If it’s one thing I absolutely LOVE it has got to be GOLD eyeshadows and pigments, especially when they’re as electrifying as MakeupGeek’s Afterglow. Even the smallest application of this pigment can completely change a look and set your eyes on fire. I would go so far as to compare it to MAC’s Gold Mode in the intensity and effect you get with it … but at a much better price point, let’s face it.
If you’re familiar with pigments, then you already know they come in a variety of different consistencies. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, some pigments can be more tightly packed together while others are more finely milled. Or you can also get those wild cards that you have to crush before application (remember MAC’s Solar Bits line? Argh.) Both the tightly packed and finely milled consistencies have their pros and cons, but I personally prefer pigments to be finely milled. They are usually easier to use and provide a stronger effect with a tiny amount, so you use a lot less too.
Afterglow is a finely milled pigment and a little bit goes a looooong way … even that’s an understatement!
One of my most favorite ways to use a gold pigment like this is layering on the middle of the lid, right over the pupil; this draws a lot of attention to the eyes and makes any and every eyeshadow combination stunning. I also like to add it on the center of the bottom lip (as done in today’s look). I can pretty much guarantee you EVERYONE who sees you wearing it will want to know what it is exactly … at least those who notice makeup will. 😉
When creating today’s look, I thought especially of our friends up north and the frigid temps they have been dealing with, so hopefully this look will bring some warmth to you! Stay warm, gorgeous friends!!
How to Create this Look:
- NARS Eyeshadow Primer
- MakeupGeek Creme Brulee (crease)
- MakeupGeek Cosmopolitan (inner and outer third of lid)
- MakeupGeek Afterglow pigment (middle of lid, blended into Cosmopolitan)
- MAC Blanc Type (blend out the harsher edges of the crease)
- Smashbox Gel Liner in Black
- Laura Mercier Brow Defining Gel in ‘Fair’
- “In the Mood” synthetic false eyelashes from InkyMinky.com
- Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Concealer in Luminous #1
- Revlon Age Defying Liquid Foundation in Fresh Ivory #05
- Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
- MAC Peaches blush
- MAC Shy Girl
- MakeupGeek Afterglow pigment (center of bottom and top lip)
Wow! Stunning! I LOVE afterglow so much.
Thanks, Anna! Yes! Definitely a fav!!
Thank you, Nadia! 😀
Gorgeous babe! 🙂
Thank you! MUAH!
I live for PIGMENTS – especially MAC’s NAKED!
Ouu! That’s another great one!
Me three! And it’s one of the neater/less messy ones to use. I probably need to get a new one soon – that’s how much I use it and love it (and I gave some to my daughter too, which accounts for me almost actually finishing it or getting to where I can actually foresee finishing it)
“Friends up north”; “frigid temps” – are you talking to MEEEE??? Seeing the pigment on your fingers, I wonder how it would work as a face/cheek highlighter? (it reminds me so much of MAC’s By Candlelight in that photo)
Haha! Yeah, YOU! 😀
Oh yes, PERFECT as a highlighter, too!!
Stunning. Just wondering – will those colors work for my dark brown eyes? Is it age appropriate for someone mid 50’s? Need to check out MAC’s Peaches blush. I love peach blush but I don’t know if it will be too light for my skin (I wear MAC’s Medium Dark Tinted Moisturizer). Thanks for all your looks. Luv ya, GF!!!!
Hey you! The colors used here are VERY appropriate for brown eyes! In terms of the Afterglow pigment, I do feel that because it’s so finely milled, it’s great for those who are over 50, simply because a little goes a long way and it doesn’t even look like a glittery mess like other pigments/eyeshadows can look on more mature skin. The Peaches blush sounds like it would be too warm based on what you’ve told me about your coloring in the past. Luv you too, GF!
just ordered the shadows and pigment, can’t wait to try the look!
By the way was there a under brow shadow to blend?
tried the look today-a bit too washed out for me, so I put handwritten in the crease. Could you recommend a different darker shade for the crease?
I just got Afterglow a few days ago and can’t wait to try it! It’s my 4th MUG pigment and I love them all so far (not to mention their eyeshadows – of which I think I’m up to almost 30 of them so far)! Can you pleaaaaase do more Spotlight posts on Makeup Geek?! I can’t get enough!
Very very pretty…. love the way you paired the lipstick with your eyeshadow. Perfect.