Thursday, 18 January 2018

Grungey green with Kat Von D

It has taken me so long to write this post. I'm having a day of the most excruciating back pain and my brain is apparently finding it difficult to be elsewhere. I can only apologise in advance for the un-contained ramblings that follow.

I've started off 2018 happy but incredibly poor, January can always be a bit dead work wise for me but an upcoming project also fell through leaving me with a touch of the "how do I pay rent?" fear. So I've been raiding my kit, my workshop, even my personal makeup looking for things I can sell to other artists and in the process I've been rediscovering some bits I love or have yet to even try.

Today I want to talk about the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad, which falls into the latter category. This was a present from one of my closest friends, we went to uni together and have a lot of the same tastes and interests, makeup being one of them. I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to get this on my face (I think it's been about 9months since I received it.) but after having a little play today I'm excited to start getting some proper use out of it.


I love the whole aesthetic off Kat Von D's beauty line, I'm very much a goth at heart, wrapped up in a pastel haired exterior. I love all of the packaging and for this palette in particular I really like the cut gem shape and very much appreciate the wipe clean finish.


I'm presuming these Eye Contour Quads come in other shades as well but this one features a deep green, which isn't really a colour I would have thought to experiment with. It is dark enough however that it's actually very wearable whether you're going a bit messy and grungey like me, or for something more extravagant on a night out.

Although I never stick to them, I like that KVD's products come with a key telling you what each shade is intended for should you need it. So from left to right these are the called Base, Define, Contour and Highlight.

Finding this palette actually came at the perfect time as I'd been slowly getting back into the smudged eyeliner look and this gave me a nice alternative to that. So first up I just used the green shade around my lashlines and blended it out slightly with a clean brush and then my finger to keep it slightly raw and messy. I didn't apply right into the corners of my eye with colour directly I just smudged what was there already so it wasn't as intense. Something like this whether you use eyeshadow or eyeliner to achieve it is so quick and easy, but adds some definite intensity to the eyes.



You'll have to excuse the photos, because of the shape of my eyes and them being slightly hooded it's a little hard to see the difference in the two looks.

For the second one I applied a lot more, I took the green right into the socket and blended it out a little, concentrating the colour to the outer corners and crease does tend to widen my eyes slightly. I also added a little more under my bottom lash line so that was more intense.

I then used the Base colour, I swept this across my eyelid, a little in the corners of my eyes and a tiny bit right under the lower wash of green. Lastly I used the Highlight shade on my brow bone and a little around the outside to help that green blend out a bit more.

I also added some felt liner to my top lashes, and pencil liner on my waterline to finish it off.



As you can see the green really isn't too green at all, its got a hint of grey to it and is so dark that I think it makes for a slightly more interesting smokey eye. As someone who is completely stuck in their ways when it comes to their own makeup it's nice to change it up a bit, I need to try and force myself to keep it up.

If anyone else has created any looks with this palette I would love to see, I love to do other people's makeup (duh) but find it so difficult to be creative with my own.

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