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Three Looks – White Glitter, Pink / Violet , and Tri-Color Sephora Inspiration

This is a little too late, I had been doing makeup tutorials during my vacation off from work and never got around to posting them before New Year’s Eve. I am sad. I can’t even meet my own freaking deadlines! I didn’t do anything last night except for eat fancy Chinese cuisine with my fiancee and my mom.  I came back home and watched some Netflix streamed movies with my new PS3.. which I am totally obsessed with right now. I don’t even own any Playstation games yet!

First, I’d like to apologize for the picture quality! I normally take the photos and color correct all of the yellow tones of my bathroom ambiance out and cool it down, but my regular computer hasn’t been hooked up in months and I am using a tiny laptop loaner from work, which doesn’t have all the goodies on it that my desktop has.  Anyway, that was just a warning that the photos may be too bright, too yellow and not  accurate.

White Glitter Eye

MAC Glitter Reflects Pearl
I wanted to do something really frosty, like fairy ice queen, without resorting to blue eyeshadow. You can’t actually see how sparkly the white glitter is in this photo, it was rather vivid, like tiny diamonds on my eye.

How I did it:

Brows: I filled in my brows with the MAC Hodgepodge pencil, which is a taupe-brown lip pencil, but it works great with my new blonde haircolor. To comb my extremely sparse brow hairs into place, I used the Revlon clear brow gel.

Eyes: I primed my entire eyelid with the YSL Touche Nacree Pearly Touch pen.  I put a little dot of eyelash glue (Ardell) on the back of my hand, then sprinkled a little bit of the MAC Pro Glitter Reflects Pearl into it and mixed quickly with a small, flat concealer brush from Mark Cosmetics (synthetic hair brush works best) and applied the glitter to the bottom lid area. I added some of the loose glitter right on top of it to make sure there was plenty of coverage. Don’t be afraid to add a little more, but do it in very thin applications at a time. I took a hair dryer and on a cool setting, I dried the eyelash glue/glitter mixture. Your eyelids might seem to feel tight and a bit hard. Just keep blinking until it feels a little less stiff. I also feel that it helps to raise your eyebrows up and down to stretch the lids a little.

With the 219 MAC Pencil brush, I added a matte taupe-medium brown eyeshadow to the crease of my lid. This eyeshadow was from my Coastal Scents 88 eyeshadow palette. Since my brow bone was already highlighted with the YSL frosty pen, I moved into the eyeliner. I used my favorite MAC Chromaline gel eyeliner in Black Black.  I applied the gel liner to the lower waterline of my eyes and smudged it with the MAC 219 pencil brush, and had dipped it into a darker brown shadow from my palette to give it a smoky look. I finished off the eyes with the black Lancome Fatale mascara (triple comb wand).

MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter Look

Cheeks : You really can’t even see from the photo, but I used the Sephora brand Blush me Trio in Brun 12 (shown below) as a contour color, highlighter and a bronzer. I finished off the cheeks with Benefit Coralista Blush.
Sephora Blush Me Trio Brun 12

Lips: Simple. Just a gloss. I used Lancome Juicy Tubes in Miracle.

Foundation Used:  Maybelline SuperStay Foundation in Sand Beige, and  Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Light 4-5.

Pink / Violet Quick Look

When your friend says she’s on her way over and you have like 15 minutes to do your makeup…it’s either time to panic or get out your quick kit. There is no physical “kit” put together, but it’s a way of saying.. no fancy blending or contouring, just high impact color in minutes. You basically need to say good-bye to any sort of hair-do.. just put it in a pony tail or bun with a cute headband, or put on a cute hat.

MAC Star Violet and Passionate Eyeshadow

Eyes: (Brows are exactly the same as the tutorial above) I primed my entire eyelid with the YSL Touche Nacree Pearly Touch pen, I also created a small dot in the inner corners of my eyes and blended with a light touch with my ring finger. I applied the crease color MAC Pro Passionate Matte eyeshadow color first, using the 218 MAC pencil brush, then blending quickly with the MAC 224 Tapered Blending brush.  I then applied the MAC Star Violet Veluxe Pearl eyeshadow on the bottom lid, then blending it up into the crease, very lightly, just to mute the crease color just a bit.

