Soft olive neutrals with the Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone palette

I did a makeup stash purge a couple months ago and a lot of palettes hit the trash.It was brutal, but I really needed to downsize. Urban Decay suffered a hit, so did my way-expired Nude ‘Tude palette that I lovedddd (that one was hard, but the eyeshadows were definitely starting to spoil). You know what actually made the cut? My cheapo Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone palette.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Comfort Zone palette

Even though it was by far the least expensive set I had (only $4.99!), it’s also extremely versatile and it has some unusual shades that seem so much more sophisticated that its humble pedigree would suggest. While the shades don’t feel quite as soft to work with as a higher end shadow, they look just as good once they’re applied and no one will ever know the difference.

The other night I had to meet a friend and she got to the restaurant way earlier than anyone expected, so I had to kick my makeup application into hyperspeed to get out the door so she wouldn’t have to wait any longer. I wanted a low-maintenance wash of color that could stand alone and wouldn’t require a lot of additional products, but I also didn’t want to go with a standard taupe or champagne shade. I thought the pale olive green/grey hybrid “browbone” shade from Comfort Zone would be perfect.

So here it is, with the grey-green all over. I also dragged a little bit of the bronze shade from the same palette along the lashline to punch it up just a little. In an unprecedented move, I didn’t do my brows because 1) I was trying to be quick and 2) I was worried it might overhelm the look.

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Other products worn:

L’Oreal Voluminous False Fibers Mascara ($8.99)

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color in Venice Beach Bronze ($29)

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist ($10)

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Four Product Challenge!

How often do you rush out the door with wet hair, no makeup and whatever cosmetics are rolling around in the bottom of the purse you just switched over to? If you answered “Not EVERY day,” then you are a more competent person than I am, and this post probably won’t apply to you. Since I have turned hot-messery into a sort of art form, the rest of you still interested may get something out of my MacGuyver-esque makeup skills. What I lack in time management skills I make up for in resourcefulness.

Today I was running late on my way to school and ended up doing a full face of makeup using four products:

NYX Love in Paris Eye Shadow Palette in Je Ne Sais Quoi ($9.99).
Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula Black Onyx ($16).
Sonia Kashuk® Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette – Light 07 ($10.99).
Wet n’ Wild Fergie Creme Lipstick in Bebot Love ($3.19).

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Technically two of those products are multi-shade palettes, but that’s because I pack my bags strategically. I still think it counts.

**WARNING** Bad picture quality ahead, I was stranded away from home/my camera. Sorry.


 

There was no liner in my bag, so I made extra sure to get my mascara deep into the roots and I also concentrated my smoky-greige eyeshadow along the lashline.

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Now for the trickery:

I patted the olive shade of my concealer palette all over to neutralize the redness in my face, then I used the light and dark shades of concealer to highlight and contour my cheekbones and jawline.

I swiped the lightest shimmery shadow from my eyeshadow palette as additional highlight on my forehead, cheekbones and cupid’s bow.

I used my nude Wet n Wild lipstick (incidentally, an incredibly good lipstick that also happens to be $3.19) as a blush.

I used the matte brown eyeshadow as a brow powder (applied with the sponge applicator and everything!).

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Sorry again for the uncropped, unretouched cell phone selfies, but hopefully you get the idea. I’m posting out-of-pocket today. The photo quality represents this post’s commitment to making do with what’s on hand, yes?

Simple but polished. Liquid liner and sheer red lip gloss.

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It was getting late and I didn’t want to wash a lot of makeup off my face at the end of the night or risk having it smudge after a hard night of lounging, so tonight I tried a deconstructed version of my beloved retro makeup. To keep it light, I used an off-black liquid liner and no mascara. No mascara! I lined my upper lashline with Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Spectrum ($22) Which is marketed as black with rainbow sparkles, but which ends up looking like a deep gunmetal that lightly sparkles when the light catches it. I kept the line very tight but thickened it at the outer corners to fake the same kind of optical illusion mascara creates but without all the product.

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See the liner flare?

For the lips, I used Be a Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess ($14), which is a true red that builds from sheer to opaque. Kevyn Aucion always cited sheer red gloss as one of his favorite universally flattering products, and I take his word pretty highly. I learned about this product line through Ipsy, and so far I’m enjoying the gloss a lot. The color is completely flat (no shimmer whatsoever) which lends itself to vintage looks. I like how well the color can build from sheer to opaque. It has a pretty standard texture and I didn’t notice any smell. Most importantly, the color is really pretty!

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Yay! I like finding new ways to streamline my application when I need to look polished quickly.stilla sparkle waterproof liquid eyeliner spectrum