Applying a darker colour to the inner/outer lid and a lighter, shimmery shade to the middle of the eyelid helps to really highlight eyes and make them look rounder in shape. I combined eyeshadows across the orange spectrum to create this look but you could also use the same technique using dark, medium and light eyeshadows from another colour family (try shades of green, blue or purple).
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Here’s how to re-create this look:
Click here to read my article ‘Parts of the Eye’ for help on where to place eyeshadow colours.
Base + Lower Lashline: MAC Rubenesque Paint Pot (light shimmery gold-peach)
Crease: MAC Coral eyeshadow (medium bright matte coral)
Inner Lid and Outer Lid: MAC Mythology eyeshadow (medium sparkly copper with pink hints)
Middle of Lid: MAC Straw Harvest (light satin orangey-peach)
Highlight: MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow (light shimmery cream-gold)
Inner Lower Lashline and Outer Lower Lashline: MAC Mythology (as above)
Middle Lower Lashline: MAC Straw Harvest (as above)
1. Apply Rubenesque Paint Pot all over the lid as a base. You can either use your fingers or a flat synthetic brush (e.g. MAC 242). I used a shimmery gold-peach for this step as I wanted to make the peach, orange and copper eyeshadows stand out more.
2. Apply Orange eyeshadow in the crease of the eye with a crease/blender brush using a windshield wiper motion (e.g. MAC 217).
3. Pat Mythology onto the inner and outer sections of the lid, using a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239). Keep the middle of the lid free of colour.
4. Pat Straw Harvest onto the middle of the lid, using a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239).
5. Using a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) or a pointed crease brush (e.g. MAC 226), sweep Ricepaper on to the browbone to highlight. Take this down into the inner corner as well to brighten the eye.
6. Take an angled eyeliner brush (e.g. MAC 266) and apply Mythology to the inner and lower lashline. Take the same brush and apply Straw Harvest to the middle of the lower lashline. This step mirrors the application of colours on the eyelid and helps to bring the whole look together.
7. Apply mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
Here is one more picture of the finished look: