Bronze Smokey Eye with a Pop of Yellow

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Like most people, I’m a sucker for a bronze smokey eye! These shades just look amazing on every skin tone and they’re typically the easiest colors to blend out. Recently, I’ve been trying to create some more neutral looks rather than exclusively super colorful ones. Even though I try to use only neutrals, though, I can’t stop myself from throwing on a little pop of color like this yellow inner corner!

To get this look started, I reached for the Mar palette by ColourPop. I did an eyeshadow look and full review on this palette, so make sure you check it out! The colors in this palette are drop-dead gorgeous and so easy to blend! It was a struggle for me to stray away from the vibrant blues in the palette, but I decided it was time to try out some brown shades for once.

For my first shade, I used the light brown from the palette, called “Sorbet.” There are only three mattes, including a vibrant cobalt blue and two brown shades, so I had to do a lot of packing on the color and blending it out. I knew I couldn’t blend very many colors together on my crease, so I did a ton of blending. Once the first transition shade was down the way I liked, I started to pack on the darker brown, “Top Down,” then blend it up into my crease. I also packed it onto my outer corner like I normally would so that my look was a little more intense. Then I mixed these two colors together and ran them along the edges, right below where I placed the original transition color and around the outer corner. Mixing colors allows you to get a lot of versatility in your look even if you’re only using two shades!

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I have a surprise for you…I actually didn’t cut my crease for this look! I know, this is not normal for me at all! I wanted this to be a more soft transition between the mattes and the shimmers, so I just packed these shades right onto my eye. I used a mixture between “Wild One” and “My Way,” which are two bronze shimmer shades. I don’t know why I didn’t expect them to be this vibrant, but they are SO pigmented! Seriously, this palette is totally worth it, and the price point is insanely reasonable!

Now for the best part: the inner corner highlight. I love using color on my inner corner when I have a completely neutral eye look, and there’s just something about this yellow that I love so much! I used “Nubia” from The Magic Mini palette by Juvia’s Place to get the bright color you see here. As I’ve said in previous posts, Juvia’s Place shadows are no joke! They have so much pigment and are so easy to blend! I’ve been obsessed with their eyeshadow palettes lately and just can’t seem to stop buying them.

I finished the look by putting a copper eyeliner in my waterline, and I used the NYX Metallic Eyeliner in “Copper” to do this. I threw on some mascara, and the look was all complete!

This look is so wearable and so easy to accomplish! With enough blending and patience, you can get this look too! Even though I love using crazy colors on my eyes, it’s fun to create a neutral smokey eye every once in a while. I’m obsessed with this eye look and I hope you love it too!

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I Followed My Own Tutorial…And This Happened

My very first post on here was one of my favorite looks ever! It was a warm-toned smokey eye using the 35O2 palette by Morphe and I’ve been obsessed with how it turned out since I posted about it! I’ve seen this trend going around on YouTube and I obviously don’t have one of those, but I still wanted to try to follow my own post and see how it turned out! Check out the original post right here!

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So it definitely looks a little different from the first time I posted this look. I definitely intensified the colors a little bit more and made it even more smokey. I still love this look, though, and I think the colors I used really suit me! Unfortunately, this palette is no longer on Morphe’s website, but I looked into other palettes that have similar colors, just in case you want to try this one out! Two palettes from the Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection, Ring the Alarm and Armed & Gorgeous, have a lot of warm tones, and the colors are extremely similar. Also, try out the original Jaclyn Hill palette, since this one is one of my all-time favorites and has so many beautiful shades!

I started with a peach color as my transition then began to blend the vibrant orange into my crease. I added some red to darken it a little bit, then put a warm-toned brown on the outer corner. I’ve learned a lot of new techniques to make the colors pop even more, so I think that’s why my second try looks a little bit darker. Rather than going straight in with a shade and blending, I’ve been packing the color onto the area I want it to go then blending it out around the edges. This makes the color more intense, but because the shadows in Morphe’s palettes are so good, they’re super easy to blend out.

Like I did in the original picture, I cut my crease with concealer then set it with the gold shimmer in the palette. I repeated all the same steps on my lower lash line, then added one of the highlight colors from the Jaclyn Hill palette to my inner corner.

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Overall, I’m really happy with how both of these looks turned out. I think in just a few short months, I’ve learned a lot about blending and making colors even more intense, so it’s cool to see how the look has evolved. This is the perfect eye look for fall and it’s super easy to do! Let me know which one you liked more! I love both and I think these colors are some of my favorites!

Barbie Pink Eyeshadow

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Since I’ve been loving using glitter and different tones of pink on my eyes lately, I decided to do a Barbie pink makeup look. This was one of my Halloween looks, but I think this is totally wearable for an average night out. I got inspiration for this look from a picture that I found on Pinterest, which I posted on my beauty Instagram along with this image (check it out here!).

