Today I’m continuing my series on Playing with Color! These posts are especially for the color-newbie who wants to start incorporating color into her beauty routine. If you missed the first two weeks of this series, you might want to check out these posts here and here.
I’m really excited to share today’s look with you! It is easy, pretty, and demonstrates how I most commonly wear eye color. It is perfect for someone who wants to start wearing colorful shadows, but isn’t ready to look really “out there.”
It is actually very simple to keep a colored eyelid pretty, but still toned-down. There is one basic rule I stick to: keep the color to the lid, stopping at the crease. I also often use a neutral color in my crease, as you’ll see below.
Here’s how I did this look:
I used my beloved Vice 2 palette by Urban Decay. This palette was a limited-edition, but don’t sweat it if you don’t own it! Grab another colored palette or shadow and follow the same steps—it will look great!
I started with this dark green shade, Damaged. I LOVE this color. I think green is a great color to start with if you are experimenting, but you can choose just about anything you like! It isn’t so much about the color you use as it is in how you apply it. So here’s what you do: apply the color all over your lid, stopping at the crease.
This is how mine looked. It’s okay if it is a little sloppy-looking, because you’re going to blend it all out and fix it up as you go along.
Now that you’ve applied your color, you’re going to apply a neutral brown/tan color to your crease. I used a neutral color included in the Vice 2 palette, Rewind. This color is a little dark for a crease color, although it is perfect for a more smokey eye look. If you’re feeling hesitant, pick a lighter neutral color, like the one below.
This is another really great crease color (from the Naked Basics palette, also by Urban Decay). It is perfect for a lot of looks!
The point of the neutral color in your crease is to “tone down” that pop of color a little, providing a nice transition from that color to the rest of your eye. It helps make the color look a little less “drastic,” if that’s something you’re concerned about (which I was when I started). So once you’ve applied your neutral color to your crease, start blending, blending, blending! The more you blend, the more the neutral will take over.
This is how my eyes looked part way through, after I’ve blended a bit. (And by the way, excuse my eyebrows! I’m trying to grow them out a bit, but they’re getting a little bushy below.)
After you’ve blended, you have a few different choices. If you’re happy, you can just leave it the way it is! If you feel like the color has gotten a little too blended with the neutral, touch it up by patting a little color back onto your eyelid. This is what I usually do, because I like the color to stand out a bit!
If you want to add a little smoke, you can choose a black or grey color (or other neutral color) to add to your outer corner, or you can choose a darker version of the color you’ve been using. In this case, I added some Smokeout to the outer corner, and then I blended that up into my crease as well.
And that’s about it! Blend the colors to your liking and touch up as needed. You can add a little highlight color to your inner corner and just below your brow if you like as well.
And when you’re done, you’ll have a nice colored eye that is pretty, but not overpowering. Still appropriate for work, church, or what have you. (I’m not saying that brighter looks are inappropriate, but some workplaces are more conservative than others.)
And of course you can dress it up with more eyeliner, or you can even line your lower lash line with the eyeshadow color that you used.
This isn’t a super-great picture (it is really zoomed in and the flash was on), but it is an example of the same look, with the green as eyeliner on the bottom. I lined it with the shadow and then smudged it to make it more dramatic.
As I said, this is how I most commonly wear color! It is fun, but still conservative. I don’t always use a neutral color for the crease, but by keeping the color on the lid below the crease, it keeps it toned down. You can see examples of this in my “Elsa” look, as well as my blue and yellow/green Electric palette looks.
I hope that this post has inspired you to start trying colors! I know it can seem intimidating and scary, but once you get going, it is soooo much fun!
I still have a few more looks to show you for this series! I’ll be covering using multiple colors and then we’ll branch out with some more daring colorful looks. In the meantime, I hope you’ll experiment and share some of your successes!
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Happy Monday everyone!