Smoke and Emeralds St. Patrick's Day Makeup Look Collaboration

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St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching and I joined up with some of my fellow beauty bloggers to share a holiday themed makeup look that I like to call Smoke and Emeralds. 


A shimmery, smokey emerald eye, warm tangerine cheeks and a soft, matte pink lip come together to evoke Spring and St. Patrick's Day in a wearable, non cliche fashion. 


The pile of colour products I used to create this look. My eye look features some of my rather large collection of L'Oreal Infallible eye shadows. I also used some NARS, a bit of Bobbi Brown, a touch of Stila, Maybelline and Beauty Addicts. 


I started with my eyes, since I was doing a smokey look and I didn't want to have to worry about fallout on my under eye concealer or foundation. I started with Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer and a creme colour base of Maybelline Color Tattoo Creme Eye Shadow in Mossy Green. I wanted that deeper, greyed base green to help with the smoke aspect of this look. Over the base I applied with a large shader brush L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Golden Sage to the inner 1/3 of my lid, stopping sort of the inner corner. I gently burnished the shadow with the brush after patting it into place to bring up the shine. I flipped the brush, dove into Golden Emerald and applied it to the rest of my lid to the outer corner and burnished it, blending it into the Golden Sage where they met. I used a large, fluffy blending brush to gently blend out the upper edge.

Next, I picked up Gleaming Bronze (this shade was LE and I didn't find great listings for it, you can use any deep bronze shimmer) with a crease brush and worked it into my crease, pulled it softly up onto my orbital bone and lightly along under my lower lash line, about a third of the way in from the outer corner. Then I used my blending brush to lightly blend and blur the edge a bit. I used a clean crease brush to apply, as a transition colour Amber Rush and blended it then pulled it along under my eye, stopping short of my inner corner. I used the fine crease brush to apply some Golden Emerald along my lower ash line, to about a third of the way in, making it a little wider at the outer corner and blending it into the bronze and amber. 

I used a soft, fluffy brush to apply Endless Pearl as my brow and inner corner highlight. I added Stila Smudge Stick in Moray in a thick line along my upper lash line then pulled it softly up with a small, synthetic brush to give my lid a green, smokey feel. I tight lined with my usual L'Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner in Espresso and curled my lashes and applied one very generous coat of Beauty Addicts Show Off Mascara then I gilded the lily with a fine line in my inner corner and running about a quarter inch along my lower lash line with L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eye Liner in Highlight. (Rose gold.) I used Precision Tip Q-Tips rolled on a clean makeup wipe to cleanup what fallout there was then finished the rest of my face. 


Okay. I don't know why these pics are suddenly so blurred and diffused. They weren't, when I made the collage. Seriously. I'm not trying to fool anyone with my photos. Anyway...

After I applied my usual foundation and under eye corrector and concealer, I buffed on NARS Final Cut from the Virtual Domination Cheek Palette, I used Bobbi Brown Highlight Powder in Pink Glow to highlight and Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Blissful. Thinking back, I probably should have used a little warmer lippie. 


Finished look. 

Are you planning a special makeup or nail look this St. Patrick's Day? If you would like some inspiration, perhaps you'd enjoy a bit of a blog hop, swan around the Interwebz and read my fellow Collaborators' posts on their beautiful holiday inspired makeup and nail looks. Just scroll down to the In Linkz gallery at the end of this post to travel hither and yon. 

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39 comments

  1. You look beautiful! Loving you green smoky look :)

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  2. Yay, love seeing more makeup looks from you. This is so pretty, I want that Nars palette Gimme ! heheh

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  3. Very pretty, Erika. I love the lipstick as well.

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  4. Well done. I love the detailed instructions on how you achieved your look as well as those cute application photos. How did you do those? The green eye makeup really enhances your green eyes. I don't think I realized they were green before. I love the picture of you smiling!

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  5. Very pretty makeup look! Can I say the necklace your wearing is gorgeous too.

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  6. Yes, I love to see you smiling. Did you save your collage in jpeg or png? jpeg alters the clarity

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  7. Absolutely beautiful look :) I need to pick up Golden Emerald... I have been on the look for it but haven't come across it at any of my stores.

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  8. Save all your photos in png next time. It comes out true to color and texts are not pixelated

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  9. I shall try that. Thank you. :D

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  10. Allison @neversaydiebeautyMarch 12, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Thank you, Erika! I had a feeling that you would come up with a way to take them yourself. Nevertheless, I can't believe you did it, and they came out so well. Brava! That is interesting that the eyeshadow changed your eye color. My eyes are blue grey but the camera and daylight makes them look very blue - I wish they were that blue in real life. Anyway, I love your smiling photo. Your teeth look normal to me. You looked beautiful in today's look, for sure.

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  11. It's all about the self timer. Without it, I couldn't have gotten those shots. I would give my left tit for a camera with a flip around screen and a remote! Trying to line everything up, blind and checking with a mirror then hitting the shutter and pose! is so stupid! lol My eyes easily pick up other colours, I inherited my eye colour from my maternal grandfather. He had the same eyes I do. :D

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  12. Erika, girl you knocked this look out of the park! Gorgeous! And Golden Emerald is one of my favorite shades. <3

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  13. Thank you very much. <3 Golden Emerald is everything. Such a gorgeous green.

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  14. What an incredible look!!!! Amazing

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  15. Such a beautiful look! Love the eyes, and that Milani lippie is gorg! Love your necklace as well!

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  16. You have a beautiful smile and gorgeous skin!!!

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  17. Very pretty look, and you look soooo young and gorgeous!

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  18. What a gorgeous smile! Love the smoky green eye and the statement necklace. Va-va-voom!

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  19. I have to say I loved seeing you smile the most! Really did brighten up a bad day for me so far. I liked your chose of makeup. Festive but not overdone. I'd wear this all year round. =)

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  20. You look beautiful!

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  21. Cosmetic SanctuaryMarch 15, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Beautiful! That green shadow is perfect on your soft complexion!

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  22. Aw. I hope that you are having better days. And thank you so much for your kind words.

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  23. Thank you so much. The necklaces were from Bauble Bar. The big, graduated pearls piece is still available. The other one is no longer listed.

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  24. Thank you. My photos helped... They came out kind of softened and blurred out, this time around. ;)

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  25. Thank you! The necklaces were from Bauble Bar. The big, graduated pearl piece is still available but the other one is no longer listed.

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  26. Gorgeous look.

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  27. Green is beautiful on you!! What a fabulous tutorial!! Thank you for sharing! <3

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  28. Thank you so much! I was afraid it got too wordy. I'm gad the tutorial aspect was helpful. :D

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