I love playing with makeup. In fact, one of my favourite things to do is have makeup days where I put on a face, take it off, then put on a different face and really just have fun with the way I look. People always seem surprised when I’m out at an event and they find out I’ve done my own makeup. But the truth is, I know my face better than anyone else ever could. I know every bump, imperfection, scar and eyelash gap. Most importantly, I know how I like and don’t like to look. I only learnt this from trying different things. One of my makeup mantras is definitely It’s all about the eyes, so, today I’m playing with eye shadows, namely pinks, blues and purples. Coloured eye shadows are making a return, the past 10 years it’s been all about the naturals: the greys, golds, beiges, rusts and taupey-browns. Even though it's daunting, I am SO ready for some colour!
I found two pictures of eye shadow looks that I wanted to try to replicate with each colour to see which shade worked best for each look. Both looks are matte, and avoiding glitters and sparkle will help each eye look super modern and not a bit '80s—I hope. So here goes…
Applying the liner carefully along the upper lash line.
Blending the eye shadow under the lower lash line.
And more blending, up towards the brows.
For this look, I wanted to keep it quite simple, using as few shades and products as possible and mainly using my fingers to blend. I used cream shadow to create the main bulk of colour strongest near the lash line, and with my fingers blended it out towards my brow bone. So that it didn’t look too dated, I tried to avoid the inner part of the eye socket. Then with the blue and the purple, I used a pencil nearer to the lash line to intensify the colour, again blending with my fingers. I finally used a large soft brush to sweep a small bit of powder shadow to set the cream shadows. With this look, I didn’t use any mascara as I wanted to keep it different from the other look.
Applying the cream shadow with my fingers. It's bright!
Just lining the eyes to make them pop!
Applying colour to the upper and lower lash lines before I blend.
Team Pink absolutely rocked Look 1. As it was so subtle and soft, I’d definitely wear it out in the day. If you usually like gentle eye contouring with mink colours, this one is for you. Nearest to the naturals, it’s a good “testing of the water” when it comes to brighter colours. Look 2 didn’t work as well in pink as the cream eye shadow was waterproof and much too bright. It dried very quickly once on the skin, which made it harder to blend evenly. I think with a softer shade it could work quite well though and have a dreamy effect.
Team Purple was a good all-rounder, working well for both Look 1 and Look 2. The one thing with the purple shades was that once they were on the skin they all seemed to turn into the same shade, so you didn’t get the two different shades of purple in Look 1 that you got with the pinks or blues. Saying that, Look 2 was very easy to create, as the purple stick cream shadow blended beautifully. I definitely got the hazy effect that I was looking for.
Team Blue started out as the underdog, as it’s so easy to look dated with blue, but it actually surprised me. I now know why everyone in the '80s and '90s loved it! It can be quite a daunting colour to work with, but you just have to dive right in. The blue was soft and gentle in Look 1 and I thought really lifted the face. It then completely popped in Look 2. The mid-blue cream shadow pencil blended really easily again, with the lighter blue pencil being a bit more stubborn. Even though Look 2 was bright, it didn’t feel as glaring as it had in the pink.
Each team had its strengths, but this week I'm picking Team Blue. Next week, who knows!
Clockwise from top: KIKO High Pigment Wet and Dry Eyeshadow in Satin Bright Rose (£7); Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Fuchsia (£17); Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic in Metallic Pink (£16); Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Matte in Fresh Pink (£13).
Clockwise from top: KIKO High Pigment Wet and Dry Eyeshadow in Metallic Sapphire (£7); KIKO Long Lasting Stick Shadow in Lagoon Blue (£7); Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil (£15); KIKO Automatic Precision Eyeliner (discontinued) ; KIKO Long Lasting Stick Shadow in Ocean Blue (£7); Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow - Diamond in Lagoon Blue and Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (£13).
Clockwise from top: KIKO High Pigment Wet and Dry Eyeshadow in Pearly Violet (£7); Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Matte in Eggplant (£13); Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil (£15); Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic in Metallic Pink (£16); KIKO High Pigment Wet and Dry Eyeshadow in Metallic Plum (£7).
Amber Le Bon is represented by Models 1.
Which team are you? Let me know in the comments below…