I’ve always thought that blue and orange are colours that compliment each other nicely. Both are bold and beautiful on their own, but side by side, you are forced to focus on their uniqueness and see how they accentuate each other.
I guess that is why I chose to create a makeup look with them again…and I say again, because it was one of the first combinations I used when I first started experimenting with bright dramatic makeup.
Not wanting to be too overpowering this go around, I opted for creating a look that was full of colour, yet soft and wearable.
To create this look, I used my Inglot Freedom System palette. This look was very easy to create and only requires 3 shades of eyeshadow.
The light blue shade all over my lids is #13 from the swatch below. And the dark blue throughout my crease and the outer edge of my eyes is #482 from the same swatch .
I wanted to use a contrasting colour for underneath my lower lashes and opted for #10 from the below swatch, a soft orange.
Let’s get started:
- Make sure your eyebrows are shaped and filled in. I like to always do this first, because it helps frame the eye area. I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC cosmetics.
- Spread an eyeshadow primer all over your lids and up to your brow. I used Mary Kay’s eyeshadow primer.
- Dust a light blue eyeshadow all over each of your lids. I used Inglot’s #13, a soft shimmery blue.
- Then, blend a darker blue through the crease and to the outer edge of your eyes. I used Inglot’s #482, a dark navy blue with a subtle silver shimmer.
- Smudge a light orange under your lash line. I used Inglot’s #10. If you don’t have orange (I’m aware that it’s not a super common shade for people) any soft jewel toned shade will do. Just make sure you pick a contrasting colour to create a nice accent.
- Then, go ahead and line your eyes. I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liner on my upper lashes and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline. I opted for the cat-eye eyeliner look to elongate my eyes.
- Finish with mascara and enjoy your blue and orange makeup look!
You can take a peek at one of my very first posts Yellow and Orange and Blue Oh My! if you would like to see another look using orange and blue together (and yellow) in a very different way. The shades I used for that look are highly pigmented matte pigments. It created a very bright, funky, dramatic look. I feel like my look with the Inglot shadows here though is a lot softer and a lot more wearable for the everyday. What do you think?
As much as I love crazy bright, dramatic makeup…certain occasions may call for something a little more subdued…or at the very least more of a classic look.
The Smokey Eye is probably the most sought after makeup look out there right now. Everyone puts twists and turns on it, but it seems to be what the majority of looks stem from. There are many ways to create one, but I’m going to show you how I created what I consider to be the classic smokey eye using silver and black eyeshadows.
What you want to do is select three monochromatic eyeshadows (meaning they must stem from the same shade). For my look, I used Forgery, Print and Black Tied eyeshadows – all by MAC Cosmetics. All of them are cool shades containing silver sparkles (see swatch below).
Forgery – Sterling Silver (Lustre)
Print – Muted grey with shimmer (satin)
Black Tied – Black with silver sparkle (velvet)
How to make a smokey eye:
- My first step is always my eyebrows and under eye concealer. I used Palladio’s eyebrow gel to hold my brows in place and then filled them in using Mystery eyeshadow by MAC.
- Using an eyeshadow primer, cover your lid and all the way up to your eyebrow. For this I used Mary Kay’s eye primer.
- Then, using your lightest shade from your three shadows, cover the middle part of your eyelid and stop at the crease. The inner and outer portions of your eyelid should be bare. For this step I used Forgery.
- Then, using your middle shade, (in my case “Print” eyeshadow) you want to begin filling in the inner and outer portions of your eyelid. Blend this in gently with your lightest shade, be careful not to go too far into the middle of your lid.
- Using the middle shade still, gently blend up into the crease of your eye and go back and forth throughout the entire length of the crease – connecting the inner and outer sections of shadow.
- Now, you want to take the darkest shade of your trio (in my case, Black Tied) and begin dusting it on top of the middle shade, focusing mainly on the outer and inner corners of your eyes. This will help create depth and dimension. Again, be sure to blend evenly. You shouldn’t be able to tell where one colour stops and the next begins, everything should flow together.
- For under your lower lash line, you want to take your darkest shade and blend it into the lashes on the outer half of your eye, connecting it to the dark outside corner of your lid.
- Then, take your lightest shade and blend it along your lower lash line throughout the inner half of your eye. This will help open up your eye and not make it appear “closed off”.
- Using your lightest shade still, go ahead and highlight your brow bone.
