Okay, so: I know I haven’t been the best about posting recently, but I’m trying to be better, I swear. I think I still need a couple weeks to really get back into the swing of things, but I may as well start now!
Here’s a quick, springy look to start off the week. Created by Hannah Murray for Topshop AW13 at the last last London Fashion Week, the look is “a bit Brit pop, a bit Eighties, a bit New Wave with an urban edge,” according to Murray. Backstage artists paired fresh skin with almond-shaped pastel blue eyes, and — I don’t know. It’s a bit of a “look,” isn’t it? Super-easy, but still not something I could ever see myself really loving.
Topshop recommends using their Eye Crayon in Kingfisher to get this look, but it’s not actually what was used backstage. Rather, Murray put down a green eyeshadow base (I’m guessing a cream eyeshadow), then topped it off with a pale blue eyeshadow.
I went with a more direct approach, layering a white primer with a matte blue eyeshadow, but I would have liked to have used something with more intensity — the soft “glow” was lovely in real life, but I think the way it photographed left a little something to be desired.
You win some, you lose some, I guess!
Start with a blank canvas
& add a little colour. (Pre-blush & mascara)
The cool thing about this look, though, is that you could honestly sub in whatever shade you wanted to. I love the look of a matte finish for an eye like this, but I’m not crazy about bright blues — I think I’d have loved to do a lilac or a cobalt instead (both of which happen to be part of Sephora’s current ColorVision forecast, handily enough!)
Here are a couple springy shades that caught my eye:
NYX HD Eye Shadow Base
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
42 Double Stack Matte Palette
Annabelle Smoothie Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil in Licoriche
Annabelle Expandable Mascara
LIPS & BROWS
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Petunia
Senna Sketch-A-Brow in Mink
SKIN & CHEEKS
Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Face Primer
theBalm timeBalm in Lighter Than Light
MAC Powder Blush (Matte) in Harmony
FaceFront Rocket Bronzer (Steel) in Third Kiss
Smashbox Eye Shadow (Matte) in Smoke
Clinique Blushing Powder Blush in Smoldering Plum