Thursday, January 13, 2011


Hello lovelies :)

The only way to follow up a natural makeup look is to go all out with a bright and bold one. Besides, this dreary winter weather really makes me long for vivid color schemes and combos, so today's look is my attempt at bringing some sunshine to an otherwise bleak day. The look I'm featuring today was inspired by warm Caribbean weather, tropical cocktails, and exotic flora. The photos were taken a few months ago when I was still a bit bronzed from the summer sun, so I'd say this look is primarily for individuals with tan to darker complexions; although, with a good bronzer, even the most porcelain of dolls can certainly pull it off :)


Maryam Maquillage

ABOUT THE LOOK: Daring and distinct, this look is sure to turn heads, but don't fear, it is actually very wearable and would be perfect for a Sunday brunch at a chic NYC hotspot. I wore this one on a casual lunch date with my hunny and also for ladies night out on the town. I wouldn't recommend this look for a first date because most guys don't prefer obvious makeup, and this one is clearly a bright one :)

TO ACHIEVE THE LOOK: Start with the eyes--pigmented shadows tend to have a lot of fallout and removing it from your freshly applied foundation is a pain. Save the face routine for last and begin by priming the lids with a good primer.
Tip: Priming the eyes is the most important step in achieving this type of look. My favorite primer is Urban Decay primer potion, but I also like Too Faced shadow insurance, which comes in a more convenient package. You only need a little of this product, so I highly recommend purchasing one of these options if you want your shadows to last.

After priming the lids, you may need an extra base to make the colors more vibrant, and this will depend on the quality of your eyeshadows. I like to use NYX's jumbo eye pencils, blend them roughly and add the eyeshadows on top. For this look, I used a shimmery white jumbo pencil (Cottage Cheese) all over the lid, and a two-toned bluish purple (Purple) for my crease and under the bottom lashline. I applied the pencil directly onto the lid and blended with my finger. Next, I applied a shimmery minty green shadow with a flat shader brush on top of the Cottage Cheese.

Tip: With shimmery shadows, the trick to applying it is to use tapping/patting motions rather than swiping or brushing it on. Doing so will help the shadows stick to your base and create less fallout. If you plan on doing bright eye looks, it's imperative to invest in some quality makeup brushes. Mac's are great but pricy, so go for Sonia Kashuk's brushes, which are decent and can be purchased for a fraction of the cost.
For the crease color, I used a fluffy dome-shaped brush and applied a deep pink to the middle of my eye, right in the groove of my eye socket, using windshield wiper motions. If this is new to you, you may want to feel your eye socket first to determine the shadow placement. (o_O) Next, take a finer brush and apply a darker purple eyeshadow directly to your crease and blend upwards with the pink color. Take the same color and apply it underneath the bottom lashline, on top of that purple pencil.

Tip: Make sure your crease shadows are matte and not shimmery. Shimmery shadows can cheapen the look if used in the crease and tend to not show up very well on camera.

Add a matte pale pink eyeshadow as a highlighter under the brow and blend with the deep pink. Add the same pale pink color to the inner corner, to open up the eye. Finish with black liquid or gel liner on the top of the lashline and add a coat of black mascara. Clean up any eyeshadow fallout and add concealer to hide any dark circles. With a bright eye look, it's important to keep the canvas as flawless as possible, so skipping under eye concealer may not be an option, unless you don't have a dark circle problem like I do. I used my favorite Lancome maquicomplet concealer in Medium Bisque, which is several shades lighter than my skin color and works perfectly for under the eye. I used Bare Minerals matte foundation in Golden Medium to complete my skin routine and lined my lips with NYX's lipliner in Natural.

All the eyeshadows came from the Coastal Scents 88 eyeshadow palette, but you can find these palettes on eBay or Amazon from various brands and users. 

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