Makeup is so much more than the product you apply to your face. For makeup artists, it’s their outlet, their form of creativity and most importantly their art. Over the past few months, we’ve grown slightly obsessed with checking out eye makeup art and we wanted to share some of our favorites with you. Although these looks may look super hard to re-create, you can certainly do your own version following some easy steps. Try out some of the looks below and tell us how you did!
1. Rainbow art. (instagram.com/doyouevenblend) We’re drooling over this perfect eye makeup art look by Katina of @doyouevenblend on Instagram. I mean, come on, her handle name says it all! The seamless blend from color to color is absolute perfection and we love how she exaggerated the look and made the colors pop even more by outlining the look in black. This look is actually much easier to accomplish than it first appears. First, you’ll want to start by outlining the section of the eyelid you want to apply the eyeshadow colors to with a black liner (pencil liner works best at this step).
Next, apply a white pencil or shadow where you’ll be applying the color so that it pops! In this case it would be the entire lid area. Next, start at the inner corner with the darkest color (in Katina’s, case, she used purple, but you can start anywhere on the rainbow you want and use as many or as little colors as you’d like). Continue to apply the different colors to the sections of the eyelid that you want, making sure to clean your brush after each color is applied. Make sure to go through and begin to blend every two colors together so that the colors appear seamless. After each blend, clean your brush. Next, take a black shadow and begin to blend the black liner out slightly so it looks softer. Go over the pencil liner that runs along your lash line with a liquid liner to intensify the look, but don’t layer the liner that is highlighted in your crease. This you’ll want to keep looking soft and diffused. Finally, apply liner and black shadow to your bottom lash line to complete this rainbow look. Sooo pretty. We could stare at this all day long 🙂
2. Metallic beauty. (https://www.instagram.com/greta_ag/) This stunning look by Greta of @greta_ag caught our eyes immediately. So often, we’re afraid to even mess with neon colors and mascara colors that aren’t black, but in this case, we say why not?! To get this super sexy and striking smokey-winged and open eyeliner look, start by applying a metallic eyeshadow to the eyelid, up to the crease. A metallic cream or powder eyeshadow will work best in this case, so the color really stands out. Next, take a black eyeshadow that has a bit of a metallic finish to it and start blending from the inner crease, outwards, stopping about one-fourth of the way to the end of the outer eye area. You want to blend in circular motions, making sure you blend out farther near your inner eyelid and decreasing the blending as you move towards the outer half. Next, apply a black liquid liner tightly along your lash line and out about 1/4 of an inch past the end of outer lid. Pivot your brush moving back towards the inner eyelid and continue lining along the crease as seen here until the liner connects with the lower liner at the inner point creating your open winged eyeliner look. Make sure you wait for the liquid liner to completely dry before continuing onto the next step. Next, you’ll want to get a fun, neon liquid liner shade to create the dots on top of the black liner. Feel free to use neon green, pink or blue. Finally, finish the eye makeup look with a blue mascara on the bottom lashes.
3. Gold rush. (https://www.instagram.com/picturresque/) This totally wearable golden look is sending our hearts into overdrive. Regina of @picturresque channels a golden bronzed goddess in this look with white liner and a variety of bronze and gold eyeshadow shades. To complete this look, start by applying a shimmery highlight color to the inner corner, blending a bit into your inner eye lid. Next, take a golden eye color with an iridescent or metallic finish and apply directly to the lids, focusing on the center of eyelid and blending into the highlight color and up into the crease. Next, take a light brown shade with underlying bronze and golden tones and apply it into the outer half of the eyelids and into the crease making sure to blend both areas together creating a seamless finish between the golden color and the bronze-brown color.
Next, take a white liner that has shimmer in it and looks similar to the highlight shade you applied at the beginning. Starting in the inner corner, apply a thin line to the crease, extending out past the end of the lid. To really make the look pop, apply the same liner onto your bottom waterline to make your eyes appear brighter. You can even add a gold pigment in the center of your eyelid to make the look pop even more! Glitter on the neck is optional 🙂
4. Pastel eyes. (https://www.instagram.com/kalahknox/) Pastel colors are so underrated and Kalah of @kalahknox shows us exactly what we mean by this statement in this stunning look. You probably have several different pastel eyeshadow shades in your collection that you’ve never even used before, so now is the perfect time to take them out and give this look a try. To make the look more wearable, switch out white mascara for black. (or just use white mascara for the bottom lashes). You can also tightline with white liner on the top and bottom lash line to still get the washed out effect without going full-on white mascara. Pro tip: if you don’t have pastel colors in your arsenal of makeup you can make colors appear pastel by going over them with a powder! For the eyes, choose three to four colors that you like. First, start by applying a white liner cat eye to your top lash line. Next, apply a green eyeshadow using a small liner brush over the white liner, ending where the lash line ends (not tracing the liner completely out to the cat eye). Next, take a yellow shadow and blend into the crease and up towards your eyebrow, blending out to the end of the cat eye. Add pink shadow over a portion of the space above the crease to create a more graphic, sectioned-out look. Apply a purple shadow to your bottom lash line and extend out towards the cat eye, creating a double cat eyeliner look. Finish the look with a mascara applied to your top and bottom lashes. Again if the white mascara is too much you can switch it out for a black, or perhaps a purple or navy instead.
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