Face of the Day 03: My Go-To Eye Look

   When it comes to doing my makeup on a day-to-day basis, like most people, I like to stick with a look that is reliable. I tend to favor the good-old nudes and browns, along with my "signature" cat-eye. Sometimes it makes me laugh when I think about how I use pretty much the same three to four shades when I have such a wide variety of colors in my collection of shadows, eye liners, and lipsticks. It may be silly to some, but I feel like there is a time and place to play with different looks, and being in a rushed/hurried state or stressed before work is not the time to try to experiment. In fact, I think that's the quickest way to increase anxiety. Therefore, I stick with my basics and I know I'm not alone in this habit. 

   Long story short, this is pretty much my Go-To, Everyday eye look. I contour my crease and add definition to my lower lash line, and then create a little drama with a winged/cat-eye liner. It is a simple and hassle free look to achieve, only takes five to eight minutes to do, and (in my humble opinion) is very pretty. 

   Lately, I've been using a few different shades to create a layered brownish-nude eye look. I use a Mac Pro Longwear eyeshadow, a Makeup Geek shadow, and a few different shades from both the Lorac Pro 1 and Pro 2 palettes. It seems like a lot, I know. It really is quite simple and quick to do though.

   I use Makeup Geek's Peach Smoothie as my crease transition shade. Then I pat Mac's Pro Longwear shadow in Bamboo (it's really old an unavailable now, I should really just get rid of it but...I digress) all over my lid and up to the crease. 

   Then, I take the Light Brown shade from the Lorac Pro 2 palette and pack that on to the outer half of my upper lid. I use Nectar from the  same palette as my blending/smoking out shade, but I that comes second to last in the whole process. 

   Then I use Taupe from the Lorac Pro 1 to deepen my crease, then Sable from the same palette to darken the outer V of my eyelid. After that is when I take Nectar, from the Pro 2, on a fluffy blush and blend out all the edges and really work the layers of colors in to be more cohesive and clean looking. Then I use Sable, Taupe, and Nectar along my bottom lash line, just to add a little definition. After I use Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner in Trooper to create my winged liner, I finish off the eyes with mascara. 

    Lastly, I use a Satin finish lipstick called Verve by Mac. I love this lipstick. It's definitely the perfect "nude" for me. My lips are really pigmented, and because my skin is medium-dark with olive/yellow undertones, most nude lipsticks don't suit me well. I love that this one is a few shades darker than my natural lip color, but not too brown, yellow, or orangey.

   It may seem like a bit of work for what doesn't appear to be all that impressive or fancy, but I really like the way this looks for day-to-day. Bottom line, if you like the way a "basic" look makes you feel and it doesn't stress you out to create it or interfere with anything, then just enjoy it. If doing your makeup causes too much stress, then in the long run it's counter productive and just not worth it. 
Love, Little Mouse

P.S. I'm pretty pleased that I cut my bangs myself and they look decent!

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