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Absinthia: Green Fairy Eye Tutorial

Meet 2013’s Color of the Year. Emerald.

There was a phase in my life when I wore NOTHING but green eyeshadow. I just thought it was such a sexy and flattering alternative to a neutral for smoky eyes. Some good options include MAC Humid or a discontinued pigment called Green. (I used that for this tutorial because I still have my large 7.5g jar from years ago, but use Humid or Antique Green pigment if you don’t have it.)

I also added a touch of golden lime (MAC Golden Olive pigment) and a deep emerald green glitter called Capricorn. Now, in direct light, this glitter looks like a straight dark emerald green, but when the light shifts or when you’re in the shade, it has a teal-blue shift. That’s probably my favorite glitter out of the Zodiac range from Lime Crime, but a regular green would work anyday.

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Soft ‘n’ Hazy: Soft Candy Shimmer (88 Shimmer Palette)

Wearing a dark smoky color at the crease is a way to create a slightly smoky look without actually using a lot of dark shades around your eyes. 

Here’s a way to wear color in a “stacked” way that actually doesn’t look too over-the-top in real life. You can try this with all kinds of pastel shades, not just the ones I used.

For women with visible double lids, it will look the most subtle if you use a champagne, beige, peach, as the main lid shade. (I used pink.)

Using green, blue, violet, etc would instantly make the look more colorful and dramatic just because 

For women with mono or hooded lids, it’s the reverse, because your lids are tucked away and hidden, and the most visible section will be above your socket line. So this will look more subtle if you use a more neutral shade at the top, and more dramatic if you use blues, violets, green, etc above the crease. 

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Step 1: I used one of the many teal greens in the palette; I’m not going to point out EXACTLY which shade because you should just pick what you want and adjust according to your skin tone. This is like a lighter version of MAC’s Steamy shadow.

Using a soft blending brush, I swept the shadow on the upper side of the socket line. Make sure it’s not harsh. The color should be quite soft and subtle.

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Step 2: Using the same brush, and same side with the green shadow, dab a little yellow gold shimmer and then blend out the outer edges of the teal green and pull it outwards slightly towards the temples. The green should look like it fades into the gold.

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Step 3: Pick up a deep purple shadow on a pointy/pencil brush (you can use a flat brush as well but make sure to blend and soften the line out) and then apply the shadow along the deepest part of your socket line (“follow the hollow”), going from outside in.

The purple should be intense on the outside and fade off towards the inner corner.

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Step 4: With the soft fluffy brush and buff a soft pastel pink onto the mobile lid. Don’t muddy it up with the purple on the outside, but do overlap the purple at the inner corners, just to soften out the purple a bit more. 

If the purple is too strong, you can also use the teal to soften its edges.

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Step 5: Using the pencil brush again, run a little of the same deep purple from earlier along the lower lash line. Try to get as close to the base of the lashes as you can.

Step 6: Finish with black mascara! I didn’t add any dark liner etc as I wanted the look to stay quite soft and cottony.

Storm Green Double-Lined Look with Bright Aqua Liner

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This is a tutorial featuring yet another Stargazer cake liner; this time the Turquoise one. It’s actually a simple look, and the important thing is just pairing complementary colors, and then double-lining the eye with black liner on the inner rims, and turquoise liner outside the lash line. 

I’m using Sephora’s Colorful Palette in Jungle Chic on the lids.

Step 1: Using a deep charcoal grey shade, I apply it in a wing in a curve around the socket line and fill in the outer corners. Run along the lower lash line as well.

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Step 2: Using the smoky aqua blue shade in the palette, fill in the main part of the lids and spread up along the socket.

Then dab the matte ochre beige shade into the inner corners of the lids and along the brow bone for some contrast.

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Step 3: Finish by using a liner brush to apply the turquoise blue liner along the upper lash line, ending in a flick, and then along the lower lash line as well. Then run black pencil along the inner rims of the eyes and finish with black mascara.

Teal Painted Eyes and Glorious Colored Lashes
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I generally don’t love colored lashes because most look kinda tacky, if I may say. But this pair looks SO good worn with those crazy teal-painted lids! 
(Actually, I think the teal-painted lids look good all on their own with the strong black liner and subtle contouring at the inner and outer corners, so I might give this look a try one of these days!)
You’ll probably get the best effect foiling a strong aqua/teal green pigment or shadow and packing it over a white cream base.
[Photo source: http://www.lip-gloss-pictures.com]

Teal Painted Eyes and Glorious Colored Lashes

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I generally don’t love colored lashes because most look kinda tacky, if I may say. But this pair looks SO good worn with those crazy teal-painted lids! 

(Actually, I think the teal-painted lids look good all on their own with the strong black liner and subtle contouring at the inner and outer corners, so I might give this look a try one of these days!)

You’ll probably get the best effect foiling a strong aqua/teal green pigment or shadow and packing it over a white cream base.

