It’s no secret: I love color! You can find some of my favorite looks (and palettes) in past posts including a fun purple look, and a pretty, yet different springy look. I also shared how I couldn’t stay away from the navy blue color when I was sharing my initial thoughts about the Lorac Pro 2.
Some of the things that people say to me most often about my makeup include, “I wish I could do color like that, but I’m too nervous,” and, “I wouldn’t know where to start with wearing color.”
Well I want to change that! Over the next few weeks I’m going to share some of the ways you can start adding a little color to your life. Or at least your makeup routine.
I’ll start by sharing some simple, more understated ways of incorporating color into your eye looks and then we’ll build up to looks that are a little more dramatic.
Are you excited? I hope so, because I sure am!
Today we’re going to start with this:
Sherlock. If you haven’t seen this BBC drama (aired on PBS in the states), stop what you’re doing and go watch it. Now. Seriously, it’s on Netflix, so it’s pretty easy to find.
My sister introduced this show to me last winter, right when the third season was airing. It didn’t take long for my skepticism to turn into a little obsession.
The plot is always intriguing, the dialogue witty, and don’t get me started on Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s no secret in this household that I looove him.
Okay, let’s get back to makeup.
I’ve been re-watching the series (I got through a big chunk while making these) and when I got to episode 2.1, A Scandal in Belgravia, I was absolutely tickled when I saw that Irene Adler was sporting one of my favorite ways to wear color. You can see pictures here.
So today we’re going to talk about wearing color-as-eyeliner.
It’s easy! You can buy colored eyeliner or you can use a colored eye shadow, which is my preferred option. To use a shadow-as-eyeliner, get an eyeliner brush (I use the Sigma E05 brush), wet it, dab it in your colored eyeshadow, and gently brush the color across your lash line.
This is a perfect way to add just a tiny pop of color to your lids without it being too overpowering. If you’re nervous, start with a darker color, like a dark purple or blue. Then you can work your way up to more dramatic colors. You can also make the line thicker or thinner, depending on how you’re feeling about it!
So let’s talk more about the Irene Adler-inspired look:
Her makeup is pretty simple. She has a very natural look with just a tiny bit of smoke on the eyes (I actually think I probably had a little too much smoke going on here). Then she has a gorgeous blue-green shade for eyeliner and of course, her red lipstick.
For the eyes, I primarily used my Lorac Pro 2 palette.
- I applied Buff all over my lid
- I applied Lt. Brown in my crease
- I added a little bit of Charcoal to my outer corner and blended into my crease
Now, for the pop of color:
I whipped out my Electric Palette by Urban Decay
And using a wet Sigma E05 brush, I applied Fringe as the liner across my top lash line.
I also applied a liquid liner by Tarte (multiplEYE Line Lash Enhancing Liquid Eyeliner) to my tightline across my top lid.
Other products I used:
- Covergirl’s Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara
- Bahama Mama Bronzer to contour my cheekbones a bit (Laura Pulver has fantastic cheekbones!)
- Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, Exposed – Irene Adler’s look is very natural but you can still see that she has just a touch of color on her cheeks. Which makes this the perfect blush!
- Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter, Red Velvet – I am positively hooked on Revlon Lip Butters. They are amazing, and at a good price. My friend gave me this color last Christmas and I’ve been wearing it a lot lately. As she said to me, it’s perfect for both night and day looks!
And there you have it!
I have been loving this look lately and find myself wearing it over and over. The great thing about using color-as-liner is that you can play up the lips as well, and it isn’t too overpowering.
So now here’s your color challenge for the week: find a color and use it as a liner. You can be as bold or as subtle as you like, but just try something different. You never know what you might end up liking!