My Take on a Rainbow Eye

 

I think I can guess what you’re thinking when you look at this makeup look: How? What? Why? I honestly never thought I would try something like this, but I sat down at my makeup desk one night and just attempted it. This look took a lot of time, so many different brushes, and all the concentration I could manage, but I’m so happy with the end result!

I started with my normal base, Tarte Shape Tape with a translucent powder over it, then began to blend a light orange-brown into my crease to make blending easier. To get this bold look started, I used the vibrant red color in my Morphe 35O2 palette on the innermost part of my eye. Then, I used the matte orange from the same palette, making sure to blend the two colors together. I then used a yellow shade and matte green from my Zulu palette by Juvia’s Place. I added a light blue from the Jaclyn Hill palette and a dark blue from the Mar palette by ColourPop. Finally, I used the dark purple from the Zulu palette on the outermost part of my eye. I went back in with a clean blending brush to soften the edges, and added more shadow where I needed the color to be more intense. As I always do, I repeated all the same steps on my bottom lash line, blending the outer corner with the colors on my lid. Since I knew I needed a little glitter, I put some of my NYX Glitter in Lumi-Lite on my inner corner, with the ColourPop Supershock Highlighter in Flexitarian underneath, as well as on my brow bone. I added a wing with my Stila Liquid Eyeliner, threw on a pair of Ardell Whispies, and finished with some black mascara.

I think the bold red lips really add to this look, so I wanted to mention this lipstick really quick. It’s a Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor, and I’m so obsessed with this formula! I own tons of the Revlon Lipcolors and I just can’t stop buying them! I’m wearing the shade Love, which you can get here. I love the look of a matte lipstick, especially with a crazy eyeshadow look like this, but it would also be so pretty with a gloss on top!

It’s extremely difficult to describe my specific process for creating this look by simply using words. I definitely simplified my process in this post, but I actually took over an hour to accomplish this eye makeup. The amount of times I would go back in with a color and blend it with the other colors was crazy, but I knew I would need to take a lot of time to accomplish something like this. It was a super complicated look, but I’m so happy and proud with how it turned out in the end! Attempting a look like this requires a lot of time and patience, but it’s so worth it in the end!

If you want to know the basics of how I do my eyeshadow, I have a step-by-step tutorial on a basic brown smokey eye with a shimmery lid right here! And if you want to know absolutely anything else about how I apply makeup, my favorite brands, or have requests for looks, make sure to email me by using my contact page!

 

Doing My Mom’s Makeup: Super Glam

Recently, I’ve been interested in doing other people’s makeup, since I typically only do my own. I’ve done makeup on my younger sisters, my friends, and finally, my mom. She’s definitely the type of person to do her makeup in 10 minutes or less and doesn’t like to get all glammed up. But I decided to really go all out just to see what she’d look like, especially since she just got a new haircut and wanted her face to match her new ‘do. It was so much fun to see my mom transform and to try out some new products on her!

My mom is way more tan than I am, so finding a foundation that matched her, but still gave her the coverage I wanted, was pretty difficult. We settled on an Almay foundation that she has in her makeup bag. Then, I used my favorite concealer ever, Tarte Shape Tape, to conceal and brighten her face. She had never used concealer before, so she was impressed with how it emphasized her features and made her eyes look even brighter! I set her entire face with my Covergirl Professional Loose Powder right after, making sure to set her eyelids to prep for eyeshadow.

This lady definitely isn’t familiar with contour, but she really doesn’t need it. I decided to try it just to see how it looked, making sure I didn’t overdo it. I used the ELF Contour Palette on the hollows of her cheeks, her jawline, and her nose. Then, I bronzed her face with the Physicians Formula Bronzer in a darker shade than my own, since my typical bronzers would all be too light for her complexion. I used my favorite NYX Blush on her cheekbones, then tried the Laura Geller Highlighter in Gilded Honey on the high points of her face. She loved this stuff! Since the color looks dull on my fair skin tone, I decided it would be best for mom to keep it. I finished her base by using my NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Blonde, since her eyebrows are similar in color to mine.

Now for the fun part: eyeshadow. Since we all know how much I love Morphe eyeshadows, I decided to use one of my favorite palettes on her eyes. I used the 35K Koffee Palette to do this look. I started with a peach-y mauve color for the transition, then blended a neutral brown into her crease. Since I wanted her eye makeup to be more on the dramatic side, I threw a darker brown into the outer corner, too. Then, I used the ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Get Lucky on the inner half of her lid to add a little bit of glitter. She never (ever) wears eyeshadow, but I thought this looked so pretty! I finished off the eyes by repeating the same steps on the lower lash line, throwing on some mascara, then adding some Ardell Wispies for even more drama. I put some more of the Laura Geller highlighter on her inner corner, and it looked amazing!

