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Sunset Eyes // Tutorial


Experimenting with eye shadows is one of my favourite parts of make up as I think it's the part where you can really get creative with different colours. 

Recently there was a beautiful sunset while I was taking my dog for a walk and the colours really stuck in my mind and I knew it'd look beautiful on the eyes - it's always the most simple places you will find inspiration. So yesterday while doing my make up I decided to use the colours that were in my mind and transfer them onto my eyes and this is the look I achieved. 

If you want to find out which colours I used to create this stunning look then carry on reading...


First off I needed to prime my eyes, for this I used my trusty MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in soft ochre. I use this on a daily basis to prime my eyes as it's a similar colour to my skintone so just blends in perfectly while giving a good base for my eye shadow to prevent creasing and fading.

After I prime I like to set the primer just to make sure it's smooth as sometimes primer can be quite tacky which can make blending harder to do. The first colour I used was White Lies by Make Up Geek and applied this directly to the brow bone and inner corner of my eyes to brighten and lift those areas. On my whole lid I applied Rapunzel from Make Up Geek which is slightly shimmery so it just helps brighten the lid and gives the colours which I applied on top a slightly more brightened effect. 

At this point I do my eyebrows so I can use it guide the shape of my eyeshadow and also so my eyebrows frame my face before I go onto the shadow. For my eyebrows I used Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown and use this on the tail of my brow and to draw the outline of my brow. I then use Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown to fill my brows in.

Next we move on to actually applying colour. I like to add some colours into my crease first to give some depth to the look and also to map out the shape I want the eye shadow to be in. First I took Chickadee by Make Up Geek which is a matte yellow orange on a fluffy brush and I lightly blend this into the crease bringing it slightly higher than usual so it transitions into that white on the brow bone. Once that is blended in I took a slightly smaller fluffy blending brush with Morocco by Make Up Geek and applied this directly into the crease pulling it slightly downwards rather than upwards so that the lid colours would blended into it. I find using Morocco and Chickadee together blend perfectly into each other to give that gradient effect.

Once the transition shades were in my crease I took a small tapered blending brush and took Cherry Cola and Bitten by Make Up Geek directly into my crease over where we applied Morocco. As I used a smaller tapered brush it meant it didn't cover up morocco but it just added a darker more depth directly into that crease.

The first colour I applied to my lid was Gold Digger by Make Up Geek and applied this on the first half of my lid I layered this up a few times until it was very opaque. Directly in the centre of my lid I applied Roulette by Make Up Geek and using the brushes I applied Gold Digger and Roulette I went over where the two colours joined so there was a smooth gradient between the two colours rather than a harsh line. The key to this technique is using different clean brushes for each colour. On the outer corner of my eye I used Cranberry by MAC making sure I pull it out towards my eyebrow to give that winged look. To deepen this I took the brush I applied Bitten and Cherry Cola onto the crease and just patted this over Cranberry. 

On the lower lashline I took each colour I used on the lid and applied Gold Digger from my inner corner to the middle of my lash line, Roulette in the middle of my lash line and then instead of Cranberry I just took Bitten from the middle to the outer edge pulling it up to meet Cranberry on my lid.

To make the highlighted areas more brightened I took my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Pearl and applied this over the top of White Lies.

As a finishing touch to the eyeshadows and too make everything seamlessly blended I took the brush I used to apply Morocco and I went over the crease lightly to make sure it looked perfectly blended.

As I was wearing this in the day I didn't want to wear any false lashes so instead I just layered on my favourite mascara at the moment which is Bare Minerals Lash Domination. Once this was done I felt the look wasn't quite done and needed to be darkened for more drama so for this I used my MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack to line my waterline and tightlight so there was no flesh colour between my mascara and my actual eye. However I didn't bring the eyeliner into the inner corner of my waterline as I wanted to keep this very bright.

For the rest of my make up I applied Benefit Porefessional to the areas on my face where I feel my pores are slightly larger, then I used my Nivea Men Aftershave Balm as a primer all over, on top of that I applied NARS Illuminator in Copacabana to give my skin a glow. For concealer I used the Amazing Concealer on blemishes and Bobbi Brown Corrector under my eyes. For my Foundation I applied the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation with a beauty blender, to create the sharp edge on my eyeshadow and a highlighted look under my eyes I took my Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer bringing in a triangle shape under my eyes and bringing it up past my eyeshadow carving out that line, I blended this in with a beauty blender. To set my make up in place I use Ben Nye Translucent Face Powder under my eyes and MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural to set my foundation. I skipped contouring and for bronzer I used Nars Laguna Bronzer, Blush was NARS Orgasm and to highlight I used Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop. On my lips I kept it fairly light and used MAC Creme Cup Lipstick.


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