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Party Look: Tsumori Chisato for Shu Uemura Planet Cat Palette How-To

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Staff's uncertain about this post today because I've already included the Tsumori Chisato for Shu Uemura Planet Cat palette ($85 CAN/$65 US) in Friday's "5 Ways to Pick a Palette" post. Whatevs -- that was a different kind of how-to, and this is such a fresh, pretty evening look. I love the colour combination of shimmery black, silver, copper, black-purple and iridescent gold, with apricot-pink cheeks and warm golden lips. And the eye makeup -- another kind of smoky eye -- will look gorgeous with any eye colour. Here's the how-to:

Shu Ueumura party look with Planet Cat palette

1) All makeup looks better on an even complexion, so blend foundation on skin where needed. Tap concealer on inner corners of upper lids and under eyes, around the base of your nose, under lower lip, and over any other complexion interlopers. (Some makeup artists prefer to do eyes first, then apply base and concealer. You can, too, if that approach appeals. I just prefer to work on a clear canvas.)

2) Apply the second shadow, silver, over the lids. Intensify outer corners with the first colour, shimmery black, blending toward centre of lids.

3) Run a fat line of the third shade, copper, under each eye, from outer corners in. Smudge lower edge of colour with a fingertip.

4) Line the upper and lower lashlines with the fourth colour, a black-purple cream shadow. (You know you can use short strokes to create the lines, right?)

5) Dab the lightest shade of shadow, iridescent gold, on the inner corners of eyes.

6) Curl lashes and apply black mascara.

7) Blend the apricot-pink blush on the apples of your cheeks.

8) Apply Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Jupiter Brown (below, $30 CAN/$25 US) and top with mini Gloss Unlimited in Venus Peach (below; Mini Trio Set + Pouch, $59 CAN/$45 US, includes mini Moon Gold and Scorpion Red).

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Jupiter Brown

Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited mini Venus Peach

Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato's playful holiday collection for Shu is called "Wish Upon a Star." The Planet Cat palette was apparently inspired by Maneki Neko, Japan's iconic Lucky Cat, a symbol of welcome and good fortune.

Here, pretty kitty, kitty!

Shu Uemura is available in Canada at Holt Renfrew, and in the US at Images courtesy of Shu Uemura.