What is this madness? A tutorial?! With the most lame-ass name ever??? Yes! Yes it is! (The alternate titles were “Purple and silver EOTD tutorial” or “A whole eye with just three shadows”, but that’s just not as fun.)
(Sorry to all my lidded readers… you’ll have to change this up a bit to wear it, as I have monolids!)Warning, it’s crazy pic-heavy, but it’s too late to go back now, because I don’t know how to do cuts. Each block of text refers to the photo below it.
1. Conceal, set brows, etc. Apply a matte to semi-matte base over the entire eye area – concealer to even out skin tone, or primer to make it “stickier” and intensify pigments.
I’m using: EDM Sandy Fair, Original Glo formula, applied wet with my adesign eye brush. (Dip brush in minerals, spritz once with water, pat on, and blend)
Alternatives – pressed shadow: Your shade of minerals, or one half-shade to a shade lighter; MAC Ricepaper; EDM Rare Silk.
Alternatives – bases: MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study; Urban Decay Primer Potion; Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
2. Hilight the brow bone. (If you used primer as your base in the last step, make sure to layer a neutral shadow over it where there will not be hilight/colour – you don’t a streak of primer showing, unless you’re using one with a neutral powder finish!)
I’m using: Lancome Crème Lustré applied dry with my adesign brush.
Alternatives: Stila Kitten, Bobbi Brown Bone, MAC Vanilla pigment.
3. Apply a wash of grey shadow in the fold. (Grey would work too, I guess) I would use a cream shadow for this, non-matte, but it’s up to you! Pat in with ring finger if using cream.
I’m using: Estee Lauder cream shadow in Silver and my fingers!
Alternatives – cream: Tarte’s Lock & Roll in Gunmetal; Stila Grey Smudgepot; Bourjois Shimmer Shine in Gris Platine; Benefit Skinny Jeans.
Alternatives – powder: MAC MES Family Silver; MAC Electra; NARS Bombshell; Urban Decay Uzi, S&M, or Gunmetal.
3.5 Re-apply if it’s too light, until you get the depth that you want. I applied it only in my fold and blended up just a tiny bit, and concentrated more on the middle/outside than the inner corner.
4. Pat on a deep, dusty, matte, plum-toned shadow onto the lid, concentrating on the outer corner. Blend in with the silver until your little fingers can’t move the brush anymore to blend. Blending should give a colour gradient as well as move a touch of shimmer into the purple area. (Because I have small eyes, the plum is much higher on the outer corner and ends with about 1/4 of my eye still to go) Layer until desired intensity is reached.
Unfortunately, my camera wouldn’t capture the intensity of this!
I’m using: Alima Pure Satin Matte in Lilac and my Quo all-over eye brush.
Alternatives: EDM Casual Friday; MAC Nocturnelle; Shu Uemura M Pink 150; BE Now Liner Shadow; MAC Mauvement pigment.
5. Line your lower lash line with a shimmer-free purple.
I’m using: MAC Underground Violet, blended/smudged with a tightly coiled damp q-tip.
Alternatives: Anything! Purple coordinates well with this look but honestly, use whatever floats your boat. If you have small eyes like me, though, you’ll want to put on a very smudgy low-pigment line and blend blend blend – you just want the colour, not a solid line.
5.5 Pat on your shadow from step 4 to make it blend with the rest of the look. Blend like hell – you just want a soft shadow of colour, not an accent line.
Using: Step 4 shadow, applied with a thin flat art brush.
6. Use the same shadow again to line your upper lash line – dip an eyeliner brush in eyedrops, liner converter, or water, take off the crazy-excess droplets, pick up colour, and lightly tap so you won’t get fallout.
Use: Step 4 shadow and the same ‘ol brush, but wet.
7. Wing it!
Use: the same shadow and tools as in step 6.
8. Apply a gold liner to add a little “pop”. Draw your line directly above the dark line, overlapping and blending just a little. I then slid through the dark line, putting the gold underneath the dark wing, and not following to the wing tip.
I’m using: Fyrinnae Polar Bear, with Visine and another art brush :P If you’ve never tried a soft synthetic children’s paintbrush, you must! It makes lining a dream.
Alternatives – gold liner: Shu Uemura 05 Me Gold; NARS Glitter Pencil in Mudd Club
Alternatives – gold shadow: EDM Oasis; MAC Rose Gold pigment; MAC Woodwinked; Fyrinnae Little Red’s Pet Wolf
9. Lash time! Curl, apply mascara.
I’m using: A slick of Annabelle liner, just for that lightly-mascara-ed look. Not reccomended for lashes, in my opinion, as it is too liquidy, but it was the only thing at hand!
Alternatives: Your favourite mascara or a liner that works equally as well.
Overview of products used
EDM Original Glo foundation in Sandy Fair
*Original Glo is great for an eye base as it has a tiny touch of shimmer/lustre to it!
The Balm Time Balm in Lighter Than Light
Alima Pure satin matte in Lilac (also used to line, wet)
Estee Lauder cream shadow in Silver
Fyrinnae Polar Bear (used wet to add depth to upper line and wing)
Annabelle liquid liner, black
MAC Underground Violet
Mix up the look – other colour combinations to try applied this way
Switch the gold liner for silver.
Do a light base and bold liner instead of this dark base/blended liner.
Use a dark brown instead of plum.
Add some major colour by using an olive green or navy blue shadow, even!
Use a matte base for a more natural look.
Go smoky in dark grey shadow with a gold liner.
Or try navy shadow with a silver liner!
You have the technical bits down… now go practice your technique :P (What was that? An invitation to play with makeup? Yes, yes it was! *runs off to go do so*)
Hope you liked :)