamy Concealer. Everything was set with Tarte Smooth Operator and finished with Hourglass Dim Light and Radiant Light.
I chose a lighter mix of foundations because it created a more obvious contour when I added Too Faced Chocolate Soleil under my cheekbones and at the top and sides of my forehead. For additional glow I chose Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector, running it in a ‘C’ from the tops of my cheekbones to above my brows, then down the bridge of my nose and at my cupid’s bow.
I very lightly created a base on my lips with Wet N Wild Bare It All, then dabbed more Opal unto them heavily in the center and blending outward being sure not to take any into the corners. I filled my brows with Sonia Kashuk Brow Perfector in Taupe and defined them with Anastasia Espresso Brow Gel. Then I used a touch of the new NARS blush in Unlawful for the perfect warmth on the apples of my cheeks. Bonus points this time for the silver sparkle.
My hair had some fun third-day-from-washing curl coming into the ends, but it was also quite flat. So I pulled an Oribe (his demo makes me so happy) and sprayed (and sprayed and sprayed) Dry Texturizing Spray all over before pinning a couple pieces back to the side.
Sometimes a girl’s gotta play. And play I did.