Do you want to know what my least favorite thing about beauty and makeup is…?

There are so many “rules”.

Like, a lot of them.

Blondes should wear this….
That skin tone requires that…
You’re too pale for that color…
Your face is too round for that cut…

You guys…I could quite literally go on and on for days reciting every rule that has ever been thrown at me in regard to what I should wear & when I should wear it.

And if life has taught me anything the past year…it’s that often times, post grade school, “rules” are designed by expectations…expectations of others and sometimes just our own expectations. And sometimes the only thing to do with a rule is to break it, break it right in half!

So, I thought it would be fun to start a new little blog series/category in which I take a “beauty rule” and I break it!!

Today, I’m breaking this one:

Some say…

“There are specific colors of shadow that should be used with each eye color.” 


Obviously, certain colors compliment other colors…but I believe that the way in which you apply the shadow has much more to do with the way you compliment your eye color than the actual color of the shadow does. So go ahead and buy every version of those silly Almay eye palettes…they all look good!

I took the purplest purples (rumor has it these are reserved for green eyes) and I put that shit all over my very blue eyes and you know what….I loved it!! 

Smokey Eye Makeup Look Purple

Purple Smokey Eye

I seriously love the way it turned out. I got so many compliments while I was out and about that day!

This would be the perfect look for all of the holiday parties coming up!!

Okay, what I used:

On the eyes:

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette:
Start with applying “Truth” on your brow bone.
Apply “Last Sin” all over eye lid, into crease and up into brow bone.
Blend “Vanity” up into the crease of the eye and apply liberally on the outer corner of lid.
Take “Bondage” and blend it tightly into crease and outer lid. Carefully smudge it onto lower lash line.
Blend the heck out of everything using a blending brush or just a clean finger!

After my shadow was just where I wanted it I used a Revlon ColorBurst Matte Lip Balm to further smudge and blend under my eyes. I originally bought this in the color Shameless to wear on my lips…but when I found the color to be a bit off for me I discovered it works perfect to help create a purple smokey eye!

Next, I lined with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on Pencil in “Delinquent”

I blended the liner out using liner brush and “Blackheart” from the Naked 3 Palette. 

And of course I finished up with Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara – You all can just go ahead and assume that it the mascara I’m always wearing unless told otherwise. Mostly because it’s freaking amazing!

On my face:

This is much more simple!

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating in Warm Radiance.
Nars Contour Blush for a quick highlight and contour.
Nars Blush in Orgasm – universally flattering! Everyone should have it!

I hope you love it and please email me with any other ideas for “beauty rules” you would like me to go ahead and break!!