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Challenge Week: Tarte Tarteist Pro

This post is looong overdue! I’ve had a few requests to do a Challenge Week using the tarte Tarteist Pro, and while it’s taken me far too long to do it, here we have it!


Look 1

The first thing I wanted to do was go for the shades I was most drawn towards, and that was definitely a warm red eye with a pale lid.

Eyes

  1. Innocent through the crease.
  2. Whimsy also in the crease.
  3. Glam on the lid.
  4. Mod on the outer corner.
  5. Drama to deepen up the outer corner.
  6. Classic on the brow bone.

I used the Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blaquer to coat the lower lash line and smudged it out with a pencil brush covered in Mod to help make it more red. I created the wing with the ARTDECO High Precision Liner, applied the essence The False Lashes Mascara Dramatic Volume Unlimited mascara to my lashes and popped on a pair of Ardell falsies.

Face

  • Foundation: Wet n Wild Photofocus foundation in Shell Ivory
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
  • Blush: Tarte Natural Beauty
  • Lips: Too Faced Melted Matte in Drop Dead Red

Look 2

For this one I wanted more of a golden look that most people seem to gravitate towards during the summer months.

Eyes

  1. Bold through the crease.
  2. No Filter through the crease.
  3. Ethereal on the lid.
  4. Drama on the outer corner
  5. Vamp in the outer v.
  6. Classic on the brow bone

I created the wing with Physicians Formula Eye Booster and applied Revlon’s Mega Multiplier mascara to my lashes. I’ve also popped on a pair of KISS Poise lashes.

Face

  • Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in Porcelain
  • Bronzer: Tarte Park Avenue Princess
  • Blush: tarte Darling blush
  • Highlighter: Tarte Spellbound Glow
  • Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect

Look 3

For this look, I was headed out to a concert and didn’t have a whole lot of time to get ready. While I LIKE the look of a single colour on the eye, I don’t often opt for it because I feel like I’m not playing with my makeup enough. However, for needing to get out the door fast? It’s a winner!

Eyes

  1. Bold through the crease.
  2. Trendy all over the entire lid.
  3. Vamp to deepen up the outer corner.
  4. Ethereal on the inner corner.
  5. Classic on the brow bone.

I applied Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint mascara to my lashes.

Face

  • Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Porcelain
  • Bronzer: NYC Sun n Bronze in Fire Island Tan
  • Charlotte Tilbury Chic to Cheek blush in Love is the Drug
  • Highlighter: tarte Spellbound Glow
  • Lips: Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Kim KW

Look 4

I was trying to pull back and go for an easy/simple eye look… but uh… yeah. This is as easy as I get!

Eyes

  1. Chic through the crease.
  2. Glam on the lid.
  3. Whimsy outer corner and crease.
  4. Classic on the brow bone.

I created the wing with Physicians Formula Eye Booster in Ultra Black and applied tarte’s Tarteist Lash Paint mascara to my lashes.

Face

  • Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in Porcelain mixed with Illamasqua Skin Base in 6.5 (which I quickly discovered is EXACTLY the same shade!)
  • Bronzer: NYC Sun n Bronze in Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: NYX Soft Flush Ombre Blush
  • Highlighter: Tarte Spellbound
  • Lips: Maybelline Shocking Coral

Look 5

And to round it all out: my absolute favourite look I came up with. I stuck with matte and raspberry shades and it made the perfect eye look!

Eyes

  1. Chic through the crease.
  2. Mod on the outer half of the lid and pulled through the crease.
  3. Vintage on the inner half of the lid.
  4. Drama to deepen up the outer corner.
  5. Classic on the brow bone.

I created the wing with Physicians Formula Eye Booster in Ultra Black and applied tarte’s Tarteist Lash Paint mascara to my lashes.l/4621/

Face

  • Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Porcelain
  • Bronzer: NYC Sun n Bronze in Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Multiple Tint in Jeanette
  • Highlighter: tarte Spellbound Glow
  • Lips: tarte Color Splash Lipstick in Daiquiri

And there we have it! Hope you enjoyed all five looks using the tarte Tarteist Pro palette!

The product featured in this post was sent to me for consideration. Post may contain affiliate links.

