A Week in Eye Makeup

A Week in Eyeshadow


This week I thought I’d set myself up as the subject of an experiment that consisted of two parts. One – take a picture every day. Simples. Two – wear five different eyeshadow looks throughout the week. No repeats. Now that second brief is a little tougher. Here are the results; take a peek into my eyeshadow diary for the past week…

MONDAY – a tint of taupe using Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe and MaxFactor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara.

I plumped for the easy choice on Monday and a look I reach for often in time-strapped episodes. A scrawling of the Rimmel Pencil all over the lid and under the eyes, blended out with the fingers and paired with a good dose of MaxFactor’s Mascara. Easy peasy. Once set this pencil doesn’t move and provides a light nod of definition without looking like there’s even anything there.

TUESDAY – testing a trio of new additions; MAC Eyeshadow in Sable, MAC Eyeshadow in Texture and Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara.

A trio of first times occurred on Tuesday. My first time using Sable – a purple laced taupe. Love. The first time I tried Texture in the crease. Love again. The first time I finally got round to using Tarte’s Mascara. It was alright, but too wet for my tastes. In a month, I’m sure it will be love too. That eyeshadow combo though is a good’un; a nice mix of cool and warm with just the right level of shimmer.

WEDNESDAY – bringing the black coffee edit with Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Shimmering Bronze, Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal Liner in Black Coffee and Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara.

I mentioned on Wednesday that this was my favourite look of week so far and it’s remained in that top spot. Yes it’s way bolder than my usual eye attire but I enjoyed sporting a heavy wash of colour loud and proud. The Tarte Shadow is so ridiculously opaque I was able to build it up to this with just one dip of a fingertip in the tub. I finished off with a bit of tight lining from the Bobbi Brown Pencil and a coat (or three) of Charlotte Tilbury’s Mascara which I have to say I wasn’t a huge fan of. The formula was thin and nice and dry which meant you can build it up easily, but by the end of the day I resembled a made-up panda. Back to the waterproof formulas I go.

THURSDAY – parring it back for a bold lip look from Burberry using MAC Eyeshadow in Era and L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara.

As I went all out on the lips, I kept things über simple in the eye area. Era was called into action – a colour I commented on in my October Favourites – to neutralise my peepers with its creamy greyish tones. All taken care of by a MAC 217 Brush of course. For lashes I brushed on this L’Oreal Mascara that I picked up when I was in the U.S and it’s awesome – anyone know of the UK equivalent? I’ve worn one very light handed layer above, but it can be worked up to a fluttering effect that builds my lashes up with some serious ‘woah these look fake‘ length.

FRIDAY – Going smokey on the top and bottom with MAC Eyeshadow in Soba, By Terry Ombré Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow in Brown Perfection, L’oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.

Today I’m rocking a look that I must admit I’ve road tested before. Soba is a great mid-toned golden brown that I dig out when I want a natural shadow washed across the lids and blended with some of the By Terry on the outer upper and lower lashlines gives it some extra smoke. I’ll skip the raves on the L’Oreal Mascara, but I’ll touch on the awesomeness of the Clinique one. There is seriously no better option for coating your lower lashes. It doesn’t smudge, flake or budge and your lashes don’t feel like they’re sticking together when you close your eyes and will never allow them open again. Phew.

I deem the results of this experiment a success. There is a causal correlation between eyeshadow application and eyeshadow adoration; the more I wear it, the more I want it. Bring. It. On. 


  • Zazie Bibi

    The first one is my favourite 🙂

  • Alice Porter

    Wednesday is so pretty! You look so stunning in more eye makeup especially because you don’t wear it like that often! Love all your makeup choices! I wish we could get Tarte!


  • My favorite is the last one! Your makeup makes your eyes pop. Love!! {But you look gorgeous in all of them 🙂 }

    xx Lauren
    Dirty Blonde Ambition

  • Anna Blush

    Wednesday is my favourite look too! Really suits you x

  • All of your eye makeup looks are spot-on! It’s so hard to pick a favourite 🙂

  • Eileen Pang

    Love love all these!! gonna do this everyday!!

  • AgentSmyth

    Monday is my favourite, really subtle and flattering on your skin tone

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  • Sue

    I love your tuesday and friday look! 🙂

  • Nena – Whatevergivesjoy

    Monday & Wednesday are perfect!

  • Holly Cooke

    I love Wednesday’s look! So so so stunning! x

  • I love what you did for Monday, I have that pencil and love it as a liner, I had never thought to blend it all over! Will definitely give that a go today.

    Speaking of the L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof you have there, I have a tube that I bought in a 2 for £** deal just before they all disappeared, used tube 1 and wasn’t a fan (sorry!) and have the second tube just sitting in my drawer all sealed up. I’m never going to use it so would love to send it to you if you like. I know how much you love it.
    Georgina xx

  • Sinead Cray

    Absolutely love Monday, Tuesday and Friday’s looks. Really gorgeous.

  • Marleen

    Thank you for making me wear more eyeshadow since reading your blog 😉

  • Amethyst Skies

    I know this is about eyes but I’m loving the colour of your lips in the first two pictures.

  • Mirjam Repnau

    The last line makes it so blatantly obvious you’ve been a Psychology major. Adorable.

  • Ana Rita Mendes

    You look amazing on all pictures <3 Love this post! x

  • Me encanta la sombra en crema de Tarte, el color es precioso y resalta mucho tu color de ojos 🙂

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

  • Carrie Ward

    I think you will find if you add the variable of eye shadow primer and see it’s effect combined with the Charlotte Tilbury mascara the relationship is positive. No panda eyes or nothing. But essentially yes it is a bit ‘meh’ in comparison with Telescopic. Have you tried the Lancôme hypnose star? I got a sample from the John Lewis beauty event a couple of months ago and finally started use. Wowzers love it.