I used my favorite MAC Chromaline gel eyeliner in Black Black. I applied the gel liner to the lower waterline of my eyes and smudged it with the MAC 219 pencil brush, and had dipped it into a darker brown shadow from my palette to give it a smoky look. I finished off the eys with Maybelline XXL Volume mascara with the Maybelline Lash Stylist mascara V-comb wand.

MAC Star Violet with MAC Passionate eyeshadow

Cheeks: I threw on some quick blush, the MAC Mineralize Blush in Gentle (Raspberry with gold flecks).

Lips: MAC Lip Varnish in Pink Patina. The Lip Varnishes are lightweight, not sticky and sheer. You can’t find them anymore, but I have seen them on

MAC Lip Varnish Pink Patina

Sephora Inspiration Look

As my friend an I were passing Sephora, we noticed a cool picture of a tri-color eyeshadow look in the window, and I luckily found a picture of it online. says that the colors used are Sephora brand eyeshadows, but since I didn’t have those at home, I used similar colors.
Sephora Three Color Look

Eyes: I used the Benefit Cosmetics Lemon-Aid eyelid primer all over the entire lid. I then applied the Too Faced Silver Shadow to most of my eyelid, except for right under my brows. You can experiment around with different silver shadows, the one I used isn’t a shadow you can buy alone, it normally comes in various Too Faced kits. I feel like the one that I used wasn’t pigmented enough to get that high-intensity shine. If I do this look again, I will try a loose mineral shadow or pigment.

Sephora Eyeshadow Look

To test the pigment of my blue and purple shadow, I made a light application of each color: MAC Aquadisiac eyeshadow in the inner corner and up into the inner crease with the MAC 218 pencil brush.

MAC Aquadisiac Eyeshadow

The outer corner color could have been better, but I was pressed for time, so I used the Too Faced purple shadow from the same set that the silver eyeshadow came from, again, using the MAC 218 Pencil Brush.

Too Faced Eyeshadow

MAC Chromaline Gel Eyeliner

The eyeliner.. of course.. MAC Chromaline Gel Eyeliner in Black Black.

MAC Chromaline Gel Eyeliner

I continued to apply the eyeliner to the bottom waterline of my eyes. I cleaned off my MAC 218 pencil brush and used the MAC Aquadisiac and Too Faced Purple on the bottom under the lashline.

Sephora Eyeshadow Inpiration

I applied one coat of Mark Cosmetics Make it Big Plumping Mascara.The Sephora model was wearing false lashes, but I really didn’t feel like putting them on just to go out to a quick dinner downtown.

Tri-Color Eyeshadow Look

I touched up the purple shadow just a bit to try to deepen the color, but it wasn’t dark enough. This look came out less dramatic than I intended, but it seems like a nice introductory tutorial for someone new to using more than one or two colors of eyeshadow.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Porcelain Pink

Face: I applied a sheer wash of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Porcelain Pink to forehead, cheeks, bridge of nose and chin.

Sephora Inspiration Look

Lips: MAC Lip Varnish in Pink Patina.

It’s been a busy week, so although I sped things up a bit with these tutorials and tried to combine them, I hope you will be able to try these at home with no troubles. Just leave a comment if you have questions! Happy New Year, everyone! Happy New Decade!


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I am Krista, the author of I started a career as a pro makeup artist in 2001 for Benefit Cosmetics in the San Francisco bay area, and transitioned in 2006 to pursue jobs in the Silicon Valley. I am currently working as an editor in the media industry, where I contribute to original content that includes beauty articles. I am occasionally doing freelance makeup jobs, but spend most of my time working on improving my health and wellbeing. I have Hashimoto's and PCOS, and plan on contributing articles that touch on these areas, as well as weight loss and Paleo Diet recipes.

6 Responses to Three Looks – White Glitter, Pink / Violet , and Tri-Color Sephora Inspiration

  1. Sephora has some great eye shadows. The tri-color look takes a bit of practice, but it is pretty cool when you get it down.

  2. stumbled across ur site as i was randomly looking at reviews for mac mineralize blush. and… wow ur skin is really good and i love the pink/violet look! 🙂

  3. Ridiculously jealous of your skill! I’ve been trying to learn how to properly apply eyeshadow for years now and can NOT get it down. I’ve tried every brand there is… including MAC, Urban Decay, Too Faced… Primers, etc. I’ve watched dozens of youtube tutorials. I’m even a graphic artist, yet can NOT get it down. Sigh.

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