To complete the entire look, I put a ColourPop Liquid Lipstick on, and it seriously looked so good with her skin tone! She even loved the lipstick, and (surprise!) it’s super rare to see any color on her lips!

Doing my mom’s makeup was so much fun, and seeing the rest of my family react to the crazy makeup she had was awesome! I’m happy my mom was so willing to let me put about a pound of makeup on her face, but I think she really enjoyed it, too! This just goes to prove that anyone can have fun with their makeup if they’re willing to try something new. I hope you love the look that I did on my mom because I’m so happy with how it turned out!

Eyeshadow 101: The Basics

Learning how to perfect an eyeshadow look takes a LOT of practice. I’ve been teaching myself how to do different eye looks for years, and I continue to learn new techniques and tricks when doing my makeup, even now! It took lots of trial-and-error, trying new brushes, and watching hundreds of tutorials to get to the point that I’m at now. I know that there are some people who haven’t practiced applying eyeshadow too much, so I want to explain what I’ve learned about eyeshadow application.

First, you have to find a few colors that suit your skin tone and compliment your eyes. When I’m throwing on my normal, everyday eyeshadow, I tend to lean more towards warm-toned browns. I have pink undertones in my skin and green eyes, so warm colors compliment me very well. As you can probably tell by my previous posts, I’m a huge fan of Morphe and ColourPop, which are two affordable online brands. They’re known for their eyeshadow palettes and I would definitely recommend both of them to everyone! The Jaclyn Hill palette from Morphe has a lot of different colors and would suit just about anyone, so if you’re just starting out, I would highly recommend this one!

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Once you have a palette that you like, you have to get a few key brushes. If I could only choose a handful brushes to use everyday, I would go for a big fluffy brush, a smaller blending brush, a pencil brush, a dense flat-top brush, and a shader brush. I’ll include a picture of these brushes right here so you get a better idea of what I’m talking about.

Big Fluffy Brush

So to start out, I always prime my eyes with concealer. I’ve found that I like using a concealer rather than an eyeshadow primer because it cancels out any discoloration in my eyelids. Then I set it with a translucent powder to finish off the base. Starting on the eyeshadow, I take a big fluffy brush and start blending a very light shade into and above my crease. This makes blending darker shadows a lot easier, and gives your eye a gradient affect.

Once I have that color down, I take a smaller blending brush with a slightly darker eyeshadow and start blending that into my crease, right below the transition color. Your crease is where your eye caves in, for lack of a better description, and it separates your eyelid from your brow bone. I also like to pack the color onto my outer corner so I have a slight cat-eye effect on my eyes. Then I go back in with my big fluffy brush to blend the two colors together.

If you want to darken up your eye even more, which is totally optional, I recommend using a pencil brush. Applying dark shadows can get messy if you’re not careful, so I always go for a small brush then blend it out later. Taking the pencil brush and your darker shadow, you’re going to want to draw a thin line into your crease. I don’t normally bring this color in too far because I like the inner corner of my eye to be brighter, so I’d say stop about ¾ of the way in. Remember to put a little bit of this onto your outer corner so that all the colors on your eye are balanced! Once this color is applied, go back in with your smaller blending brush first, then blend again using the big fluffy brush.

Another step that’s optional is placing eyeshadow on your lower lash line. I like doing this because it balances out my eye look, but if you want to stop with the lid, that’s completely up to you! I always take the two shades I started with, the transition color and the middle color, on a dense flat-top brush. I don’t want my lower lash line to be quite as smokey as the lid was, so I really want to focus the color right along my lash line. I just take the two colors and run them underneath my lash line, stopping about ¾ of the way in. If I did use a darker shade to deepen up the crease on top, then I use the pencil brush again to place that color on the outer half of my lower lash line. Always make sure to go in with previous brushes to blend, and remember to connect the shadows on the lower lash line with the outer corner of your lid.

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Once I have all the matte shadows done and looking the way I want them to, I like to go in with a shimmer to brighten up my lid. You can either take a shimmer on your finger or on a shader brush (I normally just use my finger, but it’s up to you!), then put it on the inner ½ of your lid. I also put a little onto the innermost part of my lower lash line to balance out the entire look. To finish the look off, I’ll usually take a very light shimmer and put it on my inner corner and brow bone.

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I know this was a lot of steps and a very long description of how I do my eyeshadow, but I hope this helped you understand the steps that go into creating an eye look! This is one of the techniques that I’ve perfected throughout my years of practicing eye makeup, and it’s so easy once you’ve done it a few times! Keep in mind that everyone’s eyes are different, so different sized brushes and colors will all depend on who you are and what compliments you!

