For this look, I combined bright blue and gold eyeshadows to create a striking, elongated effect on the eyes. Using contrasting shades of eyeshadow together can draw attention to the eyes and really make them stand out.
I used shades from the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette for this look but you can easily swap in other brands with similar shades.
Here’s how to re-create this look:
Click here to read my ‘Parts of the Eye’ article for help on where to place eyeshadow colours.
Base:Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original (clear)
Outer v: Urban Decay Madness eyeshadow (shimmery bright metallic blue)
Lid: Urban Decay Strike Gold eyeshadow (shimmery bright true gold) + Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
Blend Crease: Urban Decay Rewind eyeshadow (medium matte cool brown)
Highlight: Urban Decay Habit eyeshadow (pale matte beige)
Outer Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Madness eyeshadow (as above)
Middle-Inner Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Strike Gold 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 Madness to the outer v of the eye. Flick the eyeshadow out slightly at the outer corners to create an elongated, cat eye effect. Take the eyeshadow up very slightly into the crease to help shape the eye. 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 effect on the eyes.
3. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and load it with Strike Gold eyeshadow. Spritz the brush with All-Nighter Setting Spray and pat Strike Gold on to the lid. Try to not sweep Strike Gold too high on the eyelid as we are trying to create an elongated effect on the eyes. Applying the eyeshadow with a spritz of setting spray (or water, if you prefer this option) makes the eyeshadow look more intense and shimmery on the eye. Be careful not to get water on to the eyeshadow itself, as this may cause the product to harden.
4. Sweep Rewind 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 neutral eyeshadow for this step as I wanted to soften the blue eyeshadow vcry slightly, whilst still keeping the overall effect crisp and defined.
5. Using a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) or a pointed crease brush (e.g. MAC 226), sweep Habit on to the browbone to highlight.
6. Take a pencil brush (e.g. MAC 219) and apply Madness along the outer lower lashline. Take the same brush and apply Strike Gold to the inner and middle lower lashline. Applying the eyeshadows in this manner mirrors the placement of shades on the upper lid and helps to finish off the eye.
7. Take Zero eyeliner and apply a thin line along the upper lashline. I used eyeliner in this look to add a little extra definition to the eyes.
8. Apply black mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
Here’s one more picture of the finished look: