Grungy, messy, smoky–whatever you want to call it–I’m all about sultry, smoldering eye looks that create tons of drama but still come off as sexy and feminine. This intense take on a bronze smoky eye was inspired by Natasha Denona’s Chroma Crystal Topcoats that are all the rage right now.

I picked up this product in the shade Nude at the end of last year when Sephora doled out the VIB credit, and it. is. so. gorgeous. (Periods for emphasis.) I might have to get my hands on the Grey Brown shade, too.

A ton of YouTubers, including some of my favs like Kathleen Lights and Amy Serrano, have created gorgeous looks using this product in various shades, so of course I had to come up with one of my own. Hope you love it as much as I do!

Products I used:

Step 1: Prep the skin by applying Pore Refiner Primer evenly to the t-zone, working towards the outer perimeter of the face. Apply Balm Dotcom to the lips.

Step 2: Using the same technique used to apply Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, apply a light layer of Perfecting Skin Tint. If necessary, apply an additional layer where more coverage is needed.

Step 3: Conceal the under eyes, blemishes and redness with Shape Tape. Blend with a stippling brush.

Step 4: Set the entire face with Wowder, focusing on the t-zone and under-eye areas. Finish with a generous amount of setting spray and allow to dry. Blend by pressing into the skin with a dry or damp makeup sponge.

Step 5: Apply a little Primer Potion to the eye area.

Step 6: Set the primer with a matte bone-colored powder shadow on a fluffy blending brush. I used ColourPop’s Full-Zip.

Step 7: With the same fluffy blending brush, apply Gimme Gorgeous to the crease. Blend to create a blown-out, cat-eye effect.

Step 8: Apply Saddle to the crease. Make sure to blend evenly as you, again, recreate the blown-out, cat-eye effect from Steps 6.

Step 9: Using a smaller crease or blending brush, add Let’s Do It to the outer “V” of the eye. Continue to blend.

Step 10: Cover the lid in 2 layers of Fluffy. Use the ring finger for this, then blend into the crease with a clean brush for a seamless look. Apply more if necessary.

Step 11: To better blend the outer corner of the eye with the lid, take a little Bouncy on a smaller crease brush (you can use the same one from Step 9) and apply it on top of Let’s Do It. Continue to blend using a windshield wiper motion.

Step 12: With the same fluffy brush used in Steps 7 and 8, sweep a mixture of Gimme Gorgeous and Fluffy along the lower lash line. This doesn’t need to be done neatly.

Step 13: Take Let’s Do It on a pencil brush and apply it to the lower lash line focusing on the outer corner. Then, blend with the brush from Step 11.

Step 14: Use the same pencil brush to apply a little Bouncy to the lower lash line, on top of Let’s Do It. Continue to blend with the brush from Steps 11 and 12.

Step 15: Cover the lid (including the inner corner), crease and outer “V” with 2-3 layers of Chroma Crystal Top Coat.

Step 16: Carve out the cheekbones with Mocha by applying it directly to the skin. Begin application from the upper corner of the ear, working downwards diagonally. Then, tap with the fingers to blend.

Step 17: Continue to apply Mocha to the temples and under the center of the lip for a subtle plumping effect.

Step 18: To brighten up the face, add a little Dusk to the apples of the cheeks. Tap with the fingers to blend.

Step 19: In a “C” shape along the orbital eye bone to the cheekbone, apply Watt’s Up! directly to the skin, then tap along the edges with the fingers to blend. Add Watt’s Up! to the cupid’s bow, brow bone and tip of the nose using the pinky finger.

Step 20: Beginning in the center of each brow and working towards the inner and outer corners, apply Boy Brow in an upward motion. Add a second coat for a more dramatic look.

Step 21: Finish with more setting spray.

Step 22: After combing and curling the lashes, apply two coats of mascara to both the top and bottom lashes.

Step 23: Apply two even coats of Shawty to the lips. Be sure to angle to the applicator so that you line your lips neatly with the product.

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A cropped halter isn’t typically winter-wear, but since when have I cared about playing by fashion’s rules?

Although it is summer in Australia and winter here in the U.S., that definitely is not stopping me from wearing Aussie cult label I.Am.Gia’s warm weather pieces here in the Northern Hemisphere–including the new pink polaris set.

On this snowy day, I paired the Clueless-inspired top-and-pants combo with my very worn-in Doc Martens.