  • Christie

    Hi Anna,

    Ive been reading your blog for years now, really love it!
    I love your makeup reviews but since I have been on maternity leave I have tried a few of your recipes .. they are amazingggg!

    Ive featured your brownie cooking video as my blog post this week 🙂

    Take care 🙂 Christie xx

  • Louise Hunt

    i love your makeup and you look stunning!

  • Since watching your last makeup menu, I have really wanted to try the Taupe Rimmel liner, as it looked like a nice subtle option for an everyday eye. I also really like that Black Coffee look, it’s definitely a seasonally appropriate eye look and I love the way you’ve paired everything! x

  • Gorgeous, Anna! ~ Tempted to try some of the By Terry creamy shadow sticks!

  • roshkud

    Love the way you do your makeup, I think I’l take a leaf out of your book and try some different looks next week! 🙂


  • I love how these are all pretty neutral, yet they all look so different! Absolutely love the third photo. Every look is gorgeous!!

    xx Caroline

  • Amber Hunter

    I’m definitely a neutrals girl just like you so I love all these looks! The Tarte cream shadow in shimmering bronze is just too gorgeous.


    Lovely Notions

  • joysteib

    Simply gorgeous!!!! No other words needed!!!!!! I’m a neutral kind of girl so I love this look!!!! <3

  • Love how each makeup look tranforms your face & “aura.” 🙂 Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday are my favorites. 😀

  • Ella

    I’ve built a mac quad recently (a very Anna-enabled one at that) and I couldn’t love it more! Espresso, All That Glitters, Sable and Woodwinked if you’re wondering 😉

    Topshop giveaway on my blog!

  • Kelly Searle / Desert Reverie

    So pretty! Love all the earthy shades 🙂

  • Cici

    oh wow, these look all so great! I just adore the Wednesday-look so much! I think I need to get this damn eyeshadow immediately or otherwise I’ll never be happy anymore 😉 xx Cici

  • lydia

    you looks absoutely gorgeous on the friday face!

  • Absolutely adore Wednesday and Thursday’s look. That bold lip looks gorgeous on your skin tone.

  • Love all these looks, especially Wednesday and Thursday.

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

  • Emma-Louise Moore

    I LOVE Wednesday’s look, you should wear a darker eye more often, it’s gorgeous!x

  • Michelle

    lovely post, thanks for sharing!

  • Catrin

    All these looks are stunning Anna! Never thought of using the scandaleyes pencil like that.

  • Eleri Roberts

    Really want to try the taupe scandal eyes offering after watching your video! It looks lovely 🙂 xx

  • clairabelle0306

    Absolutely stunning Anna, you looks A-mazing with a bold eye! You should definitely rock one more often!

  • Erin

    WOO Wednesday’s smoky brown eye! <3

    Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • Jessica

    This is so fun! I love that brown smokey eye look. 🙂 I’ve been working on something similar… multiple eye shadow looks using one palette. It’s fun to challenge ourselves, isn’t it? 🙂 Thanks for the post!!
    -Jess, I’m at:

  • Millie Robinson

    Love how simple they all are but they still look amazing! Especially love the first one – taupe shades look so pretty on you 🙂 ♥

  • Elle

    Your skin looks amazing in all of these! Is this your week of using YSL Youth Liberator foundation? If not, what are you using?

  • Rachel

    Amazing post! you really suit brown eyeshadow looks!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Great post! Love that Tarte mascara but be warned it dries out quickly! I only got about 8 weeks out of that, at a stretch.

  • Lyndsey

    Love Wednesday’s look, the darker eye paired with the upswept pony hairstyle. So chic!!

  • Sylvia

    I might put myself up to the same challenge! Its always nice to dig out some old favourites or discover new favourites from our stashes.

  • Jen

    Fit. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are my favourites. =)

  • Love them all, but Friday is my favourite by far!

    xx Nicole

  • Amy

    I think it’s really great that you’ve used a mixture of luxury and budget beauty products! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂 XX.

  • I’ve surprised myself in that I prefer mondays despite it being so simple, definitely need to pick up that scandle eyes pencil now :p love this post I would have struggled with this challenge myself xx Emmi

  • Love the idea behind this post and all the different looks and I have to say that Wednesday’s ‘black coffee’ is my favourite! Really striking yet suits you perfectly 🙂

    Sarah x

  • I really hope the shocking extensions mascara comes to Australia soon x x

  • Mara

    This is great! I wish I had the patience to do an every day make up look!

  • PeonyandPeach

    Love the looks, wednesday is definitely my favourite!

  • Ruby@TotalModisch

    Love all of these, especially the simple eye with bold lip and the wednesday look, gorgeous! x

  • Meg

    YOU ARE SUCH A BABE!!! I don’t know how you do it, but you just continue to top yourself everyday! Your writing is amazing and you are just the most gorgeous girl! Right, so now that I’ve probably creeped you out, thanks for all the amazing posts and vids, you are my fave!

    • What a comment – THANK YOU! 🙂

  • The Beauty Hiss

    Andddd yet another Vivanna-enabled makeup purchase *adds Tarte Amazonian Clay eyeshadow to Sephora bag online*

    Love the looks! xx

  • Yasmeen

    The Wednesday look was my fav, looks absolutely gorgeous Anna!

  • Zee

    You are so so so so so beautiful! Actually i really, really love the Monday look. I have Asian plain eyes that cant really hold definition on eye lids so really prefer the ‘seems like nothing’ eye make up!