If there’s any other type of post/tutorial that you’d like to see from me, please let me know! I really enjoyed writing this post, and I hope you’re as excited as I am to sit down and play with some makeup!

Palette Review: Mar by ColourPop

Before I tried the Mar palette, I had never tried a ColourPop eyeshadow palette or any of their pressed eyeshadows. I’ve heard tons of good things about their pressed shadows, but I had only ever tried their liquid lipsticks and their Super Shock Shadows. Mar was the new palette on the market and I was so excited to try it out! I normally go for warm-tones because they’re a lot more wearable, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and get a palette that had a lot of blue and gold tones. This is the look that I came up with!

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Mar palette & Appy lipstick

When I first saw the palette in person, I realized that there are only 3 matte shades: a peach (Sorbet), a dark brown (Top Down), and a royal blue (Detour). While this might seem limiting at first glance, I realized how many possibilities there are with only these mattes!

I started the look by blending Sorbet into my crease as a transition, then blended Detour a little lower and onto the outer corner. I thought I would need to add some of Top Down, but I ended up not using it at all. The crease already looked perfect with only two colors! Then I did a half cut crease using my Tarte Shape Tape (nothing new here!) and swatched some of the shimmers I loved to figure out what to do next.

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My Way, Gridlock, Boozy & El Rey

I fell absolutely in love with the bright blue (Gridlock), so I knew I had to use that one on my lid! I also wanted to tie in one of the gold shades, which would complement the original transition color, so I put the orange-y gold (Boozy) on the innermost part of my lid. To finish the entire look, I put some of the light gold (El Rey) on my inner corner, and it all came together! You can see the fade from gold, to bright blue, to royal blue in the picture of my eye look.

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Mar palette & Glam metallic lipstick

Okay. Now for my thoughts on the palette: I think it’s a no-brainer that I really love this one! It was easy to blend and all the colors compliment each other so well! The blues in the palette might not be the most wearable for an everyday type of look, but some of the browns and golds are more natural and soooo gorgeous! It can be a good palette to try if you’re in the mood to put some color on your eyes, and it’s super affordable!

Now I have a little extra part of my review to include. You might’ve noticed that I’m wearing two different lip colors in the pictures of my eyes, and that’s because I tried out a couple of lipsticks from ColourPop! I’ve used their typical Matte Liquid Lipsticks a million times before, and I love them, but I wanted to try a couple of new lip products and include them in my review of the palette.

First, I have Appy, which is a peachy-nude lipstick. It’s crazy pigmented and easy to throw on! I’ve been looking for a good nude lipstick for a long time, and I think I finally found it! The other lipstick I tried is a metallic called Glam. This is a shiny and bold rose gold color, and I love it! This one would look a lot better with a softer eye look, but I think it looks so cool anyway. Both of these lipsticks are awesome and I know I’ve just found two new favorites!

I hope you enjoyed reading my review on some of the new ColourPop products I finally got to try out! If you have any recommendations for products you think I should try, please let me know! I’m so happy with everything I tried out today, so I’d love to get ahold of even more amazing makeup!

Get the Mar palette here!

New Products of the Month: July 2018

Towards the end of summer I had a little extra money to spend, so of course I chose to spend it on new makeup! There were some products that I was so excited to try, so I went to Ulta and picked up some new stuff! I also ordered two palettes off of the Morphe website, and they are drop-dead gorgeous!

These were two palettes that I had been eyeballing for a while, so when they arrived I was so excited! I sat down and did a simple eye look using the 25C palette, which I’ll show you here!

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Products Used: Morphe 25C Hey Girl Hey Palette, Stila Glitter & Glow in Rose Gold Retro

I decided not to spend all the money I saved over the summer on makeup, but I definitely did some damage this month. I bought the NYX Matte Lipstick in Whipped Caviar because I have another shade of this lipstick and I LOVE the formula! Of course I had to buy a couple more of the NYX Metallic Glitters while I was there, so I got Rose and Lumi-Lite. Then, because a girl can never have enough glitter, I also picked up the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold Retro. I’ve tried a couple of these and they’re amazing! Finally, I picked up a couple Revlon lip products. They have amazing lipsticks and liquid lipsticks, so I wanted to try some new colors. I got the Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Flirtation and the Electric Shock Lip Lacquer in Ruby Flash. Both are beautiful colors and I’m so excited to try them out with different eye looks!

That’s all the new makeup I bought in July! Please leave me a comment telling me whether or not you want me to update you on how these products work for me throughout the next month!