Once upon a time, I exclusively wore bright eyeshadow. Given justÂ howÂ vivid, opaque and rainbow-like the hues were, it was a constant battle not to look like a clown (or an overzealous Cirque du Soleil fan). For the most part, looking back, I would say the looks were decent for a 10th grader whoÂ reallyÂ hated plain anything when it came to makeup — but they still aren’t how I would go about creating bold, fluorescent looks nowadays.
There are plenty of ways to use bright colors without looking like you’re 16 and just figured out how to sneak into raves. In this tutorial, I’ll show you just two: the first is somewhat subtle (meaning you can totally wear it to a daytime get-together) while the latter is a bit over-the-top.
The best thing to do is experiment to figure out which brights you love and which shades you think look like gangrene with your skin tone. You want to figure out a way to enhance your look while not going over-the-top, which is exactly what the male peacock has — a wild, vivid coloring, but it’s beautiful rather than overwhelming to the viewer.
Step 0: Start very, very clean. You do not want to combine any of last night’s makeup with this stuff or it’ll look clumpy, weird and not remotely fresh. Do moisturize, of course.
Step 1: Apply face primer. This is important, as it will help you avoid being bright and shiny — a combination best left to runways and sweaty shows. Put on your base makeup as usual and dust a fine powder overtop. For this step, I used SephoraÂ Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer, MAC Concealer, CoverGirlÂ Clean Whipped Creme andÂ e.l.f.Â Studio High Definition Powder in Translucent.
Step 2: Apply medium brown shadow, like CliniqueÂ Brow Shaper, with an angled brush to define brow and arch. To keep it the hairs in place, which will avoid distracting from the overall look, apply gel like this clear oneÂ from Anastasia.
Step 3:Â Use an eyeshadow primer, as there’s nothing worse than a bright or dark shadow that gets melty into your eye crease. For this job, I picked BenefitÂ Stay Don’t Stray.Â Apply sheer avocado shimmer shadow, like CargoÂ Eye Shadow in Green Bay, all over lid and up to the crease using a fluffy eyeshadow brush. Add a thin line of bright blue liquid liner (Wet N WildÂ Mega Liner in Indigo Blue) and wing outward. Apply black or dark blue mascara to curled lashes to complete the look.
Step 4: Add a sheer, bright pink blush, likeÂ Besame‘s Cream Blush and blend it into cheeks.
Let your hair down — these looks are supposed to be fun, not formal. You can do whatever you wish with it, too, whether it’s curling, straightening or spritzing it with something to enhance the curls. I was given a bottle ofÂ got2bÂ Beach Trippin’ the other night and used it on my hair today to make its natural wave come out, rather than having to tediously curl my ridic-thick hair. I wish I had some pretty accessory to pop on this style, but alas, you’ll just have to imagine it instead.Â Voila! You are done.
Now, for the second, much more colorful look inspired in part by peacocks, start back at Step 3 again.Â Use an eyeshadow primer (again, Benefit Stay Don’t Stray). Apply shimmery pale pink shadow all over lid up to brow (L’Oreal 211 Blue Haute Couture‘s lightest shade). Apply bright luxe blue up to crease and outward; I pickedÂ Urban DecayÂ Eyeshadow in Peace, which is a crazy-gorgeous color that you will want to use every day of your f’ing life. Use a purple shadow on outside, in crease and blend outward. I’m wearingÂ Wet N Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Photo Op Eyeshadow in Desert Festival.
Step 4: Add a pale green pencil underneath eye — I used Urban Decay Glide-On in Freak, a gorgeous golden-lime color with some shimmer in it. Then, apply black liquid liner (as always, I picked Urban Decay 24/7 in Perversion) on top lids, adding a slightly-upturned wing at the end. Curl lashes, use lash primer (I am a huge fan of Lancome‘s Cils Booster XL) and jiggle on one coat of black mascara, likeÂ Wet N Wild Megaimpact.
Step 5: Using a big, fluffy brush, apply a matte peach blush (I usedÂ Smashbox‘s powder formula in Warm Apricot). I don’t like to do anything too bright or overwhelming on the rest of my face when the eyes are so strong.
Step 6: Add a little bit of sheer bubblegum pink lip gloss — nothing shimmery or with any sort of sparkle. I pickedÂ StilaÂ Lip Glaze in Joy.
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