YSL Couture Palette Beauty Makeup Base

Finishing Touches eyeshadow

Finishing Touches eyeshadow

I’m the first to admit that I’m no makeup expert. From choosing colours to applying the stuff, I’m lazy, unadventurous and frankly more than a little bit crap. As I explained in my first attempt at beauty blogging earlier this summer, my routine generally consists of a bit of powder, mascara and possibly a cat eye slick of black liquid eyeliner with a badly drawn bright lip to jazz things up if I’m feeling really wild. I think this fear possibly stems from some highly regrettable teenage experimentation with glittery eyeshadow and industrial quantities of bronzer but seriously, I’m 23, it’s time to get over that. Recently I’ve been trying to experiment with a few more dramatic makeup looks than my usual and a couple of weeks ago I took the plunge and gave the YSL Couture Palette a whirl.

There were a few different factors behind my decision to choose the YSL Couture Palette for my first foray into eye shadow since I was about 17 years old, wearing American Apparel tube dresses, copious amounts of fake tan and dancing to Nelly Furtado in dubious Portugal holiday resorts. Firstly, YSL Beauty is fantastic. I mean, they gave us the Touche Éclat for Pete’s sake. This particular eye shadow palette is also rather a special one as it’s been specifically designed to capture the essence of the iconic Maison itself through a modern reinterpretation of Yves Saint Laurent’s timeless codes, in particular the legendary Mondrian dress. Luscious, bold hues separated by graphic black lines and encased in Cassandre logo stamped gold; delectable enough to tempt even someone who still bears the shame of their teenage dalliance with sparkly blue eyeshadow and dream matte mousse (thanks for that Facebook) to indulge in a little eyelid decoration. The Couture Palette comes in 11 different colour variations and I opted for N° 10 Lumières Majorelle because I just can’t resist something that’s shiny and green. Incidentally, it also went perfectly with my current favourite outfit and looks cracking with a tan, or in my case the slight decrease in pastiness I achieved through my Sotogrande holiday and am desperately trying to cling on to. Full disclosure, I didn’t have the foggiest how I should apply the palette and decided to wing it rather than look for an online guide or anything sensible like that. But do you know what? I was pretty pleased with the results. So here, mes amies, is my YSL Couture Palette eye shadow step by step…

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