So as you all can probably tell by now, I’m a little bit of a bore when it comes to makeup. You’ll rarely find me with anything other than a nude glossy lip or a matte brown smokey eye, because that’s my comfort zone. Every now & then, I’ll become a wild mufucker and go for a red lip or a black winged liner. And that’s about it.
I was at one point, pretty renowned for buying every new eyeshadow palette under the sun. Praise Jesus that I managed to curb that addiction, because at one point I was spending about £300 a month on makeup alone, and girl that ain’t normal. Bearing in mind, when these beautiful palettes would arrive, with deep burgundies and gleaming glitters and smokey purples, you know what I’d do? Dip straight in to the matte fucking brown. Because I’m a boring, uninspired hoarder. So after a long hard look at myself and my tower of ludicrously priced and ridiculously neglected eyeshadow palettes, I called it quits and promised myself no more.
That lasted about a week. I kid, I kid! I hadn’t purchased an eyeshadow palette since the renowned Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette (which I absolutely adore and reach for almost every day), but after watching the beautiful and talented Holly Boon on YouTube recently, I was absolutely blown away by the swatches and colours of eyeshadows from a little known brand called Juvia’s Place.
Their packaging was absolutely mesmerising; they’re seemingly inspired by ancient Egypt and the tribes of Africa as the colours are so rich, opulent and desert like. after a little bit of digging I noticed a few YouTubers like LustreLux also recommending the brand, however nobody had this Mini Masquerade palette. This palette stood out to me most as half the palette was full of familiar rich warm browns, bronzes and deep reds that give off really Saharan vibes. I’ve always gravitated to these colours, so was comforted in the familiarity of them and knew I would get great use, even if I was forever too nervous of dipping my brush in a vivid blue.
However, the other half of the palette is filled with an array of wild neon metallics which I have nothing similar to. These shades are so wildly out of my comfort zone, however I’ve been really keen to push the boat out and experiment, mainly because up until now I’ve been boring and beige in the makeup department, quite literally too. I’m forever seeing incredible artistry, especially on Pinterest, with artists using a rainbow of beautiful hues and fascinating techniques to create a really vivid and striking look.
I thought it best not only to show you the swatches of this incredible palette, but also test myself by creating a unique makeup look; something that doesn’t come that easy to me.
I purchased the palette from Beauty Bay – you can buy it here – Juvia’s Place Mini Masquerade Palette for £30.00. I kid you not, the pigmentation is actually mind-blowing, as is the formula. The palette comes with 16 shades, all with large pans, meaning it’s also amazing value for money as well as the quality being outstanding. There are 6 matte shades and 10 shimmers included, and can be used both wet and dry depending on your desired look. The shimmers are almost chromatic, they’re that pigmented and compact. Here are the shades:
- Chi – Shimmering cobalt blue
- Mali – Shimmering seaweed green
- Dalia – Shimmering royal blue
- Zola – Shimmering turquoise blue
- Maked – Shimmering deep purple
- Zobo – Matte plum purple
- Calabar – Shimmering burgundy
- Bori – Matte hot pink
- Giza – Shimmering pale pink/champagne
- Burkina – Matte medium brown
- Cairo – Shimmering terracotta brown
- Ada – Matte deep red brown
- Dahia – Shimmering gold bronze
- Zulu – Matte orange brown
- Casablanca – Shimmering copper
- Fulani – Matte chocolate brown
Don’t you just love all the African inspired names too! I just love the entire aesthetic of the brand, from their social media all the way through to the choice of colours in each palette (I believe theres six palettes in total) and the contrast of earthy mattes and then beautiful shimmers. I know I sound like a crazy old makeup hag but the quality is faultless for the price; these are a better formula than almost every other eyeshadow I’ve tried, from MAC to Urban Decay. They really remind me of Makeup Geek eyeshadows; another brilliant brand if you’re in the market for a rainbow of colours and creamy shimmers at an affordable price.