Challenge Week: Cargo You Had Me At Aloha

When I first laid eyes on this palette somewhere on Instagram, I knew I HAD TO HAVE IT! The mix of colours in Cargo‘s You Had Me At Aloha palette was unique and interesting to me. Sure, a turquoise is pretty common for summer palettes, but it was the addition of purples and a bright yellow that really intrigued me. (For swatches, please see my Swatch Sunday post.)

If you’d like to pick up this palette, the only place it seems to be available now is at Kohls for $34 USD (it sold out everywhere else!).


I knew right away I wanted to play with the bright turquoise and the purples, so I combine the two for my first look. Overall, I like the eye look, but I’m not keen on the lips. Next time I’d definitely pair it with a more purple lip colour.

Eyes

  1. Waikiki through the crease.
  2. Kai on the lid.
  3. Lei through the crease.
  4. Luau on the outer corner.
  5. Hula on the inner corner.
  6. Hapuna on the brow bone.

I created the wing with the Physicians Formula Eye Booster and applied tarte‘s Tarteist Lash Paint mascara to my lashes. I lined my lower water line with the MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Liner in the shade M-26 and applied a pair of
tarte Center of Attention lashes.

Face

  • Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Wonder foundation in 4.5
  • Bronze: QUO Matte Bronzer in Light Tan
  • Blush: QUO Blush Duo in Just Blush
  • Highlighter: Stila Heaven’s Hue in Kitten
  • Lips: Lise Watier Olivia

I wanted a warm crease (and really, that’s basically the only option in this palette) paired with purple eye.

Eyes

  1. Waikiki through the crease.
  2. Shell on the lid.
  3. Shaka on the outer half of the lid.
  4. Hula on the inner corner.
  5. Hapuna on the brow bone.

I applied tarte Tarteist Lash Paint mascara to my lashes.

Face

  • Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Wonder foundation in 4.5
  • Bronzer: Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer in Sweet Tea
  • Blush: Kat Von D Shade + Light Blush Piaf and Poe
  • Highlighter: Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit – Lyra
  • Lips: Soap & Glory Sexy Motherpucker in Raplumzel

The yellow was really calling to me in this palette and since I hadn’t done any neutrals looks yet, I decided to pair it with the browns.

Eyes

  1. Waikiki through the crease.
  2. Kona through the bottom of the crease.
  3. Hibiscus on the lid.
  4. Tiki on the outer corner
  5. Hapuna on the brow bone.

I created the wing with the Physicians Formula Eye Booster and applied tarte‘s Tarteist Lash Paint mascara to my lashes. I also have a pair of Kiss Poise fake lashes on.

Face

  • Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 52 Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Revlon Bronzed and Chic
  • Blush: Can’t remember – sorry!
  • Highlighter: tarte Spellbound
  • Lips: Revlon Snow Peach

More purples!

Eyes

  1. Waikiki through the crease.
  2. Lei on the lid.
  3. Luau on the outer corner and through the crease.
  4. Shell on the inner corner.
  5. Hapuna on the brow bone.

I created the wing with the Physicians Formula Eye Booster and applied tarte Tarteist Lash Paint mascara to my lashes.

Face

  • Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in Porcelain
  • Bronzer, Blush & Highlighter: Elizabeth Arden FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder
  • Lips: Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Oil in Coral

By the time I got to this look, I was getting a bit stumped for colour combos outside of the usual neutral shades that most people would play with. I like how it came out overall, but I would’ve not added that extra shade in the crease because I think it muddied the look a little bit.

Eyes

  1. Waikiki through the crease.
  2. Island on the lid.
  3. Kai on the outer half of the lid and through the crease.
  4. Luau to deepen up the outer corner.
  5. Hapuna on the brow bone.

I created the wing with the Physicians Formula Eye Booster and applied tarte Tarteist Lash Paint mascara to my lashes. I also have on a pair of House of Lashes lashes, but I can’t remember what kind they are!

Face

  • Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in Porcelain
  • Bronzer: QUO Matte Bronzer in Light Tan
  • Blush: essence Autumn Peach
  • Highlighter: BECCA Champagne Pop
  • Lips: Bite Honeycomb
The product featured in this post was sent to me at my request. Post may contain affiliate links.

