According to Wikipedia, garnets have been in use as gemstones and abrasives since the Bronze Age (c. 3000 - 600 BC). Crushed garnets are sometimes used to create "garnet paper", a kind of sandpaper which is primarily used for woodworking.
|source: American Gem Society|
Almandine garnets are most commonly used as gemstones, and they are the red color I imagine when I think of a garnet.
From the LORAC PRO Palette, I used the shadow called "Garnet" as it is the deep red color of an almandine garnet, and because it's named garnet. ;)
I used Garnet on the outer 1/2 of the lid, crease, and lower lashline.
I used Nude on the inner 1/2 of the lid, under the brow, and in the inner corner.
I used Milani Shadow Eyez in Almond Cream on the lid as a base.
I added some of the L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Glistening Garnet for a little extra color in the crease. Yes, I also used it because it is named Glistening Garnet.
I also used L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara, Sonia Kashuk gel eyeliner in Ebony on the upper lashline, and Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner eyeliner in Tommy Jet on the lower waterline.
I kept my cheeks and lips neutral choosing Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, Milani Color Statement Lipliner in Nude, and Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Lipstick in Perfect Blossom (discontinued).
|from left: Milani Shadow Eyez in Almond Cream, LORAC shadow in Nude, LORAC shadow in Garnet, L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Glistening Garnet|
|from left: Tarte blush in Exposed, Milani lipliner in Nude, Elizabeth Arden lipstick in Perfect Blossom|
I think this is actually quite a wearable look. The "Garnet" shade from the LORAC PRO Palette has enough brown in it to make it seem more neutral than it looks in the pan. It may be my favorite color in the PRO Palette.
Thanks for checking out my garnet inspired look today!