Inspired by… Makeup Factory Sahara Sunset Summer 2015

If you are not familiar with the „Inspired by…“ series, click here for an explanation.
But short story even shorter, each month I choose a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!

This month I channelled my inner gypsy and decided to go with Makeup Factory’s Sahara Sunset  promo picture.

Makeup Factory Sahara Sunset Summer 2015

Of course, I am majorly lacking in the bronze department…

What drew me in were the eyes. The colors themselves are not exceptional, but the bold placement, brought in right to the inner corner of the eye, is quite unique and definitely not my everyday placement.

I promise I am not frowning… It´s the eyeshadow!

And I guess it should stay that way.
In order to match the models look, I had to bring my eyebrows inwards a little more, using a pencil, and that paired with the eyeshadow in the inner part of the lid makes me look like I am frowning…

Here is a close up of the eyes. The liner on the lower lash line, brought down quite far, gives the look the bohemian feel.

Close up of the eyes

How I did the eyes:
After I penciled in my brows, I used MAC „Crosscultural“ e/s around the outer corner and on my upper and lower lash line for some definition. On top, in my crease and right into the inner part of my lid went MAC „Saffron“, a beautiful orange-brown shade. I blended it out using MAC „Bamboo“ and added some MAC „Tissue Weight“ as inner corner and brow bone highlight.
Some black Khol on my upper water line for tightlining and loads of Artdecos Ultra Effect Mascara (Review here) finished the eyes.

Eyeshadows left to right: Cross-cultural, Tissue Weight, Saffron, Bamboo

How I did the base:
I used my MACs Pro Conceal and Correct Palette (Review here) for sculpting my face and blended everything out with Laura Merciers Oil-free Tinted Moisturizer (Review here).

Laura Mercier Oil free Tinted Moisturizer in Nude and MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Light

Then I went back in with golden-bronze „Garb“ by MAC, applied my The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in 02 (Review here) with a very heavy hand and dusted MAC Beauty Powder in „Shell Pearl“ over the high points of my face to highlight.

Left to right: MAC „Shell Pearl“ Beauty Powder, TBS Honey Bronzer in 02, MAC „Garb“ powder blush

How I did the lips:
After lining my lips with Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Khol Liner in „Bare“ I applied Cliniques Chubby Stick in „Mega Melon“ all over the lip, topping it up with Cliniques Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 for that rose, glossy sheen.

Top to Bottom: Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Khol Liner in „Bare“, Clinique Chubby Stick for Lips in „Mega Melon“, Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01

Taking the pictures in artificial lighting helped a lot with the bronze, during daylight I looked a lot paler…

My final verdict:
I will stay clear from dark shadow on the inner part of my lid from now on. But I will remember to use Saffron come summer. These burnt-orange shades really make green eyes pop!

What do you think?
Do you bring your shadow that far in?


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  • I like it, definitely very unique and not too sure whether it'd look great on me, but you can pull it off! Also, how wonderful are Laure Mercier products? I wish they would just sell it here in Belgium, can't find any of her products anywhere!

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

  • Great job, once again! You do look a little surprised or angry but still cute! I agree, that burnt orange/brown looks great on you! And I think the heavily bronzed cheeks suit you really well too!

    Is Saffron a LE? I want it! Lol.

  • I don't think I´ d leave the house like this, to be honest. Way out of my comfort zone.
    This Tinted Moisturizer is the only product from Laura Mercier I have tried so far, but I love it. It is sold in Germany for a little more than three years now. What do you have your eye on? And will you order online or do you wait until you can see everything in person?

  • Yes, it was part of the "Surf, Baby" Collection and sadly isn't available anymore. I got it back in the days when I just had to buy at least one piece of every Collection and have rarely used it, shame on me.

  • I love this little series! You did a great job again 🙂 I agree, the eye look is amazing, stunning shades.

  • Boo, that's disappointing. I don't think I have anything similar in my collection. Do you always depot all your eyeshadows?
    I will have to check Temptalia for dupes of that shade!

