FOTD Busting out of the comfort zone!

Posted by Lipglossiping On June - 6 - 2011

You may recall my bitter moans last week about how when presented with a rare opportunity to spend an indecent amount of time playing with makeup, I came up with something that looked no different from my everyday makeup.

So this weekend, I grabbed myself by the balls (cough) and reached for my brightest, scariest palette.

NARS Mediteranee.

Innit gorgeous?  And I’m sure it shouldn’t really work against my skintone… perhaps it doesn’t, but hell… I really love it anyway.

Don’t laugh… this is WAY out of my comfort zone nowadays.

I know I look super-snooty in the ‘looking down’ pics but you can’t see the ORANGE otherwise ‘cos of my hooded lids!

I think I scared Leila a bit. (OMG the CLOWNZ are coming!)

When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?


93 Responses to “FOTD Busting out of the comfort zone!”

  1. Lisanne says:

    I may not be in your comfort zone but I still think you can pull it off. You look beautiful. :)

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  2. Rocaille says:

    Beautiful! What is that lipstick you’re wearing? x

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  3. Paris B says:

    That is SUCH a gorgeous look, I don’t even know where to begin. I liked how you smoked it out with black/dark shadow. The furthest I step out of my comfort zone is to wear purple. I wear purple on my eyes and I look like someone used me as a punching bag :P

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    • Sherry Blossom says:

      I love the smoked out orange its sassy or as she wrote “snooty” lol! Bringing the orange e/s under the eye really opened them up! NARS has such great products.

      I replied to this comment because purple comes in many different shades and tones perhaps if you try a lilac or lavender purple with either a white base (for matte e/s) or an iridescent or cream shimmer base (for satin/pearl/shimmer finish eyeshadows” it wont look so much like a bruise.

      Also if your eyelid area has very thin tissue and some people their small veins can be seen.
      Concealer can cover them and neutralize that area so that the eyeshadow you use shows up true to color and doesnt blend in with your skin and look like a bruise.

      Lastly, if you feel its too much try just using a shimmer e/l in the lower water line (keep the color bright)…and not using the shadow on the lower lid. To get your other pop of color place a gold/ silver or shimmery white e/s at your inner tear duct.

      I hope this helps!

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    • Ahhh I lurve purple… taupe/purple… WIN!

      I’m sure I know the answer to this… is it to avoid red purple or blue purple if you get the bruise effect. Damn my puny brain. One of em!

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  4. Emma says:

    Stepping out of your comfort zone definitely worked for you – this is stunning, and suits so you well!

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  5. Charlie says:

    I genuinely love this! Beautiful colours on you and nicely applied!

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    • Thanks Charlie, it looks better from a distance than close up, I could still do with perfecting my blending technique, but a single wash of taupe never needs too much doing to it LOL

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  6. I love it! It works so well with your skin!

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  7. Janny says:

    you should TOTALLY do looks like this more often. Personally, I would do a little less orange under the lids and opt for a more pinky lipstick. but in any case, a little color never hurts!

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  8. Rosie says:

    This really brings out your eyes. Beautiful!

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  9. Kirsty says:

    I think it looks great. Also, aside from the make-up, you have the most beautiful sking and eyes. DAMN YOU!

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    • Thank you Kirsty, I really don’t have great skin though! It’s not awful but definitely in the “could be better” camp! I just know how to capture a photo in flattering light!

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  10. HeidiB says:

    It might be out of your comfort zone but the look really does look good on you! The subtle coral lips perfect the whole look imo.

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  11. amanda says:

    Charlotte this is GORGEOUS!!

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  12. Anitacska says:

    I left my comfort zone behind years ago. :D Or rather it caught up with me after a while. I’m not afraid to wear any colour now, even if it’s just for school run or supermarket, because that’s what I do most days, so I figure why not? Life’s too short to worry about what others think. ;) By the way I think this look is very nice and I too would like to know what lipstick you’re wearing please! x

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    • You are so right, life is far too short… and makeup is for painting our faces with right? The lippie is OCC Lip Tar in Grandma (sheered out a bit) x

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  13. Sophie says:

    I love this! You look lovely!

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  14. Rina says:

    I’m with Janny – perhaps replace the undereye orange with a brown/taupe for definition and leave the bright colour to flash when you blink or look down? Gorgeous on the eyelids and well done for de-comforting :)

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  15. SaBaH says:

    Make it your new comfort zone Charlotte! It looks so gorgeous on you! :-D

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  16. Elsie Barley says:

    You look absolutely stunning but then you always do!

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  17. Meeka says:

    I agree, I think this looks gorgeous :)I too would probably ease off on the orange under the eye a touch but otherwise I love the blending, it would be awesome for a night out!

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  18. Lily says:

    I think it suits you :) Well done for stepping out of your comfort zone!

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  19. kyanvi says:

    I think you look beautiful in this colour. Btw, what lipstick you are wearing?

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  20. nicoletta says:

    Wowzers i love this on you its amazing xx

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  21. You look GORGEOUS! seriously this color looks amazing on you!