I’m typically the girl in a pullover sweater and athletic pants as soon as temperatures drop below freezing, so this look was slightly out of my comfort zone. But, I’ve been dying to wear this set ever since it came out, and I am *not* about to let it collect dust in my closet until the weather decides to warm up. It’s just too cute.

I.Am.Gia first made waves with polaris when mega-babe Emily Ratajkowski–aka Em Rata–sported the original orange set in September. (Is there anything she can’t pull off?!)

It was an instant hit for me. And a lot of others, too, apparently, because it sold out so quickly. But, the planets aligned: the day the pink polaris set made its debut I had store credit, so I scooped it up ASAP. (There is also a lime green set that’s giving me major heart eyes…)

Polaris is just as gorgeous IRL as it is online, although, I am no Em Rata in it. I am really impressed with the fabric; it’s thick, stretchy and comfortable. The colors are stunning, too. I love the Glossier pink base, and the soft gray plaid pattern is far from harsh or masculine. It’s Cher Horowitz for the new millennium–without looking like you tried too hard to be a Clueless clone (we’ve seen that too many times).

This set is smooth- and seamless-looking (though it isn’t technically seamless), but it does have a few little details; the most obvious being the zipper detail front and center on the pants. The top also has two ties for closure, one at the neck and another at the lower back.

I didn’t feel the need to accessorize at all because this set is statement-making enough on its own–it’s an instant outfit! Just add a coat and shoes, and you’re good to go.

Now that I’ve gotten my polaris fix for the winter, I’ll most likely be putting this set away until temps warm up and I can wear it without layering a coat on top and heavy boots underneath. Though if I swapped the Doc Martens for a pair of heeled booties and added a faux fur coat, I could definitely see this look working for a night out. Drinks, anyone?

Shop my look:

Top, I.Am.Gia

Pants, I.Am.Gia

Boots, Doc Martens, similar here

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Disclosure: I am a Glossier Rep, and I received this product as a gift from Glossier. All opinions are my own, and I am not required to post about the brand or its products at any time on any of my digital platforms. 

With normal-to-oily skin, I’m not immune to the occasional breakout–especially during “that time” or when I’ve been indulging a little too much.

Although my skin’s become a little drier and less prone to breakouts with age, they still pop up enough that I like to keep various, albeit trustworthy, remedies in my medicine cabinet.

Meet Glossier Solution, my lineups newest addition.

This 10-percent AHA/BHA/PHA salicylic acne solution does more than treat and prevent problem pimples. Yes, it is a powerful chemical exfoliator that treats acne, but it also minimizes pores and treats rough texture, uneven tone, redness and clogged pores. Because it’s Glossier, it leaves your skin glow-y, balanced and healthy (thanks to calming ingredients aloe and niacinamide).

Solution is the skincare hero with proven results! It improves the look and feel of skin in four weeks. Per Glossier,

In a poll of Solution daily users, 74 percent said skin looked transformed after four weeks.

In a poll of Solution daily users, 88 percent said skin looked clearer after four weeks.

In a poll of Solution daily users in a clinical trial, after four weeks 3 out of 4 people said it was the solution they were looking for.

Over a period of 15 months, Glossier’s chemist and development team worked to create a maximum efficiency solution that’s gentle enough for daily use. And it definitely delivers.

I have been using Solution every day for about a week now, and so far I am extremely happy with the results. Though it’s going to take another three weeks to see the full results (and I’ll have another review up then), I am really loving Solution so far. This is somewhat of a pleasant surprise, because I was slightly hesitant to add it to my routine–as I usually am with new products.

Thankfully, Solution hasn’t caused any problems for me whatsoever, and like I said, I’ve been using it daily for almost a week. (When a beauty product does cause side effects such as irritation or breakouts, that always happens to me within 24 to 48 hours, so I know I’m good to go with this one.)

It’s super easy to use. The liquid formula takes a little while to sink into the skin; I’d say somewhere between 30 seconds to a minute. I always apply it after removing makeup and cleansing. Afterwards I move onto toner, serum(s) and moisturizer. Because I do this routine at night, I hold off on sunscreen until morning (for obvious reasons).

Solution has a slightly tingly feeling to it, but that subsides as soon as it sinks fully into the skin. And it never stings me or leaves my face feeling overly dry or tight.

Like everything else Glossier, this product has a pleasant smell–it isn’t strong or chemical-y or alcohol-y at all. The scent reminds me a ton of Priming Moisturizer Rich, which has a lavender aroma.

