Looks: Exotic Tara

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A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed BareMinerals Eyecolor in Exotic Tara, a beautiful and delicate turquoise shade chockfull of shimmers that brightens up your eyes and is impossible to overdo.

My friend Trisha asked me to a FOTD with it, so here’s what I’ve come up with. Unfortunately, this week I didn’t have the time to take step-by-step photos, but I hope you will enjoy the look anyway. I’ve provided instructions if you would like to recreate it. 😉

Products used:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
Sleek Makeup I-Divine Original Eyeshadow Palette
BareMinerals Eyecolor in Exotic Tara
Sleek Makeup I-Divine Lagoon Eyeshadow Palette
Kiko Volume Attraction Mascara
– Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat in Beige Rosé
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer
Milani Minerals Blush in Luminous
– Hourglass Prodigy Lipgloss in Heroine

1. Apply an eyeshadow primer all over the lid. This will prevent creasing and fading throughout the day.
2. As I’m using a loose eyeshadow on the lid, I applied a sticky base that imparts a pretty foiled look (Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy) on that area. If you prefer to use only pressed eyeshadows, you can skip this step.
3. Sweep a medium purple shade (I used the one in the Sleek Makeup Original Eyeshadow Palette) on the crease.
4. Pat a soft turquoise pigment (I used BareMinerals Eyecolor in Exotic Tara) on the middle and outer parts of the lid.
5. Apply a light yellow shade (I used the one in the Sleek Makeup Original Eyeshadow Palette) on the inner part of the lid and blend where it meets with Exotic Tara. With a pencil brush, apply the same shade on the lower lashline.
6. With a pencil brush, apply a touch of navy eyeshadow (I used the one in the Sleek Makeup Original Eyeshadow Palette) on the crease (but don’t bring it up too much; you want to create a gradient not cover all the purple) to darken it. Apply on the outer part of the crease too. Blend. Then, apply it on the outer lower lashline too. Blend again.
7. Sweep an off white pearl shade (I used Oyster in the Sleek Makeup Lagoon Eyeshadow Palette) on the browbone to highlight.
8. Apply mascara.

1. Apply foundation to even out the skintone and dab on concealer where needed. I used it to cover my dark circles.
2. Apply a peachy pink blush with gold shimmers (I used Milani Minerals Blush in Luminuous) on the apples of your cheeks.
3. Apply a sheer pink lipgloss (I used Hourglass Prodigy Lipgloss in Heroine) on your lips.

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  1. Janessa says

    You explain the steps so clearly I don’t even need pictures to follow the loop, not to add to he fact your blending is perfect and no colors are muddy so I know exactly where each color goes. I love love the three quarters shot of you! C
    You prove colorful eye makeup can really brighten the face like a good blush and lippy! I used to think colorful eye makeup was fun and bold but too often distracting and just stands alone, the rest of the face makeup complementing the eye look. But your eye makeup here works to you and just looks totally in balance. :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, thank you! I’m glad you like the look. :)

      Colourful eyeshadows can be a lot more wearable than people think. It’s just a matter of finding the right shade. Exotic Tara is the perfect example. It’s bright and colourful, but doesn’t matter how much you apply, it never gets too bold and always retains a certain softness.

  2. Janessa says

    I have on makeup today!!! Extreme contouring for highly chiseled cheekbones and a slash from my brow bone to cheekbone with faux blood and bright blue mascara and reddened burnt orange eyes with plum and the Kiko blush you sent me! People inspected it close up and thought it was real Naha such a compliment haha.

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