Thursday, December 31, 2015

Have a Glittery New Year!

If you're anything like me, you use any special occasion as an excuse to have more fun with your makeup, and New Years Eve is just as good an occasion as any! So let's add a little glitter to ring in the new year!

To start off this look, I am going to begin the same way I do with every look. Take a matte transition shade that is about 2 shades darker than your skin tone and blend that into the crease upward towards the brow with a fluffy blending brush. This helps the other colors i'm going to be adding later blend better with my skin.

The main product I'm using today is the Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art Duo in Topaz Twinkle (phew! say that ten times fast). With a gorgeous pale gold cream shadow on one side, and the prettiest gold glitter on the other, this duo knocks it out of the park. Take the cream shadow and place it on the lid lightly blending the edges with your ring finger into the transition shade. If your eyelids tend to crease easily like mine, it might be a good idea to prime them especially because we are using a cream shadow and your night will likely go into the wee hours of the morning. You party animal you. My all time favorite primer has got to be Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Let's make things a little smoky with a dark bronze shade. For shadows I am using my Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette. Using a smaller tapered blending brush, place the color on your outer V. Your outer V is where your crease meets up with your lash line. Just like a sideways V on the outer edge of your eye. My best advice for making this look as seamless as possible is to add the color bit by bit, completely blending each layer. This way you can build up the color to be as opaque as you'd like and you avoid blotchy, unblended makeup.

Here comes the fun part, the glitter from the Revlon Duo! To create a bright base for the glitter I am placing a white cream eyeshadow from NYX on the inner corner. This will help the glitter stand out better than if it were just against the skin. Then simply place the glitter over the base and drag about 1/3 of the way across the lower lash line and upper lid. This glitter will set in just a couple minutes and not budge.

Once you've built up your outer V to be as intense as you'd like, we are going to get to work on our lash line/eyeliner. I've always loved a really smokey cat eye liner but could never get it quite right. I finally got it down, let me show you how.

The trick is to plot out exactly where you'd like your liner with a thin angled brush and black shadow. This works great because shadow is a whole lot easier to move around than liquid or gel liner, which gives you a lot more room for error. I am using a Mac 266 brush and it works like a charm every single time. Nailing down your cat eye is all about practice and figuring out what shape works best for your eyes, but that could be a tutorial all on its own! Just keep practicing and you will get it as close to perfect as possible, because lets face it, I've never seen a perfect cat eye in real life. I think it's an urban legend.

Take your angled brush and black shadow and lightly plot out the line along your lash line and flicking it out as far as you'd like. If you want a less dramatic look, keep the liner to your top lash line. I'm going to kick things up a notch and connect the line to my lower lash line which gives the eye a more sultry, feline look. Only take this about 2/3 the way across the lower lash line with the color getting softer the further in you go. This will help you avoid making your eyes look small and closed off.

As soon as you have your liner plotted exactly where you want it, it's time to go in with liquid liner. My current favorite is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (black). Leave a little bit of space between the edge of the shadow line and your liquid line.  Go back over your liner with the brush and black shadow then slightly blend with a clean blender brush to get a diffused look.

Finish off with a crap ton of mascara, and even throw on some false lashes if you're feeling extra sassy.

If anyone tries out this look, post a picture and tag me on Instagram or Twitter @jenleighclark

I hope everyone has a safe New Years Eve and a happy New Year!

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