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Black and Copper Smoke Eyeshadow Tutorial

This is a very simple rounded smoky eye quite reminiscent of the retro 20’s shape, but with the contrast of  high-sheen metallic as a color-accent. This is good for most eye shapes, but is a very strong and dramatic look.

Because of the very intense black rimming and circling the eyes, it will bring out all eye colors, but especially blue and lighter browns because of the copper on the lids.

You will need:

  1. Black pencil or kajal
  2. A matte black shadow
  3. A metallic copper or bronze shadow (I used MAC Metal pigment in Copper; you can try any copper you have; there are many options in the drugstore, or you can try MAC Coppering and Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Copper Pot as well.)
  4. Wispy false lashes (I used Ardell 122s)

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Scarlet Slippers: Red Glitter Eyeshadow Tutorial

Red on the eyes is always incredibly dramatic, but when you use a red glitter, it becomes surprisingly pretty as well. I am applying two matte shadows from the Lime Crime Chinadoll palette but you can use any reddish and black shadow you have if they’re strong enough to act as a base shade.

For the glitter, the finer cosmetic grade ones are better for the eye area, but if that’s not accessible for you and you want to use regular art store glitter, find the finest you can get, and make sure to be careful when removing from the lids. (Wipe upwards, away from your lash line, not down into your eyes.)

To get glitter to adhere really thick and even, one of my favorite bases is clear mascara. It’s not only cheap and easily accessible, but works extremely well without being sticky and hard to remove like clear gloss.

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Step 1: Because the shadow I’m using later is more of a brick-red than a crimson, I’m using a brown cream base to deepen up the color and intensify the shadows I’ll be applying on my lids.

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Step 2: Apply a strong matte black to either corner of the eyes and then connect them in an arc along the hollow of your socket bone. Then run along the lower lash line as well.

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Step 3: Pack (don’t rub) a matte red shadow in the space within the black shadow. 

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Step 4: Use a soft, fluffy blending brush dabbed very lightly into the black shadow again and then smoke out the edges of the color in windshield-wiper motions, until you diffuse it upwards and out into a soft wing at the outer corners.

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Step 5: Intensify the lash line by applying a jet black pencil along the waterline, and along the tightline as well. Then lightly run in short little strokes along the upper lash line without extending into a wing. I used Milani Liquif’ Eye pencil in black because it’s one of the most intense, amazing black pencils I’ve ever tried. PLUS, it actually stays put much better than most other pencils.

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Step 6: Use a flat brush to dab a thin layer of clear mascara over the lids, removing any excess globs. Then press your brush into red glitter and then gently place onto lids in sections. Don’t rub back and forth or you may “muddy up” the glitter. Just keep picking up and pressing on more red glitter until the red shadow looks completely covered. Then with the remaining bits on the brush, press outwards lightly onto the black shadow so the sparkle diffuses outwards.

Finishing touch: Just run the black pencil lightly along the upper lash line one more time, curl lashes, and apply black mascara to finish.

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Peacock Glitz: Colorful Drama!

As I was searching for a good base to bring out the teal blue glitter (Cancer) that I would be using today, I needed a base that would be a complementary bright peacock blue, and waddaya know - I found not just a great color match, but also a product that is PERFECT as a glitter base, AND easily available in most places.

Maybelline’s Color Tattoo (I used Tenacious Teal) goes on creamy and grabs glitter like you wouldn’t believe. You’ll need to work fast because it sets after awhile, but the good news is after that, it will hang on to the glitter pretty well.

You will also need a deep blue shadow and a pale yellow-gold. I used shades from the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary palette, but these are shades that are easy to find anywhere.

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“Magenta Slippers”: Pink Glitter Eyeshadow Tutorial

This is a update of a popular tutorial I did over a year ago featuring red shadow and glitter. Except this time, I’m using a magenta pink shadow and glitter. The 2 things you can use to make strong shades like fuchsia, orange and red more wearable and flattering on the lids is:

  1. frame them with black on the socket line and lash line
  2. use a matching glitter to add some girliness to the look

The main difference between this look and the previous one is I didn’t use a liner along the upper lash line this time. If you prefer the red version, go ahead and use the products and steps listed in that post!

Products Used

  • Matte black shadow: CM19 from BH Cosmetics
  • Matte magenta pink shadow: WM20 from BH Cosmetics
  • Magenta glitter: Lime Crime Sagittarius (below)
  • Ben Nye Liquiset makeup sealing liquid

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If you can’t get hold of eyeliner sealing liquid, just use a very thin layer of clear brow mascara over the lids with a concealer brush, then the same brush to press 2 layers of glitter over.

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[Updated on request] Tip: If you want to make liner last longer on your waterline, use a long-wear black pencil (Urban Decay, Maybelline Master Drama) or a gel liner. Then you go over using a flat, firm brush dipped in black matte shadow to “set” the cream beneath. But nothing is going to last all day, honestly. I just bring a pencil out and touch up every few hours!

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