As we’re getting more daylight each day I’m finding blog photography a bit easier to… ahem… schedule, and I’ve realized that I haven’t dedicated much time to tutorials, so I’m going to try to do a bit more of that.
I really want to share with you how I go about my go-to look of late. Sometimes I use the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, sometimes one of the Naked Basics. Mostly, however, and in spite of my less-than-glowing review, I’ve found myself employing the Vice 3 palette. I decided a tutorial would also be a great way of getting to know my new Zoeva brushes a lot better, so don’t be intimidated by the huge amount of brushes used – I often get by using three or four brushes.
Usually I start off with bare skin – mine’s acting up of late so I’m changing the pillowcase, taking a couple of days’ break from my Clarisonic, tossing the old brush head and hope for the best. Meanwhile, just focus on the eye makeup, because it’s not going to drastically improve overnight anyways.
My favourite eyeshadow primer is Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. A lot of people carry a lot less love for this little tube, but the yellowish beige colour works wonders for evening out my lids, providing me with a blank canvas to paint.
When I’m using only matte shades I apply a light shade all over the lid to the brows, but as I want to use a couple of shimmery shades for this, and really want them to stick I’m going with a pale highlighter shade, in this case Truth, on the brow bone and Undone as a transition shade in the crease. I like my transition shades to have a slight warmth to them, but otherwise create a soft graduation between the darker and lighter shades. Sometimes I’ll even use a bronzer with a light hand for this purpose.
Next I’ll take a dark shade on a smaller brush, preferably one with a slim, dense brush head that will easily follow the shape of the eye. I like the brush accompanying the Vice palette, and I’ve used Defy, though any dark brown will do. This too goes into the crease, but I’ll also take it down a bit at the outer corners of the eye to meet with the lashline in a v-shape.
If you now start blending you’ll have a simple daytime look that can easily transition to nighttime with a flick of liner and bold lipstick in no time.
Or you can do what I do and take an almost-black or black shade – I’ve used Revolver, on a small, pointed brush and deepen the crease and outer V. also smudge the tinsiest bit along the outer thirds of upper and lower lashline.
At this stage my camera ran out of power, and by the time the battery had charged, most of the daylight was gone. The time in between was spent blending and tweaking until symmetrical, and then I moved on to the base and a bit of shading.
When I got my camera back on I patted Angel, a shimmery warm grey onto the inner part of my lid and from the outer v to the middle, before patting on a bit of Last Sin, a shimmery champagne, to the middle of the lid.
I also applied Angel along the lower lashline and Last Sin in the inner corner of the eye.
I just got my hands on the Diorshow Kohl, which is a black, chunky twist-up pencil – not the kind I’d usually go for, but I’ve been using it almost every day for an easy line and flick. I’ve been using it to draw the line, and picked up a bit of product on an angled brush and gone over with that to even the line. Whatever remains on the brush, I’ll smudge just underneath the lower lashline at the outer third.
A few finishing touches, adding highlighter and blending any uneven lines, and what feels like half a tube of mascara later and done. Just add a slick of lipstick or gloss.
There are lots of beauty rules out there, and I’m probably breaking ten just by wearing this for daytime, and twenty more when I opt for a jewel toned lid shade instead of these shimmering ones. I don’t really pay attention to “the rules” though. I’ll be sporting the kind of makeup for everyday that a lot of women only do for parties, but what’s the point of saving some of your favourite looks only for parties?