FOTD: And God Created the Smokey Eye

There are only two palettes I use regularly these days: Urban Decay Naked 2 and NARS And God Created the Woman. These, along with the Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Sticks make up 98% of my eye makeup. Do they make for riveting, adventurous makeup looks? No. Do they suit my current needs to not be insane about makeup? Absolutely.

For now, let us pay tribute to the high priestess of enablement, Carina, for introducing me to the NARS palette a year or so ago. At the time it was a sold-out limited edition item, but when it resurfaced months later around my birthday I saw it as a heavenly sign. Thus prophesied the Sephora shopping cart: “God hath created the woman, and so God shall bestow unto thee the best goddamn smokey eye to ever befall thy beady eyeballs.”

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I’m not going to review the palette, but suffice to say that it’s more than wonderful. There isn’t a single off shade in the palette, and it’s small and self-contained enough to be your sole eye makeup travel item. It’s roughly the size of an iPhone 6 — maybe even a bit shorter!

Compact with a rich shade selection, this is probably the best palette for smokey eyes. And while you can use each shade independently or apply lighter eye looks, I tend to use this palette exclusively for that purpose.

The Look

For this look in November I think I used Kalahari (top right) as a base with my finger, then Galapagos (bottom left) on the outer third of the eye swept up over the crease with a fluffy domed crease brush, but going slightly over the crease as well. This results in Galapagos appearing more like the base shade with the Kalahari shimmer poking beneath.

Then I used a small stiff dome brush to apply Coconut Grove on the outer edge of the eye, blending in towards the lid. I use the same brush to run Coconut Grove over the lower lashline. Add eyeliner and mascara on upper and lower lashes and complete.

I don’t remember exactly what products were used, but I know the following to be true:

  • The blush is Hourglass Diffused Heat
  • Lipstick is NARS Montego Bay
  • There was a lot of Hourglass Ambient Powder action going on – likely a mix of Mood Light and the Ambient Light Palette.
  • I did attempt to contour with Clinique Brow Shaper in Shaping Taupe, with a sweep of Burberry’s Warm Glow beneath for…warmth.

Anyway, the palette is the highlight. I love how easy it is to do this eye look – no thinking required, which is exactly what I need my makeup to be these days.

10 Comments

  1. The first look is like POW! EYE! Great look! This is definitely the best palette I’ve seen in terms of conciseness vs variety of finish and tone. There are cools and warms. Mattes and Neutrals. LAWWWWD WHY HAVE I ONLY SEEN THIS NOW?!

  2. I love how easy it is to do, but looks very sultry. 🙂 This is a great palette. I usually go for the same shades when I am being lazy. They are just so easy to pull off any day. 😀

    • They are! I’m feeling so lazy these days I commend anyone who can still pull off creative everyday looks! 🙂

  3. YAY I AM A HIGH PRIESTESS OF SOMETHIN’. Ugh I love this palette, even more than the 15-pan one I bought. This is just perfection.

    LOVE THIS LOOK. I SHALL ATTEMPT IT ON MY WEIRD EYES.

  4. I’ve been drooling over this palette for the longest time and I seriously don’t know why I still have not purchased it!!

    Anw, I luuurve ze look u sooo purrrtyyy omgggg <3

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