- Apply your eye liner next. I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner on my upper lashes and used MAC’s Blacktrack fluidline gel liner on my waterline.
- Finish with mascara on both your upper and bottom lashes. I used Clinique’s High Impact Mascara.
- Apply your lashes (completely optional). For this look, I used Ardell’s 102 Demi lashes.
All of the above pictures are taken with flash and you can see a real difference in this look when you capture it in natural light or direct sunlight. It’s not as intense as you might initially think.
I absolutely love this look for that very reason. It is super wearable for daytime and sexy enough for evening. And with MAC eyeshadows being super long lasting…you can literally wear this classic smokey eye all day!
What do you think? Do you have a technique for creating a smokey eye that you like better, or do you think you will give this a try? I’d love to hear from you!!
Thanks for reading!
So, it’s Saturday night and a couple of friends came over. We had an urge to play with some bright makeup but my friend was suffering from an eye allergy so we improvised. I did the eye makeup and she did the lip makeup. We hope you enjoy our Watermelon Makeup and Adventures in Candyland!
For Her Lips
She used Make Up Forever Pure Pigment in No 12. (Extremely hot pink) Using a clear gloss and lip brush she mixed the pigment into the gloss and applied all over the bottom lip and half way up the top lip. Using Sephora’s Crayon Jumbo 12H lip pencil in green she filled in the top portion of her lip (you can see what I am referring to here). Then with a black liquid eyeliner she created seeds along her bottom lip to complete the Watermelon Lips Look.
For Shannon’s Eyes
Starting out with Mary Kay Eye Primer all over the lids, I quickly started covering the entire lid in the Make Up Forever Pure Pigment No 12 (the same one that was used in the lips above). I used Lime Eyeshadow from the Pro line of MAC to create a thick heavy line under my eye. I then used the same green jumbo Sephora crayon that were used on the lips to create the dual toned textured look for the watermelon rind. The Lime eyeshadow seemed a little too light, so I then took Kelly Eyeshadow from the Pro line of MAC to blend into the jumbo crayon and make the lines look a little less harsh. Topping off the look with black eyeliner, mascara and false lashes – the Watermelon eye makeup was complete.
We wanted to incorporate some fruit into our pictures, but all we had here around the house were bananas…and well, that just wasn’t going to happen. So we scrounged up some Runts to add a “splash” of colour and had ourselves some fun.
I am not sure you could’ve had a better Saturday night then we did. We highly recommend giving yourself a Candy Shower at the next possible convenience.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
I promised several weeks ago that I would post some looks using the Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV Palette. I’ve been slacking and just finally got to playing with the colours last night. So here is my first concoction:
The main shade I wanted to make sure I incorporated was the deep rich purple, Gravity. Without making the look super dark I went on a hunch and paired it up with some of the neutrals that have a pink undertone. It ended up blending together nicely. What I love most about this look, is that it is still very dramatic drawing focus to the eyes, but not overly dark and heavy looking.
One of my bridesmaids and her mother held a Bridal Shower for me yesterday. This meant a lot to me. Seeing as I am not from here originally, none of my family lives here in Ottawa and my Maid of Honour lives in Alberta as well. So they were sweet enough to make sure I still got a shower – they deserve a big huge thank you!! It really was a special day – thanks to all who were able to come!
Keeping with the theme of an Emerald Green wedding dress I gave myself some dramatic green eyes.
By now you should all be able to tell that I love to do a bit of experimenting and try different things from time to time. I like to stretch my comfort zone and push my boundaries…and other people’s boundaries for that matter, as far as they’ll let me anyways. But the latter is not what I will be posting about today.
Yesterday was my work’s annual Christmas party. All the people that you see 260 days out of the year transform into different versions of themselves. They dress up, they spend extra time on their hair and makeup, they hide their glasses and they make their entrance with their other halves in tow. Christmas parties are sort of a weird creature, a little awkward, a little stilted. You make pleasant conversation, you meet some new people. You drink just enough to loosen up, but you are always a little weary of having one too many and being that person that the stories around the office surround until the next big corporate event when someone else has a chance to embarrass themselves.
I am sure lots of people had big plans last night, it was Saturday Night after all. Maybe it was a hot date, maybe a night out with friends, or even just catching a movie…not me, I stayed in and had a night filled with makeup fun. I hope you like the finished product!