[Photo source: http://www.lip-gloss-pictures.com]

Big Deep Blue: Smoky, Colorful Party Eye (good for brown eyes and mono-lids)
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Deep, rich-blue eye shadows tend to remind me of the 80’s, and regulation flight stewardess makeup. (Dear SIA, you know I’m talking about you…)
Well, this is the anti-thesis of that type of blue eye.
The key item you need to get this look is a glimmering blue-violet shadow that looks blue but shifts to a violet. The most well-known of these is MAC Cornflower pigment of course. I have not yet seen pressed shadows in this exact shade or finish, but some dupes or subtitutes in loose powder form are:
L’oreal HIP pigment in Valiant (exact match and more affordable, but it’s not sold in every country)
NYX Ultra Mania Pearl in Space (goes on lighter and more blue, and is less sparkly than Cornflower)
Barry M Sapphire (close, but not as shiny, and needs a good base or it will dust off or look uneven)
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Step 1: Dampen a brush slightly with a little mixing medium (I used MAC Fix+) before applying the loose blue-violet pigment across your lids from lashes up just past the socket line. This gives maximum color intensity and also helps to bring out the sheen of the pigment. This is especially important if you are using very silky and fine-grained dusts like Barry M, which do not contain silicones or lipid fillers to help the pigments stick to your skin. 
Run what little remains on your brush along the outer 2/3 of the lower lash line as well.

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Step 2: Dab your brush very lightly in a matte black shadow and darken the outer corners of your eyes. It’s best to start light, and slowly build up. Continue to gently buff and smoke out the black as you go along, until it extends in a very slight wing outwards. (Don’t overdo this, or bring the black too far inwards or you will muddy the bright indigo pigment from earlier!)

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Step 3: Add a teal green pigment in the innermost corners just to add a bit more color to the look. You can skip this and just use the cornflower-blue shade all the way to the inner corners at Step 1, but I wanted a more colorful effect.

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Step 4: Run a black kajal or kohl pencil along your water line and tide line, and then curl lashes and apply black mascara.

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Extra Touches:
When you work with loose pigments, you will get a lot of fallout under the eyes (look at pics from Step 2 and 3). You want to do the rest of your makeup AFTER your eye shadow, or at least don’t set anything with powder yet, so that you can use your foundation brush (with residual concealer and/or foundation on it) to pick up and remove any fallen bits of blue and black.
Before mascara, you may want to go over the center of the lids with one more lightly dampened layer of the blue-violet to intensify the color since it might have faded from all the blending.
Finish by misting your face with a setting spray (Model in a Bottle, MAC Fix+, or any non-alcoholic toner will do), just to make sure no pigments flake off onto your face later. 
As this is a strong and  eye, the most flattering way to finish this look is to pair with soft blush and lip color to finish!

Big Deep Blue: Smoky, Colorful Party Eye (good for brown eyes and mono-lids)

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Deep, rich-blue eye shadows tend to remind me of the 80’s, and regulation flight stewardess makeup. (Dear SIA, you know I’m talking about you…)

Well, this is the anti-thesis of that type of blue eye.

The key item you need to get this look is a glimmering blue-violet shadow that looks blue but shifts to a violet. The most well-known of these is MAC Cornflower pigment of course. I have not yet seen pressed shadows in this exact shade or finish, but some dupes or subtitutes in loose powder form are:

  • L’oreal HIP pigment in Valiant (exact match and more affordable, but it’s not sold in every country)
  • NYX Ultra Mania Pearl in Space (goes on lighter and more blue, and is less sparkly than Cornflower)
  • Barry M Sapphire (close, but not as shiny, and needs a good base or it will dust off or look uneven)
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Step 1: Dampen a brush slightly with a little mixing medium (I used MAC Fix+) before applying the loose blue-violet pigment across your lids from lashes up just past the socket line. This gives maximum color intensity and also helps to bring out the sheen of the pigment. This is especially important if you are using very silky and fine-grained dusts like Barry M, which do not contain silicones or lipid fillers to help the pigments stick to your skin. 

Run what little remains on your brush along the outer 2/3 of the lower lash line as well.

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Step 2: Dab your brush very lightly in a matte black shadow and darken the outer corners of your eyes. It’s best to start light, and slowly build up. Continue to gently buff and smoke out the black as you go along, until it extends in a very slight wing outwards. (Don’t overdo this, or bring the black too far inwards or you will muddy the bright indigo pigment from earlier!)

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Step 3: Add a teal green pigment in the innermost corners just to add a bit more color to the look. You can skip this and just use the cornflower-blue shade all the way to the inner corners at Step 1, but I wanted a more colorful effect.

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Step 4: Run a black kajal or kohl pencil along your water line and tide line, and then curl lashes and apply black mascara.

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Extra Touches:

  • When you work with loose pigments, you will get a lot of fallout under the eyes (look at pics from Step 2 and 3). You want to do the rest of your makeup AFTER your eye shadow, or at least don’t set anything with powder yet, so that you can use your foundation brush (with residual concealer and/or foundation on it) to pick up and remove any fallen bits of blue and black.
  • Before mascara, you may want to go over the center of the lids with one more lightly dampened layer of the blue-violet to intensify the color since it might have faded from all the blending.
  • Finish by misting your face with a setting spray (Model in a Bottle, MAC Fix+, or any non-alcoholic toner will do), just to make sure no pigments flake off onto your face later. 