So on to the makeup look. I wanted to create something really unique and different using some of the riskier shades, and this is what I came up with after a little search for some Inspo on Pinterest. I love the emphasis of the carved out brow and the blended fade of the pink into my skin. Here’s a full product breakdown for you:
I use The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer (£3.90) and apply with my fingers all over the face and leave to absorb for around 5 minutes. Then I use Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 6.5 (£40.00) mixed together with 2 drops of Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in G50 (£36.00) and buff into the skin using my Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Foundation Brush (£13.00) to create a flawless, even base.
I conceal my under eyes using Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer in Y23 (£20.50), then adding MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Light Boost (£20.00) over the top to add a yellow undertone and brighten the area. I apply the same combination down my nose, in the centre of my forehead & on my chin & smile lines, blending in with my BeautyBlender Sponge (£16.00).
I set my entire face and eyelids using NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana (£9.00) with my Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlighter Brush (£13.00). Using shade ‘shadowily’ from my Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette (£37.00), I contour along my jawline and the undersides of my cheekbones, as well as lightly over the forehead, whilst avoiding the temples, as that’s where all the emphasis of the eyeshadows is featuring.
Finishing the face makeup, I apply Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze (£45.00) over the top of my contoured areas, as well as Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta (£32.00) and MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle (£24.50) along the entire cheekbone to lift the look.
I filled in my brows using Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown (£15.00) and apply the product with the Anastasia Beverly Hills 14 Dual Sided Brow Brush (£14.00), aiming to make the tail of the brow as long as possible, while defining the arch to emphasise the eye area. Using a home made Scotch tape template, I cover my finished eyebrows with the sticky tape, leaving around 1.5cm around the perimeter of my entire brow. This is how I achieve a clean line without needing concealer to clean up. I cover my entire lid with a generous layer of setting powder to create a clean base.
Taking my favourite Zoeva 134 Luxe Powder Fusion Brush (£10.00) that I’ve dampened with setting spray, I apply a generous layer of the plum shade Zobo, concentrating the pigment close to the tape and blending outwards using circular buffing motions. I blend around the tail of the entire brow into the hairline and up until my brow begins to arch.
I then transition into shade Bori using the same brush that I’ve lightly cleaned on a dry cloth. These shadows are very easily blended together, making this look relatively easy to achieve with minimal work. I fade Bori into the upper trace of the brow and blend it in to my skin, just relying on residue eyeshadow without reloading the brush with colour.
Finally, I take Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Refill in L’Orange, which is a warm orange matte contour shade that I use as an eyeshadow (£4.00!) and again, using the same lightly cleaned brush, blend the warm orange tone under the last 2cm of my brow and into the inner socket, next to the nose. Picking up my NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana on a clean blending brush, I blend the colours down the lid towards the crease, seamlessly merging them with my base lid colour to create a sunset gradient. Finally, with a clean pencil brush, I highlight the inner corner of my eye with MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle.
I took the shade Bori on a damp pencil brush and pack the shade along my lower lash line. I then finely line my top lid with Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner in black (£21.00 including the brush) and curl my lashes, followed with a coat of Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (£20.50) on the top and bottom lashes. I then applied some wispy faux mink lashes and lightly re-touched my brows after removing the tape template, finishing them off with Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (£16.50).
If you do make any mistakes or want to straighten any lines, take a very thin liner brush with some concealer (make sure its the SAME shade as your shin though, we don’t want white lines!) and precisely trace any areas that require a clean up.
And that’s pretty much it; can’t say I’ll be wearing it out anytime soon but I’m sure a few of you brave souls could kill this on a night out. If only I’d done this look in time for Pride 2017, it would’ve been stunning! To make it more wearable, you could use the colours to create a standard gradient on the eyelid, but me being a wild dickhead, I thought it would be nice to try a new technique and picture frame my fucking eyebrows with the colours of a Miami sunset. I hope you LOVE this look; as someone with not a lot of experience with makeup, I am pretty proud of myself with this one. Let me know if you buy any of the Juvia’s Place palettes, and if so, what you think of them.
Thanks for reading you bunch of nutcases, I love you all.