Liquid Liner-Less

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

These past few weeks have brought with them quite a bit more excitement than I'm used to.  Firstly, I jumped on a bus down to Washington DC for a few days to catch up with some old college friends, then my birthday came and went, and finally, my family and I had to gear up and pack for a weeklong stay in Martha's Vineyard, all the while trying to get our house ready to sell!  To say that May has been a hectic month would be putting it mildly, but there was one great thing that came out of the scrubbing and organizing and packing of boxes; whilst rifling through my sister's things to get her room in order, I happened upon a tiny palette from Dior.  I could barely contain myself as I turned the case over, only to see the words "Beige Massai" written underneath (I had just watched Lisa Eldridge's All-Time Favorites video, so you can imagine my surprise).  So not only did I have an untouched Dior eye palette in my possession now, but it was also endorsed by my all-time favorite makeup artist? I could hardly keep from scrambling for my brushes right then and there.

It wasn't long before I had slapped together an eye look using a few of the five colors, and because of the sheer beauty and blendability of the shadows, I decided to leave the harshness of liquid liner out of the equation and subtly lined underneath my eyes with the dark brown shadow instead.  I used the upper right beige color all over the lid, the central brown color in the outer corners, and the bottom right warm brown as a blending color and through my brows.  I finished off the eyes with a coat of Loreal's Telescopic mascara.

I used to think that my face didn't look complete without a slick of black liquid liner, but I may just be coming around to the whole bare eye look.  It has an air of sophistication about it that I'm not sure I'm quite ready for yet, but I have a whole new appreciation for an eye that lacks liner.  If nothing else, this newfound appreciation shaves precious minutes off of my morning routine!

It appears that Dior no longer sells "Beige Massai", but they do pedal a similar looking palette under the moniker "Incognito", found here.  But it should be said that this is the kind of look that can be achieved without the help of a $60 palette.  Although the texture of these Dior shadows is beyond silky, I'm sure comparable colors could be found in the drugstore, or indeed in the Naked 2 or the Naked Basics palettes by Urban Decay.  How do you feel about leaving the liner off?


  1. This is such a gorgeous pallet! Your so lucky to have in your collection :) x

  2. So natural and effortless but it looks lovely! x

  3. Your eyes are totally defined by the brown shade. It took me a while to realize that not every look needed black eyeliner! :)

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

  4. This is beautiful, I love my eyeliner but I find sometimes not wearing it is often a really nice experience, a totally different look :)
    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

  5. Love the neutral shades of your choice! Also, your photographs are stunning as like always :) I nominated you for The Liebster Blog Award,so please check it out on my blog if you are interested in doing it! xxx

    Grace | Grace of Beauty

  6. Oh wow that is the most beautiful palette! I've been looking for a palette that has those sort of shades and that top left peachy colour is gorgeous. Love the look you've created too, your eyes look stunning.



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