As Usher so famously said, “These are my confessions.”
I have three of them today…
1. I’ve been bopping in my chair all afternoon to this song by Canadian singer, Lights
2. My obsession with Jeremy Renner just reached critical mass…
…and it’s all because of Jeremy Renner’s Arms.
I found out today that his (J-Ren’s) family is from Modesto, which is only about 100 miles East of here.
I’m tempted to drive out there next weekend and walk around downtown yelling, “JER-eh-MEEEEEEEE! I LUUURVE YOU!”
3. I used to be utterly dumbfounded by purple eyeshadow
I just couldn’t figure out what to do with it (this was back when I mostly wore browns and beige), and whenever I tried to wear it, blech! — I looked like the loser in a barroom brawl.
But I’ve never given up on purple, because I like it too much to throw in the towel.
In fact, just this last weekend I gave it another try, setting my sights on something easy and wearable (been burned too many times before), and this is what I came up with…
Fun! I kinda like the way it turned out.
I’m wearing a brown matte shadow over a shimmery golden beige base with a flash of purple on the lids. I think the thin line of black liner along the upper lash line gives the look some extra depth and makes my lashes look a little thicker, while the shimmer in the inner corners opens up the eyes.
Well, why not? Purple shadows can really do a lot for your eye color. I think they can be super pretty with brown, hazel, green, blue and gray eyes.
I know they can be a little scary, especially if you usually stick to neutral shades, but fear not! This look here is actually pretty wearable. When the eyes are open, you mostly see the brown, but when you blink, there’s a pretty flash of purple.
Could be a good look for a casual (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) Friday.
Plus, it’s not that time consuming or difficult. No heavy duty blending, and the whole eye should take between 10-15 minutes.
First things first
Let’s pull together our ingredients for this little recipe (I’ve been watching a lot of cooking shows lately)…
Here I’m using a few different products from Urban Decay, MAC, Bobbi Brown and Dolce & Gabbana, but nothing here is irreplaceable. Please mix and match with any brands you have on hand or swap out colors that you feel better suit you.
Clockwise from the purple pan on the left: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Flash, MAC Eyeshadow in Vex, MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study, MAC Eyeshadow in Soft Brown, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet, MAC 219 Pencil Brush, MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, MAC 217 Blending Brush, Dolce & Gabbana Blending Brush, MAC 266 Small Angle Brush
Starting with your shimmery golden beige shadow (or similar shade)…
Sometimes my lids are like a Chevron refinery (read: oily). When they are, I start by priming them. In this look, after priming, push a shimmery golden beige cream shadow like MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study on your lids and into the crease with a finger, and use your fingers to blend out the edges.
That’s RGB Nail Polish in Minty on my nails
I used a shimmery shade for this step because I like how the shimmer peeks through the matte brown shadow. I think the combination of finishes sort of gives the look some extra dimension, but you could always go with a matte golden beige if you’re more into matte looks.
Time to get brown!
Next, grab a blending brush like the MAC 217, and use it to apply your matte brown eyeshadow from your lash line up into your crease.
Try to concentrate the lion’s share of the color on the outer part of your eyelid (the side toward your ear), shooting for a gradient effect that moves from darker (on the outside) to lighter (toward the bridge of your nose). For this I used MAC Soft Brown.
Sweep the same matte brown eyeshadow along your lower lash line with a flat eyeshadow brush like the MAC 239.
Now, grab a clean blending brush — I used the one from Dolce & Gabbana here — and run it all along the edges to soften everything.
And it feels so good. When you’re ready for some color, load your 239 with a purple eyeshadow like Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Flash. Tap off any excess against the edge of the sink or a paper towel (we don’t want any fallout!), and apply it along your upper lash line.
I find it helps to think of the purple in this step as a really thick eyeliner that’s at its thickest in the outer corner and gets progressively thinner as it moves in toward the bridge of your nose.
Right here, use a clean blending brush to soften and diffuse the edge between your purple and brown eyeshadows.
Next up, liner! Load a small angle brush with some pigment by running it down the tip of a black pencil liner a couple of times. For my look here, I used the MAC 266 brush and Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet.
Take that brush of yours, and draw a super thin line along your upper lash line, and when you’re done, run however much liner remains on the brush along your lower lash line.
Guess what. You’re almost there!
Now, to give your eyes more depth, grab your black eyeliner pencil again, and line your upper lash line, getting it all the way in there between the roots of your lashes. Ideally, you want a solid black line here without any skin peeking through.
My, what big eyes you have!
Pat your purple self on the back
Because you did it! Finish with your favorite mascara along your upper and lower lash lines.
Additional makeup worn in this look…
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Brown in Ash: Brows
- MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash: Lashes
- NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz and Cuba: Face
- MAC Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder in Medium Dark: Forehead, nose and chin
- MAC Select Moisturecover in NW25: Under eyes
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Give Me Sun: Back of my cheeks
- Becca Blush in Damselfly and Flowerchild: Apples of my cheeks
- MAC Lipstick in Speak Louder: Lips
- RGB Nail Polish in Minty: Nails
So what do you think about purple eyeshadow? Do you wear it very often?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,