Under the Sea eye makeup look

by Bionic Beauty on 06.Aug.2009 · 36 comments


"Under the Sea" makeup look by Bionic Beauty

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…):


My new shadows from Hot Topic plus the rest of the goodies I used to create this makeup look.

The makeup I used:

  • Spell Cosmetics MagnetEyez eyeshadow primer ($15 at SpellCosmetics.comNote 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!

The final result

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?


1 Stacy August 6, 2009 at 9:55 am

I so love this look! Wonder how it will look with green eyes? I aill have to am thinking that I will have to try it sometime!

As I have stated before, I am all about the purples and lavenders! Love them with the green eyes! I have done some blues before as well, but its been a few years.

2 Bionic Beauty August 6, 2009 at 10:46 am

Stacy, Never worry about your eye color and shadow color. It’s all about attitude! 🙂 I think it would look gorgeous with green eyes! Especially with the darker tightline to create separation. I think you might also like Purely Cosmetic’s Soft Moon color. It’s like a Steel Gray mixed with Smokey blue. Depending on the light and how you wear it, you can see flashes of either color. It’s one of my favorite eye shadow colors ever!

3 Stacy August 6, 2009 at 11:10 am

I saw that when checking their stuff out for the giveaway! I am on a shopping hiatus until work starts back this month (I’m a sub. teacher) but I will be needing all these pretty new colors soon…

4 Bionic Beauty August 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Oh that’s right, school starts back soon! I think our school’s here start on Monday. Craziness.

Don’t forget you can try those sample baggies too for colors. I got a bunch of them and am still working on my Soft Moon baggie. There’s a LOT of color in those bags. 🙂

5 Stacy August 6, 2009 at 1:29 pm

It starts on Monday here as well! I will probably end up doing the samples! I did step out of the box today and used a blush color with my lipgloss!!! It’s the perfect shade of gloss I have been looking for!!!

6 Stacy August 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Ok, I went to a Mary Kay party tonight and got lots of samples to try out! Lots of colors that are not the norm for me. If everything turns out nice I will e-mail some pics! Debating on trying for everyday looks or just playing around, plus I need to see if I have some eye lines somewhere… lol!

7 Bionic Beauty August 6, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Ohhh! Stacy have fun! If you want, you can send pics for a “Bionic Beauty reader look”. No pressure though. Have fun either way! And also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the MK shadows. I’ve tried their lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, but never the shadows. Have a great night night and Friday!

8 Victoria Bouras August 6, 2009 at 10:24 am

This is a gorgeous look! I will definitely try it!

Have you ever tried the 88 or 120 color eyeshadow palettes?
For like $25.00 I got 120 eyeshadows! Some are shimmery some are matte, and they have endless posibilities! They go on smooth and I have multiple uses for it, I have an eyeliner brush so I can create liquid eyeliner from any color in the palette. I use like a shimmery peach shade as my highlighter on my cheeks. And you can also take an eyeshadow color from the palette and mix it with clear lip gloss to make a custom shade! I love it!

9 Bionic Beauty August 6, 2009 at 10:49 am

Thanks Victoria!! Did you get your 88 & 120 palettes from Coastal Scents? I have a few of their shadows but no palettes. The only “larger” palette I have is Bobbi Brown’s limited edition one from this spring. It was their “Brights” collection. It had like 40 shadows but the reason I quoted larger above is the whole thing is smaller than a novel. It’s teeny! But perfect for traveling since you can have every look you want all in one palette.

Good for you for doing all the mixing and creating! I think so many of us get hung up on “this is for lining” “this is for highlighting” “this is only for eyes” that we lose the creativity and fun in our makeup. I’m glad you’re being artistic!!

10 Victoria Bouras August 6, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I got mine off ebay, the 120 color palette has 2 trays each with 60 colors on each tray. Each color is about as big as a penny but they are deep wells, and will last you a while. Even the colors I use everyday, (I got this palette about 3 months ago) still are 3/4 full! I was spending like $7.00 for each color before, but now that I have this palette, I spend $25.00 for like 6-12 months, and when I find makeup looks in magazines I can just find a color that looks similar! It’s a great money/time saver!

11 Bionic Beauty August 6, 2009 at 12:39 pm

WOW… You *need* to send me pics. That sounds truly awesome. Are the pigments nice? I mean do they look washed out on or are they full o’ color?

Oh jeez, I don’t need to buy more makeup, but this sounds incredible!!

12 Paula August 6, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Need? NEED? Who brings “need” into a beauty discussion? 😉

13 Bionic Beauty August 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Paula, You make me laugh!! But I do *need* more room. Oh wait, I got that too suddenly. 😉

14 Victoria Bouras August 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm

I will upload some pics and send them to your email address!

The pigments are pretty good, They go on really strong but after like 8 hours they kinda fade, so I’m ordering some primer to help them last longer.

15 Paula August 6, 2009 at 10:59 am

Great look (of course)! I can’t wait to see your tightlining tutorials. The best I found was that vid, but even then its too quick and distant. 🙂

16 Bionic Beauty August 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Thanks Paula! I can’t figure out how to “get up close & personal” and keep my fingers out of the way of the camera. I have a feeling this video will take several re-shoots. ha ha!

