I hate when I buy an entire makeup palette and end up only wearing a few of the shades, especially with how outrageously priced some of them are nowadays. Why buy all of those shades and not use them?
Then I found the Bare Minerals Work, Weekend, Wow Palette when I was browsing at Ulta one day. I was all-around super impressed with this palette. First, at $26, it's on the cheaper end of prestige cosmetic eye palettes. Second, there are 7 perfect shades for fall in this palette, and they're very flattering on a variety of skin tones. Third, the lightest shade is also the biggest shade in this palette (I always run out of the lightest shade first--I wish more palettes would have this)! Finally, this little palette carries a big punch, with tons of looks that can be created from it. Simply a must have.
I always gets lots of questions about makeup. I know that everyone varies in how comfortable they are with applying makeup, though, so I thought that I'd share 3 easy looks that you can achieve from this palette, following the same gameplan every time. Now, if you want a more advanced look, the palette has some instructions on the inside lid, as you can see below. For these looks, you use the lightest shade (#1 500 Thread Count) under your brow bone and in the corner of your eye by your nose. For each of the looks, think of the rest of the eyeshadows as being paired together--top shade goes with the shade below it for a look. You will use the top shade on the eyelid and the bottom shade in the crease of your eye. I like to use a nice crease brush like the Sonia Kashuk one pictured below to get the perfect crease depth.
LOOK 1: Neutral Nutmeg
For this eyeshadow look, I used #2 Trench Coat and #3 Fuse together. Since the eye is very neutral, I paired it with a bold red lip.
For this eyeshadow look, I used #3 Custom Made and #4 Berry together. These look will go well with all of the maroon/burgundy/blush outfits this fall. I chose to pair this eyeshadow look with a berry lip in the same tonal range for an overall cohesive look.
LOOK 3: Navy is the New Black
For this eyeshadow look, I used #6 Starstuck and #7 Nightfall together. Navy is totally the new black when it comes to smoky eye looks this season. Since navy can really be bold by itself, I went with a neutral, understated lip.
See--three new eyeshadow looks for fall that are super easy to pull together! Seriously, if you have purchased this palette, you need it!
I also thought I'd share two other fabulous eye makeup products I've been enjoying lately too! The first is Avon's Big & False Lash Mascara. My friend Amy is an Avon representative and she knew I'd want to try this one. I'm wearing it with all 3 looks--it's layered over top different mascaras for Looks 1 and 3, and worn alone for Look 2. This is a buildable mascara--I was able to touch it up after work with another coat, and I think that it actually does it's best work layered over another mascara, sort of like a top coat. It makes my lashes thick and really helps them to show up against my makeup.
The other is Covergirl's Intensify Me Eye Liner. I usually am not impressed with Covergirl products, so I never try them. The tip on this eyeliner had me intrigued though--it's flat, like a duck bill, so you can use the thin side for a more precise line and the flat side for a thicker line. It's perfect for an easy cat eye!!! I'm wearing it for Look 3. I just picked it up and it's an instant favorite!!!
If you're going to purchase one makeup product this fall, or you're just looking for something to jazz up your current makeup routine, I highly recommend the Bare Mineral Work, Weekend, Wow palette!!! So versatile, especially for the price!
And for a plaid outfit to go with your new fall make-up, check out this look from earlier in the week!