I am constantly on the hunt for highly pigmented eye shadows that are affordable. That’s one of the reasons I am such a fan of Milani’s shadows. Bang for your buck- they are superb!
On a whim, I picked up a super bright palette of eye shadows from Hot Topic. Not some place you think of when buying makeup, right? After swatching them on my arm, I realized these colors are really great! While I know not all of you will run around sporting blue, green and yellow shadows, it can be fun.
Without further delay, here’s the how-to and details behind the eye makeup look I nicknamed “Under the Sea” (yeah, I was a bit short on the creative naming side today…):
The makeup I used:
- Spell Cosmetics MagnetEyez eyeshadow primer ($15 at SpellCosmetics.com – Note that mine was just a pre-release sample, they aren’t normally that tiny.)
- L’Oreal HIP Kohl Eyeliner in Teal ($11.99 at Walgreens or CVS stores- wait for a BOGO to get them cheap!)
- Hot Topic eye shadow palette in Sour ($4.99 at HotTopic.com or at their retail stores) Seriously… can you beat that price?!?
- Mascara – Here I’m wearing Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear in Ultra Black.
And the how-to:
- I applied Spell’s MagnetEyez primer with my fingertip across my entire lid and up into the crease.
- For the inner half of my eye, I used Hot Topic’s shadow in the lime green.
- For the outer half of my eye, I applied the bright blue Hot Topic eye shadow.
- Slightly blend the two together using a fluffy shadow brush.
- Using the bright blue shadow again and a tiny liner (or shadow) brush I dabbed a bit of the blue shadow under my lower lash line.
- To highlight and brighten my inner eye corner, I used the yellow Hot Topic shadow and “smooshed” it into those dark recesses. I say “smoosh” because you don’t want to fling the shadow everywhere, but it’s lighter than a ‘press’ would be. So I settled on the technical term of “smoosh”. Blend it out with your finger until it’s very sheer.
- The hardest part of this look for some will be this step- Grab your HIP kohl liner and gently shake it to remove the excess (I just tap mine twice back into the little tube). Next you can “tightline” your eyes. Basically you lay the flexible wand parallel to your lower lash line towards the inner corner. Close your eye so both lids are now touching the wand. Then drag it quickly towards the outer corner. It takes a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it’s super quick and easy. It took me about 3 applications to get it mastered. Truly! In my opinion, it’s SO worth learning how to tightline because you get your upper waterline, your lower waterline *and* between your upper and lower lashes at once. You can just do this and look like you spent hours on your makeup… plus you’ll make other women ponder how you accomplished such a feat of pure magic! I will post some extensive tutorials on tightlining here shortly…
- Or if you’re not up for the traditional tightlining method- You can lay the HIP Kohl liner wand against your waterline/lower lash line and press a bit to deposit color. Repeat this across your lower lash line.
- Finally apply mascara and you’re done!
Stay tuned, I have several more looks coming in the next few weeks using this palette and some darker ones I picked up on the same shopping trip!
Do you ever wear colorful eye shadows? And do you experiment with different brands like I did with the Hot Topic ones?