Pat McGrath Makeup Tutorial: Darkstar 006 | Vintageortacky

Unboxing, Swatching, Makeup Tutorial-izing Pat McGrath Darkstar 006! This collection of 7 products is a bit unique, it contains 3 baked shadows, one pressed pigment, and eye gloss, a bullet-proof eyeliner and a brush- all packaged in a bag of couture-quality sequins. If you’re savvy/crafty/a magpie, then the sequins are sort of the 8th product, because buying this many holographic sequins would be really expensive. There are two versions of this kit, and both are identical save for the pressed pigment; In the other kit it’s brown instead of the Violet. I really wanted the brown pigment, but I wasn’t about to shell out $130 twice just to cure my case of “gotta catch em all”. Today I’m doing something a bit different, I’m sharing with you every detail from first rip of the bag, first look and swatching,  attempting to recreate the look on Pat Mcgrath’s Instagram, to going full-on Pris from Blade Runner! The concept and structure of this video I’ve been wanting to do for a long time- it’s way longer than your average video, but I like the idea of showing the mistakes, pitfalls, joys and sucess of playing with new makeup. Please hit me up with feedback on the format, & tuck in for a long video guys, and enjoy all the little bits of Rocko sprinkled throughout!

One thing I really enjoyed about this makeup kit is that through blending the various products together it was easy to switch it up and create a whole new look. I went from a glittery smoky eye, to dramatic cat eyes, to Pris-level realness. This would be epic for a photoshoot or even just playing with makeup for your own enjoyment rather than as a means to an ends. The amout of each product is generous, and the packaging is minimal. While I’m a sucker for cool packaging, I really appreciate the no-bs approach of minimalism, and if you want pretty- here’s a whole bag of holo sequins. Useable. Smart. Unique.

The Black Smudgeliner Kohl is a BAMF- hella black, blends well (without primer; with primer it was a bit tougher) and with the satin black from this kit it’s not my favorite way to rock a black smoky eye. I ADORE the satin black texture of Dark Matter. It’s not hella pigmented and that’s what I like about it. I’m a geek for texture and something that’s truly black, but kinda translucent, and hella blendable.  I’ve been waiting for this product for a long, long time. Thank you Pat Mcgrath. The Ultraviolet Blue Pigment is unreal, puts all similar colors in my collection to shame. It’s incredibly pigmented and just a stunning color.  It stains- you’ve been warned.  Astral White Pigment is more glitter that pigment, and I tried it on my face as a highlight- it was more like a smattering of uber-fine glitter. It’s better packed on the eye. Mercury Pigment is a dirty silver-gold, and it more shimmer than base color. This will be fun to experiment with the black shadow and liner I think. I really don’t have much of an opinion one way or the other of the brush tbh. Cyber Clear eye gloss is really interesting to me. It dries down, but it doesn’t “set” if that makes sense. You definitely feel the gloss but it’s not icky, and in a way, the mildly gooey texture adds mood and attitude to your movement while wearing it.

Below is a plethora of photos of the various looks I achieved in my first playtime! You can definitely see that this is makeup intended for creative people who just love playing around and enjoy the process, and are completely disinterested in perfection. If you’ve ever wanted to try the grungy, glossy eye- this kit is amazing.

cheers to stained and gooey lids

-xoxo Cora

PS- Happy Birthday to the best mother in law in the word, Love you Deb!


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We’ve all been there: you’ve followed a tutorial, your eye makeup is on point, foundation is #flawless, so now it’s time for cheeks. You dip your brush into a new shade, swipe it on an: POOF! You look like you were punched in the face. Wayyy too much blush bro! Today I’m sharing with you my favorite way to calm down over zealous blush, overly-warm with a lavender tinted powder. My favorite is from a cruelty free and Indie Makeup brand, Lunatick Cosmetics, but if you know of a similar silky, matte sheer lavender powder I’d love to hear about it. Additionally- I’d love to do more of these quickie tips- so what are other common makeup boo-boos you need help with?

wder; My favorite is from a cruelty free and Indie Makeup brand, Lunatick Cosmetics Labs, but if you know of a similar silky, matte sheer lavender powder I’d love to hear about it. If you enjoy this video, please like & comment and I’d be happy to make these quickie makeup tutorials a regular thing! As a MUA I’ve got an arsenal of ways to fix makeup mistakes, so please, what are some of your most common makeup mishaps that you need help with?

