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