Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Blue and Purple Raindrops

Happy Rainy Wednesday mes amis :))

This week has been a little busy, so excuse my lack of long & detailed posts. As always, when my life gets hectic, I usually just take pix moments before I run out the door and write the post later, hoping that my makeup of the day is interesting enough to be the subject of the post. Besides, my blogging philosophy is about consistency: "make time, regardless of how busy you are" (that's my pep talk to myself :)) Anyway, feeling inspired by blue and purple raindrops as well as my glitter nails of the week, here is the maquillage I wore today:
Too much for a rainy Wednesday?

Whenever I get pale in time for the winter, my Asian side comes out of hiding and becomes more evident and pronounced. In turn, I always get the urge to decorate my "Asian" with appropriate colors and makeup techniques. I don't believe in concealing ethnic features, so drawing attention to my flat, almond eyes is my go-to makeup trick. For this look, I did precisely that: I concentrated on my natural eye slant and made it even more Asian daahlingg. Here's how I did it:
To play up my almond brownies, I used several blue, gray and iridescent purple shimmery shadows from the Coastal Scents 36 Smokey Eye Palette. I concentrated the darkest colors on the outer corners and highlighted the inner and center portions of my eyes with brighter and lighter eye shadows. I used a purple cream shadow liner to line my top and bottom lash lines and finished the eye look with purple mascara on my lashes. TIP: Color mascaras have a tendency to make the eyes (all eyes, not just Asian) look smaller, so to counter-balance this effect, I darkened the outer corners of the eyes and extended them towards the temples a la "cat-eye" style. I also lined the waterlines using a white pencil liner for a brightening effect. 
  • Coastal Scents 36 Eye Shadow Smokey Palette (shadows marked w/ "M")
  • Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow in Schnauzer (used as liner)
  • Ben Nye all purpose liner in White (waterline and center of lips)
  • LA Splash mascara in Purple Splash (bottom lashes)  
  • LA Splash mascara in Electric Eel (top lashes)
  • NYX lip liner in Natural
  • No name clear gloss
  • Bare Minerals matte foundation in Golden Medium
  • Benefit Erase Paste in 03 Dark (concealer)
  • MAC sheer tone blush in Gingerly
 If you like my glittery DIVA mani, click here for a list of polishes and pix of my inspiration :)
Don't fear the blue eye shadow, play it down by pairing it with gray or make it more interesting with purple :) Try both and be fancy!
 Gloss up the lippies or skip the gloss for a natural pout :)

Maryam Maquillage


Maryam Maquillage © 2012.


  1. you always have perfect lip color, I loveee this!

  2. Lovely as per usual!
    I like the way you think. I always tell people not to be afraid of wearing color. It is fun! Definitely not something to be afraid of~! I myself need to use blue more often.

  3. very pretty, i love the liner and your nails look fab!

  4. that second picture is one of the prettiest i've ever seen of you! wowzer girl. love the nails too

  5. beautiful! blues and purps are always at the top of my list!

  6. pretty eyes ❤ I love how you mix the colors, it looks so beautiful~! ^-^

  7. The eye look is so beautiful and ethereal :3

  8. Beyond gorgeous!

  9. I LOVE this color on you. Look beautiful as always!! FLAWLESS ♥

  10. That so great!!! I promote spanish designers in Qatar, it´s been over a year here and it´s been quite challenging that´s why I started the blog which is about fashion, styling tips, and how western women live in the Middle East!

    Would you like to follow each other?

  11. Beautiful look, I love these colours on you!

  12. Wow, so beautiful!

    Holli x

  13. Love the face! These colors look amazing on you. Your brows are so well groomed & nice


  14. Hi Maryam. How are you my beautiful and stylish Bashkort friend? You should come to Antalya and watch the magnificent piano festival. Don't forget that music is the food of the soul. International Antalya Piano Festival is one of the best in Europe. This year, Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, Russian violinist Vladimir Spivakov, Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen, Hungarian trompetist Gabor Boldoczki, Labeque Sisters, Russian violinist Aleksey Igudesman and South Korean pianist Hyung-ki Joo, Spanish pianist Dorantes, Polish pianist Szymon Chojnacki and Fazıl Say and other Turkish pianists will perform in 12th International Antalya Piano Festival.

  15. Hello beautiful, you have a perfect face!!!
    Have a nice weekend!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela

  16. Very pretty! You're right our looks are very similar.. yours is a bit more wearable though mine turned out a little hooch looking lmao

  17. Gorgeous look- the purple really brings out your eyes!

  18. Congratulations, Maryam! I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award! Check it out here:

    You totally deserve it. Your tutorials and advice have always inspired me to venture outside my makeup comfort zone. Much love x x

  19. Beautiful! Love your mani too <3

  20. I haven't been on your blog in quite awhile and I've missed so much awesome makeup looks. This is absolutely beautiful. Purple really brought out your brown eyes!

  21. I really love the cool tones you are using here, I think they are really flattering on you! Great job on playing up your eye shape, I think that almond-shaped eyes are beautiful :)


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