Monday, January 25, 2010

Can Sleek Graphite work for tan skin?

Hey guys, sorry I haven't blogged over the weekend, I feel like a humongous slacker. But in my little defense, juggling grad school and married life is really really hard. Ok let's get to the pretty colors. I won Georgie's giveaway for a Sleek Graphite palette and have been playing with the colors for a month or so now. Upon doing a quick web search, I noticed there are a lot of swatches available on many blogs, but mainly against fair skin. I want to show you guys how they look on tan skin:


All the colors in this palette are quite shimmery and a bit loose, so I'd recommend tapping them on your lid with a firm Maxine's Mop to prevent fall out. You can also try dampening the brush with some water first. Also, be sure to apply foundation, etc. afterwards, not before. These colors are quite dark, pigmented and shimmery! I always have to reach for some kind of makeup remover to edit the fallout.
 

Top row: The 1st color would be a great inner corner highlight. The 2nd one is a a great brow highlight.

Bottom row: Sorry this pic is dark; I wasn't able to capture the nuanced differences between these shades. Smokey eye lovers will have lots of grays to choose from. I love the 4th one from the left. It's a navy blue shimmery color I use all over the lid, and it even works for daytime.


Since my skin around my eyes is tan, I tend to stick to nude/bright colors. But when I am lemming to wear the a dark e/s, I start with UDPP all over the eye area to lighten my lid color by 2 shades. I then apply a sheer wash of dark e/s on the lid area and finish with a nice, bright brow highlighter. I don't put dark e/s on the lower lashline as that can make me look tired. For me, the key is to apply a sheer wash of dark color to just the lid area, and surround that dark color with bright colors. That way the dark color stands out, and is not mistaken for a very sleepy girl!

11 comments:

xLovelyMakeupx said...

awesome palette, you should do an eye look would love to see the colors on your tanned skin, my bff has tanned skin so i would like to see what i can play with

Ashwini said...

Oooh I'm still wondering whether I'm good enough at eyes to do an EOTD. Too insecure in my skills at the moment, but maybe I'll muster up the courage and do it since I now have a request. :)

Hell Candy Make Up said...

ooo I shall add to that request if you don't mind :)

Don't be insecure, it would be lovely to see how you apply your make up!

Henessy said...

You should definitely do an EOTD would love to see what it looks like on you x

Dreams That Glitter said...

Yaaaaay I'm so excited to see you swatch the Sleek palette on your gorgeous skintone. You should definitely do an EOTD. I really, really hope you love the palette sweety, I'm so pleased it's gone to such a good home :).
xoxo

Ashwini said...

Hey guys, thanks for all the requests. I'm very touched to say the least. I will definitely put an EOTD on my to-write-up list. Thanks for the support, this will be a learning experience for me!

Laura Loo said...

Those colors are gorgeous. A youtuber just did a great review of the sleek palettes, so it is good to see some more swatches. I think they would look lovely on you!

I saw one girl with fairly tan skin do a video directed at small eyes, but she had a tip that could work for you with the darker skin tone and darker colors:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGSlSScajpQ

I don't know? Maybe?

lilluna5416 said...

the colors are so beautiful! lucky girl to win a sleek palette

Ahleessa said...

Congrats on winning the palette! They're such gorgeous colors. I bet they will look great on you! :)

Mz. More said...

Thanks for the swatches. I so wish Sleek was available in the US. I want to try their Palettes so bad!

Sarah♥ said...

omg i soo wanna have a sleek i divine palette. soo much .. alas not avaialble in my country
great blog , am a new followers
www.sarahlovesmakeup.blogspot.com

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