  • Haha I love this one! Love the eysahdow shape you created. I don't think I've ever tried it. Now I kind of wonder how this would look on my eyes 🙂

  • Wow das kommt dem Look schon sehr nahe. Ich liebe orangefarbene Lidschatten. Saffron ist echt eine hammerfarbe und bringt deine Augen schön zum leuchten.
    Ja du hast Recht. Die Haltbarkeit verkürzt sich. Zwei Tage hält es schon. Was mich nicht stört, weil ich gerne den Nagellack oft wechsle. Er geht damit echt super ab. Wollte ja total viele Glitzer Lacke kaufen, aber die Auswahl war kleiner als erwartet. Habe mir gestern bloß einen gekauft 😀

  • Swati Sharma
  • Oh, this look is so pretty, you're looking beautiful (:
    Nati xx

  • Mary María

    You have a lovely eye color!! <3

    Kisses from Spain.

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  • If I don't want to keep the special packaging or they have a certain formula (Mineralize for example), then yes, I depot them. That way I can customize my own palettes for going on holiday.

  • Thank you. The eyeshadow really enhances it. What color do you use to make your eyes pop?

  • Thank you, Nati. Do you use orange shades on your eyes?

  • Thank you. What is your favorite eyeshadow color?

  • Ich trage meinen Lack auch maximal drei Tage, dann muss er für den Job sowieso wieder ab. Also wären zwei Tage okay.
    Ich habe ein paar Glitzerlacke von früher, die könnte ich dann endlich mal wieder rauskramen. Da waren wirklich schöne dabei…

  • Me too! I would love to see this look on different eye shapes.

  • I figured you would like them. Thank you for your nice words.

  • This is such a beautiful, bronzed up look. Perfect for summer. 🙂 x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  • I´d never leave the house like this, but I got some great inspiration for my everyday makeup, which is pretty much the point.

  • you re so pretty 🙂

    Great look!!

  • Corinne C

    This looks lovely on you! I'd never be able to recreate something like this 🙂

    Corinne x

  • idu

    Again you did such a fab job recreating the look. You look lovely!

  • The visual is gorgeous, you got it spot on too! I love it – think I might give it a try, but adapt it more to my eye shape. Really enjoying this series btw!

  • HAHA OMG I love it! Saffron was the bomb! Also, has anyone told you that you look like Wonderwoman? =O

  • It looks nice on you


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  • This is great! I'm new to your series but such a good idea 🙂
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  • Perfect tips, I ll follow them 🙂

    Bisous from France


  • This series is really interesting. I love how you show people how to achieve model look with what we have at home. The eyes are really pretty and seductive. Love it!

    ★ ★

  • You recreated the lool really well, I love it!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  • Thank you, Marie. Do you wear colored eyeshadow?

  • It actually is easier recreating these than coming up with a unique look on your own. Why not give it a go? You´d be surprised.

  • Thank you, Idu. That means a lot to me, coming from someone who is that creative with makeup.

  • I´d love to see your version of this. Please tweet me a picture if you do one!

  • I get rarely compared to Wonderwoman, but I take it as a compliment. Who wouldn't want to be Wonderwoman?

  • Thank you, but I don't think I´d wear this outside my home.

  • It is fun doing it, you get a whole lot of new inspiration. Where do you look for inspiration?

  • Thank you, Sandy. Where in France do you live?

  • It was born out of the necessity to stop buying and start using what I already had in my stash, but it is great fun.
    Have you ever tried to recreate a models look?

  • Thank you so much.
    Is this a look you would wear?

  • Love your make up! great series!

    xx Jane

  • You are absolutely right about the eyes.. the color combination with your light eyes is absolutely stunning! Job well done, I'd say 🙂

  • I love the idea of recreating an ad – pushes you outside of your boundaries and you may find a look that you end up loving! 🙂 x

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  • Kat Horrocks

    This looks gorgeous – really suits you 🙂 like you say the warm/orange shades are amazing with your eyes

    Kat |

  • I've never tried it before, but I like to recreate makeup from TV shows. Sometimes I get bored by their dialog and focus on their makeup instead!