For this eye look, I started with my normal base that I’ve talked about in just about every single other post. Then I used “I Owe You,” a peach individual shade from ColourPop, as my transition color to get the eyeshadow started. I got my favorite palette for colorful looks, Zulu by Juvia’s Place, and used the bright pink to make this super vibrant. I decided to deepen the crease a little bit, so I used another ColourPop individual shadow in “Stay Golden,” which, unlike the name suggests, is a pink-purple. I really emphasized this color on the outer half of my eye since I wanted the inner half to be strictly pink.

Once the crease colors were down and blended out the way I wanted them to be, I cut my lid with my Tarte Shape Tape concealer. I tried to give my eye the winged-out look, so I took the concealer all the way from my inner corner to my outer corner. I set that down with a nude eyeshadow from the Carli Bybel palette.

Now for the fun part! Taking my Stila Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadow in “Rose Gold Retro,” I used a very fine-tipped brush to outline where I cut my lid with the concealer. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be! I went over this line a couple times so that it was as beautiful and sparkly as I wanted it. I finished the look off with a black wing, “Flexitarian” by Colourpop on the inner corner, and added a couple pairs of Ardell lashes to make my eyelashes look more doll-like. I also added mascara to my top and bottom lashes and put the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Milk” along my water line.

This eyeshadow would be so cute paired with a Barbie pink lipstick and some bold highlight! I love how this turned out and I can’t wait to experiment with more techniques and bold colors like these!

80s Prom-Themed Eye Makeup on my Sister

Doing my sister’s makeup for her 80s prom-themed performance was the most fun I’ve had with makeup in a while! I absolutely love doing her makeup, especially for theater performances, and she’s always in the mood to rock a crazy eye look! I took inspiration for the shape and colors of the eyeshadow from pictures of women in the 80s and I think this turned out so perfect!

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I started by priming her eyelids with concealer and setting them with a translucent powder like I normally would when doing any kind of eye look with bold colors. I took the matte turquoise from the Zulu palette by Juvia’s Place and used that as the transition since I wanted to achieve the most vibrant blue look possible. I made sure to wing this shadow out on the outer corners, using the edges of her eyes and the tails of her eyebrows as my guide. I also wanted to deepen the outside and make it a little more dramatic, so I used the matte dark blue from the Mar palette by ColourPop. I went back in with both colors to blend and achieve the intensity I was aiming for. Then I used the shimmery blue from the Zulu palette all over her lid, since I knew she wanted some sparkle! I also put the rose gold from the same palette onto her inner corner then topped it off with the peach shade from the Mar palette. With that little bit of extra shimmer and color to brighten up her eyes, the look was complete!

 

I posted about this look on my Instagram and I posted a couple of videos showing how I applied the different colors. Make sure you check out my Instagram page and look at the other looks I’ve created using these two palettes! Using the Zulu palette, I gave my sister a purple smokey eye and then I created a rainbow look incorporating some of the colors. I also wrote an entire in-depth review on the Mar palette, so if you want to know more about my thoughts on that one make sure to read it!

Another Super Colorful Eye Look

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It’s no secret that I’d rather play around with bold colors on my eyes than use neutral tones all the time! I love getting inspiration from other artists on Pinterest and Instagram, then using their ideas to create my own look! I had so much fun playing with a bunch of different colors and techniques to get this look, and I even posted a time-lapse while applying my eyeshadow, which can be found on my beauty Instagram page.

I don’t even think I need to mention the base I used for this look, but if you want to find out how to create the best eyeshadow base ever, I have a previous post all about the basics of applying eyeshadow! Instead of going in with a transition color for this look, I decided to just go in with the colors right away. I used the Zulu palette by Juvia’s Place for this entire look, and it’s definitely one of my favorite palettes ever!

I started on the outer corner using the purple, making sure to pack it on then blend it upwards once there wasn’t much product left on the brush. Also, just another little tip for you: make sure to use a different brush for every color so the colors don’t get muddy or blend together in a weird way! After applying the purple, I transitioned into the pink, also blending this upwards. I then went in with the orange, and finally the yellow. I went back in to intensify the colors and blend them all together to create an ombre effect and continued to do this until I was happy with how it looked.

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I really love doing half-cut creases, so I was excited to get to do another one for this look! I used Tarte Shape Tape (no surprise there!) and set it with the nude color in the Carli Bybel palette. If you want a more in-depth tutorial on how to do half-cut creases, I have an entire post about it right here! After setting down the concealer, I blended the purple and pink shades onto the lid to make it fade a little better. I’ve been loving how it looks to put a little bit of glitter along the cut crease, so I used the ColourPop liquid eyeshadow in “From the Valley” and a small eyeliner brush to do this. I finished the lid with some mascara and black winged eyeliner (my favorite one by Stila), then moved onto the lower lash line.

