Do you remember the look I tried last week that featured red lips and teal/brown eyes?
I felt like doing it again today, but this time I snapped a few extra pictures for a quickie tutorial.
After the post last week, reader Jenna left a great tip in the comments that I also wanted to try… She suggested adding some black eyeliner to ramp up the drama, and here’s how it turned out:
Better, right? Thanks for the tip, Jenna!
If you’d like to give the look a try…
What you’ll need
- An eyeshadow primer like Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($17)
- A creamy pearl eyeshadow like MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl ($17)
- A dark brown pencil eyeliner like MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee ($13)
- A dark brown eyeshadow like MAC Brun ($15)
- A warm matte brown eyeshadow like MAC Eyeshadow in Brown Script ($15) or Soft Brown ($15)
- A matte peach eyeshadow like MAC Eyeshadow in Arena ($15) or Bamboo ($15)
- A shimmery teal eyeshadow like MAC Eyeshadow in Aquadisiac ($15) or Steamy ($15)
- A matte black liquid eyeliner like LORAC Front of the Line Pro ($22)
- A shimmery golden brown eyeshadow like MAC Soba ($15)
- A black mascara like MAC Mascara X in Black ($13)
- A matte red lipstick like MAC Lipstick in Chili ($14) or Russian Red ($14)
NOTE: I ended up using MAC Eyeshadow in Waternymph instead of the teal eyeshadows and MAC Mattene in Classic Dame instead of matte red lipsticks listed above. Both are limited edition and tricky to track down, but they’re similar to the colors mentioned.
Swatches from left to right: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl, MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee, MAC Eyeshadow in Brun, MAC Eyeshadow in Brownscript
From left to right: MAC Eyeshadow in Arena, MAC Eyeshadow in Waternymph, LORAC Front of the Line Pro Liner, MAC Eyeshadow in Soba
From left to right: MAC Mascara X in Black, MAC Mattene Lipstick in Classic Dame
Because the colors I’m wearing here on my eyes and lips are both kinda bright, I left my cheeks bare, but if you feel nekkid without blush, I bet you could wear something light and peachy on your cheeks like Philosophy Lit From Within Cream Blush in Bare Your Soul ($23).
- Start by applying a thin layer of eyeshadow primer over your entire eyelid.
- Next, pat a thin layer of the creamy pearl eyeshadow onto the lid with a synthetic brush (synthetic brushes seem to work better when applying cream products) like the MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush.
- Using the dark brown pencil eyeliner, tap dots between the roots of the upper lashes. Then, draw a thick line all the way across the lash line; gently smudge the edges of the line with a MAC 239 brush.
- Still with the 239, pat some of your darkest brown eyeshadow on top of the liner, blending the colors just barely into the crease.
- With a MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush, sweep the warm brown eyeshadow into the crease.
- Apply the light beige or peach eyeshadows under your brow bone with a MAC 217 Blending Brush, and use the same brush to soften any remaining harsh lines.
- For an extra pop of color, pat the teal eyeshadow over the lid and just barely into the crease with a MAC 217.
- Turn up the drama by drawing a line along the upper lash line with the black liquid eyeliner like Jenna suggested.
- To emphasize the lower lash line while still keeping it soft, draw a soft line along it with a MAC 219 Pencil Brush and the golden brown eyeshadow.
- Curl your lashes, and apply two coats of mascara to both the upper and lower lash lines.
- Wrap it up with two layers of matte red lipstick applied with a lip brush (I find them easier to control than tubes when I’m applying highly pigmented colors).
Badabing, badabang! That’s it.
So what was the highlight of your Tuesday?
Mine was bumping into my former boss from the literary agency in line at the post office. We caught up and made plans for lunch. Other than that, my day was blissfully uneventful.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,