Quite possibly the best thing about this product? It’s affordable! 4.4 fluid ounces costs $24. You can shop it, as well as the rest of Glossier’s skincare and makeup, through my Rep link. (P.S., Invisible Shield‘s price has been permanently reduced to $25, so stock up!)

I really look forward to the coming weeks, and seeing how my skin improves after using Solution long-term. The rightmost corner of my forehead/temple is a huge problem area for me, as is my chin, so I hope to see spots there fully disappear. If that happens, it will be a pretty big deal, because those areas haven’t been completely clear since April or May. It’s a tall order, but Glossier is always up for the challenge.

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An overwhelming majority of HM readers requested I focus more on skincare for 2018, so I decided to put together this easy skincare and makeup tutorial. A big thank-you to all those who voted in my recent IG poll! Make sure you’re following me (@maduhlyn_) to participate in any future polls.

Although a lot of people prefer the matte look–especially during the colder months–instead of the hydrated look, I love a fresh, dewy face year-round. And besides, spring is right around the corner (or so I keep telling myself…)

I 100-percent believe in Glossier’s skin first, makeup second mantra, so for the ultimate glossy look, I recommend starting with a clean face, then going in with a couple different serums and moisturizers. Don’t forget that healthy skin comes from the inside, out–drinking a ton of water and maintaining a healthy diet (and lifestyle!) are essentials for a glowing complexion.

For today’s look I washed my face with Glossier‘s Milky Jelly Cleanser, a super gentle formula that’s great for the wintertime when the skin is easily irritated, then went in with Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray With Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, as well as Thayer’s Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Unscented Toner.

Serums are a great way to give your skin lots of nutrients in a little time, and Glossier‘s Super Glow has been a go-to for me since May. Vitamin C works to brighten the complexion, while Magnesium energizes tired skin cells. Three drops once a day is all it takes for that “lit from within” look. (Super Glow also evens skin tone and creates a light-reflective complexion when used over time).

On days I choose to mask, I always do so between serum-ing and moisturizing. Sheet masks are an easy and inexpensive way to get glowing skin almost instantly. And because there are so many on the market, I’ve tried a ton of different ones.

For a hydration boost, look for a formula with hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000 times its weight in water, leaving skin moisturized and plump. Ingredients such as Ceramides 3 and 6, collagen, honey, red algae, snail mucin and Vitamin E also work to give skin that softened, dewy look.

After leaving the mask on for about 15 minutes, I’ll rub the leftover essence all over my neck and décolletage, then let my skin air dry before going in with Glossier‘s original Priming Moisturizer.

This buildable hydrating cream preps the skin for makeup by giving it a really healthy and bouncy glow; skin is fresh-faced and makeup goes on smoothly, but as Glossier’s site states, you may find that you need less of it. The “priming” portion of this product blurs pores, soothes redness and evens texture. (And it provides the skin with an antioxidant blend for protection.)

On the extra dry areas (for me, this tends to be around my eyebrows), I’ll add a combo of Priming Moisturizer and Glossier‘s Moisturizing Moon Mask. This mask really makes you shine in all the right places; in addition to a spot treatment, I love using it overnight all-over my face.

Then, I’ll add a layer of Givenchy’s Hydra Sparkling Lip & Cheek Balm to prep my lips, which has a barely there pink hue that brightens subtly.

For a little natural-looking coverage I’ll mix Bali Body’s BB Cream in Natural with Glossier‘s Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium. I am seriously loving this combo lately because it’s weightless and it gives me just the right amount of coverage with a dewy finish.

To hide any problem areas, such as the darkness under my eyes or the redness around my nose, I’ll go in with Glossier‘s Stretch Concealer in Medium. Those of you who read Haute Mess regularly have heard me rave about this product a million times, but it really can’t be beat.

It looks so natural because it “melts” into the skin and *actually* stretches over spots to conceal them while maintaining a bright, real-skin finish. And no matter how much I layer on, it never seems to look caky.

So the concealer under my eyes stays in place, I’ll go in with a tiny bit of Glossier‘s Wowder in Light/Medium. I know what you’re thinking–powder?! For a glossy look??–but I’m only using it under the eyes, I promise.

Even under bright flash (think: passport and driver’s license photos), Wowder is undetectable on the skin, so you’ll never have to worry about it affecting your skin tone or settling into any fine lines.

While most setting powders leave the skin looking 2-dimensional, Wowder is full of diamond powder and vitamin E, which give it a glow-y, silky finish. It’s really the perfect complement to Stretch Concealer. I use the pointed tip of the precise-yet-fluffy brush to set concealer under my eyes so makeup stays in place.

