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 :)

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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.

xx