Mardi Gras Makeup: How I'm Taking My Look from the Office to the Parades

I'm using the classic Mardi Gras colors of green, gold, and purple for day and night.

Mardi Gras is, by far, the best time of the year, according to my New Orleans born and raised coworkers. As for me? Not so much. Parades, in general, aren’t really my thing, but I’m making an effort to actually go out and experience it this year.

My boyfriend, on the other hand, loves the parades and all of the hubbub that comes with Mardi Gras, so he’s thrilled and wants for us to go to as many parades as humanly possible (we’ve got a Parks & Rec April and Andy dynamic when it comes to parades), which means that some days I’ll get home from work and basically turn right back around to go to a parade.

Although I’m not a big fan of parades, I do love themed makeup. So this is what I’m wearing from work to play, in the classic Mardi Gras colors of green, gold, and purple.

Thanks to holiday gift cards to Sephora (my family knows me well) I picked up the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. This stuff is seriously SO cool! Maricar whipped up a whole article on the different ways you can use this, but my favorite is mixing it with the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Primer.

Using three drops mixed with a pea-sized amount of primer gives me an even, natural-looking base that lasts all day. Seriously, I just need to touch up some concealer under my eyes and around my nose when I get home.

Finding a blush that was purple but not a dark, statement purple was surprisingly difficult. I love a good power blush, but it’s not really appropriate for my office setting.

After searching for the perfect light purple blush, I finally stumbled across MAC Powder Blush in Full of Joy. This isn’t the most pigmented blush, so you may need to build it up to your desired intensity if you want more than a sweet lilac cheek.

I keep the eye simple during the day because it leaves so much more room to play when I get home. Just a little line and flick with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Mildew and some mascara does the trick.

I wanted to keep the lips light and shimmery, but also really well-hydrated because this season is super-drying, and I’m planning to wear a drying lip combo at night. The only answer to my Mardi Gras needs is Lipstick Queen Queen Bee Lipstick.

This stuff smells absolutely heavenly, like honey-candied chamomile. It's a buildable, light bronzy color with golden flecks that would look seriously good on anyone.

And that's the daytime look, done and dusted!

When I get home, I touch up my concealer, maybe add a little powder to take away shine, and then it’s time to take it up a notch before heading out.

First things first: amping up the eyes. I drew on a much thicker liner and flicked it out for some drama. I also lined under my lower lash line, and in my waterline for an even more dramatic look.

Then, taking a soft but dense eyeshadow brush, I blended out the eyeliner to make it ever so slightly smoky.

For an inner-corner highlight, I packed on the gold with Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Half Baked. This is the best yellow-gold shadow, hands down. It’s shimmery but not glittery, it’s got great pigmentation, and it’s so, so smooth and buttery.

The awesome purple lipstick I’m going for can read black because it’s so dark and so pigmented. So, to prevent the lipstick from getting too dark, I lightly applied Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer to lighten my lips and to act as a lip primer.

The awesome purple lipstick? Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Villain. Using concealer underneath, and applying with a light hand makes this dark, blackened purple, a bit more plummy. I applied, then blotted with a tissue to take away the shine and to help it stay that much better.

And SHAZAM! Mardi Gras makeup sorted.

  • How do you take makeup from day to night?
  • Have you ever been to Mardi Gras?
  • Do you like themed makeup looks?