Sunday, August 2, 2015

"Grey Matter" Makeup Look | Blog Collaboration

This is my first blog collaboration post and the idea came about from my blogger friend Hana where we've both come up with our own makeup looks. I needed some ideas for a name and she helped me name this one 'Grey Matter'. Here's the look that I've created:

Excuse the hair frizz

The inspiration for my look came from one of Hana's shawls. The initial idea was the incorporate similar-coloured shawls into our looks by wearing it but seeing as I own none, I instead decided to create a look to complement the colours and patterns on her shawl, as though I were wearing it.

Seeing as there were many colours and patterns going on with the shawl with contrasts of dark and light, I decided to keep my look fairly neutral with a slight pop of colour to my eyes. With the crimson and berry tones in the shawl, I chose a berry-shaded lipstick to pair the look as well as blending in a berry eyeshadow colour.

I'm getting better at filing in my brows - practice makes perfect!

The look reminds me a lot of the ELES Berry Crush look that I did last year except I've used grey/taupe shades and a hint of blue. I swept the same berry-toned blush over my cheeks and contoured with my Benefit HOOLA Bronzer. Below are the products that I used:

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation in 030 Sand (Reviewed HERE)
Benefit HOOLA Bronzer (Featured HERE)
ELES Mineral Blush in Mixed Berries (Featured HERE)

Australis Eyeshadow Primer
Models Prefer Day to Night SHADOWS Palette (Reviewed HERE)
SAVVY Liquid Eyeliner in Navy Blue
The Face Shop Lovely Me:Ex Make Me Star Waterproof Gel Liner in Indigo Blue (Featured HERE)
Dolly Wink Eyelash Glue (Featured HERE
Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Dark (Featured HERE)
Red Earth Brow Kit (Featured HERE)
DAISO False Lashes
L'Oreal Miss Manga Mega Volume Mascara (Let me know if you'd like a review!)

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 31

Shiseido Eyelash Curler (Featured HERE)

L-R: Sigma Brushes x3, Manicare Brush, EcoTools Brush, Bella Brush, Real Techniques Brush x2, Bella Brush

I used three shades from the Day to Night SHADOWS palette (which looks strikingly similar to Urban Decay's Naked 1 palette but we've already established this long ago). Apologies for all of the noise in the photo, photography and photo editing are still not my strengths. Anyway, I've indicated with arrows which colours I used. I started off with 'Hot Date' (third arrow) as my base taupe colour, then used the crimson shade 'Overachiever' (middle arrow) on the centre of my eyelids to make my eyes pop. For the outer corners of my eyelid, I used 'Co-worker' (first arrow) and blended this into my eyelid's crease. I blended the colours in to create a subtle smokey look.

I really wanted to add a touch of blue to the look so I decided that the best way to do this without blending it in with the rest of my eyeshadow was to use it as a lower lash line colour. I used the shade circled on my 88 Shimmer Palette above and ta-da, I was happy with the colour combinations.

Used a blue liquid eyeliner for my upper lash line and added mascara and falsies - look complete!

I got a bit of an 80s-90s vibe from the shawl as it looked a little retro so I found that my colour combinations matched well with the retro-ness of the accessory. Using blue eyeshadow and eyeliner already brings back memories from the past!

Definitely suitable for daytime wear!

Now in comparison to Hana's look, this is completely different! I think it's awesome how we went about this differently and created looks that aren't like each other's. That is simply the joy of applying makeup and playing around with it - we each have our own interpretations and that shows how individual and unique we really are when it comes to all sorts of things, including being creative. Take a look at how amazing her makeup look is:

So on point and stunning!

Seeing Hana's look after doing mine makes me think 'wow, I should've done that' haha but nonetheless I had fun with what I did and keep it fairly winter-themed and subtle. Hana's the pro here, the makeup artist so big claps for her gorgeous look! I think my next makeup look should be a vibrant one though, what do you reckon?

Anyway, now that you've had a preview of Hana's look, I definitely suggest that you go and check it out and leave some love on her blog as well!

Questjen to you:

How do you like your eye makeup - vibrant or subtle?

Both is great depending on the occasion however I never wear a lot of makeup so subtle is the way to go for me!



  1. I like your makeup look, Jen :) You can't go wrong with that eye look. It can be worn on a daily basis too xx
    I see that we wore the same product - Hoola Bronzer :D
    Anyhoot, I thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration. Maybe, we should do a fashion collab in the future hehe xx

    Hana | Bold Expression

    1. You are too sweet Hana!
      Yes I noticed that too hehe, it's such a great product ^^
      Of course, that would be awesome!!

  2. such a gorgeous look! loving how clean and sophisticated it looks!

  3. Both of you did totally gorgeous looks! Love how different they are, and how you went more cool-toned and Hana more warm colours haha! Your brows look on point Jen! x
    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    1. Hehe yeah the shades we picked were on quite opposite sides of the spectrum with mine being cool and Hana's being warm-toned! I guess they suit different skin tones as well haha~
      Thanks ^^ xx

  4. Gorgeous! Love the look, very pretty.

  5. girl! Your skin is flawless!! Love the pop of blue/purple on the eyes!

    chloĆ©⎪ status.chlo

    1. Aw no it's far from flawless!! But thank you ^^"

  6. Any chance of a threesome with you and Hana, Jen
    Kissing one of you while the other rides my cock, before you swap over would be fantastic, and you take turns letting me lick and finger your pussies, while the others sucks my penis. I am very good at giving oral and I am well endowed


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