I’ve decided to challenge myself and explore a new content format: pictorials! For my first stab at this genre, I chose one of my favorite recent looks—a glittery purple/mauve/whatever eye, created with (mostly) Urban Decay products.
Unfortunately, my pics did not turn out uniform in color. I am dependent on fickle natural lighting, so I had to snap my photos between the sun blaring and the sun setting. I tried to minimize the difference by fiddling with the tint and temperature settings in the VSCO app, but still, the final pictures are noticeably redder than the rest. Well, if you’re looking for perfection and polish, you’ve come to the wrong page, baby!
Here’s the finished look:
And here’s how I created it. This is the starting point, aka my bare eye:
(This is your brain… and this is your brain on drugs…) And this is the same eye with Kat Von D’s Browstruck powder in the shade Walnut, the Urban Decay Anti-Aging primer, and a satin eyeshadow that’s pretty much the exact color of my skin: Urban Decay Chaser from the Naked Heat palette. That was the first time I wore Kat Von D’s sparkly brow powder, and so far, I’m impressed: it’s easy to create an even finish with this product.
Next step: Anastasia Beverly Hills Buon Fresco from the Modern Renaissance palette. I love how blendable and malleable this shadow is. As I have hooded eyes, I swirled Buon Fresco upwards (towards the eyebrows) from the inner and outer corners.
On to the halo eye. I busted out my Naked 3 palette and blended the darker purple shade, Factory, into the inner and outer corners.
And patted a metallic rosy brown called Liar into the center.
Then, I took the bling up a notch by applying a metallic pink eyeliner, Intergalactic, right above my eyeball. I learned this trick from the page of a Russian makeup artist, Katerina Nameless.
On candy stripe legs the spider man comes, softly through the shadow of the evening sun. That is, I put on my mascara, Essence I Love Extreme. Usually, I mush it into the roots more, to make the lashes look thicker, but that inevitably dirties up my eyelid. By that point, the sun was already in the process of saying bye bye, so there was no time for making a mess and cleaning it up.
Factory blended into Buon Fresco underneath the lower lashline… (Yes, I’ve read the famous Faceonomics post where she teaches the public how to create a lower lashline ombre.)
The final touch was the Glitter Rock Moondust eyeshadow (pink glitter), pressed onto the lid with a finger. If you want more vavavoom or kaboomboom or whatever, apply the Moondust with a flat brush sprayed with something like the elf Makeup Mist & Set.
All the steps in one pic:
What would you wear such an eye look with? When I go for purple or mauve hues on the eyes, I prefer to contrast them with beige or peach on the lips and/or cheeks. Here is a selfie from another time I did this eye (albeit, without the Intergalactic liner.). For the cheeks, I chose a berry shade, Nars Sin. My lip color is the OCC lip tar in Dash.