In most places in this country, we’re moving into the hottest months of the year. But not in San Francisco – the best weather is usually in April and October. San Francisco has a way of being contrarian, even within its city limits. When I wake up, I check the weather of the specific zip code I’ll be in that day – there’s enough variation neighborhood to warrant that.
So today I present a makeup look inspired by a foggy, drizzling summer day. It doesn’t even need to be raining when you wear it!
I have a bad habit of being drawn to discount items, even if I don’t really need or want them. That’s how I ended up with this Urban Decay cream eyeshadow in Mushroom. It’s a beautiful gray-brown that I don’t use as often as I should. It’s not offered in cream form anymore, but I highly recommend you get this as a powder eyeshadow (it’s got a 4.7/5 on Makeup Alley!) or eyeliner (I swatched it at Sephora yesterday – gorgeous!).
Here’s the step by step (helpfully exhibited by the above photo sequence):
- Apply a taupe-gray cream eyeshadow from your lashes to your crease. You can clean up any wobbly lines with a Q tip.
- To add dimension, apply a shimmery eyeshadow to the inner third of your eye. Use a clean eyeshadow brush to help blend it with the cream shadow. I used Urban Decay’s Vanilla.
- To give your sockets even more depth, apply a dark purple eyeshadow (Such as Half Truth by Urban Decay) to the outer corner, and don’t forget to blend with a separate brush! This is critical, especially when you’re combining two separate eyeshadow textures (cream and powder).
- Apply a purple eyeliner along the upper lash line and black mascara on your top lashes. I’m a fan Almay Intense I-Color in Purple Amethyst – it’s meant to bring out color in brown eyes, but I think it looks great with blue as well.
I wanted the focus to stay on the eyes, so I finished the look with soft pink blush and lips. Here’s the final look:
As you can see, my brows are now moving into Brooke Shields territory. But I’ve been growing them out for a very special occasion – my very first professional brow shaping! Expect a very different look in the near future.