I have also been into white in the waterline, so I decided to incorporate that into this look. I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in the shade “Milk,” then used the blue in the Zulu palette to smoke out the undereye. I threw on one of my favorite inner corner highlights, “Flexitarian” by ColourPop, and added mascara to my bottom lashes.

I’m so incredibly happy with how this eye makeup turned out! It’s crazy to think about the different skills I’ve acquired just by watching tutorials and practicing the different techniques on my own. I know that there is still so much to learn, but I’m very proud of all of the looks I’ve created! Please let me know if there is anything else you want to see and make sure to share this post if you liked it!

Palette Review: Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection by Morphe

If you’ve followed me on Instagram (which you should! @natplewamakeup), then you’ve probably seen these two looks! I recently got the Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection and decided to try out a couple different looks to give you a little review on it! There are so many different looks you can achieve with these four palettes, but today I’m going to show you how I used three of them.

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The first look I created is this smokey forest green eye look. I used Dark Magic for this one and it was super easy! As always, I used Tarte Shape Tape as my base then set it with a translucent powder. I started the eyeshadow with a transition color, using “SHHH,” then began to blend “Potion” into the crease along with it. I deepened the outer corner with “Inside Job,” then finally added a little bit of “Temptress” to make it even darker. For the shimmery lid color I threw on the color “Power Cut.” I repeated all of these steps on the lower lash line and made sure to smoke it out. Since there wasn’t a color in this palette that I wanted to use on the inner corner, I used the ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in “Here We Go Again.” I think the yellow adds a pop of light to the eye look and I’m very happy with how it finished the look off!

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Now using the Bling Boss palette, I started with “Hush Hush” as my transition color, making sure to bring it high up on my eye. I knew I wanted to do something different, so I decided to try a spotlight eyeshadow look with these fun colors! On both the inner and outer thirds of my eye, I started adding “Rockstar,” then darkened it with “Mystic.” For the spotlight part of my eye, I mixed “Ballsy” with “Glitz & Glam” and the color turned out beautiful! I also wanted to try the Armed & Gorgeous palette, so I used the shimmery white, “VIP,” on my inner corner. I also threw a little bit of glitter onto the center of my lid to make it even more bold, and I used ColourPop’s Supernova Shadow in “From the Valley” to do that. It took a lot of blending and reapplying shadow to achieve this look, but I love how it turned out in the end!

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Overall, I think these palettes are absolutely gorgeous! You can really accomplish any look you want with all the different colors you get. I will admit, these were a little bit hard to blend at times, but I think the looks turned out so pretty! I would wear either one of these out and I would recommend trying out these palettes to anyone who wants to experiment with different colors!

If you want any more advice on how to apply eyeshadow with the same techniques and brushes I use, definitely check out my previous post on the basics of how I do my eye makeup.  I’d also recommend checking out my post about dramatic eye makeup and different techniques I use for that, especially if you want to amp up your look a little bit! These looks would so so fun if you use the glitters I posted about! Let me know if you try these looks or these palettes on your own; I would love to get your feedback!

Bold Purple Eye Look on My Little Sister

I know colorful eye makeup can be super intimidating – I was terrified to even try it out for a long time! Even though it can take a lot of steps and so much blending, using color on your eyes doesn’t have to be complicated. I did this purple eye look on my little sister to try out some new products, and it was definitely one of the easiest looks ever!

 

The Zulu palette was the first Juvia’s Place product I’ve ever tried, and let me tell you, it’s amazing! There are so many bright colors in this palette and they all blend like a dream! I knew I wanted to try the purple in this palette because it’s absolutely gorgeous! I started the look by setting down my base (Tarte Shape Tape then a translucent powder to lock it in) and used a neutral light brown from the Jaclyn Hill palette as my transition. Then, I started packing the purple eyeshadow from the Zulu palette on the outer corner. I used a clean blending brush to bring it into the crease, then continued to pack the purple on until it was intense as I wanted it. Like always, I repeated these steps on my bottom lash line as well, bringing the shades into the inner corner pretty far. I also wanted to try out one of the new ColourPop Supernova Shadows, so I put the shade From The Valley onto the inner ¾ of her lid. I highlighted her inner corner with a shimmer from the Jaclyn Hill palette, and the look was all done!

This look was one of the easiest ones I’ve ever done with bright colors! It’s easy to think that it takes a ton of work and hours of blending to accomplish a cool eye look, but it doesn’t have to! I’m so happy with how this turned out, and I’m pretty sure my sister liked it too! While I’m talking about my sister, can I just mention how awesome she is for always being my model?!

Please let me know if there are any brands or looks you want me to write about! I’d love to review more products and try out more techniques for all of you!