Here is how to get the most out of this year's most stunning palette from Huda Beauty.
It's safe to say we all need to bow down to makeup goddess, Huda Kattan. Not only does she create some of the most velvet liquid lipsticks or wispy false lashes, but this year she also released the absolutely intoxifying palette, Desert Dusk. The shades of this palette are a standout, causing it to sell out when it hit Australian Sephora. Thankfully, the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk restocked recently in Sephora, and we even have a new foundation from her coming out soon.
The palette consists of eighteen shadows, including eight butter mattes, six pressed pearls, three duo chromes and one pure pressed glitter. If you're a little like us and get a bit excited, you can sometimes purchase makeup and not really know how to use it or just stick to your one look. No longer, dear friend. We've gathered three absolutely bomb makeup tutorials to run you through how to get the most out of your money when purchasing your new palette.
1. The purple mermaid unicorn look
We have to start strong with this absolutely STUN-NING look from kristinaXmakeup. Whilst this may be a little out of your comfort zone, we definitely think the purple trend is here to stay, so you might as well learn how to slay it. Plus it's super easy!
Of course you always want to prime your eyelids, so grab your concealer and blend it over your eyelid. Then set it with powder. For the first shade, Kristina uses the shade Eden with her blending brush and blends it throughout her crease. You want to build up this colour and blow it out since this is your transition colour.
After blending out your transition, take the shade Amber and deepen your crease colour. Don't take this shade up too high or else you'll lose the transition colour, so place the shade just a little below Eden. Once it's blended into the crease, take the colour on your outer corner, but make sure to not go onto your lid as this is where we'll be putting the purple shimmer.
Now it's getting exciting. Grab the totally gorg purple shade Amethyst on a dome shaped brush and apply it to the outer corner, just a smidgen inwards of Amber as we are trying to create a gradient. Once you have less on your brush, bring the purple halfway onto your lid and into the crease. Make sure to tap off the excess on the brush since you don't want to pack too much colour on at once as it makes it hard to blend out and can go patchy. Build as you go is the new motto!
Alright, get ready cause you're about to transform into a mermaid with the swipe of a finger. No, I'm not lying. Your finger is definitely your best bet to pick up the shade Twilight and gently swipe it onto the inner corner of your lid. Now if you're already a glam girl and have long fingernails, don't fret, use a shader brush and spray it with some setting spray to get the most out of your pigment. Once you've placed it onto your lid so it joins with the shade Amethyst, go back and grab your trusty blending brush and combine the two shades together.
Lastly, you want to complete the piece with your lower lash line. Trust me, this actually ties the whole look together! Grabbing the shade Amber again, blend this from your inner corner to your outer corner with a pencil brush. Then go back into Amethyst with a small flat definer brush and pack this as close to your lower lash line as you can. Then, yep you guessed it, blend the two together! Whack on some mascara or false lashes and voila! You are a glamorous mermaid princess.
1. The "I woke up like this, but not really" look
Sometimes you want that little extra va-va-voom but not look like you are about to hit the town till 2am. Enter Jocelyn Partee who shows you exactly how to get the level of natural glam you desire. You can decide on your level of "natural" by stopping at any of these steps, depending on the style you're after.
Yes, you still want to prime your eyelids, so grab your concealer and blend it over your eyelid then set with your powder. Then pick up a fluffy blending brush and dab into the shade Amber. Place this shade throughout your crease and blend with windshield wiper motions.
Once you get a decent build up and it's perfectly blended, depending on your taste, you can just leave this look here with some mascara. However, for the glam queens, we got some more steps, so continue onto step 2.
Second, you're going to deepen that crease and define the outer corner. Grab the shade OUD on a smaller blending brush and start in your outer corner. Remember, wherever you place the brush first will have the strongest amount of colour. Therefore, you want to blend this into your outer corner and then take it into your crease to deepen it a little bit. Again, feel free to leave the look here or continue for a little more if you're a bit extra like us.
Grab yourself a flat definer brush or you can use your finger and grab the shade Eden. Place this into your lid from the inner corner till the shade meets your crease and the outer corner shade OUD. Remember not to take this shade too high or you'll lose your transition. If you go too far out, you'll also lose the outer corner definition. Once your colour is placed, pick up a small amount of Amber on a small blending brush and blend Eden in with the rest of your eye.
Lower lash time! If you'd like to keep it pretty straight forward, then you can just pick up Amber again and sweep it through your lash line. However, if you're up for something a bit different, you can grab the gorg purple Amethyst and place that close to your lash line then blend it out.
Last, and possibly my favourite part, is your inner corner highlight. Again, this step can be considered a lil' bit extra, but that's what playing with makeup is all about. Using a pencil brush, gently dip into the shade Nefertiti. Tap off the excess then place this into your inner corner and on your brow bone for a little pop. Whack on a little mascara or some false lashes and presto, you're good to go!
1. The fiery goddess look
This last look has to be my favourite. Yes, it's your typical warm-brown look, but if it ain't broke, then don't fix it. This is probably one of the easiest and simplest out of all the looks, but I promise this does not make it any less dazzling! With a pair of fluffy lashes and a nude lip, you'll be smokin' hot.
You probably already know what to use for your transition shade by now, but you will want to pick up Eden on a blending brush and blow this out. Make sure this is nice and blown out as we will be doing a smokey look and having the transition visible makes it a lot more seamless and less harsh. This way, you don't look like you've been punched in the eye.
Dabbing into Amber with a dome blending brush, place this below the shade Eden on your outer corner and crease. Whilst you want this below your transition colour, you still want this shade to be quite blown out and smokey to create that sexy sultry look.
This could quite possibly be my favourite shade in the palette. Picking up Saffron, which is a rusty, cranberry red, blend this through the outer corner and below Amber. Once you've done that, use a flat brush to pack it onto your lid and blend it up into the crease to get the smokey eye going. Don't freak out if it looks a little silly, you still have lashes and your lower lash line to complete which will really tie the look together.
Okay, I lied. This is my favourite shade. Technically, it's not a shade, it's a glitter. Cosmo is a pressed glitter that can be a bit tricky to work with. Spritz your brush with some setting spray or lay down a bit of glitter glue and you're good to go. Place the glitter towards the inner corner of your lid and blend it into Saffron.
Finally, on a flat smokey shader brush, dip into both Amber and OUD. Mixing these two shades together gets the perfect burnt brown shade that looks amazing on the lower lash line. Dragging this from the outer corner to the inner corner nearly completes the look. All you need is some mascara and lashes and you're good to go!
Now you're completely equipped to get the most out of your new palette, and there is no excuse for not venturing out of your comfort zone! If for some reason you haven't gotten your hands on this stunning piece, it's available at Sephora. If you have recreated any of these looks, we would love to see them, so tag us at @finderstyle on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.