Coastal Scents Hot Pots Tutorial

More recently, there’s been some talk about a few different brands that offer a “build your own palette” type of system. That got me thinking about my old Coastal Scents Hot Pots. I haven’t brought those out in forever and I definitely don’t think I’ve ever featured them in a tutorial. Now seems like the perfect time to play around with these shadows again!

Although I never did a tutorial with these Hot Pots, I did post a review of them a few years ago. You can find that here to read more details on the quality and all the shades I have from the line. To start the tutorial, I first primed my eyes using my favorite Milani eyeshadow primer. This primer doesn’t have any pigment in it and it has a matte finish, so we have a completely blank canvas to work with.
The first shade I’m using is called Kokomo Cafe. This is a matte medium brown shade and I’m applying it into the crease with a fluffy blending brush to provide some definition. This shade is pretty pigmented, so it doesn’t take much effort to get it to show up on the skin. Always start with a light hand and build up as needed.
Next, I’m taking the shade called Timeless Taupe and packing that on the outer third of the eyelid, blending the excess up into the crease with a dense brush. Once I had enough color applied, I went in with a separate, empty, loose-bristled blending brush to soften the color and blur the edges. This is a darker shade than I remember, but it blends out effortlessly.
The shade called Oatmeal Tan is a beautiful light tan color and, I believe, is also one of their most popular hot pots. I’m taking this on a smaller blending brush and lightly placing it in the crease right at the edge where Timeless Taupe ends. The previous shades we used were mostly cool-toned. This shade has a lot of warmth to it and will create more dimension within the look.
This is always my favorite part! I’m taking the shade called Flesh Tone, which is now named Nectar, and placing that over the rest of my eyelid. When I think of my Coastal Scents Hot Pots, I remember this being my favorite one because of how creamy, pigmented, and bright it is. I packed this shade on with my finger first to get the most intense application and then blended it into the crease with a small shader brush.
To highlight the eyes, I’m using the shade called Cloud White. This is one of the brightest white eyeshadows I’ve ever come across and I love it! It has a completely matte finish, but this is a brow highlight you can see from across the room. I used a small smudge brush to apply it on the inner corner of my eye to brighten that area as well.
For eyeliner, I’m using the shade called Burnished Brunette. It’s a very deep brown shade that can look almost black when applied in such a precise area as the lash line. I didn’t apply a pencil liner underneath as a base, but I’d definitely recommend it if you need it to last all day.
Finishing up by curling the lashes and adding three coats of my favorite Benefit Roller Lash mascara. I love this mascara because it provides both the length and volume that I want on its own. Not having to reach for two mascaras is such a time saver!
Here’s a close-up of the final look:
And a quick, more condensed guide for easy reference:
I finished the rest of the face makeup by pairing this eyeshadow look with my Makeup Geek blush in the shade Puppy Love and the Steve Laurant Lip Gloss in the shade Posh. I’ve been loving this lip gloss lately because it’s so comfortable on the lips and opaque enough to be used on its own without any other lip color underneath.
I love the combination of the cool and warm-toned colors in this look. It provides such an interesting dimension and is something you wouldn’t normally see in a typical pre-made palette. Before this tutorial I couldn’t really remember much about the Coastal Scents Hot Pots formula, but they really are great quality and their shade selection is insane!

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XO ♥ Christina ♥

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