The extent of my creative eye makeup ability stops at my Pinterest boards, which are filled with pastels, shadows, bold liners, glitter, and anything that the entire euphoria cast would approve of. A girl can dream, right? Well, as of recent developments this girl (me) can not only dream but do!
I scheduled an appointment with my colleague Lou Factora, and we met the next morning to try out some of these looks. My initial motivation was to spice up my eye makeup since that's the only part of my face people are able to see while wearing a mask. Lou and I decided to recreate three different eye makeup looks, graphic liner, pastel eyes, and cut creases. Before starting I had hesitations about how well I would be able to apply my makeup since the appointment is virtual and Lou wouldn’t be there to physically help, but I was mistaken. From the moment I did my first swipe of forest green liner, I felt like a pro.
Before we started the eye makeup, Lou walked me through her face makeup routine which started with eyebrows. She explained this is one of the most prominent features when you are wearing a mask so you should make sure they are done. She then added concealer around the eyes and blended throughout the face, finishing with bronzer, blush, highlight, AND a lip! Yes, you read that right lipstick. If you’re anything like me you have applied lip gloss before wearing a mask then you understand the sticky struggle. But struggle no more! Lou’s lipstick trick is to apply your normal product, but instead of applying lip gloss on top, you add some setting powder so the lip doesn’t rub off on your mask.
Our first look was an eyeliner look inspired by Arianna Grande. It's called a graphic liner. Imagine a cat eye with a geometric arc. This look is perfect for the minimalist that wants to color block with their mask. It’s simple and surprisingly easy. You start with a neutral base of eye shadow whatever shade that is for you, then adding your liquid or pencil liner, begin to create a cat eye along the edge of your eye. Once you create that basic shape you draw an arc in the middle of your eyelid. I lightly traced at first just to make sure I liked the shape. I made sure to sharpen my eyeliner pencil between swipes to keep my line sharp, but I felt super artsy edgy in this makeup.
Our second look was probably my favorite. I have already done it a few times with different color variations. We created a pastel eye with purple, turquoise, and a surprise pop of yellow eye shadow. We began packing the purple eye shadow on first slowly adding the turquoise color on the outside of the eye and under the corner slightly. After, we added a little yellow in the color of the eye for some more depth. Then to top it off we took white eye shadow and brushed it all over the entire look to make pastel colors. Genius right? Who needs to go out and buy a makeup pallet when you probably have a white eye shadow that barely sees the light of day.
Our last look was the infamous… cut crease. Which surprisingly was not as hard as it looks. If you haven’t seen or heard of a cut crease yet, Allure describes it as “A super sharp line of shadow drawn across the eye crease to define and accentuate it. Mak[ing] eyes look lifted”. You begin with any color you want, in our case we used a brink reddish color and blended it all over the lid. Then you take a darker shade close to the original color and blend it around the crease of your eye. Next, you take concealer and apply it on in an oval shape as if you were coloring in a half circle following along with your eyelid shape to create the “cut”. Finally, you add a lighter color on top of where the concealer is, to set it. This look can either be done for a super dramatic effect or a really vibrant pop of color. There are so many different ways to customize this and make it your own.
Whether I am going to be out running errands for the day or seeing anyone from a safe distance I will be sure to impress them with my new eye shadow techniques thanks to Lou. I could not be more happy with all my StyldLife appointments so far. I leave each appointment feeling so productive and stylish.