A look I've been a tad obsessed with for a few months now comes from the Illamasqua Earth Collection. I thought I would post it, as although its a more neutral collection from Illamasqua, the palette itself is another take on the neutral. It's filled with a burnt orange, a gorgeous dark green and muted silver and grey, it's an incredibly versatile palette to own.
When you first look at the palette you don't really expect to get this kind of look from it, as the green and orange especially are so bright. A burnt orange shade though is one of the best colours to have, it'll warm the eye up and goes so well with so many shades, black smoky eyes, green's and even purple.
I started with a base of MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot, just to even out the eye and it also really helps to boost the colours, not that Illamasqua really needs it! I followed that by taking Solitude (the matte grey) from the Nomadic Palette, all over the lid and buffed out into the crease. Then specially for the crease I used Loam (the matte orange) buffed out up towards the brow bone, to warm the eye up.
To really add the emphasis on the socket though, I took Terra (the matte green) and placed it into the crease, just concentrating that colour. Still making sure it blended into Loam, but I didnt want to difuse it too much and leave a wash of colour. Finally on the outer corner, just ever so slightly blended into Terra, I used Gravity (shimmer grey). Just so that, that portion of the eye had more definition and was darker with the pure pigment over the top.
The pure pigment that I used is also from the earth collection and it is so pretty! Its the shade Draco, just placed all over the lid. I cant recommend Illamasqua Pure Pigments enough, they're like pots of shimmery goodness, that you can wear every single day for that bit of sparkle. I also finally took Terra under the eye, just stopping near the centre and blending it softly. I also added a good coat of mascara too.
For the brows I did my usual routine of just the Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel in Strike, to also try to cover up the fact my brows badly need doing!
For the skin and the rest of the face, I used a base of Rimmel Long Lasting Foundation, just buffed all over the skin. Followed by MAC Pro Longwear concealer, under the eye, around the nose and any other areas being highlighted slightly, such as the forehead and chin. Finally to set that so it won't budge, I just dusted the Illamasqua Translucent Powder over the top.
To add colour to the face, I used Nars Laguna Bronzer, just lightly over the high points of the face. But to really sculpt out the face I always turn to my trusty Illamasqua Sculpting Palette, I specifically use the shade Heroine as it suits my skin tone the best, but I love that you can mix and match with it. I just used it under the cheek bones and followed with the shimmer highlight shade in Rush, over the top of the cheekbone and cupids bow. For a little bit of colour, I also just swept a little bit of the blusher in Naked Rose over the cheeks, this also helps to blend the highlight and contour together that bit more.
Finally on the lips I really couldnt decide which one I preferred over a nude or a red lip. If you want to go for a red, then the shade Kin from the Earth Collection is stunning and I've received so many compliments when wearing it. But if you prefer a nude, I had to go with my trusty Rosepout, which again is Illamasqua and part of the Glamore Range.
I personally love the look either way, I think the red just makes it that bit more festive though. But the star of the show has to be the Nomadic Palette, its a neutral palette that can't be missed!