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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Spring into Color Series with Faux Lashes - Starfish

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Today's up and coming Spring/Summer color is a tawny, trendy tan color called Starfish.

Starfish is one of those subtle shades that never goes out of style and is so easy to work into any wardrobe from bohemian beauty to classy conservative. Neutral tones like Starfish also provide the perfect base for all kinds of vibrant, colorful accessories, so you don't have to sacrifice color to wear this tan tone. Pantone's palette suggests pairing Starfish with a teal or tangerine orange accent. I fully support this suggestion, but who says you have to stop there? Try all kinds of awesome accent colors until you settle on one that's just right for you.

Now, I know I just finished yammering on about adding colorful accents over a Starfish base but for my look today I wanted to let Starfish be the *ahem* star of the show. I really wanted to try a spring/summer appropriate smokey eye. Staying away from wintery blues and blacks, this smokey eye is a warm combination of tans, golds and browns that creates instant impact and incredible allure, ESPECIALLY if you have blue eyes. I primarily used Starfish as the middle & highlighting colors to give this look a sun kissed warmth while keeping this dark, sexy and sultry.

This look lures in all onlookers with its hypnotic gaze and COMMANDS attention. It goes to show how even a subtle shade like Starfish can have all the drama and panache of a primary color when worn correctly. Believe it or not this look can be donned day or night depending on your comfort level. Most people would probably prefer evening wear when it comes to smokey eyes, but I wore this to an afternoon class and got tons of compliments! So don't be afraid to try a smokey eye before sunset, remember that rules are meant to be broken!

If you're new to the super-smokey style, the trick to avoiding raccoon eyes is a) less is more b) not placing the darkest color any higher than your crease or lower than your lower lashline. Only apply the dark colors right at your lashlines then use a clean brush to blend that color up/downwards. Also, if you have small eyes already this look will make your eyes appear even smaller. That doesn't mean you can't adjust it to your face though; for smaller eyes simply lighten your shadow selection a few shades, depending on the size of your eyes and your skin tone.

I also recommend sticking to a bit of bronzer and a nude lip for this look. Less is more when your eyes are the center of attention already. 

Sasha Lashes from

Oh Sasha. Sasha, sasha, sasha. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! But first, here's what the lovely people at Faux have to say about them.
Our most luxurious lashes. These voluptuous, feathery lashes have a mix of black and dark brown strands that look like pure mink. Ultra plush, fluttery and luxe, these are a definite must-have for any lash addict. The Sasha’s will make you feel like a total bombshell. -
These are the lashes I wish I'd been born with; full flirtatious, not too long, and super natural (supernaturally natural, even). The duo colored black and brown lashes make these so natural you'll have people wondering: are those real?? So if you're follically challenged like me, these are the best bet for getting the gorgeous lashes God forgot to give you. Plus, when wearing a smokey eye, these lashes add much needed volume.

Oh, and did I mention I've already gotten about 16 wears out of these and they still look brand new! A little TLC cleaning the lash band of old glue and you're good to go. If you take care of them, they take care of you. They are the lashes that just keep on giving!

Finally, even if you're not a huge fan of my starry-eyed starfish smokey eye, Jess of My Haute Habit has put together an inspiration image board of ways to work this color in to your wardrobe. Go full Starfish for an ultra-sophisticated monotone look, or switch up some of the accessories with super bright colors for a youthful springtime vibe. A color this versatile can compliment virtually any style.

Be sure to check out Jess's blog for more Spring/Summer '12 style tips! 

Hope you guys liked the look and are excited for the next color collaboration! Happy Spring Shopping!

1 comment:

  1. Great tips to avoiding raccoon eyes!! I love it, I still need to learn lots till I can perfect my skills:), thank u for sharing!!