Face of the Day: Golden Aztec


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MAC Melon pigment is a very versatile shade, as it can be paired with other neutrals or used alongside brighter colours.  I used a teal eyeliner along the upper and lower lashlines to give a pop of colour to this neutral, golden-peach look.

Tip: You can easily change up this look by using a different colour of eyeliner.  Purple, blue and green would all work well and give a different twist to the look.

Here’s how to re-create this look:

Click here to read my article ‘Parts of the Eye’ for help on where to place eyeshadow colours.


Base: MAC Painterly Paint Pot (neutral light beige)
Upper/Lower Lashlines: UD 24/7 Liner in Vacancy (bright teal green)
Blend Upper/Lower Lashlines: MAC Surf USA eyeshadow (satin bright green-teal)
Crease: MAC Cork eyeshadow (medium matte neutral brown)
Lid: MAC Melon pigment (light shimmery golden-peach)
Highlight: MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow (light shimmery cream-gold)
Cheeks: Illamasqua Sophie blusher (soft coral with gold sparkles)
Cheek Highlighter: Laura Gellar Baked Brule Highlighter in Dulce De Leche (light shimmery beige-gold)
Lips: MAC Huggable Lip Glass in Never Say Never (glossy medium pink-toned coral)


1. Apply Painterly all over the lid as a base. You can either use your fingers or a flat synthetic brush (e.g. MAC 242).  I used a paintpot for this step, as the slightly tackier texture helps loose pigment eyeshadows adhere to the lid more effectively.  Alternatively, you can use any other eyeshadow base that you have in your stash.

2. Use Vacancy eyeliner to line your upper and lower lashlines.  The lines do not have to be perfect as we will be applying eyeshadow over the lines in the next step.

3. Using an angled eyeliner brush (e.g. MAC 266), press Surf USA over the eyeliner you applied (along upper and lower lashlines) in step 2.  Using an eyeshadow over an eyeliner also helps to ‘set’ the lines you have drawn and tidy up any uneven edges.  If you want to create a smudgier effect, you can use a pencil brush (e.g. MAC 219) instead of an angled eyeliner brush.

4. Take a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) and sweep Cork into the crease of the eye.  Use a windshield wiper motion to blend the colour evenly.

5. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and pat Melon on to the lid.  Apply a little to the inner corners of the eyes as well to add some extra brightness to the look.

6. Take a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 226, MAC 217) and sweep Ricepaper on to the browbone to highlight.

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

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

9. Take a small contour or highlight brush (e.g. MAC 109) and dust Dulce De Leche 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 Dulce De Leche lightly at the top of the cupid’s bow (on your lips), lightly across the forehead and down the centre of the nose to further brighten the face.

10. Apply a slick of Never Say Never gloss to the lips.  I used a pink-toned coral lip gloss, as I love the look of coral with golds and teals.

Here are a few larger versions of the photos shown above, in case you want to take a closer look:

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