Elf Cream & Sugar Tutorial

As fun and exciting as big palettes are, there’s something just as satisfying about smaller quads and trios. I love having so many shades to choose from, but sometimes it’s nice to only have the essentials without spending much time thinking about different colors. Especially if you’re as indecisive as I am! Elf just released their new Bite-Size eyeshadow palettes that each include four shades for only $3. The Cream & Sugar collection was the first to catch my interest because it’s perfect for everyday natural glam!
I prepped my lids with a matte eyeshadow primer first and allowed that to dry. My favorite is from Milani! The first shade I’m taking from the palette is the third shimmery copper color. Unfortunately none of these have any shade names. For quicker application, I packed this on the lid with my finger first and then used a small shader brush to blend it into the crease.

Sidenote: I’m sorry about the current state of this palette’s appearance. I know it’s so sad to look at! I dropped it about a foot onto granite counters trying to open it for the first time. Thankfully it’s still usable and not totally shattered!
When applying the copper shade, I intentionally didn’t put it all the way to the inner part of my lid. I left that space for this brighter shimmery champagne color. Again, I applied this with my finger first and then blended it out with a brush. The addition of this shade on the lid will create more dimension and make it look a little more fancy!
Now going into the first matte cream shade in the palette, I’m using that to brighten both underneath my brow bone and the very inner corner of my eye. This isn’t the most brightening shade for my skin tone, but it still does the job and keeps things a little more subtle.
For eyeliner, I brought in one of my favorite brown pencil liners. This one is from Pacifica and is in the shade Fringe. I applied that halfway along my upper and lower lash lines. Then I took the dark matte brown in the palette and packed that directly on top of the pencil liner to create a softer look. With the shadow, I also took that all the way to the inner corner on the top lid and pulled it out a little thicker and further on the outer corner for a slightly more dramatic effect.
Then I curled my lashes and added three coats of my favorite Benefit Roller Lash mascara. This is a very easy, minimal look for everyday wear so it’d be totally fine to skip falsies on this one.
Here’s a close-up of the final look:
And a quick, more condensed guide for easy reference:
One of the best things about this look is that it's absolutely perfect for any skin tone, it looks beautiful with any eye color, and can be paired with any lipstick combination or outfit. I chose to use one of my favorite lip colors, Pixi’s MatteLast Liquid Lip in the shade Really Rose. I also topped it with their Lip Icing in the shade Cake to add some shine.
I was a little nervous when I realized this palette didn’t have many matte options for the crease. This is a different technique than what I usually do with eyeshadow, but is one of the fastest looks I’ve ever created. I love the combination of the copper and champagne shades on the lid, especially when paired with the brown eyeliner. This will definitely be a staple look of mine for Spring and Summer!

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XO ♥ Christina ♥

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