Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sparkling Cranberries

I love love love using berry colors in my makeup.  Usually, its a pretty berry colored lipstick with a neutral or brown eye makeup look.  For today, I wanted to go all out and use shades of cranberry ALL over for a monochromatic look where the drama was in the color choice.

I used all MAC eye shadow shades for the look.  I started my priming my eyes with Urban Decay Primer Potion.  
  1. I highlighted my brow bone with a matte cream shade (Brule).  
  2. Next, I applied my favorite MAC shadow (Cranberry) all over my lid and blended up into the crease.  
  3. I further blended out the Cranberry shadow by sweeping Charcoal Brown (a matte cool brown shade) along the crease and outer corner of my eye.  I also applied the matte shade along my lower lash line.  
  4. For even more sparkle, I applied All That Glitters (glittery peachy taupe shade) to the inner corner of my eye.  
  5. To finish the look, I lined the upper lash line and lower water line with black gel liner (Blacktracks by MAC).  I really wanted to emphasize my eye shape so I made sure to line the inner corner of my eye and wing out the liner on the outer corner.
  6. I applied two coats of black mascara on my top lashes and lightly applied mascara to my lower lashes.

The drama of the look comes from the bold cranberry color.  This color could get a little tricky to wear on its own but grounding the color with a black lash line makes it very wearable.

Since I wanted to create a bold monochromatic look, I used a berry colored blush (MAC Blush in Mocha)  and a creamy cranberry lipstick (Ripe Rose by ELF).  If you wanted an alternative lip color that wasn't as deep, you could use a gold glittery lip gloss or a glossy nude lip.

I love how the cranberry color makes my eyes look very green and the golden sheen also warms up my complexion.  And I also like how using the color all over makes the look more dramatic.

Important tips when wearing a color all over - ground the eye makeup with a black eye liner, use a sheer application of the color on your cheeks, and keep the color soft all over by blending.


  1. Gorgeous! Would these shades work on olive skin too?

    1. Cranberry is PERFECT for olive skin tones, as the red undertones make a beautiful compliment to the olive tones of your skin. Same way that is brings out the green in my eyes.