Until about a year ago, the only thing I wore on my eyelids was a slick of black liquid eyeliner. I’d collected a few eyeshadow palettes but whenever it came to actually wearing them, I froze. I just wasn’t sure that eyeshadow suited me. Then one day when I was organising my make up, I felt pretty awful that these beautiful eyeshadows had been sitting untouched and felt compelled to at least give them a try. I started slowly, using Foxy and Bootycall from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette as my staples. Soon, I mixed in a little Tease and eventually was brave enough to dust Busted into my eye socket. Soon, I became a committed eyeshadow convert.
During the daytime, I turn to my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette for a subtle, natural look. This palette has some great creamy shades, which I like to use as a base with some eyeshadows in the HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette in Vamp. If you’ve tried HD Brows Eyebrow Palette, you’ll expect great things from this brand, and this eyeshadow palette doesn’t disappoint. There’s an amazing delicate pink which features the slightest shimmer and also a berry pink which works well to give a little contrast to any neutral eye look. Plus, all these tones are highly pigmented, meaning they’ll last ages as you don’t need to layer on loads of product to get a really vibrant result.
My favourite eye looks of all are understated. For me, eyeshadows have to complement the overall make up look you’re going for, not completely overwhelm it. Which is where pink eyeshadow steps in. It looks Kardashian-esque glam, elegant and stylish all at once. Pink is one of those shades that sings on cool skin tones, so I enlisted my beautiful blonde haired, blue eyed sister, Nicole, to be my model. Darker skin tones can also pull this look off with ease, I’d just choose warmer pinks in the Naked 3 Palette or Kiko Milano’s Reckless Spirit Eyeshadow Palette for a darker eye look.
This particular pink eye makeup look I’ve created for Nicole is an ideal step up from your everyday make up. It’s relatively easy to master and looks insanely good paired with a statement lip; perfect for any special occasions you may have coming up.
So here’s how it goes…
Firstly, remove all make up, cleanse, tone and moisturise. Leave your moisturiser to settle for a few minutes before moving onto the next step.
Now apply your chosen primer and foundation. Nicole is wearing MAC Studio Fix Fluid, which I applied with my favourite Kiko Milano Face 106 round foundation brush. This brush is so easy to use, and literally blends foundation into the skin seamlessly. I first dab foundation onto Nicole’s cheeks, forehead, nose and chin, then blend outwards with the Kiko brush to create an even base.
Next, I apply Maybelline Erase Eye Concealer to any blemishes and the places I’d naturally want to highlight. On Nicole, this is her nose, forehead, beneath her eyes and along the tops of her cheekbones. I also always highlight the cupids bow (just above the top lip) and use the left over product on my concealer brush to add a little light to her chin. To get the most natural, even finish, I use a concealer brush to even out the concealer before using my fingertips to blend the product into her skin.
Anastasia Beverly Hill Pro Series Contour Kit is my favourite product to add definition, so using a contour brush, I buff the shade Fawn along Nicole’s cheekbone, adding further definition with a tiny sweep of Havana starting from Nicole’s ear, to the middle of her cheekbone. These two colours literally melt together, creating a lovely shadow that really defines Nicole’s naturally amazing cheekbones. I also dust a little Fawn onto Nicole’s temples, then buff Banana, the kit’s yellow based highlighter, onto the tops of Nicole’s cheekbones. I love skin that looks healthy and dewy, so I always apply an iridescent illuminator. This time I’ve gone for MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish in Lightscapade along the top of cheekbones for a really fresh, bright finish. The key to creating this contour is to apply with caution (you can always add more), and always buff the product into the skin until it diffuses into a natural-looking finish. No streaks in sight!
Next, I fill in Nicole’s eyebrows, I use HD Brows make up palette. Then, using the lightest pink in Make Up Revolution’s Iconic 3 Eyeshadow Palette, I blend the shade across the whole eyelid and up to the brow bone. This lightens the whole area before I apply the fourth shade in the Iconic 3 Palette just above Nicole’s eye crease. Don’t take this darker colour up to the top of the brow bone, but instead, buff it above the eye crease along the middle of the eye.
To intensify the pink, I blend Kiko Milano’s 226 Infinity Eye Shadow into the eye crease, teasing the colour along the whole eye crease and out towards her upper crease. Blend this out with a soft eyeshadow brush to diffuse the pink. This creates a real contrast between the lighter base shade, the deep pinky crease of the eyelid and the light brow bone, making the eyes appear wider. Next, I highlight the inner part of the eyelid and the middle section of the eyelid (roughly above the eye’s Iris) with Foxy from the Naked Basics Palette. Highlighting in these places will create that ‘wide awake’ look that goes so well with most eyeshadow looks.
Now add a slick of Boujouis Liquid Eyeliner. Start with a super thin line where the lashes begin and draw it out into an elegant flick. Even now after years of practice I don’t always get my flicks symmetrical. But I try and start with as little product on my liner as possible, and add more black liquid to make your line bolder or longer depending on how you like it. Now add lashings of mascara to the top and bottom lashes to finish the eyes.
As avid lovers of MAC’s Soar lip liner, Nicole and I agreed it would be the perfect complement to the finished look (any excuse to wear it). Finally, dust a little translucent powder over the face and finish with a spritz of Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray.
Leni was even on hand to help, although we had to make sure all products went safely back in the make up bag before she had chance to get too hands on…
Until next time,