  • valentina

    Love this 🙂


  • Thank you.

  • I always forget how much I like them. Do you wear orange shades?

  • It is great for getting inspired. And I am not that creative, so I would never come up with all the different looks by myself.

  • Thank you. It was the same when you did your Golden Liner look, your eyes looked absolutely stunning!

  • Thank you. It is fun doing the series, so I am happy if you enjoy them.
    Do you wear eyeshadow to make your eyes pop?

  • Also a great source of inspiration. Any particular shows you´d recommend for that?

  • Beautifully done. This is so subtle yet enhancing and perfect for the day!

  • I love YouTube make-up tutorials – can't get enough of the Chapman sisters or Irish YouTuber Chloe Boucher. Talented ladies 🙂

  • Such a fun look! I don't think that I could pull this off, but you wear it BEAUTIFULLY!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  • I love this series of yours and it never cease to amaze me at how good you are at recreating the looks. Great job on this, I would never be able to pull off that strong eye makeup but it actually look good on you.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Cosmetic_Confections

    nice eye shadows!

  • Masja Zweers

    Amazing look! Very warm and summer-ready 🙂 I'd pair it with some fake eye lashes to turn it into a night time eye look!

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  • Wünsch dir einen wunderschönen Dienstag! Ich freue mich schon auf deinen nächsten Post.
    Ich weiß wirklich nicht ob es alleine einfacher ist. Also ich glaube fast ja. Jeder hat einen anderen Geschmack und das führt zu Reibereien. Außerdem ist meine Schwester Perfektionistin. Wehe die Fotos sind nicht zu 100% perfekt. Nee so nicht! Das könnte man besser machen. Hier stimmt das Licht nicht. Die Bilder haben einen Stich, sie sind zu hell/dunkel blah blah… Das nervt schon 😀

  • not really , i mean i wear sometimes those colours: champagne, bronze, light browns, light beige …I never go crazy really! what about you?

  • Lauren Scorzafava

    These colors are all so pretty!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  • On a day to day basis, I wear browns and neutrals, but I like a little color, mainly purple every now and then.

  • LOVE the Chapman sisters! I never watched Chloe Boucher, but if you recommend it I will give her a go.

  • Thank you. Do you wear orange based colors?

  • Thank you, that means a lot to me.

  • Manchmal wünschte ich, ich hätte jemanden, der mal einspringt, aber vermutlich ist es besser so, da redet mir keiner rein.
    Hat sie denn auch das Sagen bei Deinen Posts oder ist alles ein Gemeinschaftswerk und ihr trennt das gar nicht so?

  • I guess that would work great. Do you wear falsies often?

  • I love Saffron, but forget about it too often.

  • I guess you could pull of more than you think! It is all about pushing the boundaries with these looks, I would never have thought of doing my makeup like this in the first place.

  • I don't think I´d go to work this way…

  • I guess it would be a little too much for me on a day to day basis, but that of course is different for everyone.
    Do you wear strong eye makeup every day?

  • It is such a great color, but it can look scary when you swatch it in the first place. This is why I tend to overlook it way too much. I really have to keep using it come summer.

  • Kate

    I love the idea of these colours for summer! Never tried to bring shadows that far in before, kind of curious to try it now! x
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  • I actually love the eyeshadow placement, I do it all the time 🙂


  • The colors are so pretty. I really like this look x

  • I guess it depends on the eyeshade whether you like it or not. I bet it looks great on you!

  • Do so. You will never know if you like it unless you tried it! I have discovered many great things this way.
    What eye color do you have?

  • Thank you. They work really well with green eyes, I guess. What eye color do you have?

  • Blue/green 🙂

  • Then go for orange, I´d say!

  • I'm definitely going to try it tomorrow 🙂

  • Tweet me a picture, will you?

  • Of course ( if I don't forget) 🙂

  • Beauty Follower

    Interesting eye make up!

  • Yes, interesting. I am not quite sure if it is wearable for me, though. Would you wear it?