In a recent post about my favourite affordable make-up for prom I mentioned my purchase of some Makeup Geek eye shadows, but only briefly touched on the subject as I wanted to leave my analysis for a more in-depth review. On the day of prom I thought I would document every step of my make-up, hair and outfit, but when it came to it I had too much else to do to set up for a pre-prom event for that to materialise. Instead, I thought I could combine the two by recreating my eye make-up from prom that featured the Makeup Geek shadows as it was definitely the focal point of my look. In the furthest down image you can see my friends and I at prom and see that my dress was navy with a black mesh overlay that was heavily embellished. For my make-up I knew I wanted to do something special on the eyes with a more neutral lip as we were having a meal that included soup and roast beef (even the most long wearing of liquid lipsticks couldn't last through those!) and thought that playing with blue would be fun. I am in no way a make-up artist and have attempted very little in the way of eye shadow before, but for this look I scrolled through Pinterest searching "blue smokey eye" and saw that my favourites had warm transition and crease colours. I loved pairing the shimmery blue with the orange/warm browns as orange and blue are complimentary colours and so it helped make the blue stand out, and browns are very natural and easy shades to work with. For anyone who, like me, wants to do their own make-up for a special occasion but isn't experienced in eye shadow then I would recommend picking colours from a similar colour family (as you can see with my matte shades) and experimenting with complimentary colours. Also - practise! I did a few different versions of this look and played around with the shadows until I was happy that I could create something beautiful for on the day.

This look used seven shades in total, but the stand out four were these from Make-up Geek and I bought them soly because of rave reviews from top industry names such as Jaclyn Hill. They are Creme Bruelee, Frappe and Cocoa Bear matte shadows and Centre Stage foiled eye shadow. I was so impressed with the quality of these products, especially for their affordable price (together the four cost me £22.80). While the matte shadows do kick off quite a bit of fall out and are not the softest texture when swatches, the colour payoff and blendability is incredible, and better than many of the MAC shadows that you all know I am a fan of. The foiled shadow is incredibly creamy in the pan and the shine is outstanding, but when blended it sets to a definite powder consistency. The shine never gets chunky and instead leaves a super glamorous effect on the eye. 

Now, let's get into the walk-through tutorial. I started by adding some tape running from my lower lash line up towards where the tail of my brow should be (my tails are quite short) and then added some of my L'Oreal Infallible Primer to the lids. It is important to add the primer after the tape, as I find the tape really doesn't stick to my skin once the primer is on. I then set this base with wash of Blanc Type by MAC, a pale matte cream colour, but Makeup Geek do loads of their own neutral skin-toned shadows at a more afforable price than MAC. I then took a fluffy blending brush and applied Creme Bruelee into the area above my crease, known as the transition. Once this is lightly blended in, I applied Frappe underneath Creme Bruelee in the crease, and built up the colour until I was happy. I then went back into Creme Bruelee to blend out Frappe. Once the crease was finished, I packed on some of Cocoa Bear to the outer corner and dragged a little into the crease with a smaller, more detailed brush, making sure the colour did not go too high up. When I blend my eye shadows I like them to be quite blown out as my eyes are very small and my eyes are slightly hooded so it can hide some of the colours, but I made sure to keep Cocoa Bear low down on the outer corner so that the shadow didn't look too muddy. Again, I went back into Frappe and then Creme Brulee to blend out this darker shade. The important thing with eye shadow is to apply very little and then blend and re-apply as this prevents patchiness, harsh lines or a 'black eye' effect. Keeping this next shade on the centre of the lid, I applied a light wash of Carbon, a matte black by MAC, to act as a base for the foiled shadow and amplify and intensify the colour of it. Again, I went back into the three Makeup Geek shadows in reverse order to blend out the black. On a flat brush I packed the foiled shadow Centre Stage on the lid, and then blended it out with the other matte browns and oranges. I repeated this step a few times to make sure I had the desired intensity from the blue that I wanted. 

Once you are happy with this blending, you can remove the tape. I find now the best time to do my foundation, under eye concealer and powder before returning to the eye. Using the tape gives a perfectly clean and sharp line that is easy to trace using a liquid liner, and I used a black to add drama to the look. On the lower lash line I used an angled brush to press our darkest shade Cocoa Bear close to the lash line, and then smudged it out using Creme Brulee on a pencil brush. I also applied a kohl pencil to my upper and lower waterline and then set it with MAC Carbon eye shadow. For the inner corner I decided to use my highlighter as it was a light champagne/golden colour that I felt tied in with the crease and transition shades. Finally, I added my favourite Ardell Demi Wispies and a coat of mascara to my upper and lower lashes.