As this is a strong and  eye, the most flattering way to finish this look is to pair with soft blush and lip color to finish!

Banded Smoky Eye: Urban Decay Deep End and MAC Copper pigment
This is a twist on the traditional colorful eye, created by alternating 2 shades concentrically outwards. If you look close, the socket line is a different color from the crease and lid although it’s much more visible when you blink.

This is definitely a more dramatic look, and plays on subtle color and a very strong, defined eye line. The shape of the look means it will only work if you have a crease. If you don’t, but want to recreate this look, you will need to use lid glue to create a fold or the colors will not show up.
I’m not categorizing this as an Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Look, as one of the key shades is a russet metallic brown pigment from MAC called Copper. 
Products Used (All Urban Decay shadows are from the 15 Year Anniversary Palette: 
A teal blue shadow (Urban Decay Deep End)
Rich russet brown shadow (MAC Copper -  you can also use MAC Sable)
Matte black shadow (Urban Decay Blackout) 
Pale sheer-gold shadow (Urban Decay Vanilla - you can use MAC Vanilla pigment)
Black kajal (The Body Shop)
Black liquid liner (Bourjois Liner Pinceau 16 Hr)
False lashes
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Step 1: Pack the teal blue right in the center of the lid, leaving just the innermost and outermost corners bare as other colors will be packed in there. 

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Step 2: With a pointed brush, run a coppery brown shade along the crease, stopping short of inner and outer corners as well. You can use a normal brown for the crease color, but a red-toned one stands out better against the teal blue on the lids. 

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Step 3: Fill in the outermost corner with matte black. Do not pull up into a wing or flare. This is important for the next step.

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Step 4: With a pointed pencil brush, pick up the teal blue shadow again, and run it lightly around the rims of the deep copper shade, blending into the black at the outer most corners. Then with a very soft blending brush, blend the outer corner gently so you don’t have any overly-harsh lines.

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Step 5: On the inner corners, apply just a touch of pale, translucent gold and very gently blend in and up just to tie the colors together. Then apply black kajal generously to the water line. You can use any black pencil but I recommend kajals if you can get hold of them, as they have this beautiful creamy sheen to them. 
IMPORTANT: After applying kajal along the water line, use a fine pencil brush to run teal blue shadow right under it, along the bottom lash line. This sets the outer edges of the pencil and prevents smearing. Repeat at innermost corner using the pale gold.

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 Step 6: Apply black liquid liner along the upper lash line, then curl lashes and apply falsies to complete the look. 

Definitely pair this with muted or nude lips, and just a touch of blush. The drama should all be on the eyes.

Banded Smoky Eye: Urban Decay Deep End and MAC Copper pigment

This is a twist on the traditional colorful eye, created by alternating 2 shades concentrically outwards. If you look close, the socket line is a different color from the crease and lid although it’s much more visible when you blink.

This is definitely a more dramatic look, and plays on subtle color and a very strong, defined eye line. The shape of the look means it will only work if you have a crease. If you don’t, but want to recreate this look, you will need to use lid glue to create a fold or the colors will not show up.

I’m not categorizing this as an Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Look, as one of the key shades is a russet metallic brown pigment from MAC called Copper. 

Products Used (All Urban Decay shadows are from the 15 Year Anniversary Palette: 

  • A teal blue shadow (Urban Decay Deep End)
  • Rich russet brown shadow (MAC Copper -  you can also use MAC Sable)
  • Matte black shadow (Urban Decay Blackout) 
  • Pale sheer-gold shadow (Urban Decay Vanilla - you can use MAC Vanilla pigment)
  • Black kajal (The Body Shop)
  • Black liquid liner (Bourjois Liner Pinceau 16 Hr)
  • False lashes

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Step 1: Pack the teal blue right in the center of the lid, leaving just the innermost and outermost corners bare as other colors will be packed in there. 

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Step 2: With a pointed brush, run a coppery brown shade along the crease, stopping short of inner and outer corners as well. You can use a normal brown for the crease color, but a red-toned one stands out better against the teal blue on the lids. 

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Step 3: Fill in the outermost corner with matte black. Do not pull up into a wing or flare. This is important for the next step.

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Step 4: With a pointed pencil brush, pick up the teal blue shadow again, and run it lightly around the rims of the deep copper shade, blending into the black at the outer most corners. Then with a very soft blending brush, blend the outer corner gently so you don’t have any overly-harsh lines.

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Step 5: On the inner corners, apply just a touch of pale, translucent gold and very gently blend in and up just to tie the colors together. Then apply black kajal generously to the water line. You can use any black pencil but I recommend kajals if you can get hold of them, as they have this beautiful creamy sheen to them. 

IMPORTANT: After applying kajal along the water line, use a fine pencil brush to run teal blue shadow right under it, along the bottom lash line. This sets the outer edges of the pencil and prevents smearing. Repeat at innermost corner using the pale gold.

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 Step 6: Apply black liquid liner along the upper lash line, then curl lashes and apply falsies to complete the look. 

Definitely pair this with muted or nude lips, and just a touch of blush. The drama should all be on the eyes.

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