Face of the Day: Plum Highlight

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For this look, I created a highlighted effect on the eyes by using a darker shade in the inner and outer lids and a light shade in the middle of the lid.  This technique gives the eyes a ’rounder’ effect and is a good way to shape the eyes without having to heavily contour the crease.  Here’s how to re-create this look:


Base: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original (clear)
Crease: MAC Blackberry eyeshadow (medium matte blackberry)
Inner and Outer Lid: MAC Plum Dressing eyeshadow (medium satin magenta-plum)
Middle Lid: MAC Rose eyeshadow (light shimmery frosted pink)
Highlight: MAC Naked Lunch eyeshadow (pale shimmery pink nude)
Inner+Outer Lower Lashline: MAC Plum Dressing eyeshadow (as above)
Middle Lower Lashline: MAC Rose eyeshadow (as above)
Black mascara (upper and lower lashes)
Cheeks: MAC Melba blusher (matte peach)
Cheek highlight: MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Fairly Precious (shimmery peach with gold)
Lips: MAC lipstick in ‘Brave’ (satin pinky-nude)


1. Apply Primer Potion all over the lid as a base. You can either use your fingers or a flat synthetic brush (e.g. MAC 242).

2. Sweep Blackberry into the crease using a windshield wiper motion (e.g. MAC 217).

3. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and pat Plum Dressing on to the outer lid and the inner lid.  Keep the middle section of the lid free of colour, as we will be applying a lighter shader there in the next stage.

4. Apply Rose to the middle of the lid eyelid using a gentle patting motion (e.g. MAC 239).  Don’t worry if Rose looks like it is standing out slightly, as we are aiming to create a highlighted effect in the middle of the eyelid.  However, if you find that that there is too much contrast between the shades in the inner/outer lid and the middle lid, take a little of each shade at a time so that they overlap.  Try patting a little more of Rose just where it meets Plum Dressing.  You can also apply a little more of Plum Dressing just where it meets the edges of Rose.  Adding a little extra colour here and there can help the two shades transition more smoothly into one another.

5. Using a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) or a pointed crease brush (e.g. MAC 226), sweep Naked Lunch on to the browbone to highlight and blend out the edges of the crease colour.

6. Take an angled eyeliner brush (e.g. MAC 266) and apply Plum Dressing to the inner lower lashline and the outer lower lashline.  Keep the middle of the lower lashline free of colour as we will be applying a lighter shade to this area in the next stage.

7. Take the same angled liner brush (e.g. MAC 266) and apply Rose to the middle of the lower lashline.  You can run a clean finger along the line if you wish to smooth out and blend the edges of Rose and Plum Dressing together more.

8. Apply black mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

9. Take an angled blusher brush (e.g. MAC 168) and apply Melba blusher to the cheeks.

10. Take a small contour or highlight brush (e.g. MAC 109) and dust Fairly Precious on to the top of the cheekbones.  This step helps to highlight the cheekbones and make them look more pronounced.  You can also apply a little of Fairly Precious lightly at the top of the cupid’s bow (on your lips) to further brighten the face.

11. Apply a slick of Brave lipstick on the lips.  The pinky-nude tone of this lipstick provides a nice contrast to the pink and plum tones on the eye.  You could also try a light warm pink lipstick or a beige-nude lipstick if you prefer those types of shades.

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