And that was the finished eye make-up look. I finished my make-up with perfected and contoured skin and MAC Velvet Teddy on the lips to match the warm eye colours. I completed my prom outfit with this stunning gown from French Connection (now on sale!) and my most trusted (and most comfortable) New Look black heels (similar here). The bag I used was a small navy clutch that I borrowed from a neighbour, and as the dress was so embellished I kept my jewellery dainty and minimal. I added some loose waves to my newly cut hair as I had seven inches cut off the previous day, and to read more about it you can click here







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In a recent post about my favourite affordable make-up for prom I mentioned my purchase of some Makeup Geek eye shadows, but only briefly touched on the subject as I wanted to leave my analysis for a more in-depth review. On the day of prom I thought I would document every step of my make-up, hair and outfit, but when it came to it I had too much else to do to set up for a pre-prom event for that to materialise. Instead, I thought I could combine the two by recreating my eye make-up from prom that featured the Makeup Geek shadows as it was definitely the focal point of my look. In the furthest down image you can see my friends and I at prom and see that my dress was navy with a black mesh overlay that was heavily embellished. For my make-up I knew I wanted to do something special on the eyes with a more neutral lip as we were having a meal that included soup and roast beef (even the most long wearing of liquid lipsticks couldn't last through those!) and thought that playing with blue would be fun. I am in no way a make-up artist and have attempted very little in the way of eye shadow before, but for this look I scrolled through Pinterest searching "blue smokey eye" and saw that my favourites had warm transition and crease colours. I loved pairing the shimmery blue with the orange/warm browns as orange and blue are complimentary colours and so it helped make the blue stand out, and browns are very natural and easy shades to work with. For anyone who, like me, wants to do their own make-up for a special occasion but isn't experienced in eye shadow then I would recommend picking colours from a similar colour family (as you can see with my matte shades) and experimenting with complimentary colours. Also - practise! I did a few different versions of this look and played around with the shadows until I was happy that I could create something beautiful for on the day.

This look used seven shades in total, but the stand out four were these from Make-up Geek and I bought them soly because of rave reviews from top industry names such as Jaclyn Hill. They are Creme Bruelee, Frappe and Cocoa Bear matte shadows and Centre Stage foiled eye shadow. I was so impressed with the quality of these products, especially for their affordable price (together the four cost me £22.80). While the matte shadows do kick off quite a bit of fall out and are not the softest texture when swatches, the colour payoff and blendability is incredible, and better than many of the MAC shadows that you all know I am a fan of. The foiled shadow is incredibly creamy in the pan and the shine is outstanding, but when blended it sets to a definite powder consistency. The shine never gets chunky and instead leaves a super glamorous effect on the eye. 

Now, let's get into the walk-through tutorial. I started by adding some tape running from my lower lash line up towards where the tail of my brow should be (my tails are quite short) and then added some of my L'Oreal Infallible Primer to the lids. It is important to add the primer after the tape, as I find the tape really doesn't stick to my skin once the primer is on. I then set this base with wash of Blanc Type by MAC, a pale matte cream colour, but Makeup Geek do loads of their own neutral skin-toned shadows at a more afforable price than MAC. I then took a fluffy blending brush and applied Creme Bruelee into the area above my crease, known as the transition. Once this is lightly blended in, I applied Frappe underneath Creme Bruelee in the crease, and built up the colour until I was happy. I then went back into Creme Bruelee to blend out Frappe. Once the crease was finished, I packed on some of Cocoa Bear to the outer corner and dragged a little into the crease with a smaller, more detailed brush, making sure the colour did not go too high up. When I blend my eye shadows I like them to be quite blown out as my eyes are very small and my eyes are slightly hooded so it can hide some of the colours, but I made sure to keep Cocoa Bear low down on the outer corner so that the shadow didn't look too muddy. Again, I went back into Frappe and then Creme Brulee to blend out this darker shade. The important thing with eye shadow is to apply very little and then blend and re-apply as this prevents patchiness, harsh lines or a 'black eye' effect. Keeping this next shade on the centre of the lid, I applied a light wash of Carbon, a matte black by MAC, to act as a base for the foiled shadow and amplify and intensify the colour of it. Again, I went back into the three Makeup Geek shadows in reverse order to blend out the black. On a flat brush I packed the foiled shadow Centre Stage on the lid, and then blended it out with the other matte browns and oranges. I repeated this step a few times to make sure I had the desired intensity from the blue that I wanted. 

Once you are happy with this blending, you can remove the tape. I find now the best time to do my foundation, under eye concealer and powder before returning to the eye. Using the tape gives a perfectly clean and sharp line that is easy to trace using a liquid liner, and I used a black to add drama to the look. On the lower lash line I used an angled brush to press our darkest shade Cocoa Bear close to the lash line, and then smudged it out using Creme Brulee on a pencil brush. I also applied a kohl pencil to my upper and lower waterline and then set it with MAC Carbon eye shadow. For the inner corner I decided to use my highlighter as it was a light champagne/golden colour that I felt tied in with the crease and transition shades. Finally, I added my favourite Ardell Demi Wispies and a coat of mascara to my upper and lower lashes.

And that was the finished eye make-up look. I finished my make-up with perfected and contoured skin and MAC Velvet Teddy on the lips to match the warm eye colours. I completed my prom outfit with this stunning gown from French Connection (now on sale!) and my most trusted (and most comfortable) New Look black heels (similar here). The bag I used was a small navy clutch that I borrowed from a neighbour, and as the dress was so embellished I kept my jewellery dainty and minimal. I added some loose waves to my newly cut hair as I had seven inches cut off the previous day, and to read more about it you can click here







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