Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Easiest Party Smoky Eye: MAC Blackground and Stars N' Rockets

MAC Blackground and Stars n' Rockets

We're coming up to the festive season here in the UK - nights are drawing in, parties are starting to fill the calendar, and that means smoky eye season is upon us. FINALLY. When it comes to drama, this time of year is when I feel like I can go all out - apart from anything else, low light is pretty forgiving on my sub-par shadow blending - anyone with me?!

In my stash, I've got two absolute fail-safe products for a super-dramatic, totally adaptable smoky eye - and they're both from MAC. Behold - MAC Blackground Paint Pot, and MAC Stars N' Rockets. insert heart eye emoji here.

MAC Blackground

Now. Don't be scared. Black and duochrome pink/purple?! Have I lost my mind?! Where's the neutral obsession, I hear you cry?!

Fear not. My need for easy-peasy products overtakes my love for rusty brown shades in this case. This is properly simple, but looks like you've spent a thousand hours on a look. Base - a decent primer if you need one, and a pale, skin-toned, neutral transition colour in the crease. Blackground - over the lid. Blend out to the crease or just above with a small synthetic brush - the big trick here is not to use too much. Everyone and their granny uses a paint pot as an eyeshadow base - it's a decent cream shadow, sure, but will definitely crease if you apply too much.

Next - Stars N' Rockets over the top, and blend up over the edge. Granted, this looks like the kind of colour my ten year old self would grab instantly on the counter - but in this look, over black, is where this sheer duochrome comes in to its own, without you looking like you have pink eye. you'll see it transform in to a gorgeous, rich, complex, deep blue-purple with a silvery pink shift. Amazeballs. Blended out over the edge of the black, you'll get a smooth transition to the light purple colour you see in the pan - and people will think you are a blending maestro.

MAC Blackground and Stars n' Rockets

See? Simples. And gorgeous. Please let me know if you try this out!

What's your go-to party eye look?

All products above bought with my own money. Some links are affiliate links.



  1. Beautiful & so easy! I need a black paint pot to give this a go! xx

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  2. This is unbelievably easy and I'll need to give it a try! I have a couple very dark eyeshadow pencils so they would make a good base for this.

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