I’ve been lusting after Mac’s Cranberry shade for a while, and last week I decided to pick it up in time for a night out. Cranberry is a brilliant, high-shimmer, burgundy shade that’s red enough to pull colour in blue eyes forward, but not so bright that you end up looking like you’re lacking sleep which can easily happen with any shades of red as you run the risk of the red highlighting any red in and around your eyes.
For this look, I really wanted to go for a smoky eye with strong pigment on the lid, so I started with a layer of Rimmel’s Scandaleyes Kajal in Black, which I applied quite messily and blended out to work as a base for Cranberry. Generally, if you put a very dark or very light base under an eye shade, it”ll work as a canvas and ensure the colour of the shade you apply is at its strongest.
Once I’d blended out the Kajal (it’s worth noting that you really don’t need to be careful with the application as the shade you apply over the top will blur any mistakes) I got to work with Cranberry which I applied all over the lid and blended out towards the socket. I also took it a little further past the outer corners of the eye to give a little bit more smokiness.
I used a tiny bit of Mac’s Satellite Dreams on the outer “V” just to give a tiny bit of depth and definition. It’s barely visible but it just worked to slightly define the outer area and lift the overall finish. Finishing off on the upper eyelid, I used Laura Mercier Cake liner to tightline, then added a thin line of L’Oreal’s Perfect Slim to add more depth to the tightline and join it all together. I finished with a quick squeeze with Mac’s Eyelash curlers and one coat of Benefit’s They’re Real.
For the lower lid, I just blended more Cranberry along the lashline and used Rimmel’s Scandaleyes on the waterline. It was a really easy eye to do and I absolutely love it! Cranberry is an amazing shade that I would imagine would flatter most eye shades, but if you have a lighter eye colour then it’ll really brighten it up and pull it forward as is (hopefully!) demonstrated in these pictures.
Not technically part of the EOTD, but I got my Remington Easy Curl* out again and it’s just as brilliant as I remember it. The insane shine is thanks to label.m’s Radiance Oil* which I’ll be reviewing soon.