Thursday, April 11, 2013

Emerald Smokey Eyes

Here's a look I wore a few weeks ago inspired by Pantone's colour of the year: Emerald Green!
I love this colour because it's incredibly flattering on all eye colours and skin tones. It's also the type of colour that is really easy to wear if you want a bit of a pop but to still feel somewhat neutral. Enjoy!

1 Apply liquid foundation all over and let it naturally work into the skin. We will come back to it later.
2 Smooth eyeshadow primer all over the lid, and press an emerald green eyeshadow from the lash line to the crease. Wrap the emerald eyeshadow around the outer corner of the eye and along the lower lash line, stopping three quarters of the way in.

3 Apply a cool toned, shimmery highlight shadow on the inner corners of the eye.
4 Rim the upper and lower water line (inside the eye) with a black pencil. Be sure to smudge the pencil into the lash roots.
5 Use a matte black eyeshadow to smoke out the upper lash line, gradually thickening the line towards the outer corners. Do the same for the outer corner of the lower lashes, keeping close to the lash line.
6 Gently run a warm pink colour (in this case I used a blush) along the edge of the green eyeshadow where it stops and meets the crease. This aids in a more natural gradation and blend between the eyeshadow and the natural skin tone. It also adds depth, dimension, and interest to the look.
7 Apply concealer under the eyes to tidy up any shadow that has fallen, and to clean up the shape. Set with powder.
8 Generously coat the upper and lower lashes with black mascara.
9 Apply a punchy pink blush far back on the cheek bones, slightly blending onto the apple of the cheek. Pink plays exceptionally well greens, so keeping the blush closer to the shadow is very complimentary and ties the whole look together.
10 Finish with a swipe of light pink gloss or lipstick.

Products Used:
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
Benefit Erase Paste Concealer
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Dior Rosy Glow Blush
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in '168' (emerald green)
MAC Beauty Powder in 'Oh, So Fair!' (pink shadow)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in 'Midnight 15' (cool toned highlight)
Tarina Tarrantino Eyeshadow in 'Butterfly Black' (black)
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in 'Zero'
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Shu Umera Brow Pencil in 'Hard 9 Seal Brown'
Revlon Lip Butter in 'Cotton Candy'

xo candice