Makeup Inspired By: Birds Of Paradise, In All Their Naturally Bold Beauty

Greater Bird of Paradise

Greater Bird of Paradise

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According to Wikipedia, the never-ending plethora of fun facts I’m too tired to factcheck, term “bird-of-paradise” describes a family of birds called Paradisaeidae whose males often have exciting, attractive colors to attract mates.

Photo: Flickr.

Photo: Flickr.

The term also describes the Strelitzia genus of flowers, all of which somewhat resemble the birds they are named after. Whether you love actual birds-of-paradise species or you are more inclined toward the floral side of the name, you undoubtedly appreciate the gorgeous colors they each hold.

Makeup Inspired By: the Bird of Paradise flower

Photo: Flickr.

Personally, I love birds.

Lesser Bird of Paradise

Lesser Bird of Paradise

They remind me of my mother and of the fact that the world is not made of concrete, which I forget sometimes. Yesterday, I flew to California, so I am presently listening to birds squawking outside right now and it’s making me so happy; typically, I don’t even hear pigeons from outside my Manhattan apartment in the early morning–just traffic and drunk people coming home from Dinner On Ludlow. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all saw and heard these gorgeous creatures all the time? (The birds, not the drunk people.) So, to pay homage to their natural beauty and bold plumage, I thought I would do a Makeup Inspired By post on them.

Makeup inspired by: birds of paradise.

I also took some inspiration from the Gouldian Finch which, while not technically a bird-of-paradise, is also absolutely stunning in coloring.

Step 1: Apply primer, foundation and concealer as needed. I picked Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation PrimerLORAC POREfection Foundation and Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil in CIA, respectively.

Bird of Paradise makeup tutorial - LORAC POREfection Foundation, Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil, and Smashbox Perfecting Foundation Primer.

Step 2: Apply a bright pink or peach-colored blush. I used my new favorite, Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in Peachy Dream, swirling it around my cheeks and then sweeping upward. I used more than I typically would as this is a bolder, brighter look that would be more suited for a party or holiday carnival than your workplace. I also added a touch of Nyx Illuminating Bronzer in Chaotic on the underside of my cheekbones.

Makeup inspired by: Birds of paradise! Smashbox Halo Blush in Peachy Dream and Nyx Bronzer in Chaotic.

Step 3: I applied a little bit of ULTA Eyeshadow in Bone to my lids. Sweep on a yellow shimmery eyeshadow such as Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Eyeshadow in Wild Gold, then apply an orangey shadow like the one from this Napoleon Perdis Prismatic Eyeshadow Quad in #4. Use a greenish shimmery shadow and turquoise shimmery shadow, like L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Golden Emerald and Endless Sea respectively, along your lashline. I also added a bit of Benefit High Beam to the underside of my eyebrow.

Makeup inspired by: Birds of paradise! Eyes featuring Urban Decay, Napoleon Perdis, Maybelline and more.

Step 4: Intensify the earlier-applied green using Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Freak from the inner corner to center on top and bottom, then do the with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Junkie along lower lashline. Use a shimmery purple liner such as Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Psychadelics (can you tell I have a fave eyeliner pencil?) right along the lashline.

Makeup inspired by: Birds of paradise! Eyes featuring Urban Decay, Napoleon Perdis, Maybelline and more.

Step 5: Use Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner in Deep Black halfway across and out to a point, followed by Urban Decay 24/7 Waterpoof Liquid Eyeliner in Eldorado along the wing. Apply two coats of black mascara (I used Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Natural Mascara) plus a little Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Woodstock at the corners and comb brows to polish off the eyes.

Makeup inspired by: Birds of paradise! Eyes featuring Urban Decay, Napoleon Perdis, Maybelline and more.

Step 6: Apply a nude liner to lips, like Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Liner in Naked2, to define them. Then add a bit of nude lip gloss, such as Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Bellini.

Makeup inspired by: Birds of paradise!

Step 7 (optional): Add a little Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Junkie in light strokes to fill in the brows until you hit the arch, then do the same with a shimmery purple pencil like Psychadelics from earlier.

Bird of Paradise makeup tutorial, featuring Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Covet, Freak and Psychadelics, Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Eldorado, Smashbox Halo Blush in Peachy Dream.

Then, I brightened the lip up with Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Punch Drunk.

Bird of Paradise makeup tutorial, featuring Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Covet, Freak and Psychadelics, Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Eldorado, Smashbox Halo Blush in Peachy Dream, Urban Decay Super Saturated Pencil in Punch Drunk.

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    • Lindsey Conklin

      so pretty! I love it!

    • malaentuvida

      Gorgeous!

    • Bhavna

      Holy crap! I’ve been following ALL of your makeup tutorials and this is my favorite! YOU ARE GORGEOUS!