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one of 2012’s holiday trends is metallic jewel-toned smoky eyes paired with nude lips. the karl lagerfeld for shu uemura collection has the perfect makeup items to create this look. i used the smoky velvet palette and two of the lipsticks (parisienne pink and celebrity beige) to create a very wearable holiday look. a fun holiday look is incomplete without lashes of course! i used the karl for shu mini lashes to add that perfect accent to my eyes.

parisienne pink – second from the right (a cool baby pink); celebrity beige to the far right (a slightly coral beige – my personal favourite for my skin tone; i’m 564 medium light sand)

karl for shu mini lahes! so cute with little crystals on the band

here’s how to create the look:

and here’s the finished look!:

this is with the parisienne pink lipstick. the blush is from the palette as well and applied using brush 15: pat in circular motion for a natural flush of colour

here’s the celebrity beige shade. i think it really compliments asian skin tones. the slight coral brightens up the shade for healthy looking lips (as opposed to other beige or nude lipsticks which can make us look pale and sickly!)

have fun experimenting with the amazing karl lagerfeld for shu uemura palettes! so many possible combinations. the eyeshadow textures are so smooth and easy to blend; it’s so easy to create very wearable or very dramatic looks.

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for the exciting karl lagerfeld for shu uemura launch, i had the pleasure of creating two looks using the two beautiful eyeshadow palettes from the collection. for the first of the two looks, i used the prestigious bordeaux palette to create a soft and romantic look for the holiday season. the eyeshadow texture is so velvety; it was so easy to put together a rich look.

photographer mark darren mui, retoucher james mui, hairstylist danny mak and beautiful model geneviève helped to make it all happen. my husband came along to help me take step-by-step photos during the creation of the look.

step-by-step:

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karl for shu painting liner in blackish satin purple using brush 10F

shu uemura double-ended eye crayon to define crease

blend to desired shape using natural brush 10

prestigious bordeaux palette deep purple shade in crease using brush 10, then soften with

brush 11

create gradation with deep brown shade and brush 11

extend outward to desired shape using brush 11

fill centre of lid using light purple shade and natural brush 10

deepen crease using deep purple shade and brush 5R

deep purple shade to lower lid using brush 10 then create gradation using deep brown shade and brush10F

curl lashes

tight line and line eyes using painting liner in blackish satin purple and brush 2R

line lower lash line with painting liner and brush 2R

highlight inner corners using golden glitter shade and brush 4R

apply shu uemura xtreme stretch mascara (it’s a fibre mascara so you can build volume and length)

lightly fill brows using shu uemura hard formula (seal brown)

apply red blush from palette using brush 15; use patting circular motion for a natural flush

line outside of lips with shu uemura cover crayon concealer and blend with synthetic brush 10 (to prevent lipstick from bleeding)

apply luxe burgundy lipstick using lip brush

dab golden glitter shadow to centre of lips for a holiday accent

apply karl for shu mini lashes

paint nails in karl for shu royal beige

decorate with nail stickers! (they came with the nail polishes)

hair styled by danny

and voilà! here’s the finished image:

this is by far the cutest collection that i have ever seen! so adorable, that i can barely bare to use it! this is such a special collection that you definitely don’t want to miss out on. if you’re a lover of makeup and fashion, all these pieces are such must-haves! did you know that karl lagerfeld creates his designs using shu uemura eyeshadows? back in the day, mr. shu uemura even created an eyeshadow colour for karl lagerfeld because he needed it for one of his designs! he says he uses shu eyeshadows because he can’t find as many beautiful colours out there! and now, together for the first time with shu uemura, karl lagerfeld brings us fun and adorably designed eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, nail polishes, painting liner and accessories! this collection comes out next month, so be sure to mark your calendars!

first off, we have two incredible palettes with cute little mon shu girl on the case wearing the colours inside!

one of the palettes is called prestigious bordeaux palette:

the mirror has mon shu girl’s silhouette!

this palette features highly pigmented bronze, browns with hints of glitter and purple shades with a warm red blush. perfect for creating warm romantic looks for the holiday season.

 

the other palette is called smoky velvet palette:

this palette is great for creating edgier and more smoky looks, but can also create some lighter fresh looks using the lighter shades. it contains a sparkling black shade, a moss green shade, metallic grey and fresh green along with a golden glitter. there’s also the same warm red blush as well.

this is such a fun and subtle way to spice up your typical look. this blackish satin purple painting liner gives the perfect amount of “punch” to your every day liner.

i’m so excited to use this!

we can’t forget our iconic eyelash curler! this is such a perfect collector’s item with little mon shu girl charm and red silicone pad.

no shu uemura collection is complete without some beautifully crafted falsies! this collection has two pairs. there are the karl for shu mini lashes. they are the easiest to apply and give a little accent to your look with a hint of red and diamond encrusted band for the perfect twinkle.

next we have the karl for shu premium lashes. they look metallic  and heavy don’t they? but they are actually made of a paper-like material so they are super light. these are a makeup artist’s dream pair of lashes – so fun!

now for the lips! there are four very wearable colours and such creamy texture.

the celebrity beige shade (to the far right) turned out more orange in the photo for some reason. i will do a swatch. my personal fave is the parisienne pink! but my new goal is to be more bold with my lip colour – mon shu red will be my holiday hue!

nail time! these are all the most wearable and fun colours ever! the best part is that each box comes with nail decorating stickers – so fun!

we have karl black with metallic flecks (i have a feeling this one will sell out quickly!), shu shu red which applies so smoothly, no streaks whatsoever, and royal beige  – such a perfect nude tone for clean looking nails.

i had so much fun playing around with the colours and stickers!

how adorable is this?!

now to clean off all the makeup, we of course need a cleansing oil! this collection has a 450 ml premium A/O (anti-oxidant) cleansing oil (our green bottle) just in time for the cold and dry winter weather.

excited to see swatches and looks? come back for my upcoming posts! i have to leave you coming back for more right? =)

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