Eyeshadow is by far my most favorite makeup to play with. You can completely transform the way a face looks by just changing the eyeshadow you use and how you apply it. This unfortunately is where most women stay within their comfort zone and refuse to experiment. I’ve heard everything from — it’s too hard, I don’t have the talent, I only have drug store products, I don’t have the right products…and so many more.
Well ladies, today we are taking that step outside of your safe zone. We are going to tackle not one but TWO eye looks that you can rock this Valentine’s Day! To make this even sweeter I am using all items that can be found at the drug store!
The main palette I’ll be using is by Milani, their Plum Basics palette. For a drug store palette, this is amazing. Not only do you get a mixture of matte and shimmer shades, but the color pay off is off the charts! I’ll list all the other products I used in both eye looks at the bottom of this post.
I’ve labeled each color with a number so that as I walk you through the steps you’ll know which color we are using.
This eye look is girly and sweet, with just a dash of sparkle. If you are scared to emerge from that comfort space that you’ve grown to love, then this eye look will give you just the right amount of wild while still playing it safe!
To start, I’ve done all my makeup except for my eyes. Fair warning that the only con I saw to this palette was the darker shades liked to drop bits down onto my cheeks as I worked. It might be easier to do your eyes first and then the rest of your face.
Using a fluffy brush, I took shade #2 and lightly applied it into my crease — working it just above it, but making sure I was careful to not take it too high. I wiped my brush onto a paper towel to remove excess product and blended until there was no visible line, but instead a gradient of color.
With a small detail brush, I used color #1 to highlight just under the arch of my eyebrow.
Next, with a smaller crease brush, I placed shade #6 on the outer part of my eye in the shape of a V, so that the point was pointed out and away from my eye. This will help create a cat eye/almond shape. I switched back to the original brush I was using and buffed the edge where the 2 colors met together, making sure there was no harsh line.
You might need to go back and forth a couple of times to get it the way you want it to look.
Using a flat shader brush, I picked up color #2. Once I had the color on my brush, I lightly sprayed it with a setting spray. This does two things: First, is that it intensifies the color and makes it pop more. Second, when used with a shimmer shadow, it gives it a more metallic/foiled look. If you want the shimmer to be more subdued, then skip the setting spray and just use it as is.
Pack the color on the inner corner of the eye and work it until it meets the darker shade we used in the previous step. Blend your edges using the brush from step 1.
As close to the lash line as you can get it, apply a thin line of black kohl eyeliner. Then, using a small angled brush, buff the eyeliner and slightly wing out the outer corner.
I also used the eyeliner to line my upper water line. This makes the lashes look fuller, just make sure you are using a waterproof eyeliner.
Next, line your lower water line with a nude, cream or white eyeliner to help the eyes open and pop.
I also used a flat definer brush to place color #2 on my lower lash line and lightly buffed it in.
The last step is to apply mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
I love this for a fun daytime look that can easily transition to night with a darker lipstick. Let me know in the comments below if your more of a sweet or sassy kinda gal.
Glitter, Glam, & All Things Fab,