You know you’re a beauty addict when doing a smoky eye becomes boring.  We all know I love the look, but after awhile I need to change it up.  I picked up a great tip from NARS artist Aisha Alves recently and decided to start playing with colorful eyeshadow bases.

NARS Mozambique Eye Paint product
NARS Eye Paint in Mozambique

I don’t typically layer my creams and powders, but clearly it’s time to start.  If this were a video game, you could say I’ve leveled up.  The last level was too easy, I got through it too quickly, and I needed more of a challenge.  It turns out the real challenge was photographing this look step-by-step, then running to Walgreens at 9:00pm (still in split-face makeup) to buy flour for a brunch I’d almost forgotten.  But I digress.

I wanted to show you the difference a color base can make, not just on the overall color of the look, but on the texture and depth too.  On the left side of the photos I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance.  On the right, NARS Mozambique Eye Paint.  I then did the exact same look to both eyes using the same amount of eyeshadow on each with Urban Decay Naked.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance / NARS Mozambique
Step 1:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance / NARS Mozambique

I was sure to follow Aisha’s guide for the application and placement of Mozambique.  I used my finger to tap and gently blend it from the lashes and up.  I went back and added more to my mobile lid as needed to slowly build up intensity.

NARS Mozambique Tutorial Step 2
Step 2: Urban Decay Smog

Using the side of a smudge brush, I applied Smog to my mobile lid while leaving the center bare. I made sure to run Smog along my upper lashes with the tip of my brush.

NARS Mozambique Tutorial Step 3
Step 3: Urban Decay Half Baked

Using the same brush, I tapped Half Baked onto the center of my lids.  The color is a bit muted over Mozambique, but the sparkle is more obvious.

Step 4:  Hustle, Perfect Espresso, Dramatic Lashes
Step 4: Urban Decay Hustle, Too Faced Perfect Espresso, Trish McEvoy Dramatic Lashes

Again with the smudge brush, I added Hustle to the outer corners of my eyes.  It looks far more intense over Mozambique.  Using a small fluffy brush, I blended Buck into my creases and Naked onto my brow bones.  I added Too Faced Perfect Espresso eyeliner to my lashlines and a coat of  the new Trish McEvoy Dramatic Lash mascara.

NARS Mozambique Tutorial finished with Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Primer kept the shadows true to color, but it also would require more color built up for a smoky look.

NARS Mozambique Tutorial finished with Mozambique

Using Mozambique as a colorful cream base instantly added depth, made the shadows more interesting, and the sparkle pop.  I also really like the way Half Baked over Mozambique caught the light when I moved.

NARS Mozambique Tutorial full face finished

The finished look(s)! I feel like Mozambique also made my eye appear larger at first glance – always a good thing.  I find myself quickly taking on new bases (including lip liner which I did for this look also) and I’m excited about mixing and matching.  I’ll be sure to let you know if I find anything that really stands out!

What are some of your favorite bases to use?

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