Monday, December 12, 2011

Matte Daytime Smoky Eyes - FOTD

I randomly tweeted a picture of my makeup today and I had an overwhelming response to do a FOTD/tutorial on it. Considering I used the "slap it all on with one brush and hope for the best" approach, I am leaving the tutorials to the pros and letting you know the products I used instead, so you can experiment and see how it suits you best :)

moody faces R us
Usually I wear very little (or very light natural shades) on the eyes during daytime, but today my hair was a dirty mess and had to be tucked away at all costs and I figured making the eyes stand out might make me look like I put a little bit more effort into my appearance. Hey - it worked! I had a final today and I had several compliments on my makeup... if they only knew... haha

So here is the low-down on the eye makeup:

the Sleek Makeup "Au Naturel" palette $10.50 and AMAZING

1. Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer all over the lids
2. the matte pale grey eyeshadow (2nd from top left) mixed on the back of my hand with the 3rd from bottom left cool toned brown shade... all over the lid
3. with the same brush I took the matte black shade and the plum shade (first and second from the bottom right) and I mixed them with a bit of the pale grey again and applied it all over the crease and outer corner
4. Chanel Yeux Waterproof eyeliner in black to line top and bottom lash lines
5. MUFE Smoky Lash Mascara

The End!

I know everyone and their grandmother is raving about the Urban Decay Naked2 palette but this natural palette by Sleek is 20% of the price of Naked2 and is so good. I love the fact that it has a lot of matte shades that are pigmented and easy to blend. I got mine in a swap with my lovely friend in the UK, Anna, but the Sleek can be found and ordered online on their site, for $10.50! Yay! LINK.

As for the brush I used, I used just ONE brush for all of this, and it's one of the best eyeshadow brushes I have ever used. It's by Laura Mercier and it's called the "Pony Tail Brush". If you are a fan of the mac 217 and the 224 for blending and quick, easy eyeshadow application... check the Pony Tail out. It's just amazing.

For the rest of my face I stuck to the basics - Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint, my under-eye concealing combination that I just did a video on - will blog about it soon as well,
On my cheeks I used Benefit Hervana. It's their latest powder box invention that I received. It comes out December 14th and I am SO pleasantly surprised by it. It's beautiful, not shimmery - more of a subtle satin finish - and applies like a dream.
On the lips I'm wearing the same Dior gloss (#137) that I've been trying to use up all month.

Hope you enjoyed and don't be afraid to show your matte eyeshadows some love.



  1. I love this look! I have this Sleek palette and am so overwhelmed by my options with it that I have never used it! You've inspired me to get it out and start playing with it tomorrow!

  2. I do like the colors of this palette. I haven't seen SLEEK anywhere in the US, so hopefully it comes here soon.

  3. This looks so pretty! I have one Sleek palette and I've been wanting more. Shipping to the US is just a lot of money!


  4. very pretty! i like the concept of playing up the eyes so the focus is there instead of a bad hair day. i was going to ask you on twitter what you used, im glad you did a post on it :)

  5. very pretty:)

  6. Simple and chic. And your skin looks so flawless!

  7. Gorgeous! I think I might buy a Sleek palette today :) good luck all your finals honey!xxx

  8. I adore Sleek, I have six palettes of them, hey are so addictive! :)

    You should check out Sleek's blushes as well, they are simply awsome.

  9. Yes! I've been waiting for this post since I saw ur pic on instagram! So beautiful!!

  10. You're incredibly beautiful!! This look is stunning. Love it when you do FOTD's. Xx

  11. So pleased you like the palette Sandra! You're making me want to dig my one out - looks great on you :) xx p.s) Cheers for the link too!

  12. That palette really looks great!

  13. just found your blog :) love it, i'm following :) hope you will follow back :)

  14. Thanks for the help with the make up and the way to do up this look...good to share and exchange ideas which opens windows to new cosmetic brushes

  15. You're so beautiful! Love your makeup!


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  17. I had no idea you could order Sleek online! So glad I checked out this post.

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