FOTD: Daring pairing

I've been wanting to get more use of my Stila In the Know palette (which I blogged about previously) and specifically the orange shade, Fire. I also have a mini of the Sephora + Pantone Universe Emerald Liquid Liner (which I got as a 100-point perk, and the full size seems to be sold out), so I decided to play around with the unconventional color combination.

I chose to do my eyes before my base in case there was any fallout. I prepped my lids with the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer that comes with the Lorac Pro Palette, and then swept that palette's Gold shade all over the lid with a MAC 217 brush. Next, I used a MAC pencil brush to draw a "v" shape onto the outer corner of my eyelids with the orange eyeshadow from the Stila palette, and diffused that and brought it farther into the crease with the 217.

I used my mini Lancôme Hypnôse Drama mascara in Excessive Black, which I got as a free-gift-with-purchase at Macy's, on the top lashes (no curling, no primer, just the mascara) and Clinique Bottom Lash in brown on the lower lashes, which I had lined using Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eyeliner in Demolition applied with a liner brush instead of directly with the pencil. Then it was on to the green liner. I took my time getting a nice, defined line and doing a slight wing. The skinny brush was easy to work with, a shock because I have a hell of a time with liquid eyeliner. Also, I've mentioned before that I have slightly hooded eyelids, so I have to apply it in a way that looks good head-on but kinda funny with my eyes closed. And on the brows, I used my trusty NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Charcoal just to patch up sparse areas.

For my skin, I started with Skin79 BB cream in the pink bottle. Jen on From Head to Toe has excellent reviews and swatches of the Asian BB creams, which led me to this one. It comes out a porridgey gray color that is absolutely disgusting, but then oxidizes to be a fairly normal looking match to human flesh. I used my hands to apply a thin layer.

I've been trying to be more at ease with my skin, preferring to not cover my hyperpigmentation spots all the way and just diminishing them a bit rather than caking on a gross amount of foundation and powder. So for the spots still showing after the BB cream, I dabbed on a little bit of the Amazing Concealer and also used some under my eyes.

For highlighter, I used my favorite champagne shimmer, Benefit's Watt's Up, on the top of my cheeks and just blended. I used a stippling brush to lightly apply NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium, to set the BB cream and eliminate any last remaining gray, and used just a suggestion of Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Natural Beauty, which I talked about in my May favorites video.

And to finish, I chose my most natural lipcolor so my pout wouldn't compete with my peepers: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey, which I talked about in my MLBB post.

What do you think of this color combination? I think that the gold fades nicely into the matte orange, and that the orange is blended out enough that it complements rather than clashes with the emerald.

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