Sunday Stash Shopping #65: Makeup For Puffy Lid Days

Mono / hooded lids? Woke up with puffy eyes because you cried the night before? Or maybe your entire face just looks puffier than usual because you had too much MSG the night before, or maybe you just drank one whole liter of water in the middle of the night. I had a good cry one night, and went to bed with swollen eyes. I applied cold compress and it helped a little, but come morning, my eyes still looked puffier than usual. After MORE cold compress, I decided to get some help through makeup. I don’t want people to ask if I cried the night before, and why.

Then comes the question. How should I do it? If I have puffy eyes, then I should divert the attention with bold lips. Since I needed my eyes to look less puffy, I also decided on using kohl on my eyes for the messy look. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted, and it just looked like how I usually wear my makeup with eye liner. Basically, I used a matte dark brown shadow and carelessly apply it all around my eyes. If it makes you look like you didn’t sleep for 2 weeks, well, you’re on the right track. I used the same matte dark brown to darken the outer corner of my eyes, and also to pull it a little longer than my eye shape. After that, I used a grey kohl pencil to line my eyes. With a teeny weeny eye brush, I smudged it a little, and with whatever that’s left on the brush, I pulled it down my lower lash line. I finished off with 2 coats of mascara.

I think the sunlight was too bright because the dark brown eye shadow doesn’t show in the photos. I’m wearing the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani lipstick in Rock Steady. It looks darker in real life, and again, I think it’s the sunlight. This is the sample that came with the eye palette, and I really like this shade. Ex-Girlfriend is a very pretty nude too. I MIGHT get Ex-Girlfriend because I know I can use it every day, and I’m debating whether to get what I’m wearing here. I love how dramatic it is, but I know for a fact that I won’t be using it very much.






I took these photos after being out for a few hours, and it was extremely hot. You see some foundation pooling around my nose, and some settled into my pores. I was using the (going to be launched) new Dior Prestige White Collection BB Cream, and as you can see, it’s not kind to the skin if you sweat a lot. I guess that means it’s not the best if you have oily skin, huh?






My eyes don’t look as puffy anymore, because like I said before, photos were taken in the afternoon. This makeup did work though. Most people asked me what lip color I was wearing. None of them commented about my puffy eyes. LOL! What do you do if you woke up with puffy eyes / face? How do you like this lipstick? Have you seen or tried any of the UD x Gwen’s lipsticks?

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend! There’s a small gathering with friends tonight, so I’ll be busy cooking. It’s a pot luck, and I’m making curry fish and Oreos cupcakes. Yay!



xoxo Lily




  • That lipstick looks AMAZING on you! Distraction works!

    • Lily

      Thanks Tracy. It’s a very bold lipstick. I love it!

  • k r i s t e n //

    Curry fish and Oreo cupcakes – YES! Your eyes definitely do not look puffy. I think your trick to bring the focus on your lips with a gorgeous bold lipstick is a genius idea. LOL @ “If it makes you look like you didn’t sleep for 2 weeks, well, you’re on the right track” ha ha ha! Ex-Girlfriend is AWESOME. You literally can just keep applying it and it never gets too opaque or streaky, but I’d totally agree that it has a semi squishy texture like the UD Sheer Revolution formulas. Good call by you! I pressed down really hard with it when I first got it and the bullet definitely got pressed into the side of the tube more than I’d planned. However, everything else about Ex-Girlfriend is perfection, especially the black and gold packaging. You definitely need it! πŸ™‚

    • Lily

      Those cupcakes were gone before we started dinner WTF! Hahahaha! I need to hunt down Ex Girlfriend. It’s sold out online, and my local Sephora is crap. They didn’t even stock anything from her line >_<

  • What an amazing lip colour! It definitely deters from puffy eyes. For puffy eyes after crying, etc what is really effective is boiling tea, then moist cotton wool in it, let them cool (cooling only takes about 5 seconds) and then putting them on your eyes for about 10 minutes. You know how eye creams have caffeine, this is a big dosis of caffeine to depuff eyes. I did it once after I spent one night crying really bad, and then next day I had an important thing to go to and was adamant I didn’t want them to see me looking like I cried. It worked perfectly well.
    Once again…. what a fantastic lip colour, and you wear it so well!

    • Lily

      Ah yes, I remember reading your post about it. I just completely forgot about it when I actually needed it. LOL!

  • Love your stories, Lily! Gosh I have been trying to uncover the secret to eliminating those puffy lids via makeup too… and so far my solution is to use black. Any other colours with even the slightest trace of red in it makes things worse.

    • Lily

      Ah yes, black liner. I’ve been adding some black eye shadow in my routine nowadays. I forgot how good they are on my eye shape πŸ™‚

  • I think you did great with the makeup and yes, I too was instantly drawn in by your lipstick shade, didn’t noticed the eyes at all. LOL! I have Gwen Stefani lipstick in shade 714, which is another stunning red but I might pick up Rock Steady, looks seriously good!

    • Lily

      Thanks Shireen. Yes, I tried 714 and it’s so sexy. I prefer deeper reds so Rock Steady is perfect πŸ™‚

  • I did not notice your puffy eyes until I read the full post.. That is an insanely pretty shade on you 😍😍😍

    • Lily

      Thanks Eesha! It’s out of stock online, so I might need my friend to help me buy. I wonder if these are limited edition…

  • ML Chan

    OK – I need to know more about this Oreo cupcake! And yes, I’m loving the lippy on you too! But back to that cupcake… πŸ˜‰

    • Lily

      I got the cupcake recipe from Cupcake Jemma (YouTube). However, I modified the buttercream. I used half a block of butter (about 100g), about 4 tbsp of icing sugar and blend until it’s pale and fluffy. Then I added more salt than usual. I wanted it salty. So, to your taste. Then, add Oreo crumbs. I added a lot so the whole mixture turned into paste. LOL! But we all love it. I just scoop a dollop and splat it on top of the cupcake. No decorations needed. Looked good enough already πŸ™‚ And when you eat it with the cupcake, mmmmmm……. I think I have to make it again!

      • ML Chan

        Gosh! That sounds all sorts of awesome!

        • Lily

          Come to Ipoh. I’ll make it for you!

          • ML Chan

            Now, that’s a good incentive for a road trip!

  • But BOOM it’s so hot, that lipstick! I feel that way too, sometimes. It’s like, this lipstick looks SO GOOD, BUT WHEN WILL I WEAR IT? I usually end up buying it anyway, LOL.

    I like an Ole Henriksen night eye gel for puffy eyes…drinking, too much salt, allergies, or crying, yep – slather that stuff on and then in the morning it’s not quite so bad. I usually go for darker eyeliner and eyeshadow to try to make it look smaller, but a strong lip is a good idea, too!

    • Lily

      I like to go dark on the eyes too. I have to take a look at the Ole Henriksen eye gel! I’m trying to decide between this Rock Steady and Burberry’s Oxblood. They’re about the same price anyway. When did Urban Decay get so pricey?!