Saturday, 21 May 2016

EOTD: Lime Crime Venus Reds...

Let's talk about red eyeshadow - not every gal's cup of tea, but it's not as scary as you think, and with careful placement and the right shade, it can be stunning. On the other hand, get either of those wrong, and you can end up looking like you've been howling all night and folks will ask "are you ok?". Trust me, I know - I've played with it for several years now, and precision is the key...


Not many companies do red pigments, but the Lime Crime Venus palette is a great place to start. They're not true reds, more like "reddish" than fire engine red, but there's a beaut mix of mattes and subtle shimmers...


I've only experimented with two so far - Venus & Muse. The formula is silky soft, they blend dreamily and the pigmentation is bold and sassy...


For this look I used Muse - a gorgeous deep claret, but I softened it by using Eye of Horus Bronze Amulet Goddess Pencil as a base, and brushed a wee bit of MBA Cosmetics Silk FX Pressed Shadow in Sangria over the top. This gave it a slight shimmer and made it not quite so intense. When wearing red eyeshadow, and especially at my age, it sure helps if you line your waterline with anything other than a light shade - I find that the pigment can travel, and if you use white or cream (or nothing) on the waterline, you can end up with a pinky rim, which then makes you look like you haven't slept lol. Here I used Eye of Horus Emerald Tabula Goddess Pencil as a contrast, and to bring out the green in my eyes...


My foundation was Australis Stayput - loving this already, it sits and lasts beautifully, and the colour is a great match for my skin tone. Cheeks were Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten in the shade Berry, and lips were Maybelline ColorDrama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Berry Much, one of my all-time faves...


And here's the jewellery I wore - the cream fabric is my puffer vest, and the dark red is my jeggings. For what it's worth, when I put outfits together, I try to match the textures as well as the colours 



And here's Venus, also over the top of Eye of Horus Bronze Amulet Goddess pencil. I deepened the outer corner with MUA Midnight, and Eye of Horus Scarab Sapphire was my choice for the waterline...


When creating both of these looks, I cleaned up the hooded area with a cotton bud coated in concealer, and then patted on Australis Banana Powder to counteract any hint of pink - it works really well 






Again this is the Australis Stayput Foundation, cheeks were ModelCo Blush in Peach Bellini, and lips were David Jones Moisture Cream Lipstick in Terracotta...


My accessories featured another of the fantabulous bead necklaces from Lovisa - these are normally around the $30 mark, but they recently had a sale and I picked up several for half price or less 


So how do you feel about red eyeshadow - is it part of  your repertoire, or do you give it a miss?

Take care of you,
kats xxx

10 comments:

  1. Love this red eye look, Kat. Your hair looks amazing, as does your radiant skin.

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    1. Hi Indie darling! Thanks so much for your kind words - so happy to have my hair colour sorted at last. The top photo is the most recent (after a haircut) - for some reason the streaks don't show up in the photos all that well, but I'm loving the fact that it's not the same colour all over, it's a lot more interesting lol ♥

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  2. You line your waterline like a boss! I'm always worried I'll get product in my eye lol. I think the red suits you, on me it kind of emphasizes my dark undereye circles.

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    1. Thank you sweetheart Di. I use the Eye of Horus liners most of the time these days, and they're full of natural and kind ingredients, plus they cover up my blotchy areas really well (ageing sucks!). A pity about the red on you, but I'll bet there's lots of other shades that work beautifully for you ♥

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  3. This red eyeshadow looks great on you Kats! I also love all the accessories you teamed with these looks, just stunning ♡

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    1. Aww thanks Bella - it's a bit different hey, I get bored so easily so I enjoy something out of the ordinary now and then. The accessorising is lots of fun too - some of these pieces I bought at Vinnies 15 years ago, but it just goes to show if you hang onto something long enough, you'll probably be able to use it again ha ha! xxx

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  4. I love both these looks! I wear red & pink on the eyes & the lips. I NEEDED that tip about the darker eye liner when wearing red eyeshadow, I'll have to remember that!

    I love the purple pendant too - I've got Vinnies stuff from longer than 15 years ago which is still in my regular rotation. If you get something unusual, it can be hard to date, so it looks edgy even years later.

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    1. Thanks sweetiepie - glad to hear I have a fellow reddite out there. The purple pendant was five bucks on a stall in the mall (HAD to have it), and the twisted gold/pearl bracelet in the top pic was the same price from Vinnies many moons ago - one of my greatest finds, it's a Trifari!

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  5. I'm not sure I could pull off red eyeshadow without looking like I had conjunctivitis but I also admire your waterlining skills!

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    1. Lol Beth, it's definitely a case of "proceed with caution". Waterlining is always a challenge - sometimes the liner has already started to dissolve before I have time to take the pic! But it sure helps to clean and dry the area with a cotton bud first ♥

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