I can’t believe it’s March already, but spring is basically here (despite the fact that it snowed yesterday in Dallas). The vivid colors we’re seeing for spring can be a little intimidating, especially after a season of dark and vampy shades. But there are several ways to ease into color. Highly pigmented eye liner (as shown above) is a fantastic and lively way to introduce bold shades. Use this step-by-step as inspiration and incorporate your own preferences to create a modern and chic makeup application fresh for spring!
Start first by creating a smooth and radiant complexion. All color will stand brilliantly against an even skin tone. Dab concealer under the eyes, around the nose and in areas of red using the warmth of the fingers so the creamy product melts into the skin. The trend for skin is healthy and illuminated. Afterwards buff loose minerals or Liquid Hydration overtop to create a flawless finish. Next, complete the skin portion by giving the skin life using bronzers and lustrous highlights that give the face structure and dimension. Minimal color should be used on the face to avoid pulling focus from the color on the eyes.
With the foundation laid down, it’s time to enhance the eyes. Begin by laying down a neutral Eye Shadow Primer on the lid to allow powder shadows to glide over. Using the Round Detail Brush, pack a light shimmering gold like Luminous onto the lid. This will pull the lid forward and bring just enough attention to accentuate the eye. Sweep a matte, mid tone skin color like Wheat eye shadow through the crease to amplify the eye shape. The Soft Blending Brush has a taper that fits into the crease, making it the perfect tool for blending during application.
When executing a classic wing liner, switch to a Precision Brush to apply the black liquid liner. The trick is to evaluate your specific eye shape and cater the placement of the wing accordingly. Use the outside corner of your eye as a guide and the perfect wing will materialize every time. (Click here for more tips!) Ensure that all lines are consistent and sleek in order to define the eye appropriately.
Take Raven eye liner to rim the waterline and slightly smudge onto the lash line. This pencil will then be used as a base for the turquoise liner underneath. Delicately blur the line using the Eye Define Brush that reaches into the lashes of the lower lash line. Once the black is softened, dip the Eye Define Brush into Fiji eye shadow and blend over top as close to the lashes as possible. Drag the Fiji out slightly past the corner of the eye so it mimics the shape of the wing liner on top. Layer the shadow until the desired color payoff is achieved. Finish off the eyes by grooming the brows to frame the eye and add several coats of black mascara.
Complete the look by swiping on a pale peachy neutral gloss on the lips in Caribbean Coral. This shade was chosen because its soft color complements the vibrant color on the eyes without competing. (Many of the products for this look are available on Mineralogie’s Get the Look page for a discounted group price.)
Don’t be afraid to make this look your own! Try any of your favorite bold colors instead of the turquoise for the under eye liner. The great thing about this type of look is that you can experiment with any number of colors! So have fun, and think spring!