Though I’ve lived in the Bay Area for almost 6 years, this weekend will be my very first Pride. And what a weekend! With the recent Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8, it’s sure to be a very celebratory weekend. To show a little pride myself, I decided to get artistic with my eye makeup and nails. Check out the details below!
With eye makeup this detailed, it’s going to take some clean up work. That’s why I recommend applying your eyeshadow first, and then adding base makeup as needed. No reason wiping off your perfectly placed concealer when some loose eyeshadow smudges. Here’s the breakdown:
- This is a look crying out for eyeshadow primer. Don’t go without it! I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, but I’ve heard that Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer is also incredible. If you’re on a budget, check out e.l.f.’s Mineral Eyeshadow Primer. Only $3 and 4.1/5 stars from Makeup Alley!
- For this look, imagine splitting your lid into 5 segments. Apply a hot pink eyeshadow to your innermost 1/5. Urban Decay is great for out of the box colors like this one – I used Junkshow from their 15th Anniversary Palette, but a similar shade is Woodstock. Pink eyeshadow can be intimidating, but it’s fantastic for bringing out blue eyes.
- Apply a bright yellow gold to the next segment. Check out 14 kt from Stila – yowza!
- Pat lime green eyeshadow into the very center of your eye. This is actually one of the oldest makeup items I own – L’Oreal On the Loose shadow in Tart. I remember stalking CVS over and over debating spending a full $6 on this shadow. When I finally had a dream about it, I caved and made the purchase. It’s a gorgeously weird shade. A similar shadow that’s not from 2002 is Sephora Collection in Apple Mojito.
- Put a thin strip of teal eyeshadow outside the green. When you’re applying shadow with this level of precision, you want to pat or dab the shadow on, not use windshield wiper sweeping motions. This beautiful green-blue shade is Deep End by Urban Decay.
- For the outer edge of your eye, apply a strip of bright purple shadow. If it has a blue sheen, all the better – that’ll help it blend with the blue-green next door. I used Omen by Urban Decay, which might be the single prettiest shadow I own. Seriously! Check out swatches here over at Temptalia – she gives it an A!
- Apply a black pencil liner at your lashline – this will help guide the liquid liner and darken your lash roots.
- Use a jet black liquid liner to give yourself the classic cat eye shape. I like liquid liner with bright eyeshadows because it gives a nice definition to the vibrant shades. It’s also so Christian Dior Couture Spring 2010 – very glam.
- Mascara mascara mascara! Several coats of They’re Real! by Benefit gives you a fake lash look without the hard work and sticky glue.
You’re all set! With eyeshadow this crazy, keep the rest of your face as simple as possible – tinted moisturizer, maybe a neutral blush, and lip balm is all you need.
P.S. I decided to bring back the rainbow nails I did earlier – with the addition of chunky rainbow glitter on top. I think it unifies the many shades. Plus, you can never have enough rainbows in the world!