It's been a fun day of makeup-related activities! :) Can't wait to share my upcoming videos with you. For now, it's another Color Combos post! Ever since showing some of my favorite color combinations in The Balm's Nude 'Tude palette (click here to see them), I've been getting requests to do the same for the Balm Jovi palette. And I'm happy to do it, because this palette is FREAKING AWESOME. Not only does it have 12 amazing shadows, but you also get a Mary LouManizer highlight, Frat Boy blush (they're re-named in this palette), and two cream lip/cheek colors. It all folds down to a really compact, travel-friendly size and I'm pretty sure I've been raving about this palette since before Christmas 2012.
In terms of the shadows, you have some shimmery, sparkly, and metallic shades, along with four totally matte shades right down the middle. It's a great palette for those who are wanting to branch out a bit from their neutral-shadow comfort zone, because you get some interesting and unusual colors... but nothing too wild & crazy & bright. As with other palettes from The Balm, the shadows are richly pigmented and easily blendable. Because of that, I find that I'm able to overlap different shades and create some fun, new colors without anything looking "muddy". This is such a versatile palette, and I could probably spend all afternoon creating different combinations of shades... but for this post I thought I'd share some of my favorite ways to wear this palette. And I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments section! :)
Look #1: Fast & Glowy
This quick look utilizes one of my favorite mid-toned shades in this palette- Blink1982. It's a dusty lilac color with golden sparkle. I think a lot of times when we're going for a quick one or two shadow look, we gravitate toward taupe, bronze, and brown. This is a way to get a quick look with a different tone, and I love how the gold in both shades ties it all together.
-First use Iron Maid-in (shimmery buttercup color) around the inner corner
-Pat Blink1982 (dusty lilac) all over the lid with w flat brush
-Use a fluffy crease brush to blend Blink1982 into the crease, adding subtle contrast to the look.
-Use Iron Maid-in again lightly to buff out Blink1982 & highlight the brow bone
Look #2: Classic Matte
I love how this "Rockstar" palette is still capable of giving you one of the most classic eyeshadow looks ever! An all-matte eye can look really clean and polished- perfect for an interview, work, pictures... anything!
-Apply Adagio (matte cream) all over the lid
-Lightly blend Allegro (medium brown) throughout the crease for a really natural effect
-To add a bit more definition, use Presto (dark brown) in the outer corner. Blend over it again with a bit of Allegro.
-Highlight the brow & blend out the edges of the deeper shades with Adagio
-You can also smudge a bit of Presto under the eye as your liner
-Heck, Presto also works great as liner for the upper lashline, too!
Look #3: Rosy Glow
I think the burgundy shade called "Alice Copper" in this palette is stunning. In this look I utilize the overlapping shadow technique to create yet another great shade with this palette. I love this shadow look combined with a dusty rose/mauve lip. Revlon Colorburst Gloss in Rosepearl, for example.
-Use Metal-ica (pearly white) around the inner corner and lightly under the brow as a highlight
-Lightly pat Metal-ica on the inner half of the lid
-Overlap Metal-ica on the lid with Alice Copper- getting deeper as you get toward the outer corner (that's what you're seeing in the center swatch- you get a mauve/taupe color).
-Use Alice Copper to deepen the crease and create an outer V.
-Also take Alice Copper under the eye- it looks pretty smudged/overlapped with Metali-ica like you did on the lid- getting lighter as you get toward the inner corner.
Look #4: Dusty Plum
This is probably one of my most-created looks with this palette. The fact that the purple shades are kind of muted & "dusty" as opposed to being bright and bold makes it very workable with tons of different outfits... and I just love any opportunity to throw in the Blink1982 color!
-Apply Third Eye Blinded (pearly pink) around the inner corner and under the brow
-Use Blink1982 (dusty lilac) all over the lid, and blend it up into the crease as well
-Moderato (dark matte plum) can look practically black... so if it's a daytime look, I use it lightly in the outer corner and blend over it with Blink1982.
-Use Blink1982 on the lower lashline for a soft look, or to deepen it up, overlap with Moderato.
Look #5: Fierce Smokey Eye
I can't talk about the Rockstar Palette without suggesting a way to get an awesome smokey eye! I wish the picture would do the gorgeous navy shade called "The Stroke" justice. It has a really pretty blue-toned shimmer. I love taking a shade so intense and adding in a sweet pastel, like lavender, to create some contrast.
-Use The Stroke (deep navy) all over the lid, and also smudge it under the eye.
-Blend The Stroke up into the crease as well- make sure it's nice a deep right in the socket, then start to sheer it up a little.
-As you build up from the crease, overlap The Stroke with rem (that's what you're seeing in the second swatch). This looks good under the eye as well.
-Once you've got your edges really nicely buffed out, get a clean brush and add rem just above the darker shades. It should be visible when your eye is open- creating a pretty "halo" around the top part of the eye.
-If you really want to make the look intense, I recommend lining the waterline with black and adding false lashes :)
I hope these written-out tutorials made sense! :) As I said, I could've kept going with the color combos but figured I'd stop at five. If you enjoy these kinds of posts, feel free to request other palettes that you want ideas from. Thanks for reading!
- New video coming tomorrow morning! It'll be featured on the Ladies' Home Journal Gloss Daily blog (and my YT channel, as usual) & is kind of a multi-product review on some of the new lip glosses that have recently launched! :) Keep an eye out for it!
- Shot a new Dollar Store Beauty Adventure video today... so fun!
- I got a new exercise ball. Once I recover from getting it pumped up, I'll do a workout.
- Need to get caught up on last night's Real Housewives of OC episode!
- Making tacos/nachos tonight. Woohooo!