November 19, 2014

Everyday Eye Look: Step-by-Step

When I posted my review of the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation a couple of weeks ago, a good few of you commented on my eyeshadow; what I used, how I did it, would I do a tutorial. By chance, I had actually taken pictures of the process as I wanted to attempt a step-by-step style post. This is my default, go-to eye look and it's very simple and, I like to think, striking. If you like this style of post, do let me know!

The shades I used are from the Laura Mercier Artist Palette 2013 but, can all be bought separately from the brand and popped in one of their customisable palettes. The shades are Vanilla Nuts, Fresco and Espresso Bean. In MAC shadows, Vanilla, Wedge and Handwritten would be good options if Laura Mercier ain't yo thang. For my lower lashline, I used the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Cocoa - if you don't already have it, you absolutely need it (it's also available in the Christmas set of six mini Caviar Sticks if you needed an excuse!), as well as the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal in Black Coffee.

1 // Prime your lid if necessary and then apply a matte cream shade all over the lid and right up to the brow bone. This will double as both lid colour and brow highlight.

2 // Using a warm-toned light brown shade, tilt your head back a bit and apply this into the crease. If you have slightly hooded lids like me, be sure to bring this above the natural crease so it won't disappear when your eyes are open. This shade will add warmth and act as a transition colour between the light and dark shades.

3 // Taking a deep chocolate brown shadow, get to work on that outer corner, bringing the shadow in an upwards and outwards motion so as to lift the eyes. Don't bring this shade too far into the crease - we want the dimension the light brown to dark brown fade will give. Blend everything together until seamless and you have an uplifted wing shape on the outer corner.

4 // Run the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick along the lower lashline and use a fluffy blush to smoke it out a bit. If you don't have the Caviar Eye Stick (althought it is something everyone needs!), try a bronze-brown eyeshadow with some decent metallic shimmer to it.

5 // Finish up with some dark brown liner along the waterline and lashings of mascara. If you feel the lid has lost some of its brightness, top it up with the matte cream shade from step one and blend it in.


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