Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hot contrast!!

This look is inspired by MAC mineralize skin finish in Hot Contrast but I am sure their regular line has dupes too. The reddened beige shimmer adds a mysterious aura to the deep black contour, giving the eyes different dimensions and smoky effect. This look can be described as "from the dusk when the sun is about to set transitioning to pitch black moonless night". So poetic.

This look also spells a typical evening look with a bit of vampy twist but real fun to do. Lets see how to do it. Though I have used the Hot contrast duo eyeshadows I will describe this look using dupes of the eyeshadows I used for ones to create it and who dont have the real palette. Key to this look is to keep the face and other makeup minimal and glossy young looking to deviate from that "vamp" effect until you want one.


  • Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
  • Clinique Air Brush Concealer
  • Oriflame Giordani Gold Mineral Loose Powder
  • Shiseido Accentuating Stick in Rouge Flush S4


Use the Shiseido Accentuating Stick in Rouge Flush on lips too and finish up with Clinique Vit.C Lip Smoothie in Goodness Grapecious or Pome-greatness.


  • Start with MAC Paint pot in BareStudy all over the lid, blended upto the crease diffusing towards the brow bone.
  • Highlight brows with Stila Kitten or MAC Nylon or Clinique Buff.
  • On the outer corners of the upper and lower lids apply Clinique Stay Matte Eyeshadow in Midnight. Blend it in outer crease.
  • Use an angled liner brush to trace the upper lash line with the same eyeshadow. Use it dry to maintain the sophistication without ending up looking defined.
  • Trace inner rims with Bourjois Clubbing liner in Black.
  • In the crease apply MAC Sable (brown with bit of plummy nuances) to add depth and dimension. Use Sable to smoke the lower lids too.
  • With the same brush that you used to apply Sable (we need bits of Sable on that brush to mix up with the next eyeshadow) or over a flat eyeshadow brush mix Sable with Cranberry. Apply on the lids, blending it into the black and in the crease.
  • Apply the same combination on the inner third of the lower lid. 
  • Highlight inner corners with MAC Nylon.
  • Finish up with oodles of MAC Opulash Mascara.

Due to the liberty of changing the blog width I am able to put in X large sized pictures. Here are some more.

Soon I will be starting contests and giveaways with your inspirations from the looks that I have done. So do keep reading.

Till then,



  1. Hi Neeraj!! I wonder how I didn't discover your blog till now.. This look is absolutely gorgeous!!! :)

  2. i loovvedd the lashes it only coz of the opulash?

  3. A bit of both...good lashes and amazing mascara....Opulash is basically lengthening than volumizing so go for it if u already have beautiful lashes otheriwise I recommend Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara!!

    Thanks for liking the look! Hope its easy to do!

  4. this is soo awesome Neeraj :D ... loved the colors


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