What’s On My Face – Volume 48

So the sad reality is that I actually haven’t done a “What’s On My Face” since July of last year! I know why though… it’s a combination of YouTube pretty much becoming the better visual format for a makeup tutorial, but also because Challenge Weeks seem to interest people a lot more than a random assortment of looks. (I get it – it’s easier to work from one palette instead of a whole pile of them.)

Anyway, on with the looks!


This one actually dates back to May 2016 – I wore it in my Makeup Geek Favourites video (and those recommendations still hold true!).

Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Unexpected through the upper crease.
  2. Makeup Geek Blacklight on the lid.
  3. Makeup Geek Pop Culture on the outer half of the lid.
  4. Makeup Geek Duchess on the outer corner.
  5. Makeup Geek Phantom on the inner corner.
  6. Makeup Geek Baby Face on the brow bone.

I created the wing with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and lined my lower water line with Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer. I coated my lashes with Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and the popped on a pair of House of Lashes Noir Fairy false lashes.

Face

  • Foundation: Revlon Colorstay in Buff and Nude
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
  • Blush: Urban Decay Bittersweet
  • Highlighter: Anastasia Beverly Hills Crushed Pearl 
  • Lips: Inglot AMC Lip Gloss in 541

I love, love, LOVED how this look came out. It was very orange based because I was wearing all black to a NYX Halloween event last year.

Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee through the top of the crease.
  2. Makeup Geek Chickadee on the inner third of the lid.
  3. Makeup Geek Poppy on the middle third of the lid.
  4. Makeup Geek Razzleberry on the outer third of the lid and pulled through the crease.
  5. Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie on the inner tearduct.
  6. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean on the brow bone.

I used Lit Cosmetics’ California Soul glitter to line my lower lash line and used Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer on the lower water line. I created the wing with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and coated my lashes with Urban Decay‘s Perversion mascara. I’m also wearing a pair of Lashlorette fake lashes by Esqido.

Face

  • Foundation:  Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla and Warm Ivory
  • Bronzer: NYX Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: Not sure – I didn’t write it down!
  • Highlighter: BECCA Champagne Pop
  • Lips: MAC Barbecue

Just an eye look for this one because… uh… the lips were that beautiful tarte Fairytale shade (the teal one), but I hadn’t retouched them and by the time I took photos they looked atrocious. I had thought they looked okay so I filmed an entire video with them… and it’s really just ghastly. (You’ll be able to see how bad it looks in tomorrow’s video though.) I did love the eye look though!

 

Eyes

  1. MAC Cork through the top of the crease.
  2. MAC Stars n Rockets through the crease.
  3. tarte Fairy on the outer corner.
  4. Too Faced Gliterally on the lid (it’s the same as the discontinued Too Faced Blue Fire glitter if you have that).
  5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit – Blue Ice on the inner tearduct.
  6. MAC Blanc Type on the brow bone.
  7. MAC Steamy layered on first, with MAC Parfait Amour on top.

I used the ARTDECO High Precision Liquid Liner to create the wing and lined my lower water line with MAKE UP FOR EVER‘s Aqua XL Liner in  M-26. I coated my lashes with tarte‘s Tarteist Lash Paint mascara and applied a pair of Ardell 811 Faux Mink lashes.


A look using the warmer shades in the Juvia’s Place Masquerade palette! I’m wearing this look in my Sephora VIB Sale + Ulta Haul video.

Eyes

  1. Juvia’s Place Cairo through the crease and on the lower lash line.
  2. Juvia’s Place Casablanca on the lid.
  3. Juvia’s Place Ada to deepen up the outer corner.
  4. Juvia’s Place Dahia on the inner tearduct.
  5. MAC Blanc Type on the brow bone.

(Ignore the 7 – it was a mistake!) I created the wing with MAC‘s fluidline in Dipdown and coated my lashes with essence The False Lashes Dramatic Volume Unlimited mascara.

Face

  • Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in Porcelain
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
  • Blush: Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach
  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt
  • Lips: Coloured RainedElectric Rain

And that’s it! Hope you enjoyed the roundup!