Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Look of the Day Gemstone Series: Tanzanite

It's December, so I decided to do a look inspired by one of December's birthstones: Tanzanite.

Tanzanite was discovered in 1967 and is found only in Tanzania.  According to the American Gem Society, the most prized color is a "rich violet-blue" and is often heat-treated to achieve the desired color.  According to Wikipedia, Tiffany and Co. named the gem after it was discovered that it was a new variety of the mineral zoisite.

I tried to capture the violet-blue tones of the gem by layering a purple shadow over a blue shadow.

source: American Gem Society

Eyes:  blue NARS shadow from a duo that I don't have the name for since I depotted it
             MAC Parfait Amour
         silver color from Marc Jacobs The Starlet palette (inner corner)

        Badass from the Too Faced Pretty Rebel palette (tiny bit in the outer v)

      Naked from the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette (blend out the crease)
      Wet 'n' Wild single eyeshadow in Brulee (under the brow)

         Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On liner in Binge (upper and lower lashlines and waterline)
         Physicians Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner and Serum in Ultra Black
         Maybelline Full 'N Soft Mascara

from left:  NARS blue shadow, MAC Parfait Amour, Urban Decay Naked, Wet 'n' Wild Brulee, Marc Jacobs silver, Too Faced Badass, Urban Decay liner in Binge, Physicians Formula liquid liner)
Cheeks:  Milani Coming Up Roses blush in Flora Passion
             Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched
Lips:  NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Perfect

The other December gemstones listed on the American Gem Society webpage are Zircon and Turquoise.  Blue Topaz also seems to be a popular December birthstone with jewelers.

Thanks for checking out today's gemstone inspired face of the day!


  1. Oh wow, these shades of purple and blue look stunning on you! MAC Parfait Amour has been on my wishlist for some time :)


  2. I love this color and this look! You need a big Tanzanite gem in a necklace to wear with this!