Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Welcome back make up post: 90s/shadow eye make up

Hello darlings! Hope you had a wonderful Holy Week break. To welcome you all back, here's a new Make up post!

I  don't know about you but I often find myself doing particular make up "styles" for a while...like there may be a a month when I'm really into cat's eye and a dark lip, followed by a week of the no-make up look, and then maybe a prolonged period with wide eyes and pink lips (a little like this). Right now I'm into doing a defined, contoured eye; something that we all used to do in the 90s -- just watch any old episode of Friends and you bet we were all copying that look in school! (Just check out Phoebe's eye make up here!)

A defined, shadowed eye creates depth; it makes one look more heavy-lidded or tisay. It goes great with a strong lip and lots of mascara, but with pinkish or nude lips. And here's how to do it!

Let's start with a before and after:

The first step, as always, is to even out the canvass / skin. My biggest "problem" are my uber-dark under-eye circles, so it's Clinique's All About Eyes concealer to the rescue! 
 As per usual: put a pea-sized amount into your hand and use a concealer brush to very gently dab it into your under-eye area. Tap tap tap it into place until it blends. Sort of.

This is still a bit racoon-y so I'm using a make up sponge with a bit of foundation to gently blend it in further.

 I then proceed to apply foundation elsewhere. Since we're about contouring, I also add a lighter bit down my nose. Don't make it too obvious though unless you want to end up with theater-like make up.
 Now it's time for the eyes: I start with the shadow closest to my own skin color from this Clinique palette...
...And apply it to my eyelid, from lash to crease, in a downward motion. Don't worry about getting this down perfectly since this is just like the base for the contouring.

Now I go for the medium shade in my palette for the shadow. You can go darker if you want for a groovier Edie Sedgwick look that looks fabulous with an exaggerated cat's eye; but that's more of an evening look IMO.

Now I add this darker shadow on and slightly above my crease in a half-moon shape, although still following the shape of my eye.

 Here's how it should look when applied:

Now I'm not going for the "consumptive mom" kind of look, so it's nice to add a subtle, shimmery eyeshadow to my brow bone. I'm using the silvery-white part of my Wet n' Wild palette, although it's not too obvious from the pic.

It will tone down the crease and catch the light at the same time, giving you the illusion of larger eyes.

Just sweep it over the crease and along the brow bone, all the way to the brows.

 Et voila!

Now for the accents: fill in the brows for a stronger "frame" around the eyes...

Then line the lower and upper inner eyelids (Tightlining)

Finish with a couple sweeps of mascara...

And a nice coat of pink lipstick...

 And there you have it!

Subtly contoured, shadowed eye make up with some cheery lips. Love it!!

Tools of the trade: 

Clockwise from top left: Bobbi Brown lipstick in Wild Rose, Body Shop blush in Terra Cota, Wet n' Wild silvery eye shadow, Clinique beige and brown eye shadow, Human Nature foundation, Ever Bilena eyeshadow brush, Clinique concealer brush, Avon brown eyebrow pencil, Ever Bilena blush brush, Maybelline Unstoppable eyeliner and Avon mascara.

And as for my outfit:

Top from SM Department Store, Magarbo vest, Due by Rhett Eala skirt, Zara pumps, Punk Kikay bib necklace.

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