You Call This Summer? A Rainy Day Makeup Tutorial for Weird Weather

rainy day makeup
Damp but not depressed

In most places in this country, we’re moving into the hottest months of the year. But not in San Francisco – the best weather is usually in April and October. San Francisco has a way of being contrarian, even within its city limits. When I wake up, I check the weather of the specific zip code I’ll be in that day – there’s enough variation neighborhood to warrant that.

So today I present a makeup look inspired by a foggy, drizzling summer day. It doesn’t even need to be raining when you wear it!

I have a bad habit of being drawn to discount items, even if I don’t really need or want them. That’s how I ended up with this Urban Decay cream eyeshadow in Mushroom. It’s a beautiful gray-brown that I don’t use as often as I should. It’s not offered in cream form anymore, but I highly recommend you get this as a powder eyeshadow (it’s got a 4.7/5 on Makeup Alley!) or eyeliner (I swatched it at Sephora yesterday – gorgeous!).

Kind of like a flip book for eye makeup
If you scroll fast enough it’s kind of like a flip book for eye makeup

Here’s the step by step (helpfully exhibited by the above photo sequence):

  1. Apply a taupe-gray cream eyeshadow from your lashes to your crease. You can clean up any wobbly lines with a Q tip.
  2. To add dimension, apply a shimmery eyeshadow to the inner third of your eye. Use a clean eyeshadow brush to help blend it with the cream shadow. I used Urban Decay’s Vanilla.
  3. To give your sockets even more depth, apply a dark purple eyeshadow (Such as Half Truth by Urban Decay) to the outer corner, and don’t forget to blend with a separate brush! This is critical, especially when you’re combining two separate eyeshadow textures (cream and powder).
  4. Apply a purple eyeliner along the upper lash line and black mascara on your top lashes. I’m a fan Almay Intense I-Color in Purple Amethyst – it’s meant to bring out color in brown eyes, but I think it looks great with blue as well.

I wanted the focus to stay on the eyes, so I finished the look with soft pink blush and lips. Here’s the final look:

The finished look
Just in from the rain

As you can see, my brows are now moving into Brooke Shields territory. But I’ve been growing them out for a very special occasion – my very first professional brow shaping! Expect a very different look in the near future.


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