[Requested] Simple, Pretty Summer Colors: Eyeshadow Tutorial with minty Aqua and Khaki
After all the crazy-dramatic looks, here’s a return to something soft, wearable and Summery, as requested by a few readers. This is a look that’s good for most eye colors, but it would bring out blue-green, green and olive eyes especially. Even if you don’t have those eye colors, this combination of shades looks beautiful on most skin tones and looks great if you’re wearing any pastel outfits.
An olive/khaki shadow: MAC Sumptuous Olive (the 88 Warm Palette has a very similar shade in it, but you can also use a more olive-green shade like the one in NYX’s Olive Grove, or a regular bronze)
A shimmery aqua shadow: I used a pigment from Catrice called Take It Mint (from the previous season’s Cucuba collection) that looks sort of like a lighter MAC Aquadisiac. Just look for any shimmery aqua blue shade!
A chocolate brown metallic shadow like NYX’s Walnut
You will just need a single blending fluff brush and a flat angled brush. (These are staples if you look at a few of my other recent tutorials. I swear these 2 brush shapes will get you through most eye shadow looks if you’re working mainly with powder shadows.
I was completely wowed by Pat McGrath’s studded lids at the Dior’s Spring/Summer 2013 show. This isn’t something you can do everyday, but a single line of sequins along the lash line as an accent for a party might be an option.
The key to the look here is:
A base shade in a geometric shape. McGrath applied either a rectangular block or a regular wing of shadow in a strong bright color (blue, green, orange, red or violet) across the lid, then
she applied individual crystals in various patterns and shapes, deliberately NOT matching the shape of the shadow below.
What you’ll need:
A strong cream color base or pigment shadow; anything that will give you a very strong and opaque block of color
Crystals (you can look for expensive Swarovski crystals from brands like Make Up For Ever or just visit your local craft store; make sure to get a variety of sizes and colors)
Lash glue to adhere each gem
Tweezers to dip each gem in glue and apply it
My favorite looks?
The red eye with the geometric crystals, and the violet eye with the multi-colored, multi-sized gem wing over it!