Anyway, about a year ago I discovered L'Oreal's Color Riche Quads. These babies are a godsend if, like me, you like a little help (read: a paint by numbers guide) with creating a smoky eye look. A little warning though - once you go and look at them you will need some serious willpower not to buy the lot, because they look pretty damn good all sitting in a row at the makeup counter.
For the moment, at any rate, I'm contenting myself with two. Velours Noir, a classic combination of silvery greys and black, and Eau de Rose, which I'm wearing in the photos below.
Eau de Rose is a beautiful quad with four eyeshadows ranging from a deep plum to a light pink. On the back of the packaging it tells you where to place each colour - the mid pink all over the lids, the deeper one at the outer corners, the plum as a liner and the palest pink in the outer corners and under the arch of your brows. Of course you can use the quad exactly the way you want, but I'm a good girl, and I do exactly as L'Oreal tells me! The only skill you need is a little bit of brush action - blending out the shadows and smoking the liner a little.
The rest of my makeup:
Face - Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Cool Bone, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in Fair, Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Peach Glow, Bourjois Delice de Poudre bronzing powder, Bourjois Little Round Pot blush in Rose Coup de Foudre, Benefit Watt's Up highlighter.
Eyebrows - Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown.
Eyes - I curled my lashes and applied L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes - I recently rediscovered this mascara in my makeup drawer and it's a good'un.
Lips - L'Oreal liquid lipstick in Molto Mauve. I blogged about my love for this product here.
At the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, that's Eau de Rose in the middle. ;-)
Do you have a favourite makeup cheat? Let me know below!