For this look, I flicked out a dark purple eyeshadow in the outer section of the eye to create an elongated cat eye effect. Concentrating the rest of the eyeshadows in the lower part of the lid also helped to create a very crisp, defined shape on the eyes.
Tip: Focusing attention on the lower part of the eyelid gives a ‘flash’ of colour when your eyelids flick up and down.
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:Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original (clear)
Outer v: MAC Indian Ink eyeshadow (dark matte cool-toned purple)
Lid: MAC Lala eyeshadow (medium satin hot pink)
Inner Lid: MAC White Frost eyeshadow (shimmery true white)
Blend Crease: MAC Yogurt eyeshadow (matte pale neutral pink)
Highlight: MAC Naked Lunch eyeshadow (pale shimmery pink nude)
Outer Lower Lashline: MAC Indian Ink eyeshadow (as above)
Middle Lower Lashline: MAC Lala eyeshadow (as above)
Inner Lower Lashline: MAC White Frost eyeshadow (as above)
Upper Lashline: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in Zero (black)
Black mascara (upper and lower lashes)
1. Apply Primer Potion all over the lid as a base. You can either use your fingers or a flat synthetic brush (e.g. MAC 242).
2. Take a pencil brush (e.g. MAC 219) and apply Indian Ink to the outer v of the eye. Flick the eyeshadow out slightly at the outer corners to create an elongated, cat eye effect. I used a pencil brush for this step to help create a very crisp, defined effect in the outer v. Don’t worry if the edges of the eyeshadow look very sharp; we are going for a defined look, rather than a blended effect on the eyes.
3. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and pat Lala on to the eyelid. Try to not sweep Lala too high on the eyelid as we are trying to create an elongated effect on the eyes. Take Lala only as high as the Indian Ink eyeshadow in the outer v. Overlap very slightly with the edges of the Indian Ink to help the two colours meld together. Keep the inner lid section free as we will be placing White Frost there in the next step.
4. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and pat White Frost in the inner part of the lid. This step adds a little contrast to the pink and purple eyeshadows, as well as brightening the eye.
5. Sweep Yogurt into the crease using a windshield wiper motion (e.g. MAC 217). The idea here is to very slightly soften the edges from the eyeshadows in stages 2 and 3. I used a very light eyeshadow for this step as I wanted to keep the overall effect on the eyes very crisp and defined.
6. Using a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) or a pointed crease brush (e.g. MAC 226), sweep Naked Lunch on to the browbone to highlight.
7. Take an angled eyeliner brush (e.g. MAC 266) and apply Indian Ink along the outer lower lashline. Take the same brush and apply Lala to the middle lower lashline and White Frost to the inner lower lashline. Applying the eyeshadows in this manner mirrors the placement of shades on the upper lid and helps to finish off the eye.
8. Take Zero eyeliner and apply a thin line along the upper lashline. I used eyeliner in this look to help create an even crisper, defined effect on the eyes.
9. Apply black mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
Here’s one more picture of the finished look: