Makeup Challenge (4) Matte Eyes, Matte Lips

Matte 3 (1)

All of a sudden, fall has hit Philadelphia. It is downright chilly in the mornings and even during the day if the sun isn’t out (you’re all like yeah, duh, don’t you have a biology degree?). But it feels very autumnal and I am absolutely loving it! The leaves are well and truly on their way to deep reds and oranges and I felt very inspired!

Matte 5 (1)

I painted my nails black and decided that I felt like a pumpkin so I kept the palette simple with just a pop of orange. I really love how this look came out, it’s just so fun and simple. I have seen both Kathleen Lights and Karima from Shameless Fripperies use this eyeshadow placement and I absolutely love it! It’s a great way to add some color to an otherwise neutral look.

Matte 1 (1)

I kept everything completely matte and I used a grey eyeshadow for my wing because even though some liners claim they’re matte I still find that a lot of them have a sheen. I only did a bit of crease shading, nothing too overwhelming.

Matte 2 (1)

I recently bought a few single eyeshadows from Makeup Geek and this orange shade, Chickadee, was just calling out to me! I popped it in the tear duct since I couldn’t do my shimmer inner corner highlight. What do you think? Would you rock this? Halloween is just around the corner..

Products Used:

Base: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5

Concealor: Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal in Fair

Highlight: Wet n Wild “Bronzer” (it’s not) in Reserve your Cabana

Eyes: Paula’s Choice Matte Palette (reviewed here) and Makeup Geek Chickadee 

Mascara: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Natural Origin Mascara in Black

Lashes: Eylure Love it Layer it No.117 (just the corner pieces)

Lips: Nars Iberico + a little bit of the makeup geek shadow right on the center of the lips (this lip shade was limited edition but Nars sells something similar in their Satin line)


  1. Ela October 21, 2015 / 16:53

    I wouldn’t rock this look however you really do! I like the matte look more than the shiny one and this one is beautiful! I adore the lashes.

    • Ellen October 21, 2015 / 17:03

      Thanks so much! It’s fun to play with matte shadows they can be really flattering. The lashes are some of my favorite they’re just so comfortable!

    • Ellen October 22, 2015 / 06:43

      Oh trust me my skin is not that amazing! Makeup does wonders ha! Thanks so much!!!

  2. ~ carmen ~ October 21, 2015 / 23:48

    I adore this flawless makeup look. You look incredible. I love the orange in your inner corner. The subtle grey winged liner is a great touch. :]

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    • Ellen October 22, 2015 / 06:44

      Thank you so much! I really enjoyed doing this fun makeup look it was a bit different 🙂 thanks for commenting Carmen!

  3. Alina October 22, 2015 / 16:44

    I love love love this orange shade on you, just gorgeous & it’s really making me want to place an order with Makeup Geek. I just worry about customs here in the UK. Love the lip too, you look stunning x

    Beauty with charm

    • Ellen October 22, 2015 / 17:44

      Oh yeah, I’ve heard the customs are annoying with Makeup Geek :/ Thank you so much I’m so glad you like it!

  4. Faith October 24, 2015 / 13:06

    The best part about these colors is the way that your eye color stands out against them. (Is is weird that we’ve lived together for like 3 years and I just now realized we have the same eye color?) And, amazingly, those oranges play nicely with pinky-creamy skin. You chose well! I find the combination of pinky skin and whatever-you-call-my-copperish-hair makes it really difficult to wear orangey-yellow tones. Glad that the Physicians Formula mascara is working out for you, too. I think that one’s really great when you almost want to look like you’re not wearing anything on your lashes, but still want a little bit of tint.

    • Ellen October 24, 2015 / 14:59

      I never noticed either! Maybe we don’t stare into each other’s eyes enough Faith 😉 You’re right it’s a great everyday mascara.

    • Ellen October 28, 2015 / 06:38

      I definitely agree! Matte shadows really do last nicely! Thanks so much Nereyda

  5. Bernadette December 27, 2015 / 07:31

    What a gorgeous makeup look! I really love the shade you placed in the inner corner, so different and it looks absolutely stunning

    • Ellen December 27, 2015 / 08:44

      Thanks so much Bernadette! It’s a fun placement and it totally changes the look! Definitely try it out!

  6. HaeMin January 11, 2016 / 00:07

    Oh my!!! You look so beautiful!!! I seriously am loving your make up!!!
    So glad to have found your blog <3



    • Ellen January 11, 2016 / 05:52

      Thanks so much HaeMin! You’re very sweet.

  7. M x K January 17, 2016 / 06:16

    So pretty! It’s such a cute way to add a pop of colour without being too over the top! We need to work up the courage to do this

    M x K

    • Ellen January 17, 2016 / 09:06

      Definitely give it a go! It’s actually a lot more wearable then you might think!

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