The never-ending California heat is making me restless for fall to start. Since the weather isn’t calling for comfortable and cute fall outfits, I decided to channel my inner fall goddess through a fun makeup look.
I’m a makeup beginner. I’ve always been scared to try out fun looks because I never knew what colors compliment each other. I collected some eye shadow palettes over the years that I never touched in fear that I’ll end up with a horrid look. I scheduled an appointment with a StyldLife stylist: Oasis. Our appointment was centered on getting me to step out of that fear I had of bright eye shadow colors and helping me experiment looks that incorporate things that I was familiar with and mixing it with techniques I’ve never heard of.
I started the appointment with my usual base: concealer, a bit of powder, some mascara, mellow blush, and highlighter. I’ve always opted for a more dewy look because I loved the sun-kissed glow that it left. However, I keep my eyelids and lips relatively bare, except the days when I felt adventurous and dabbled a bit of highlight on my brow bone and a tinted lip gloss over a clear one. I expressed to Oasis that I was willing to learn how to apply my makeup properly and experiment with looks that scream “fall fashion.” Oasis was excited to help me embark on my makeup journey.
I began showing her the different eye shadow palettes that I had. Two of the palettes were neutral, with a large range of browns of different undertones and finishes. The last palette was a bright purple palette, which I was always too afraid to touch. When I think of fall, I think of oranges, browns, and colors that stay within that family.I knew I wanted to incorporate the purple palette into my look but I was having trouble understanding where it could possibly fit. Oasis assured me that there’s a way for me to use that purple palette while still having a look that reflected a fall transition.
Oasis guided me through the entire process. She asked me questions about which colors I was comfortable using and which were the ones I used most often. We decided to build up the eye shadow look, little by little, by starting with a shade I was familiar with. I applied my base color, a pink shade, all over my eyelid. With just one step, I already looked more lively on camera. My daily makeup look made me look so washed out in front of the screen, but with a simple addition of a brighter eye shadow, I already looked more awake and cheerful.
My next step was adding some highlighter in my inner corners and on my lower lash line. The way the color reflected off the sun was gorgeous! But something about it didn’t give me the fall vibes I was looking for and I knew Oasis sensed it. She asked me if I was comfortable with attempting a smokey eye look. I immediately agreed.
We used my bright purple palette to build the fall smokey eye look. The shimmer of the purples and the smudging of the black shadow on my lash line blended together so well. The pink base that we started with was still peeking through the layers of colors that I added on top. The colors molded together and made it look like there was a sunset on my eyelids. I never thought that a bright purple palette could work so well on a fall eye look.
The final look wasn’t overwhelming and it didn’t make me feel like I would be out of place if I stepped out the house wearing it. It was just the right amount of glam that gave me confidence without making me feel like people would do a double-take for the wrong reasons.
At the end of the appointment, Oasis gave me a list of items I could try to further my makeup journey. She recommended different glitters, eyeliners, and long lasting foundation that can withstand the California heat. My fear of using bright and vibrant colors for my makeup looks slowly started to go away. I fell in love with the way the colors complimented my eye color and complexion. I still have a long way to go in my makeup journey but I felt so confident after our appointment! I couldn’t help but post a million selfies.
Thanks Oasis for all of your makeup tips! I can’t wait to try and create some of my own fall looks!