• Thu, Mar 15 2012

DIY: How To Do Subtle Metallic Eyes And Look Somewhat Less Tired

Hello. Here I am in the morning. I am wearing no make-up but lipstick. I am going to paint my eyes, now. I am going to pause a second while you tell me I am brave.

no eye makeup

I know. Super fucking brave. So, some other things you could say are “why do you look so tired?” or “maybe you should stop staying up all night reading twitter for no apparent reason.” Or “you got fat fingers, ho.” Whatever, dude. Going to mask that with some great eyeshadow. Specifically, Tom Ford’s new cream eyeshadow. It’s terrific. It looks like this:

tom ford cream eyeshadow

I lined up all the TFs because I am a beauty and style blogger.

In addition to the pots of metallic cream, you’re going to need a small fine brush. We’re using the Tom Ford eye shadow brush, but you can use any.  You’ll also want a crease brush, like this one. And fingers. If you don’t have any fingers you are going to have so many problems. But I am proud of you for turning on the computer with your teeth, so I know you’re going to work through them. If you are one of the lucky ones with fingers, dip your pinkie finger into the pot of cream eye shadow (we are using Platinum, here).

 Take about this much on your pinkie finger. Apply it directly to the center of your eyelid.

Quickly (because it can dry and harden) smudge it out towards the outer corners of your eye. If you get it in that little curve by your nose it will supposedly make you look more awake, but I think that might be lies. Once you’ve done this, take the eyeshadow brush and dip it into a slightly darker shade. We used Spice.

See? Darker. Now make a line along the crease of your eye.

Likeso. Now wipe off your pinkie finger – you will also need some wiping surface – and use it to smuge that color in, blending slightly upward. It should look like this:

You could stop there! But if you want to go on with this madcap beauty adventure, I like to use a little powder so that the cream doesn’t look quite so shiny. Matte. I think they call that “making things more mat.” The only thing to keep in mind is to use a color of powder that’s about the same as the color of cream you used. Otherwise you’d look utterly insane. I’m using this gold shade.

The white powder is also great if you want to rub a little bit right below your eyebrows. It’s another thing that’s supposed to make you look more awake! Maybe? Sure.

Use the larger crease brush and dust some powder lightly over the crease. You can add it to the eyelid or not depending upon whether you want some more pronounced sheen there. Now you’re going to want to add some cream eyeliner. Cream eyeliner almost always looks less hard than pencil or liquid eyeliner because it’s all smudgy. You can apply it with the same eyeshadow brush you used earlier. (You can rinse or just wipe off the eyeshadow on it, depending on how you feel about eyeball hygiene. I usually just spit on it, rub it off in some mud, because I’m a cowboy).

This one is also Tom Ford. It is called Noir. Buy all Tom Ford all the time, subtle endorsement at work here. No, seriously, this will work with just about any cream products, find whichever ones work for you and your budget. Carefully apply the liner, as close to your eyelashes as possible. I like to start from the outer corners and work in.

If it looks a little too raccoon eyes, you can soften it by going over it with some of the same powder you used before. Apply it with the eyeshadow brush, which again, you can rinse off if you are a non-cowboy.

You are finished, now. There is nothing more to do, ever. Why don’t you take the day off and go back to bed? AWESOME IDEA PRETTY FACE. You still got fat fingers, though.

finished eye

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  • Avodah

    Great ideas. I do a speedy less-sophisticated version. I use one swipe of Urban Decay Midnight Cowbor or YDK eyeshadow. The glitter and shine, in moderation, make me look more awake and seem to make my eyes sparkle a bit more. All in it takes like 10 seconds.

  • Maggie

    Really loving your hair

  • CH

    I actually learned a lot from this tutorial, but I think you look prettier without makeup.

  • BeccaTheCyborg

    I once again feel the need to say that you are so damn gorgeous. Torn between jealousy and hoping you post more of these.

  • Tris

    You look better in the morning with just lipstick than I do after my entire hair and makeup routine. So I kind of hate/admire you now.

    I think this could work with the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadows, since I already have them in similar colors. Gonna try it!

  • MR

    Yeah, your hair always brings out your face’s beautiful features.

  • Nessy

    Do you do anything to embolden your eyebrows? They are very nice and defined. I have similar coloring, but my brows kind of suck, so I thought I would ask if you had a trick or are just blessed.