After combing and curling my lashes, I take a little bit of Milk Makeup’s Eye Vinyl in Bridge on my ring finger and gently dab it all over my eyelids. Then, I’ll take a little more on my pinky so I can build up the glow in both my inner and outer corners, and finish with two coats of L’Oréal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara in Blackest Black.

For a subtle contour and bronze, I mix Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix in Mocha and Rum in the hollows of the cheeks and on the temples. This step is super easy–I just tap with my fingers to blend.

To brighten up the face, I also use my fingers to tap a little Hydra Sparkling Lip & Cheek Balm directly onto the apples of my cheeks. Unlike traditional powder blushes, this multitasking balm enhances the glow-y effect we’re going for here.

It’s not a glossy skin look without tons of highlight, so Glossier‘s Haloscope in Moonstone is a must! This formula comes in three shades, but Moonstone definitely gives me that sweaty-looking skin that I’m after. I apply it directly to my cheekbones, as well as to the orbital bones around my eyes, then tap the edges with my fingers to blend.

Then, I’ll add some to my pinky to highlight the brow bones and cupid’s bow, in addition to the bridge and tip of my nose. The outer halo is infused with crystal extracts, while the inner blend of oils gives you a dewy–never glittery–finish. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind highlight.

I can’t do my makeup without a couple layers of Glossier‘s Boy Brow in Brown. This cult-favorite brow enhancer adds natural-looking volume and pigment, and helps keep the hairs in place for hours on end. I always start in the middle of each brow, working my way towards the end, then go back to coat the “sprouts” in the inner portion of each brow, brushing upwards.

So that the makeup “melts” into my skin as much as possible, I traded my usual mattifying setting spray from Boscia for a few more spritz of Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray, which doesn’t compromise the glow.

Glossier‘s Lip Gloss gives the lips glassy, cushiony shine that’s far from goopy or sticky. There’s no glitter or pigment in this formula, either, so lips are truly left with a 100-percent glossy finish–nothing else. The doe-foot applicator makes it really easy to apply; two coats usually does it for me.

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I really cannot get enough of Aussie cult label I.Am.Gia! Thankfully I had a store credit when they launched a new collection a few weeks back.

The Cobain overalls are so on-trend right now; checks are popping up everywhere, and so is this relaxed silhouette. Still, the color palette is neutral enough that this piece doesn’t come off as over-the-top trendy or tacky. (At least not in my opinion!)

Flow-y legs are a nice change of pace from typical tapered overalls; they really help the look appear effortless. And the slate gray base really makes the black and white pattern pop.

For this casual look I paired them with a sporty cropped sweatshirt in a similar gray color. I’ve been loving cropped sweatshirts lately, and I’ve been seeing them a ton, too! Despite “athleisure” styles slowly fading out in 2018, I think pieces like this one are going to be really popular this year.

And to play up the grunge vibes the overalls give off, I added my worn-in Doc Martens.

Speaking of grunge, I wanted to quickly touch on a couple trends for the upcoming season. My forecast for 2018 includes grunge-luxe by day (think: faded, relaxed denim with minimal tears, plain white t’s, satin camisoles, lacy lingerie, plaid miniskirts, slinky maxi dresses and mixed metals) and a modern take on classic tailored pieces by night (think: fun separates, sexy blazer dresses, pinstripes, bold color combos like red/pink or black/denim, oxblood, shiny fabrics such as vinyl, PVC and satin, platform sneakers and glossy makeup).

These overalls definitely don’t skimp on details, so I kept accessories to the bare minimum. I love the bold buckle details on the back of the straps, as well as the oversized grommet-clasp combo that makes up the closure on the front.

Much like the label’s bestselling Cobain pants, the new Cobain overalls have an edgy chain detail on the hip. They also have three front pockets (including one with an exposed zipper), additional black straps at the waist for a customized fit and an open back for a sexy, feminine touch.

The only finishing touch I added were my everyday hoop earrings to avoid looking too busy.

Enjoy the two mood boards I created for 2018 via Polyvore below, and be sure to let me know what trends you’re looking forward to rocking this year! And for those of you who want to shop this look, scroll all the way down.

Daytime [source: Polyvore]

Evening [source: Polyvore]

What I’m wearing:

Sweatshirt, Free People (gray is no longer available, but black is still in stock–and on sale!)

Overalls, I.Am.Gia

Shoes, Doc Martens, similar here

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