17 Yvonne C. August 6, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Wow! You got skills woman! The mermaid look is so cool! Thanks for all the tips on the make-up and application process. I have wondered about the Milani brand, I have notice that their line of eyeshadows have alot of pigment. I will definitely try.
I don’t know if you remember but I reported to you a few weeks ago about switching mascaras, I went from Maybelline Great Lash to Revlon 3D, and sadly, It has some MAJOR clumping issues. Luckily, I had bought a few different mascaras to try and pulled out the LashExpert by CoverGirl, so far so good! I’ll let you know.
Have a great day!

18 Bionic Beauty August 6, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Thanks Yvonne! I had so much fun with this makeup. I’m really impressed by the Hot Topic shadows. So nice for the price. I would say they are about equal to the Milani shadows.

Good to know on the Revlon 3D, I appreciate your report. 🙂 I have the LashBlast by CoverGirl and it’s alright. Not what I expected from everyone raving about it, but it’s certainly fine. I guess I hold my mascaras to pretty high standards after finding the Mineral Wear by Phys Formula. But I also like Blinc (love it actually, but it’s pricey) and L’Oreal Bare Naturale is good for everyday looks. Mezhgan’s has a nice one too (but it’s pricey and I’d rather get the Blinc for a similar amount of money).
Whew… there are my thoughts. Can’t wait to hear your experiences on the Lash Expert!! Let me know how it washes off too.

19 Eye Magic Eye Lift August 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I love the coloring and look of this. Like Stacy said above, I wonder how it would look with green eyes? Great job!

20 Bionic Beauty August 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Thank you!! And Welcome to Bionic Beauty. 🙂

21 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics August 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Wow! I would have taken a look at those colors in the pots and laughed out loud about how I’d look like a clown with those colors. But they aren’t nearly as “bold” as I’d have thought. They look bee-u-ti-ful on you!

22 Bionic Beauty August 6, 2009 at 9:35 pm

I will confess that I did one look with the pink and yellow and washed it off. NOT good. But the yellow by itself is cool for summer, and only use that bright pink sparingly.

I was in a daring mood on that shopping trip. And thanks for the compliments, Robyn!

23 karissa August 6, 2009 at 6:46 pm

that looks fantastic girl! makes me want to go buy those for $5! oh wait, my hot topic is scary. lol

when you do the tight lining, do you find it stays on okay? whenever i have tried it, it seems to come off so quickly. I will give it another go the way you described though.

off for some of the Hip.

24 Bionic Beauty August 6, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Karissa, Just hop in there quick. In and Out. Plus there’s all the Twilight merchandise to oogle (for me, anyhow). ha!

I NEVER could get my inner rims to stay lined until I got the HIP Kohl liners. It *does* take practice, but it’s worth it! And yep, mine (with the kohl) stays on for at least 5 hours. Here’s my full review just in case you missed it (for the full details on my thoughts: http://bionic-beauty.com/loreal-hip-kohl-eyeliner/) And check out some videos on YouTube on how to tightline. Be careful, take your time, and practice. After about 4-5 applications, I’m a pro. Just swipeing and out the door.

You can do it!! 😀

25 Leane August 6, 2009 at 7:09 pm

I love this look!
I simply cannot line along my waterline, though. So, my eye looks are never as intense or well put together. Great look for you!

26 Bionic Beauty August 6, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Thank you Leane! What does the waterline lining do? Is it being that close to your eyeball, or a reaction or what? Just curious. I used to not be able to get anywhere near my eyeball. Some strange fear I had. lol!

27 Kirsten P. August 6, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Those eyeshadow colors look really beautiful! I think Makeup is more than just complementing ones natural beauty, it’s a form of artistic expression!

28 Bionic Beauty August 6, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Exactly Kirsten! I think too many people look at makeup as strict guidelines on what they should wear in what season, what colors, which color should go where on the eye. When, in reality, you should play around and do what feels right for you at that time! Some days I just wear mascara because that’s what my emotions feel like. Other days I do a dramatic smoky eye and totally leave off the mascara for a funky twist. It’s all in how you wear it and how you feel!

29 Yvonne C. August 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Just got back from Walgreen’s, I bought the Milani Runway Eyes-Backstage Basics. It has 6 different shades in black and greys, for that smokey eye. I can’t wait to try. The instructions say you can use wet to dry to create different looks. I’ll let you know.

Oh yeah, most important its on sale- $6.99!!!

Have a most Bionic Beauty Weekend Everyone!

30 Revonda August 7, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Girl, your eyes look gorgeous!! I’ve noticed that dark eyes/brown can really wear any color. My daughter has brown eyes and she looks great in anything. I, on the other hand have blue eyes and I really only look good in browns. My daughter and I are both fair complected (well, if she would stay out of the tanning bed-lol)…we could put the same exact colors on and she would look gorgeous and me, well, I would end up looking dead or like a hooker. 😉

My Amy would love to try these shadows.

31 Cris August 7, 2009 at 9:52 pm

You kill me, Jami.
How can you take what looks like my toddler’s paint set and make sexy eyes?
We have the same coloring and I look ridiculous in green…you look stunning.
I will be looking for that tutorial on waterlining..that looks so cool.

32 Michelle August 18, 2009 at 10:54 am

I don’t buy into this look.. this is going overboard and makeup should be suttle. It makes me cringe when I see my daughter leave the house with her makeup done like this.

33 Bionic Beauty August 18, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Hi Michelle, First- Welcome to Bionic Beauty! I hope to see you around the blog in the future! Next, I agree. This look certainly isn’t for everyone. It’s quite bold, but I enjoy being a bit bold in my makeup looks some days. Other days I go with a very neutral eye. It’s basically just fun to use makeup as an artistic expression form!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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