Eye of the Tiger

Eyeshadow. I love it. I own so many colors: neutrals to metallics to bright pops of color. It’s no wonder that I’m a VIB at Sephora. Before E’s birth, I wore eyeshadow almost every day to work. I work at a conservative place so my color of choice was usually neutral. The bright stuff was saved for evenings and weekends.

Once E was born, I didn’t wear any makeup for a long time. We had a bit of a rough start with nursing and I barely left the house. My gorgeous little pots of color were abandoned. I would longingly look at them every morning after showering, wishing I had somewhere to go so I could wear them. Then I realized that I don’t need to go somewhere in order to wear them.

My goal became to wear a different shade of eyeshadow every day. Some days I would wear something tame, others it was peacock blue. I loved wearing the brighter colors because they brought back memories of going dancing with girlfriends or out to a fancy dinner with D.

Some of my favorites are:

  • Neutrals: Urban Decay’s Shag is a gorgeous tan-bronze. I’m South Asian and it really works well with my tan skin tone. It’s not sparkly, but it is shiny. It stays all day when I use it with a primer. I also really enjoy Stila’s Kitten. It’s sparkly and seems to show differently on different skin tones.
  • Brights: Urban Decay’s Ransom is a vibrant purple. A close second for bright is Sephora Collection’s My Favorite Jeans, which is a bright blue – not for the faint of heart!
  • Smoky eye: I have two older Sephora brand shadows that I use. One is a dark matte gray while the other is a matte medium gray. Unfortunately I can’t find links to them online, but they’re pretty basic.
I haven’t done a colored smoky eye, but I’d love any suggestions for color combinations. What are your favorite go-to shadows?

4 thoughts on “Eye of the Tiger

  1. I am in love with the urban decay naked palette! I bought it cos of the hype thinking I'd never use it.. but find myself going to it every time I apply shadow.. leaving my other pots of shadows collecting dust on them. Right now I'm obsessed with purple and blue shadows and doing a smokey purpley bluey eye. It looks great for spring!

    I haven't bought sephora brand eyeshadows in years because I always used to get a lot of fall out with them. Do you have that problem with “my favorite jeans”? It's a gorgeous color.



  2. I really wish that I had gotten a Naked palette. Like I said above, I wear mostly neutrals during the week. I signed up to be notified of when they are back in stock at Sephora. i haven't had any fall out issue with “My Favorite Jeans”, or any Sephora brand shadow. One of the MUA at the store told me a few years back that they were redoing almost all their products. I'm a big fan of their brand.


  3. Love the blog too! And definitely love all the makeup talk on here 😉 I just learned how to do a basic smokey eye, so so far I've been sticking to blacks, browns, and greys. I want to branch out and try a dark purpley smokey eye.

    As for Sephora brand products, I haven't tried any of their eyeshadows but am now tempted. I want to pick up a few basic matte colors and don't want to spend too much on them. My mom uses their liquid eyeliners and I quickly grabbed one of hers the other day when I couldn't find mine. Was very impressed with the quality, how long it lasted, and how smooth/easy it was to apply!


  4. I love Sephora's waterproof eye liner. They come in such awesome shades and survive the pool pretty well in the summer. I'm lucky enough that if I do decided to wear any make-up to work, it usually is some bright crazy color of eye-liner. I like to keep 'em guessing!


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