3 Looks: Palette Bingo with ABH Subculture

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Hey everyone!

I've seen people do palette bingo eyeshadow looks on YouTube in the past, and I thought it would be so much fun to try it out on my blog. Because I couldn't stand the thought of a palette being used only once for this, I decided to create three different looks with it, see what it would turn out.

Today, I've gone for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette, as it's one of the most interesting palettes to do this post with, that I own.


So I put the numbers 1-14 in a randomizer on the internet, as there are 14 shades in this palette: Numbers 1-7 on the top row and numbers 8-14 on the bottom row.


For each look, I picked 4 shades to work with. One little disclaimer, I have randomised the order of the numbers until each of the looks had at least one shimmery shade in there. I know that's cheating a tiny little bit, but it would mean the look would get some depth. Obviously I didn't randomise more than that, it just happened to be that all three of the shimmery shades are spread out over the three looks, which I think is awesome and will create such different looks each time!

Onto the looks then.


LOOK N°1:


For the first look, the shades I will work with are:

13: Edge, a matte mustard yellow shade
1: Cube, a white transparent shade with a purple reflect
14: Rowdy, a matte dark purple shade
8: Roxy, a matte peachy shade

This is an interesting combination, as yellow and purple are opposites on the colour wheel, which means they should complement each other nicely. I must say that dark purple is a tough one to work with, as it's really chalky and quickly loses its pigment when blended out. But we'll see what we can do to make it work.


I had so much fun creating a look with these shades! I would have never put them together by myself, but they turned out to go together so well. Roxy can be so versatile, it's great when blended out as a soft peachy crease shade, but I used it as a pop of colour on the lower lash line for this look.

I started off by priming the lid with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Crème De Rose. I felt like this look really needed some kind of sticky base colour for the yellow to stay put. I always start by applying the lightest colour, so I put Edge on the inner half of my lids. I darkened the outer half with Rowdy, and as this shade is quite chalky, it takes a lot of blending and re-applying, intensifying and blending with the yellow shade as well; I had to go in with both shades multiple times to make sure they weren't fading too much from all the blending. 

It was difficult to capture Cube, but I applied this shade in the inner corners. It's a very transparent shade with a violet reflect, so depending on how it catches the light, it will show up or not. I hope you can sort of see what it looks like. 

Then lastly I took the shade Roxy and I blended this onto the outer edges of the top shadows, lightly in the crease to warm up the look and tie it in with the colour on the lower lash line. I took a smudger brush and applied this same peachy orange shade all along the lower lash line. To tie it in even more with the top shadows, I took Rowdy on a pencil brush and ran it into the outer half of the lower lash line. 

A good coat of mascara on both the top and bottom lashes and the look is completed.




LOOK N°2:


For the second look, faith has decided and the four shades to come out are:

11: New Wave, a matte orange shade
2: Dawn, a matte warm beige shade
4: Adorn, a metallic bronze shade
3: Destiny, a matte dark khaki shade

This look should be easy to create and should turn out nicely, as these shades go together so well. The pop of orange will make it interesting, although I don't want to do the same thing with it as with the first look. Let's see what we can do with it.


For some reason I had more trouble creating this look than I thought. The khaki shade Destiny is not the easiest to work with, and it loses pigment quite easily when you blend it too much. The end result is a little bit patchy for that reason. It wasn't easy to make the shade Dawn show up in this look, but worked great as a base colour. The khaki sort of took over from the orange shade New Wave in the end, but I hope we can still see the hint of orange in there.

I started out by priming my eyes with a clear eyeshadow primer. Then to sort of set the base and cancel out some of the veins, I applied Dawn all over the lid and on the lower lash line as well. Because I went heavy with the pop of colour on the lower lash line in the first look, I wanted to concentrate this look mainly on the (upper) lids. I then applied New Wave in the crease, and slightly going onto the lid as well. It was my intention to make it show up a lot more on the lid, but like I said, Destiny is so pigmented and sort of takes over immediately. It went a lot more smokey than I had planned, but I guess I still made it work by making sure the orange was there on the edges of the khaki. I kept away from the lower lash line, and only applied Destiny on the outer corners of the lower lash line. For the pop of glitter, we still have Adorn, which I concentrated on the inner part of the lids and slightly into the inner corners as well.

I didn't apply too much mascara on the lower lashes either, but focused on the upper lashes.

I'd hoped this look would go smoother than it did. I just love the colour combination, but hate how difficult that khaki shade is to work with. It tends to be blended away instead of blended in whenever you go back in with another shade, so it takes a lot of time and effort to make sure all the shades are there and nicely blended into each other... So sad, as I usually love khaki shades like that. But hey, I hope you still think this look turned out to be adequate.





LOOK N°3:


For the final look, we've got some cooler toned shades to work with:

6: Mercury, a matte taupey grey shade
2: Dawn (again), a matte warm beige shade
7: Axis, a matte dark petrol blue shade
9: Electric, a glittery gold shade with a green shift

Such an interesting combination, let's see how we can combine that light green glitter with the dark petrol blue...


So I honestly think this look turned out so well and I'm already obsessed with it! The pop of light green against the dark petrol blue makes it look almost fluorescent.

I started off this look with the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Crème De Rose. I then dipped into Dawn really gently and put it in the crease, as a base. As you might have gauged from the previous looks, the key with these shadows is building up and going back in after you've applied the next shade, so they are nicely blended into each other and don't lose pigment. That's why I only go in with a little bit at this stage, because we'll go in again afterwards. I then went in with Mercury, the grey shade, with a flater crease brush to really focus it into this area. Then with the petrol blue Axis I went onto the inner and outer corner of the lid with a smaller brush, and connecting the two sides in the crease, leaving a bit open for the shimmer shade later on.

I went back onto the steps several times, blending out Axis with Mercury and Mercury with Dawn, making sure everything is nice and blended out.Then I went in with Electric, the shimmery light green shade, and with my fingers, put it right in the middle of the open space I've left for it, and going slightly over those edges to blend it in with the petrol blue. This shade really doesn't need much work, really. I left it as it is and didn't do too much to it after that.

I basically mimicked the same thing on the lower lash line, going from Dawn to Mercury to Axis, then finally in the centre I put Electric.

To finish off the look, I thought the inner corner needed a bit of lighting up as well. I was only going to put that Electric shade in the centre, but thought if I used a different highlighter for the inner corners, it wouldn't all be tied in together as well as it does with Electric in the inner corners, so I ended up doing it this way. It made more sense. A good coat of mascara and the eye look is done.




It's funny that the look I thought I would love the most (look n°2) I ended up not loving so much, and the one I thought I might not be able to work out (look n°3) must be my absolute favourite out of the three, and I can't wait to wear this again. I'm so chuffed I got to play around with this palette and be a bit more creative, push me out of my comfort zone and learn about the strengths and weaknesses of this palette. It's definitely not an easy palette to work with but as you can see, the possibilities are endless with this palette and the looks you create with this one will always end up a bit more interesting. I can already see some more combinations that would work really well with each other, and I'm excited to reach for this one a bit more often.

I hope you've enjoyed this post, and I would love to know if you want to see more of this kind of post in the future! Let's have a chat in the comments about it. Which palettes would you love me to do a look with?

By the time you read this post I will have the Urban Decay Electric palette in my hands! Maybe I can do this post again with that super colourful palette? ...


Lots of love,

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