How to pull off a bright smokey eye for festivals
I was a 90's kid baby!
When I was a little girl, I used to love playing with makeup. Throwback to those 90's days where turquoise blue eyeshadow, electric blue mascara and glittery eyeliner were the go-to. Ahh, the good old days! Makeup was fun, full of colour and always experimental.
The palette that changed my life
I like to think I've learnt loads of tips and tricks since those questionable days, but that's not to say brightly coloured eyeshadow is a complete no-no! I still like branching out and trying new looks from time to time. When it comes to day to day eyeshadow looks, I usually stick to my trusty Naked 1 or 3 palette, for a classy, smokey brown or rose-gold sorta look. But I recently purchased NYX's ultimate shadow palette - USP04, BRIGHTS for £16. And let me tell you, it's changed my world.
Today's look - Sunset smokey eye
I wore a colourful rainbow eyeshadow look to Bristol pride a few weeks ago and have since been experimenting with the palette. The gorgeous sunset smokey eye look featured below would be an absolute dream for festivals, or perhaps even for a night out on the town if you fancy a bit of a change.
Take a look and check out my top tips for vibrant eye looks below...
Pulling off this look takes a bit of consideration and a LOT of blending.
1) Consider your eye colour...
In order to make my blue eyes pop, I used colours from the opposite end of the colour wheel for the base, aka pinks, reds etc, and blended out with yellows and fuscias to compliment.
2) A good primer is key
The palette gives great colour pay-off particularly when using an eyeshadow primer, (I use Urban Decay's eyeshadow primer potion - the queen of all products!)
3) Blend baby blend
This sort of look can quickly go pear-shaped without proper blending. Invest in a good blending brush. One of my personal faves is Real Techniques bold metals collection: 201. Build and blend as you go. You can easily intensify the colours or blend away for a more subtle look with this palette, depending on your preference. Sometimes a nude eye with a colourful crease shadow looks pretty sick.
4) Get creative with colour combinations
The joys of a palette like this is that it makes you wanna try out loads of different colour combinations to see what works. particularly if you're off to a festival, check out the look with added glitter or see which colours can be used in the place of your usual cheek highlight, curved up around the edge of the eyes. Super sassy.
5) Consider what you're wearing
This sorta look requires a little confidence to pull it off. You can do it guuurl. if you wanna wear this on a night out without being too OTT, pair with a black turtle and hoop earrings for a fun yet classy look. Of course festivals are a different kettle of fish, the more glitter and sparkle the better, right? Add a sparkly lip or cheek glitter if you wanna be extra sassy, and check out my festival blog for inspo on outfits!
Products used -
Foundation: Rimmel lasting Finish 25 hour in shade 200 soft beige
Concealer: NARS creamy concealer in shade Chantilly
Contour: Laura Mercier contour palette, shade contour #1
Highlight: Sleek Solstice highlighting palette - (all time fave product!!)
Brows: Soap & Glory Archery D-I-Y brow bar
Bronzer: Soap & Glory Wonderbronze (again another favourite of mine!)
Blusher: Bourjois paris in shade 41 Bonne Mine/Healthy Mix
Eyeshadows: NYX ultimate shadow palette USP04 BRIGHTS, inner corner - MUA in shade 1 - pearl
Eyeshadow primer: Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion
Eyeliner: Soap & Glory supercat liquid black eyeliner pen
Mascara: L'oreal paris False lash Telescopic in shade magnetic black
Lipliner: Rimmel London Exaggerate lip liner in shade 018 addiction
Lipstick: L'Oreal Paris colour riche Natural Blondes lippy in shade 235 nude
Are you a fan of this look? let me know in the comments below!