Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter Stack Tutorial

December 9, 2015

Couple of months ago, I did a review/swatch post of one of my favorite eyeshadow stacks from Melt Cosmetics called Dark Matter. I thought I’d do a tutorial to show you just how versatile this stack is. Check out the full review/swatch post here

Dark Matter Stack is a great example that you don’t need elaborate palettes to enjoy different looks which is why I only used the colors from the stack. You can imagine if you were to throw some shimmer colors or glitter into the mix, the number of looks you can create would be endless.

Dark Matter Stack Tutorial

Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter Stack

For all these looks, I prepped my eyelids with Urban Decay Original Primer Potion; I used Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner where needed; and couple of coats of my favorite Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

Note: My eyes have been super sensitive to lash glue lately (including latex free) so I only used black mascara instead

 

LOOK #1: BASIC EVERYDAY

This is the easiest look to create and you can make the smudged wing liner as subtle or intense as you like.

Dark Matter Stack Tutorial

* Apply the color Blurr all over the mobile lid just past the crease

* Apply the color Unseen on the outer third of the mobile lid blending the two colors seamlessly

* Apply Unseen along the lower lash line to create a soft shadow. You can also use the black eyeshadow Dark Matter along the lower lash line if you like a more defined look

* Apply the black color Dark Matter as a liner from the inner corner to the outer corner, stretching the wing out as far as you prefer

* With a pencil brush, smudge this line into lashes to create a soft smoky look

* Apply Tarte Tarteist clay paint liner (or black eyeliner) in a thin line along the top lash line to intensify the look.

* Apply 2 coats of your favorite mascara and/or false lashes

 

LOOK #2: POP OF COLOR

The color Enigma is the star of this shadow stack as it’s such a unique shade which is hard to come by in a matte finish. Originally I planned to round off the outer corner for a softer curve but then decided to create this double sharp wing look. I applied the shadow and used a cleansing wipe to sharpen the line but you can check out my Post-it/Credit Card Trick to see how easy it is to create these sharp lines. You can also use a fine tip liner brush and concealer to clean up around the lines and sharpen them

Dark Matter Stack Tutorial

* Apply the color Blurr all over the mobile lid just past the crease

* Apply the color Enigma all over the mobile lid stopping just short of the Blurr color. Build up Enigma on the mobile lid until you achieve the desired intensity. Blend the edges well.

* Apply the color Enigma along the lower lash line

* Using Tarteist clay paint liner (or black eye liner), draw a line along the top lash line

* Using a pencil brush dipped in the black color Dark Matter, smudge the liner into a small wing towards the outer corner

* Repeat this process along the bottom lash line, including lining inside the waterline

* Apply 2 coats of your favorite mascara and/or false lashes

LOOK #3: INTENSE SMOKY EYE

The only additional product I used here was NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean all over the mobile lid before going in with the black eyeshadow. This not only ensures the shadow stays put but it also creates that really rich intense black you see in the picture. You can also use a black eyeliner or gel liner for this step but make sure it’s a soft texture and easy to blend so you don’t tug at your skin too much.

Trick to getting this look right is blending blending…and some more blending. It’s all about building the color layer by layer, buffing out and repeating. Takes a bit of time (and patience) but well worth it for the results.

Dark Matter Stack Tutorial

* Apply the color Blurr all over the mobile lid just past the crease

* Apply the color Unseen in the same area stopping just short of the color Blurr

* Apply NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean all over the mobile lid; blend into the previously applied shadows with a buffing brush

* Start applying the black color Dark Matter all over the mobile lid, blend out seamlessly and repeat the process until you get to the desired intensity.

* Apply the color Unseen along the bottom lash line and go over it with the black color Dark Matter. Join it with the top lash line in a round shape on the outer corner of the eye.

* Line the top lashline and waterline with Tarteist liner (or black eye liner), followed by mascara and/or false lashes

As I note on all my makeup tutorials, feel free to use the products you already have or alter the looks to suit what you feel comfortable with. It’s all about exploring, practicing and expression so have fun with it. If it doesn’t work out, you can wash it off and start again :)

Don’t forget to tag me on social media if you recreate any of the looks as I love seeing your creations. Please leave any comments or questions you may have in the section below.

Which one is your favorite look?

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2 comments

Jackie M. December 10, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Beautiful! I can’t even decide which one I love more. I think I’ll have to add dark matter to my Xmas list.

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Missy December 10, 2015 at 3:34 am

OMG!! I love this! I have to try the black base on the eyes before a smokey eye. It looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing Sarah :)

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