My eye.

My eye.

I have blue eyes and khaki or olive eye makeup really doesn’t make them stand out but I do love the look because it works with my complexion and dyed red hair. I love olive eyeshadows are dark skintones and ladies with brown or hazel eyes. If you have a bit of violet in your eyes it will make them pop. Plus, khakis and olives look great on redheads including the au naturale redheads that I am so jealous of. It is stunning and easy. It can be applied like a “wash” and it looks wonderful. It makes a great smoky eye without using the much too harsh black that most people reach for. Some of my favorite olive shadows include the following:

Pick Your Own Singles: Cheaper-What I am wearing in the pic above is mark I-Mark Custom Pick Eyeshadow in Vintage Khaki. It is a deep khaki infused with tons of gold shimmer. It is long wearing even without a base and it retails for $4. The case is sold separately. More Expensive-I also like Prescriptives Colorscope Eye Color in Sage. It looks alot like the mark one. It retails for $14 and the case is sold separately.Both of these look nice paired with nude shimmers or golds as a base.

Shimmer Singles: Cheaper- I like L’Oreal Eyeshadow Single in Golden Olive which is a medium olive shade that retails for under $5. One of my all time favorites is Milani Powder Eyeshadow in Golden Bronze which is a green with pearly gold and it retails for under $4. I have went through many of these, have I mentioned they look great on redheads? Even the natural kind. More ExpensiveLorac has an Eyeshadow Single in Olive which is a nice medium olive shimmer that retails for $17. Another really nice one is MAC Eyeshadow in Greensmoke which is a deep dark olive shimmer that retails for $14.50. There is also Sumptous Olive which is nice but a bit more khaki and with less “green”. Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow in Designer is an awesome super shimmery olive with silver shimmer. It retails for $16.50. For a more brown but still green shimmer, Dior 1-Colour Mono Eyeshadow in Khakis is very shimmery and nice. It retails for $25.

Matte : Cheaper L’Oreal Wear Infinite Eye Shadow Duo in Forest is nice. It has a matte soft clover green and a matte medium olive. It retails for under $6. More Expensive– This is a bit of a matte, Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow in Dill. It is a deep olive with minimal gold shimmer. It retails for $16.50. Make Up For Ever has a matte olive in Olive Green 47 and it retails for $19. I find that there aren’t many matte shadows on the market in this shade. I must say that olives really do benefit from shimmer. It seems to add depth and keeps the eye area from looking too “dead”. I have all three mentioned above and I like them. They don’t make me look like a rotting zombie corpse.

Duo/Sets: CheaperL’Oreal Eye Shadow Quads in Landscape and Eva’s Violets have nice olives and other coordinating shades. These retail for under $7. Revlon 12 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Spring Moss has a lovely khaki and three other nice greens. It retails for under $7.  More Expensive YSL 5 Colour Harmony for Eyes in Garden of Eden has a nice olive and four other great greens for $56. DuWop Smoke in Olive Branch makes a great olive smoky eye and retails for $28. It comes with a gel liner and shimmery eyeshadow.

Eyeliner: Cheaper Sephora Slim Eye Pencil in Olive is OK for the $5 price tag. I also like Covergirl Outlast Smoothwear All Day Eyeliner in Olive because it is so smooth. It retails for under $7. Another nice one is Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Khaki. It retails for $5 and creates a soft line.  More Expensive– MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Forever Green which is an olive shimmer that retails for $14.50. It has a really smooth formula and wears for hours! One of my favorite liners ever is the one I am wearing in the pic above. It is Lancome Artliner in Starshower. As you can see, it is an olive that is so dark that it is almost black with lots of gold shimmer. It retails for $28 and looks awesome just worn alone. It is way more fun than your basic black and it is much more flattering for hazel eyes. Black can be too harsh on most skintones as well and it can be aging! I also like Dior Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner in Iridescent Khaki. It is very long wearing and retails for $26 and comes with its own sharpener.

I’m not a “bag” person. I’m not a purse fanatic and I rarely swoon over these type of leather goods. This doesn’t mean I don’t want a nice bag. I just don’t want hundreds of them and I hate shopping for them. I’m still searching for that perfect purse but until then I’m carrying around a canvas Bauhaus bag. Unfortunately, I love makeup so I’m not immune to these bag fetishes. Thanks, Dior.

Dior One-Colour Mono Eyeshadows are inspired by the beautiful Dior “cannage” patterns used on their leather bags. Even for a bag nihilist, I see that these Dior Cannage bags are lovely. I hate the price of them, so I’ll settle for an eyeshadow or two. The pigment in these shadows is worth noting. The colors are very true and nice. (This isn’t always the case when considering the multi eyeshadow compacts.) Most of the shades are super shimmery. My favorite shade is the one pictured above which is Amber Plum which is a deeper plum loaded with gold shimmer. It is a lovely fall/winter shade. I love to wear it with Million Dollar Gold which is a true shimmering golden bronze. Other great pairings are Green Tropic, a shimmery lime, Sunny Turquoise, a shimmering turquoise loaded with gold shimmer, and Metallic Blue which is a royal blue shimmer. I like to wear Green Tropic up to the crease, blend Sunny Turquoise in the crease and line the eyes with Metallic Blue for a mermaid inspired look. The perfect classic smoky eye combo is to wear Icy White, a super shimmery white, all over the lid. Use Silver Dust which is a shimmery gunmetal in the crease. Line eyes and blend with Smoking Black which is a midnight black. A simple “everyday” pairing is to wear Ready-to-Beige which is a champagne shimmer all over the lid. Blend Flirty Brown, a matte taupe into the crease. I also like to pair Brown Sequins, a shimmery bronze-ish gold with Khakis, an olive green shimmer. It’s simple and looks awesome on redheads.

The Inspiration

The other shades in the collection are Blooming Pink which is a shimmering nude pink pearl, Terra Sienna which is a dark matte brown, and Spicy Brown which is a super shimmery bronze. These retail for $24.50.