ARCHIVE: 11 December 2010

Hello! Today I’m going to be showing you how to achieve this look. (Just the eyes.) It may seem difficult, but it’s really not. Obviously this isn’t an everyday look, but for parties (Maybe New Year’s parties?) it’s really fun!

Things you’ll need:

  • Range of eyeshadow colors including: Purple, blue, green, and yellow. (You’re probably going to want different shades of each color)
  • I find that it’s best to use a palette for these types of looks. A great one that I use nearly everyday is the Coastal Scents 88 Piece, which you can find here:http://www.coastalscents.com/cfwebstore/index.cfm/product/1677_122/88-piece-makeup-palette.cfm
  • It’s a pretty inexpensive palette, the colors are vibrant, and the shadow applies smoothly.
  • Black eyeliner- I’d use gel for this, but pencil or liquid work just as well.
  • False lashes (Optional)
  • Eyeshadow brushes… This is important! Don’t use the pads to put on your eyeshadow. They don’t work as well, you won’t get very vibrant color, and they scratch your skin. Your eyelids are sensitive, so you don’t want to put weird things on them!
  • A blending brush. These are generally big, puffy versions of eyeshadow brushes. If you don’t have one, an eyeshadow brush will work okay.

Let’s start!

  1. Put primer on. This will hold your color better and the colors will show up much brighter.
  2. We’re going to start from the inner eye. (The part of your eyelid that is closest to the bridge of your nose.) Sweep a bright yellow on the top AND bottom of your eyes, covering about 1/3 of your eyes. (When I say eyes, I mean your upper lid and your lower lid, where you’d normally put eyeliner on on the bottom.)
  3. Take a light teal-green (I think it looks similar to Ariel’s fins. FYI- She’s the Little Mermaid.) and sweep it from about 3/4 of the way down on the yellow and finish of half of your eyes. Remember, we’re going from right to left.
  4. Take a brighter green and go over nearly all of the light teal and bring it towards the end of your eyes. Remember, you’re blending all of these colors together as you’re doing it. You don’t want hard lines.
  5. Using a royal blue, apply a small amount on the outer corner of the upper lid. This will be the least used color on the upper lid.
  6. Using the same royal blue, apply a large amount on the lower lid, tapering out about two centimeters and up.
  7. On your upper lid, taper a navy blue, but go starting in the middle of your crease. (The part where below your eyebrow bone where the skin indents.)
  8. Finish the colors off by brushing a bright purple at the ends and tapering it out, making a “V” shape that should be colored in.
  9. Next, we’re going to add eyeliner. I’ll add three separate tutorials for gel, liquid, and pencil liner. So just scroll down a bit more to find them, and come back up here when you’re done! (Some of you might know how to do this, so you can skip this step.)
  10. Adding false lashes- OPTIONAL. If you’re not adding false lashes, skip to the next step. I’d suggest having someone else put these on or just not doing them if don’t feel comfortable putting them on. I always get asked if they hurt. The answer is no. Although- don’t open your eyes when you first put them down. If the glue gets in your eyes, it burns! Now I’m assuming you have your lashes, as well as lash glue. Some lashes come with tiny bottles of glue. Don’t use that. It doesn’t work well. I like Sephora’s lash glue. It’s inexpensive. It’s called “Duo” I believe. Now to begin. Take a lash and notice which side is longer. The side that’s longer with go on your outer eye and the shorter will go on your inner eye. (You should’ve figured out the latter if you read the first part of the sentence.) Squeeze a THIN line of lash glue (Quick note: Elmer’s won’t work. I’m serious. People have asked me before.) onto the eyelash strip. Blow on it for thirty-fourty seconds while it dries a bit, becoming tacky. Then, close your eye and put the lash on trying push it as far back and as far down as you can so it’s the closest to your lash. It probably won’t come out perfect if you’re not used to doing them. They can be frustrating. Open your eye and wait a bit. While you’re waiting, do the other eye. I like waiting about ten minutes to make sure they’re fully dried. If you mess with them before they’re dry, it’s disaster. Let’s pretend your ten minute chill-fest is over. Using a lash curler, now I know this next part is just shocking, curl your lashes. This will make them look more natural and get them to mix in with your natural lashes better. Here is what a lash looks like when applied in an alright manner- (I’m not an expert.)

    This does have mascara on it too, though.
  11. Mascara time! Most of you probably know how to put on mascara, it’s really not that difficult. But a few things you might want to know is that when you’re putting on layers, there are ways to do it. Makeup artists differ in the brush size to begin and end with, so you can find your own medium, but I’m going to tell you my favorite. I start with a brush that has a lot of thin bristles. Next, I move onto my thin, short, bristled brush. I finish off with a thick bristled brush. It’s really up to you what you’d like.
  12. Your look is complete! This might not turn out the way you want it right away. But keep practicing and you’ll figure it out.

Eyeliner tutorials:

Gel

  • Remember to use a brush for this.
  • Get a good amount of gel liner on your brush, making sure it’s even.
  • Obviously you’re going to bring the brush up to your eye and start in the middle, lining to the outer corner. (The way people do this varies, but for beginners and just for comfort, this usually works best.)
  • If you’d like a cat eye, go for it. I’m not going to explain cat eyes because this is just a mini-tutorial.
  • Taper it a tad bit at the end. (If you’re not doing the cat eye.) Line the inner corner, meeting up in the middle to make a smooth line.
  • Repeat on the other eye.

Liquid
Follow the steps for the gel liner. Liquid liner sometimes is a hard or soft brush, depending on the kind. The same process can be used. They look about the same. Gel liner is generally easier to apply.

Pencil

  • Pencil eyeliner is where my comfort zone is. It’s quick, easy, and inexpensive. The problem with pencil is it doesn’t show up as well as liquid and gel and it smudges quite a bit.
  • To get a good line, I pull the corners of my eyes over. It tightens up your lid.
  • You can now basically just draw the line on.
  • Taper it at the end if you’d like.

For both liners- apply a small amount on the bottom outer corner, going towards the inner corner about 1/4 of the way.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, and happy holidays!

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