On days when you crave just a little glam, like a level 3-4, this look hits the spot. It involves just a couple minor tweaks on classic eye makeup elements — black cat eyeliner and a smokey lower lash line — to give it a fresh twist.
Gray-black cat eyes
If you look closely at the liner, you’ll see soft dark gray along the outer edge of the upper lash liner, and the gray on the water lines. With black cat eye liner, you’ll typically see black pencil along the water lines, and black pencil liner is also commonly used as a base for black liquid liner when doing cat eyes, too.
But rather than reaching for the standard-issue black pencil, I used a gray liner instead, because it isn’t as stark, so it leads to a softer, more approachable look… And I like the subtle gradient of gray as it merges into black. (I’m all about that gradient life!)
I also paired the liner with matte warm browns on the upper lids and added a shimmery gold on the inner corners.
A shimmering bronze POP
Switch up your typical black or gray smokey lower lash line by layering a shimmery bronze eyeshadow. Place it right in the center of the lower lash line (aim for right underneath your iris).
To do this, I drew a thin line with a matte gray pencil liner along my lower lash line, then smudged it with a flat, compact head (super handy to have around for small, fine detail work).
Then, I wiped the brush head on a paper towel, loaded it with a shimmery bronze powder eyeshadow, wet the brush head with a setting spray, and dabbed the wet brush head along the center of lower lash lines.
Tip: skip blending out the edges of your shimmering bronze eyeshadow. I think it looks cool to have the stark edge against the smokey gray! Not only do you save a step by skipping the blending, but you also maintain the intensity of the bronze, which is great because you really want it to stand out against the matte!
Where else am I gonna go?
As for the rest of the makeup, I kept the base and cheeks super sheer with a tinted moisturizer and cream blush because it’s hot here in Novato, and I wasn’t in the mood to wear a thick layer of makeup on the rest of my face… You always have the option of turning up the coverage to whatever you’re feeling on a given day. The world is your pickle, after all, so I’ll take bread-and-butter pickles, because I don’t do dill.
I ended up wearing this look to Trader Joe’s yesterday because, really, where else am I gonna go?? It’s one of the handful of places that’s 1) open, 2) somewhat entertaining, and 3) doesn’t skyrocket the low-level anxiety I’m living with lately.
On the way there, I drove past the bakery I worked at prior to the stay-at-home order, and I realized that, in a few weeks, I’ll have been out of work there *longer* than I actually worked there… It feels like I was living another life.
So, yeah, wore this to TJ’s, with the exception of the lipstick, lip liner and gloss, which faded after I ate my lunch (grilled cheese and tomato soup, if you’re curious). I didn’t bother to reapply since I was going to be wearing a mask anyway.
I think a half set of falsies on the outer corner would have been a nice touch, too, and I kinda wish I’d put some on!
Here’s everything I wore in this look! Lots of new-ish drugstore makeup from Neutrogena (one of my all-time favorite brands!).
- It Cosmetics Pretty Natural Palette (Sunrise and Sunset on lids) — blend-able, neutral mattes, total workhorse
- NARS Fez Eyeshadow applied with a brush that had been wet with Neutrogena Radiant Setting Spray Healthy Skin — for the pop of bronze
- Neutrogena Smoky Kohl Liner in Smokey Grey 20 (water lines and upper and lower lash lines) — stays put when you’re chopping onions
- Neutrogena Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black (upper lash line) — also stays put even when you’re crying
- Neutrogena Nourishing Brow Pencil (brows) — really dark!
- Laura Mercier Caviar Mascara (lashes) — a go-to for epically long and curly lashes
- Bossy Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Rush — a warm matte pink
- Bossy Cosmetics Hydra-Gloss in Shiraz — shimmery but not too shimmery
- The Lip Bar Lipstick in Baby Bellini — SO MUCH PIGMENT!
- Neutrogena Cheeky Wink Flushed Blush in First Crush — bouncy, smooth texture
- Neutrogena Glow On Liquid Highlighter in Lunar Eclipse — shimmery but not obnoxious
- Neutrogena Radiant Cream Concealer in Almond Medium 2 mixed with Neutrogena Radiant Primer + Serum (under eyes) — didn’t settle into fine lines
- Neutrogena Protect + Tint Tinted Moisturizer in Tan to Medium mixed with Neutrogena Radiant Primer + Serum and Neutrogena Radiant Cream Concealer in Toffee/Medium 3 — the tinted moisturizer oxidizes
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,