We are in full swing of the most festive time of year - Christmas and New year. This means Christmas parties, unlimited nights out, Christmas markets, seeing the friends and family we haven't spent enough time with throughout the year.
The make up becomes more dramatic and glitter is an essential part of our festive look.
We thought we would share our secrets with you to creating the perfect eyes this season.
You will need:
Concealer Eye Primer
A natural eye shadow colour (similar to your skin tone) A dark eye shadow (This will create your crease/ smokey eyed effect)
Liquid eye liner
Eye lashes Eye lash glue
Loose glitter (make sure it is safe to use on the eyes)
Eye shadow brushes
Eye liner brush
We will include the exact products we have used in the description of each look.
Look 1: GLITTER EYES
Step 1: Firstly, it is important to create a base on your eye for the glitter and eye shadow to go on top of. This ensures that your sparkly look lasts all through the night without creasing or moving!
Any eye primer or concealer works perfectly. We used mac pro long wear concealer.
Step 2: Using a light/medium tone brown and a fluffy blending brush, sweep this colour onto your crease and working your way up to the brow bone (not all the way up though!) and all the way across to the inner corner. This will be your transition colour and will make the darker and smokier colours you will be using later easier to blend and appear more seamless.
Step 3: Next, its nice to choose a colour that is quite bright for this next step, this is what is going to make the eyes pop. Using a smaller blending brush, follow where you have applied the first transition shade (not taking it as high), beginning to build up your crease. Using different shades and gradually getting darker (that will come later) allows you to create the gradient effect that is vital for any smokey eye. Use this colour to create your ideal cat eye shape aswell, winging it out slightly and finally, applying it all across the lower lash line.
Step 4: The next step is to add your glitter! To apply the loose glitter, you can either use eyelash glue or a clear fix glitter gel. If you don't wish to use any of these on your eye, if the base you applied at the start is still tacky enough, the glitter should stick to it quite well. Use a dense flat shadow brush to pack the glitter on all over the lid, making sure the whole area is fully covered. You could also apply a shadow colour first to achieve a more opaque and block colour on the lid.
Step 5: Now that you have your glitter in place, the next step is to go in with the deepest and darkest colour you want to use with a small tapered blending brush. Apply this right into the socket of the crease and intensify that smokiness to its full potential, blending out any harsh lines you may have and remembering to keep your gradient effect visible. Blend this to the outer corner of the eye, as well as smudging it along the lower lash line. As an optional step, if you haven't already, you can then go in with a jet black for that extra definition and smokiness.
Step 6: Add the final finishing touches to your sparkly smokey eye by applying a black kohl pencil eyeliner on the waterline and tight-line to bring the look together and to add extra depth. Apply mascara to the upper and lower lashes to open up the eye and finally, apply a light and shimmery colour right into the inner corner/tear duct (this can also be a glitter) to bring light back to the eyes. Another optional step, if you want to achieve a fuller and more glamorous set of lashes, apply some fabulous falsies!
- MAC Pro-longwear Concealer (used as base)
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette (shade Raw Sienna)
-Revolution Fierce as Fire Palette (first deep pink crease colour)
-Inglot Eyeshadow in the shade #301
-StarGazer Glitter shaker in the shade Currant
-MAC Pigment in the shade Platinum (inner corner)
-Rimmel Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Black
-Rimmel Wonder'lash Mascara