This combination kicks off the start of my new ‘American Football Teams’ inspired looks. The Kansas City Chiefs colours are red, yellow and white, making for an extremely bright and colourful eye look. There are also a couple of full face shots at the end of the post, in case you want to see how the whole look comes together.
Tip: Lining the eyes with black liner and using lashings of black mascara really helps define the eye when using such bright eyeshadow colours.
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)
Crease: MAC Soft Brown eyeshadow (matte light peachy brown)
Outer Lid+Crease: MAC Hot Hot Hot eyeshadow (medium matte bright coral red) + MAC Coppering eyeshadow (medium shimmery orange-red copper)
Middle Lid: MAC Chrome Yellow eyeshadow (bright matte yellow)
Inner Lid: MAC White Frost eyeshadow (shimmery true white)
Highlight: MAC Blanc Type eyeshadow (light matte cream beige)
Upper Lashline: Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Black
Lower Lashline: MAC White Frost eyeshadow (as above) + MAC Chrome Yellow + MAC Hot Hot Hot eyeshadow (as above)
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. Sweep Soft Brown into the crease using a windshield wiper motion (e.g. MAC 224). This step makes it easier to blend out the brighter shades which are used in stage 3 onwards.
3. Take a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) and apply a mixture of Hot Hot Hot and Coppering to the outer lid. Blend these shades up into the crease to help shape the eye. I mixed these two eyeshadows as I didn’t have a true red eyeshadow. Keep on going back and forth between the shades until you have your desired intensity of red in the crease/outer lid area.
4. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and pat Chrome Yellow on the middle of the lid. Overlap Chrome Yellow very slightly with where it meets the outer lid to help the shades blend together. Don’t take it too far into the outer lid, as you want to keep the intensity of the red shade in the outer part of the eye.
5. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and pat White Frost on to the inner part of the lid. Overlap this very slightly with where it meets the yellow to help the shades blend together. Don’t take it too far into the yellow, as you want to keep the intensity of both shades.
6. 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. Using a matte highlighter shade helps to ‘clean up’ and freshen the eye when using such bold shades on the lid.
7. Take an angled eyeliner brush (e.g. MAC 266) and apply a thin line of black gel liner along the upper lashline. Very lightly dot any black gel liner remaining on the brush along the lower lashline. This will give a little more definition to the lower lashline, especially nice when using such bold shades on the lid.
8. Take a pencil brush (e.g. MAC 219) and apply Hot Hot Hot along the middle-outer lower lashline. Take the same brush and apply Chrome Yellow to the middle lower lashline, overlapping slightly with Hot Hot Hot. Take the same brush and apply White Frost to the inner lower lashline.
9. Apply plenty of black mascara to the top and bottom lashes. Black mascara really helps to frame the eye when using such colourful eyeshadows.
Here a few more pictures of the finished look (scroll down to see some full face shots):
Unsure what else to wear on the face when wearing such a bold eyeshadow look?
I kept the cheeks quite natural so that they wouldn’t clash with the eyes. I used MAC Melba blusher (matte peach) on the cheeks and Mary-Lou Manizer (light champagne-gold) as my cheek highlighter to add some luminosity.
I wore a red balm-like lipstick (Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm in Luscious Red) on the lips as I wanted to capture the red tones of the Kansas City Chiefs look. However, if this is too much for you, a nude, peach or peach-pink lipstick or gloss would work really well with this type of eye look.