Help Me Make it Work: A Rusty Eye with Lorac Pro Garnet

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lorac-pro-review In my recent Fall Eyeshadow Picks entry, I included Garnet from the Lorac Pro palette even though I haven’t really used it so much in the past. Not that I haven’t tried because believe me, I have. It’s just that I always ended up changing my mind at the last minute when I see myself in the mirror and think “Nope, can’t wear this out. I look beaten up or have had no sleep for the past week.” But again, what is this blog for if I only show myself in I-think-I-look-good-in-this shades, right? Which brings me to this Help Me Make it Work series” (I’ll italicize and put quotation marks on that because who am I kidding? I’m the worst in following through with these things), where I feel like I need to showcase the other side. Not to fish out compliments but to actually share my dilemma and hopefully gather tips from you guys on how to go about the look. Do I change up the lipstick and blush I paired with it (if it’s an eyeshadow)? Do I go heavier on the eyeliner? Or bolder on the lips?  After the discussion, I could maybe do a follow-up entry featuring a few of your suggestions and see if I’ve been successful in my persistence or if I should just resign to the fact that the look just doesn’t work for me. I’m excited to see how this goes, so let’s get on with it! lorac-pro-review-swatcheslorac-pro-garnet

How do I?

I love copper/rust shades, but it’s just so hard to make them work for my skintone as they pull out too much yellow and make me look sickly. And beaten up. Sickly battered? Lorac Pro Garnet, worn above, just looks blah on me. I used it all over my lid then blended Espresso on my crease ever so softly so it doesn’t overpower the rusty Garnet. I paired the eyes with MAC Shy Girl lipstick ‘cos I didn’t want to go bold-on-bold (but then my eye makeup didn’t actually come out that strong so maybe I should’ve?). Also, can someone award me ‘the best beauty blogger ever‘ because I forgot to put on the blush I so carefully and strategically laid out on the table for me to use (which is the Burberry Light Glow in Peony). The ‘blush’ you’re seeing on my face is just the Hourglass Ambient Palette powders at work – namely Radiant Light and Incandescent Light. Bow-cheek-a-wow-wow. Subtle contouring achieved.

So yes – generally BLAH. Your tips will be greatly appreciated and taken into consideration when I feel like giving this RUST eye look a whirl again.

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  1. September 12, 2014 / 10:54 pm

    The look isn’t blah at all! I liked it a lot!

  2. September 13, 2014 / 12:42 am

    I don’t know if the camera just doesn’t capture the resulting sallowness because I can’t quite catch it. In any case, I go with mauves when I feel I look sallow, and it helps brighten up the complexion.

  3. Shanna
    September 13, 2014 / 1:29 am

    maybe a darker lipstick like a berry colour? to be honest I don’t see anything wrong with your look.. You’re gorgeous! I love your series, I can’t wait to reasd more – it’s so different (in a good way) xx

    Shanna |

  4. emma nelson
    September 13, 2014 / 4:36 am

    Maybe try a brighter inner-corner? Whenever my eye makeup turns out dull, that always livens it up. Perhaps some of the Lt. Bronze from the palette on the lower lash line with the garnet on the lid.

  5. September 13, 2014 / 6:23 am

    I love the idea of this series! And to be honest, I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with your look though, if there’s one thing i’d change, maybe a slightly lighter colour in the crease? Idk, I think you look good! xxx

    Daphne | subgenre of a dream | bloglovin

  6. Lily
    September 13, 2014 / 9:18 am

    Garnet doesn’t look red on you at all, Shari. Sometimes we are our own worst critic. Maybe you’re just not used to it? I love burgundy toned eye shadows. I find that black liners are a must, and pairing it with warm dark brown or pale golden tones is flattering. As for the rest, I’ve tried it with paler warm cheeks / lips, and also bold berry toned lips and both looked great 🙂

  7. September 13, 2014 / 10:19 am

    How about using a copper/bronze pencil as a base? Pack Garnet on the lid then use a medium brown shadow like UD’s Buck on the crease? Maybe that’ll work. I’ve seen some looks where Garnet was used on the crease so you can try that too. 🙂

  8. Raven Ang
    September 13, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    The eye makeup looks great! But from the picture above, it looks quite neutral. So maybe a strong wing with some eyeliner + a bold lip (maybe your Orguiel). 🙂

  9. jgpangi
    September 13, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    All hail the Hourglass Ambient Palette! You’re almost on Maleficent territory there 🙂

    I didn’t even notice the Garnet. Maybe bulag lang talaga ako, hahaha. Have you ever thought of using it as an eyeliner? Parang ang ganda ng pigmentation niya, maybe paired with your MAC Cut A Caper, the Bronze just to brighten the lid and Gold on the outer corners, then load up the mascara. I’m imagining a morning look, very minimal, with the Garnet as the pop of color for your eyes. Just basing this off the palette, I wonder how it’ll look?

  10. Makeup With A Heart
    September 14, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    Garnet is my most least used shade as well (along with that Slate) but I’ve seen it used subtly in the crease to give it warmth. It didn’t look bad but I have yet to try it out myself. 😛

  11. September 14, 2014 / 3:59 pm

    sis… try this. It’s how I make the Garnet shade pop.. apply primer, then apply nyx jumbo pencil in milk in the inner half of your lids (blend). Apply your crease shadow first (eg. mauve or sable) then apply Garnet all over your lids, with a pressing motion. do not swipe. blend outwards if needed. You can use espresso or black on your outer V if you want more depth.

  12. September 14, 2014 / 11:28 pm

    LOL! Don’t you hate it when you photograph something and then fail to wear it – or the opposite, wear something and then completely forget what it was so you can’t even wager a guess, lol?! I think you look beautiful here. The only suggestion would be to pair it with a purple-toned lipstick to pop your lips? MAC Up the Amp would look amazing!

  13. September 15, 2014 / 8:14 am

    i think it looks good w/o the blush you chose and with what you have now. i would even go with a nude lip BUT then again. when i do any sort of color on my eyes, i auto go nude lip and no blush. i do NOT know how to do full face of makeup and when i do, i look like a 9 year old testing her mom’s makeup….


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