Contour Palette

The Powder Single

Gossamer Wings Makeup Tutorial

Allow me to confess something: I’m an absolute sucker for anything iridescent, sheer and gauzy. I love the play of light and fire combined with translucency. Some of my favorite stones are Opals, Rainbow Moonstones, and Labradorite. One of my favorite things about the Kat Von D Alchemist palette is the many different ways I can use it to achieve these effects: a sweep of color is like a veil of iridescence;  Buff it on, it packs a punch. I also happen to love a great neutral palette from a Indie brand that just “gets me”. Today I’m sharing with you a great cool-neutral look with the Lunatick Cosmetics Labs Supernatural Palette, then layering colors from the Alchemist Palette over to create a look that, combined with the winged liner, reminds me of gossamer fairy wings. If you’d like to recreate this look, below the pretty pictures is a full list of products for the eyes and lips so you can use what I used or find dupes, and if you recreate any of my looks, please share with my on instagram with #vintageortacky and/or tag me!


Makeup Tutorial Supplies

MAC Paint Pot, Painterly

Lunatick Cosmetics Labs, Supernatural Palette

Smith Cosmetics 256

Smith Cosmetics 247

London Brush Company Classic 7

Kat Von D Alchemist Palette

Wayne Goss Brush 6

Liquid Pen Liner (I can’t remember)

NYX Faux Black Liner, Midnight

Urban Decay Angled Lip Brush (for lower lashline shadow)

Lashes In A Box, Lash 16

Duo Brush-On Adhesive

NYX Wonder Pencil Light

d.j.v. Fiberwig Mascara

Wayne Goss, Fan Brush 

Urban Decay Turn On Lipliner (looks to be discontinued!)

Urban Decay Disobedient Lipstick

Complexion Products

Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation (mixing .5 & 1.0)

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Powder, Fair 


Beauty and the Beast Belle Makeup & Hair Tutorial

You’re in for a real treat today! Tucked into an outwardly simple character makeup, I’ve packed in tips and tricks for everything from reshaping your lips, to why I love a sheer foundation that’s 80% water. When I set out to create  look for the Beauty and the Beast collection fashion video I shared last week, I knew the makeup had to do the character justice. I am so happy with how this came out, and as a bonus, I’ve kept a lot of detail to share those secret tips & tricks that are usually cut  for time. I’ve also included information about the brushes I use for each step. Please let me know how you like this format by commenting below and sharing this video however you prefer. Thanks so much!


Makeup Supplies

Be sure to check out the companion video!

NYX COSMETICS Faux Black & Faux White Eyeliner Review!

NYX Cosmetics Faux Black Faux White Collection

HOLY CATS! I haven’t seen any information about these anywhere so I’m super excited to share my haul, review and mini tutorial of the new at the drugstore NYX Faux Black and Faux White eyeliner collections! I picked these up last week at Ulta, and I’ve spent a few days playing around with them and I can now say I ADORE THEM! At $8 dollars a pop these are a great deal. The deeper colors are elegant and easy to wear but are definitely not boring, while the pastels are a great alternative to white in your inner rim or to give your inner corner a little boost.  Most exciting- There’s both a RED and a BROWN-BURGUNDY!!! *jumping up and down with excitement* These types of colors are common from expensive luxury and artistry driven brands, so it’s encouraging to see this launch available from an affordable brand! A few of the pastel colors have Colourpop dupes, but the CP liners dried up on me really fast, and I tend to prefer a liner I can sharpen. In addition to swatched of these liners, I decided to also try layering the Kat Von D Alchemist powders over top just for fun! Wow- awesome combo! Bust out those Ulta point, use a coupon and check out these liners!


NYX faux Black Liner swatch ^ Faux Black collection, one swipe^

NYX Faux Black Faux White Liner Swatch^two swipes^

Faux Black & Faux White: Onyx, White Smoke, Obsidian, Seashell, Burnt Sienna, Baby Powder, Black Berry, Black Olive, Linen, Oxblood, Mint Cream & Black Hole
NYX faux Black swatches review ^Faux Black Collection one swipe & zigzags^

L-R: Onyx, Obsidian, Burnt Sienna,Black Berry, Black Olive, Oxblood, and Black Hole

^Faux White Collection, two swipes^

NYX faux white swatches and review^Faux White Collection, one swipe & zigzags^

L-R: White Smoke, Seashell, Baby Powder, Linen, Mint Cream^

Kat Von D Alchemist Palette Layered over various liners:

So what do you think? Are you excited about these liners? What color are you the most interested in? Join the discussion below!


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