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Yellow, black and grey smoky eye look with metallic micro balls!

Smoky eye using yellow, black and grey with micro balls

Hello all! I am excited about a new (sorta new) product at Michael’s craft store.. they are called Micro Balls, and can be found in the scrapbooking section of the store. Now, not sure if you have treaded around Michael’s as of late, but they have AMAZING Martha Stewart glitter sets and Michael’s brand micro ball sets. I’ve also found combo sets with both glitter and micro balls.. dare I say.. Amazeballs!

I started off my look with a basic smoky eye using a matte yellow shade, dark grey shimmer shade and matte black shade, all from the lovely Sephora Blockbuster kit. I’ll explain how I used the micro balls at the end of the product list below.


FACE: My usual Beauty Society Perfect 10 Liquid Foundation in Dazzling and Absolute (mixed). Topped with Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder in Satin. Bronzer is a matte medium bronze shade from the Sephora brand. This particular one is no longer sold in the stores. Blush color is Ben Nye Coral dry blush.

EYES: Started out with the Urban Decay Eden as a primer. I applied the yellow first, starting at the corners and working my way across, stopping in the middle of the eyelid. I applied the dark grey shimmer shade next to the yellow and black next to the grey on the outer edges of the eyes. I lined the inner rims of my eyes with the Urban Decay 24/7 Zero black pencil. Finished off with a thick coat of Maybelline Falsies black mascara.

LIPS: Urban Decay 24/7 in Naked with L’Oreal Infalliable Le Rouge in Perpetual Peach and a clear gloss on top.


MICRO BALLS: The micro balls are found at Michael’s craft store for about $15 for a set of 6.  I found them in the scrapbooking section of the store near where the glitter is found.

I use a small amount of white lash glue (Ardell or Duo is the best) and applied that to the back of my hand. I emptied some of the microballs into a small clean jar and dipped an eyeliner brush into the glue and then into the micro balls. They form into one clump and are easy to separate once you apply them to your face.

I “painted” the micro balls on with my eyeliner brush and had to move some things around with my finger to make sure they didn’t fall into my eye. Use caution, I always place a tissue or a finger to block the micro balls from falling and hold it there until the lash glue has dried a bit.

For the look that I did above, I mixed Clear and Champagne together.

When I applied the mixture to my brows, I pressed the micro balls down with my finger to flatten them.



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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.

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