    I do get out of my comfort zone regularly, although for me, it’s probably more about going out without my brows done than about wearing a black smokey with a red lip :-s

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    • Thanks so much M! I’m giggling at your brows comment, I’m totally the same though they’re stepping in line a little more nowadays! x

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  22. Patricia says:

    Oooh hawt mamma!

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  23. Sydney says:

    Gosh, I want to just steal your face right now.
    This has worked so wonderfully for you.

    Perhaps with all this encouragement (points at above comments) you’ll be willing to go out of your comfort zone a bit more often :)

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  24. Gaelle says:

    This is really flattering on you! Makes me want to take Mediterranee out of its dusty drawer :)

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  25. Robyn says:

    Eee, I love it! You should do this more often. You were very brave – I love all the orange under the lids. Gorgeous!

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  26. Kate says:

    This look is absolutely stunning. Can you think of a dupe for the orange colour? I really really really want to give this look a go!

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  27. Vesna says:

    It looks SO beautiful on you! <3

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  28. Gemx says:

    I love the orange, it looks great on you! You should wear this more often, it’s lovely! x

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  29. Julia says:

    What’s the lipstick? Those eyes are out on the prowl :)

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  30. Holly says:

    You should definitely wear warm colours more often, that looks beautiful, especially with your skintone!

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  31. Silva says:

    You look incredibly gorgeous! I love this look :D You should definitely step out of your comfort zone more often ;)

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  32. gio says:

    I love this look on you, it’s gorgeous! :)

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  33. Rachael says:

    You look beautiful! Great job! What dark color did you use for the corners / crease of your lids?

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  34. Geek Faerie says:

    Wow! That color looks phenomenal on you! Also your hair looks amazing too! Did you change it up since the last time you posted about it?

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    • Aww thank you, noooo my hair is awful at the moment. I’m going for a cut tomorrow… toying with the idea of that full fringe but sure I’ll wimp out! x

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  35. I LOVE that look on you! Fabulous! The lighting in your pics is great too. Do you mind my asking how you take your pics?

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    • Thank you so much!

      Sure, I shot these in the back garden in the shade. Just handheld with my Canon 50D. I guess the most important thing was making sure the light was good. A few steps back and I could see that I was getting major shadows under my eyes… I always hold my hand out and see how the light falls. If you can get good light, it hides a multitude of skin sins!

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  36. Vijaya says:

    I’d been doing an orange eyeshadow series. Lately I’ve found a lot of cool oranges, so I went with it.

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  37. Jen says:

    It’s suchhh a pretty shade and it looks *lovely* on you!

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  38. You look beautiful! Stepping out of my comfort zone would be blue/teal eyeshadow. I love the color but for some reason I have trouble pulling it off!

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    • I loveee blues! You should totally give it a go… maybe start with just a pop of blue in the v. centre of the eyelid rather than the whole lid? Or wear it under the eye instead? Oooh check me out giving colour advice LOL

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  39. Now that looks stunning. It really suits you and you’ve applied it perfectly! The orange is such a beautiful shade :)
    xx

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  40. HOT! I simply must know what the brown in the crease and lip colour are :)

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    • Thanks lovely, the crease colour is the dark shade out of the Eurydice palette (it was nearest) and the lip colour is OCC Grandma sheered out a bit!

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  41. Literally an out loud “oh my god” moment – that is stunning on you! And you know what? Your “hooded” eyes are what make it work so well, like a butterfly wing; you only see that amazing orange lid in the seconds when you blink. Creative genius imo, love it.

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  42. Sarah says:

    Charlotte, this is AMAZING. You look BRILLIANT. CAPITALS. SUPERLATIVE CAPITALS. Moar plz.

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  43. Sharon says:

    Your colouring is very similar to mine so I always like to see what you’re wearing as far as makeup goes. The only change I’d make is perhaps leaving out the orange under the eyes, and using a turquoise eyeliner there as contrast. Having said that, I’m not brave enough to wear orange, haha. Even browns make me look tired!

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  44. Makeuptini says:

    You look great. I love how your hair and the eye makeup compliment each other and make the look pop. Not so crazy about the lip color but that’s because I like vivid cool tones not peachy colors.

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  45. You look gorgeous you can definitely pull it off! Oh and I have to say I am totally envious of your FOTD taking skills!

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  46. MJ says:

    Wow! I admire your ability to move outside your comfort zone in such a public way. Gorgeous! Quite frankly it’s one of the best looks I’ve seen done with these colors.

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  47. Jen W says:

    I love that statement eye! Very Alexander Wang Fall 2010

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  48. aradhana says:

    looks awesome! i sometimes am curious about the names NARS gives to their palettes…i think your look totally explains to me the name mediterannee…your look is totally transformed by this combo – and i think it actually works really well with your colouring!

    i think i’ll be adding this palette to my list of ‘NARS products to check out’… :)

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  49. Carmen says:

    Love this look! Your are a doll, and it makes your blue eyes really pop.

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