Have you ever bought one of those multi-coloured shadow palettes thinking of all the possibilities before realising only a quarter of it suits you? That’s the story of me and the Intesifeye Quad eye shadow in You Beauty by Australis.
I just don’t need fifty shades of pink. And it doesn’t take a genius to see that I only like baby pink on my lids- anything slightly darker on me and I look like I have an infection or pink eye.
Soooo… in the lead up to V Day I thought I’d give the rest of the pinks another chance. Because everyone deserves a second chance, right? Except for two-timers – they only get one chance.
Look one – soft pink eyes with bright red lips
“Don’t be caught dead in pink and red,” they say. And to that I say, “whatevs”. Who came up with that term anyway? Someone who is now ninety and thinks purple tints over grey hair is becoming. My 10-year-old neighbour told me I looked nice so the new generation care not for rules.
Eyes = This is the softest pink on the far left of the palette, ie my fave. I used up the last of it for this photo.
Lips = Australis Firecracker lipliner ($8.95) and cha cha colour inject mineral lipstick ($12.95) because red lips on Valentine’s day makes sense to me. It’s not drying at all and the colour is amazing.
Look two – Pink eyes with glossy lips
Eyes = Second from left. We’re starting to get more pigmented now. It’s a bit shimmery. I can handle it but am now in the I’m-never-going-to-buy-this-again territory.
Lips = Face of Australia massage therapy in torquay ($10.95). This gloss is my favourite lip gloss right now. Really shiny and thick and perfect colour for my toning.
Look three – egad! That’s ghastly
Eyes = Second from right
Lips = Innoxa Baby doll summer matte lipstick ($14.95).
Look four – bright pink eyes with soft lips
Eyes = The darkest pink, far right colour. Note how I’m no longer showing you close-ups. Yeah, I could have a bad infection here. It’s a bold pink – too dark and pigmented for me.
Lips = Natio soft pink lipstick ($14.95). I thought to counteract the dark eyes I’d try Natio’s soft pink colour but this is too soft. My lips are verging on white here – eeek. I think I’ll pull out the lippie again for a retro look.
The time has come to farewell the Australis intesifeye quad – or hand it over to Kate, my olive-skinned partner-in-crime anyway. As much as I wanted to, I just can’t force it to look okay.
For more tips on wearing pink eye shadow:
This Irish Beauty Blog is very informative with some dos and don’ts.
Heather Davern does awesome blending of different shades of pink.