Using neutral brown or peachy brown eyeshadow alongside coloured eyeshadows is one of my favourite ways of making brighter shades more wearable. For this look, I complemented the smokey bluish-grey eyes with a creamy ‘my-lips-but-better rose pink shade (Look 1: Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie.
However, you could also use various other lipstick shades to give the look a different twist. This post shows how using a natural peach lipstick, a deep copper-bronze lipstick and a deep creamy plum lipstick alongside the eyes creates different types of look.
The following photos show the same smokey bluish-grey eyes paired up with a natural peach lipstick (Look 2: MAC Huggable Lip Colour in Fresh and Frisky), a deep copper-bronze lipstick (Look 3: Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Chilli) and a deep creamy plum lipstick (Look 4: MAC Amplified Lipstick in Craving).
Try experimenting with different lip colours and see what other variations you can come up with!
Here’s how to create the smokey bluish-grey eye look:
Base: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
Crease: MAC Soft Brown eyeshadow (matte light peachy-brown)
Lid: MAC Parisian Skies eyeshadow (satin medium bluish-grey)
Crease: MAC Knight Divine eyeshadow (satin deep charcoal-grey)
Middle of Lid: MAC Tilt eyeshadow (satin pale blue with lilac cast)
Inner Corner: MAC White Frost eyeshadow (shimmery true white)
Highlight: MAC Blanc Type eyeshadow (light matte cream beige)
Lower Lashline: MAC Parisian Skies + MAC White Frost (as above)
Black mascara (upper and lower lashes)
Click here to read my article on ‘Parts of the Eye’ for help on where to place eyeshadow colours.
1. Apply Primer Potion all over the lid as a base.
2. Sweep Soft Brown into the crease using a windshield wiper motion (e.g. MAC 217). This stage helps the lid and crease colours in steps 3 and 4 to blend out more easily. Using a peachy-brown shade in the crease also helps warm up the eye when using blue and grey tones.
3. Apply Parisian Skies on to the eyelid using a gentle patting motion (e.g. Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush).
4. Deepen the crease using Knight Divine (e.g. MAC 217)
5. Use either a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) or a mini shader brush (e.g. MAC 228) to apply a little of Tilt in the middle of the lid (just above the pupil). Using an eyeshadow with a sheen on the middle of the lid gives the eye more dimension when using satin/matte shades elsewhere.
6. Take White Frost on to a flat shader brush (MAC 239) and apply to the inner corner.
7. Using a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) or a pointed crease brush (e.g. MAC 226), sweep Blanc Type on to the browbone to highlight and blend out the edges of the crease colour.
8. Use an angled eyeliner brush (e.g. MAC 266 to apply Parisian Skies along the lower lashline. Take the same brush and apply White Frost to the inner lower lashline.
5. Apply mascara to the top and bottom lashes.