I Stepped Out Of My Eyeshadow Comfort Zone With A Blue Smoky Eye

It’s about time I used more than my Naked palette, right?
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It’s about time I used more than my Naked palette, right?

I may be a contributing editor at xoVain and get excitement flurries playing with makeup, but on a day-to-day basis or even when I have to dress up for events, I tend to stick to tried-and-tested makeup looks: bold lips with a cat eye, bronze beach goddess with lots of highlights and gold shimmer, or a good ol' metallic smokey eye from the same three or four shades in my trusted Urban Decay Naked palette.

In the name of moving out of my comfort zone and actually using the makeup I've bought or received from various brands, I decided to try something new: a blue smoky eye.

For many reasons, I've never been a fan of blue eyeshadow. The first thing it reminds me of is the blue eyeshadow that the flight attendants on Singapore Airlines usually have on their lids. Growing up, I wanted to be a Singapore Girl. I remember traveling with my parents and being in complete awe of how their heels would go clickety-clack as they glamorously sashayed down the marble tiles of Singapore Airport with their tight kebayas hugging their lithe little bodies.

Having friends who were actually Singapore Girls gave me almost-first-hand insight to what it took to be one of the best airlines in the world. Yes, you were hired according to your looks, you must be able to fit into one of the two uniform sizes provided, and you go through a training that instructs you on everything from inflight safety to the colour of eyeshadow you have to wear.

I mean, I love traveling but I'd rather do that with my own money; or even better, when I'm writing a travel story. But I digress.

NARS gave me some products recently, two of which worked perfectly with the look I was trying to achieve. I used NYX's HD Primer on my lids before using NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Dark Rite, and their Duo Eyeshadow in Brumes.

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The best thing about NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencils is that not only does it work perfectly as a base on your lids, it also gives you a lot of control when you’re lining your lower lash line--something that I find more difficult when I use eyeshadow and a brush. The pencil gives you maximum colour with much ease.

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What do you think? What's your favorite color to use for smoky eyes?