For this look, I used neutral shades of pink eyeshadow to create a fresh and polished effect on the eyes. Using pale shimmery pinks on the eyes is a good way to introduce a little colour to your routine without deviating too much from a neutral spectrum. Pale pinks can also be very brightening on the eyes – perfect for days when you might be feeling a little tired.
Tip: This look is neutral enough that you can pair it with other lip colours. Plums, burgundies and brighter pinks would add an extra surge of colour to this look and take it from day-time to night-time chic.
Here’s how to re-create this look:
Base: Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Shadow in 65 Pink Gold (shimmery light cupcake pink)
Crease: Urban Decay Liar eyeshadow (medium metallic mauve-brown)
Inner and Outer Lid: Urban Decay Buzz eyeshadow (medium metallic rose)
Middle Lid: Urban Decay Burnout eyeshadow (light satin pink with peach cast)
Highlight: Urban Decay Strange eyeshadow (pale matte neutral cream with pink hint)
Inner+Outer Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Buzz eyeshadow (as above)
Middle Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Burnout eyeshadow (as above)
Black mascara (upper and lower lashes)
Cheeks: Urban Decay 24/7 Afterglow Blusher in ‘Obsessed’ (light bright candy pink)
Cheek Highlight: Laura Gellar Cheek Highlighter in ‘Honey Lavender (light shimmery golden-pink)
Lip Liner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Ozone (clear)
Lips: Bare Minerals Marvellous Moxie Lipstick in ‘Get Ready’ (medium neutral rose pink)
Note: Click on the following link (‘Highlighted Look‘) if you would like to learn more tips and tricks for this style of eyeshadow application. This type of look uses a darker shade in the inner/outer lids and a light shade in the middle of the lid, helping to made eyes look rounded and bigger.
1. Apply Pink Gold 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 pink eyeshadow base as I wanted to really bring out the pinks in the eyeshadows. You can use a skin-tone or clear eyeshadow base instead if you prefer.
2. Sweep Liar into the crease using a windshield wiper motion (e.g. MAC 217).
3. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and pat Buzz on to the outer lid and the inner lid. Keep the middle section of the lid free of colour, as we will be applying a lighter shade there in the next stage.
4. Apply Burnout to the middle of the lid eyelid using a gentle patting motion (e.g. MAC 239). Don’t worry if Burnout looks like it is standing out slightly, as we are aiming to create a highlighted effect in the middle of the eyelid.
5. If you find that that there is too much contrast between the shades in the inner/outer lid and the middle lid, take a little of each shade at a time so that they overlap. Try patting a little more of Burnout just where it meets Buzz. You can also apply a little more of Buzz just where it meets the edges of Burnout. Adding a little extra colour here and there can help the two shades transition more smoothly into one another.
6. Using a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) or a pointed crease brush (e.g. MAC 226), sweep Strange on to the browbone to highlight and blend out the edges of the crease colour.
7. Take an angled eyeliner brush (e.g. MAC 266) and apply Buzz to the inner lower lashline and the outer lower lashline. Keep the middle of the lower lashline free of colour as we will be applying a lighter shade to this area in the next stage.
8. Take the same angled liner brush (e.g. MAC 266) and apply Burnout to the middle of the lower lashline. You can run a clean finger along the line if you wish to smooth out and blend the edges of Toxic and Stash together more.
9. Apply black mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
10. Take an angled blusher brush (e.g. MAC 168) and apply Obsessed blusher to the cheeks. If you don’t like pink blushers (or if the look is too pink for you), a peachy-pink or peach-toned blusher would also work well.
11. Take a small contour or highlight brush (e.g. MAC 109) and dust Honey Lavender on to the top of the cheekbones. This step helps to highlight the cheekbones and make them look more pronounced. You can also apply a little of Lavender lightly at the top of the cupid’s bow (on your lips), lightly across the forehead and down the centre of the nose to further brighten the face.
12. Line the outside of the lips with Ozone lip liner. Using a lip liner gives the lips extra definition and prevents lipsticks from ‘bleeding’ outside the lip line. You can fill in the lip area as well, if you like, as this can help the lipstick adhere better.
13. Apply a slick of Get Ready lipstick on the lips. The neutral rose-pink tone of this lipstick helps to tie together the shades elsewhere on the face.
Here are the pictures in a larger size, in case you want to see the looks more closely: