Lunachat gave me the Stila Garden Bliss gift set for my birthday (among other amazing cosmetics with which she and Karabela showered me.) I expected from the name that the palette would have some greens and perhaps floral colors, but in fact the shades read from sandy topsoil to earthy loam in intensity of neutrals.
I love a good neutral palette. I am in love with my UD Naked Palette. So I was very excited to open the Garden Bliss palette up and play with it. I decided to use the range of neutrals and the delicious shimmer to create a subtle eye suitable for warming and brightening up my look behind heavy glasses.
As you can see, I have a strong prescription for short-sightedness. This means the lenses of my glasses make my eyes look quite a bit smaller than they actually are. One thing that a woman wearing this kind of glasses may want to avoid is heavy eyeliner in close to the inside corner of the eye. For this look, I wanted to open the eyes up and give them a little sultriness but nothing too dramatic. I didn’t line them out with anything other than the darkest color of the palette, Fête.
To start the look, I applied a light amount of UD Primer Potion in Sin to the lids. Then I brushed the lightest color, Whimsy from lash to brow. I followed this with Enchanting on the lid from lash to crease, Splendid in the crease, and Fête tucked in to the corner of the crease in a shallow V shape. I ended up bringing more of Fête onto the outer half of the lid and blending it, then coming back in with Whimsy in the inner corner to brighten it up specifically. Using the contrast between light and dark makes the eyes look wider and more open. I finished the look with the Glamoureyes mascara that came with the set. The set also included a lovely lip gloss, which is not featured in this post but which will no doubt show up in some of my summer looks.
The palette is a really lovely, blendable set of neutral but shimmery shades, and will definitely be a go-to for a quick look or for traveling. But even though it’s a great palette, if you don’t want to rush out and buy it, the principles of this look can be applied with any range of shades from light to dark. Even a quick coat of a bright and breezy primer like Sin or Greed with a smudge of dark liner in the outer corner can give you a quick go-to for more open looking eyes under glasses if you’re in a hurry, or the night before left you feeling like you need to look more awake the next day.
Oh! And look out for some more looks from the stash of colors that fell into my lap on my birthday! The Beauty Decrypted girls are the best. I have some real treats in store.
Lid – UDPP Sin
All over lid – Stila Whimsy
Lash to crease – Stila Enchanting
Crease – Stila Splendid
Outer corner of lid – Stila Fête
Liner – Stila Fête
Mascara – Stila Glamoureyes