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What I Wore: Daytime Smoky Eye for Fall

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Wardrobe Oxygen in a Halogen cashmere sweater, LOFT faux leather skirt, Ros Hommerson wide calf boots, and Rebecca Minkoff Vanity bag


sweater | skirt | boots | watch | bag | bandana

Wardrobe Oxygen in a Halogen cashmere sweater, LOFT faux leather skirt, Ros Hommerson wide calf boots, and Rebecca Minkoff Vanity bag Wardrobe Oxygen in a Halogen cashmere sweater, LOFT faux leather skirt, Ros Hommerson wide calf boots, and Rebecca Minkoff Vanity bag Wardrobe Oxygen in a Halogen cashmere sweater, LOFT faux leather skirt, Ros Hommerson wide calf boots, and Rebecca Minkoff Vanity bagSweater: Halogen (XLP, plus size option) | Skirt: LOFT (14) | Boots: old Ros Hommerson (similar) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Watch: c/o Larsson & Jennings | Bandana: old (similar)

In the summer, makeup slides with sweat and humidity so I focus on a bold lip for my beauty.  But when the temps drop, I can have more fun with eye makeup.  This fall one trend is the soft smoky eye, one that works even for daytime. When I lost my backpack in September, in it was two of my shadow palettes.  Those two palettes I used almost daily, but only small portions of them because the other colors were too sparkly, too strong, too wild for everyday.  I saw the loss as an opportunity to find a palette of eye shadows that is more of what I actually want and use.  Searching, I found the Urban Decay ‘Naked Ultimate Basics' palette at Nordstrom.

Urban Decay 'Naked Ultimate Basics' PaletteThis palette is fabulous for those of us over 40 who don't want shimmer and shine emphasizing fine lines and those of us who need a more subtle collection of colors for everyday wear.  This compact has 12 matte shadows that can go on sheer or build nicely for an intense look.  The compact is sturdy; no crumbled shadows when it's tossed in a weekender bag for a getaway.  Big mirror, and even a brush that is useful!

wardrobe-oxygenThe day I had these pictures taken, I primed my lids with MAC's Paint Pot in Camel Coat, used my Trish McEvoy Sheer Application brush to apply Commando from this palette, then used my Trish McEvoy #29 Tapered Blending brush dipped in Faith from the palette to swish like windshield wiper blades in the crease.  Then with the short end of the brush with the palette, I used Lethal from the palette like a liner.  I made dots along my top lash line and then used short strokes to blend into a soft line, and then tapped a bit in the outer corners of my lower lash line.  On my cheeks is NARS blush in Sex Appeal; on my lips is NARS lipstick in Pigalle with Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Tenderheart.

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That night I went out, and instead of having to redo my whole face, I just amped up the eyes using Lockout from the Urban Decay palette not just in the crease but a bit above and in the outer corners and Trish McEvoy's ‘Intense' Gel Liner in Deep Aubergine along my waterline (plum makes brown eyes pop).  I made my lips a bit stronger by putting on the same Clinique gloss on first, then NARS lipstick in Banned Red over it (a way to keep the shine but have more pigment).

Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.  You continue to be one of my favorite places to shop for beauty. The extensive customer reviews online that include age, your knowledgeable staff in stores that understand not every woman wishes to contour or strobe or wear false lashes; and your free shipping and return policy make you an enjoyable beauty destination.

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  1. I haven’t been keeping up like I used to, so forgive me for just now seeing this post. Love, love, love your look! You look gorgeous and your makeup looks so demure and yet your eyes, cheeks and lips all have that extra pop!! I too am a fan of less is more and wear a mineral veil, a slight eye shadow with the Urban Decay eye shadow primer, and finish off my look with a bright lipstick. Thanks for another great post featuring items I can find at my favorite store Nordstrom, which you turned me on to years ago. 😉

  2. I always love your bold lips, but this look is really lovely too. I’ve never been a fan of makeup. I’m super practical, a bit lazy and just not a very girly girl. But two forces are converging which are forcing me to adapt; I have a tween who is fascinated by everything makeup related and age is making me want to take a little action to brighten up my look. Thankfully, you are here to give me some good ideas. Your looks are so fresh and natural and pretty.

    1. My sister tuned me in to MAC’s Paint pot in Camel Coat. It’s creamy, you can apply with your finger and it’s just a hint of color,a bit more taupe than skin, covers veins and such, doesn’t crease. I often wear alone as shadow or as a base to hold my other shadows. It’s a great intro shadow if you’re not ready for all the brushes and palettes. Also Perricone has a “no makeup makeup” line that is really popular for giving just a more finished look without a lot of makeup and application, may be great for you too! http://bit.ly/2g9spAh

      1. I’m finding that as I get older (40 now!), a primer is great for smoothing out my skin, mattifying and generally making everything look better. I never used to believe in them but the Body Shop’s ‘Instablur’ primer does a great job. (I hate the name, but there you go). And it’s really affordable.

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