One Palette, 3 Different Looks: Pat McGrath's Nocturnal Nirvana

Let’s be honest: have you ever used what you bought on Black Friday? Unfortunately, we are all too guilty of one thing. In 2007, the average U.S. household has over 50 unused new items worth $3,100 USD. In 2019, a survey conducted in the UK reports that £544 was spent on beauty products, still fresh in the box. As a consumer of beauty products, I hate to admit that I haven’t finished my eyeshadows and because of the scarcity of some products (e.g. Pat McGrath’s Dark Star 006), I only wear them once in a while. As embarrassing as it sounds, I also have to say that it’s because that sometimes, I run out of ideas on how I can wear certain eyeshadows. However, don’t lose hope!

In this series, the first one I’d like to kick off with is Pat McGrath’s Nocturnal Nirvana palette. Featuring four stunning colors, it’s basically a Mardi Gras party filled with gold, aquamarine blue, duochrome green/purple and royal purple. Given that those are not everyday natural hues, it’s implied for night use only. Knowing me, I know that you know how much I LOVE wearing my colors loud and proud during the day!

These are the EXACT products I use to create my look!

Since this was a treat myself Black Friday purchase, this palette was worth EVERY dollar I ever spent on at Sephora as it was a limited edition product. No fallouts, no fades, no creasing, etc! That’s why Pat McGrath’s products have a high price tag attached to it as every single particle is super duper fine, which is why I purchased it to begin with. Although you can only find this on eBay or Poshmark, I promise you that you will never be disappointed!

Since this palette looks hard to wear, I’m gonna break it down on how YOU can make the most out of it!

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#HERssentials: the new professional

You’re fresh out of college, hunting for a job and being all armed and fabulous with a freshly printed resume in your hand. You have at least one hour to get ready for the big interview, but you’re running out of ideas.

Fear not! Who needs a lean mean contour, countless tools and sharpeners? Take a look here:

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Hourglass Foundation | Glossier Boy Brow | Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow | Maquillage Blush | Huda Beauty liquid lipstick

It might’ve looked like I did this with a whole lotta help, but I didn’t. Instead, I just used my fingers. Simple and easy as 1-2-3! Using your fingers might be a bit more riskier, but it saved a LOT of time. Another thing I love to use about my  fingers is that it feels like you’ve put an airbrush on your face. Talk about Photoshop without the NEED to sit down all day long!

For the look itself, this is an everyday casual look with a bit more spunk. While you and I know that glitter eyeshadows belong in a Kesha music video, surprisingly, it’s very office-friendly! If you are going in for a magazine interview or anything that’s a bit more on the artsy side, a little glitter never hurt nobody. In this case, I mixed Diamond Dog (metallic brown with white gold flecks) and Space Cowboy (pale champagne with hints of silver) for the perfect brown-based smoky eye. It’s not entirely sooty as a smoky eye, but edgy enough to have that vibe. Office lighting is harsh and it’s not nice. Thankfully, the sparkles catch the light beautifully and give you filter-friendly skin! To cap it off, go for a Max Factor mascara. Trust me, it gives my short lashes the PERFECT lift without any visit to the surgeon. It’s literally like lash extensions, but at a small fraction! Smize it, girl!! 😉

Another thing about the whole “job interview” look is that when it comes to lipstick, you are better off having color than to have no color at all. Every single magazine will sit there and tell you to rock a nude lip that’s so close to your skin tone, but trust me, DON’T do it. A nude lip + no eye makeup = THE MUMMY. It’s not sexy and unfortunately, it ain’t gonna pop. Even though you are instructed to go for a natural look, my best bet is to go for a rose-based nude. The lipstick I’m wearing is what I’d call “cocoa rose” – 1/3 red and 2/3 brown. To cop this look, mix Huda Beauty in Venus and Icon. The brown-taupe base of Venus perfectly complements Icon’s pinkish-red base for that “kissed by a rose” look. If you try this, you are seriously gonna look SO good in it. Believe me, your interviewer will go JELLY over this lip color! 💁💅

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Me doing my best Steve Buscemi face

Last but not least, let’s not overlook the hair department. Hair is extremely CRUCIAL and speaking of the obvious, you NEED to let yourself stand out. As someone who has short hair, my go-to is a metallic bobby pin. It’s more dressier than your average black bobby pin, but you can work it! Part your hair to the side and let the pins frame your face like Rihanna. It’s very ’40s meets ’80s with a hint of today – kinda like a helmet, but on the side of your face.

If you have metallic ones in more than one color, don’t be afraid to mix and match!! Gold and silver have never looked so good together. If you’re the kind that likes to get a ‘lil crafty, just buy some spray paint. If you are too lazy to hit up the nearest Michael’s, just go to Violet Grey and add that Y.S. Park into your cart! 💸💸💸

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What is your favorite job interview makeup look? Have you ever thought of experimenting with a different look for each interview?