Posts Tagged ‘copper’

EYE SHADOW CLASS

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Remember the case study I did comparing a matte eye with a shimmer eye (revisit it here)? Today we’re studying how to combine both eye makeup finishes together for one gorgeous look! Why? Because a matte shade anchors shimmer and keeps it from becoming a little too Vegas showgirl, while a shimmer shade adds a little life to a matte eye. Here’s how:  (more…)

CASE STUDY: EYE SHADOW

Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

Have you ever wondered if there’s truly a difference when you wear matte or shimmer shadows? A lot of us have strong opinions as to which one we prefer, so I decided to do a little case study with these constants:

  • Same eye
  • Same 4 shades
  • Same application

The matte shadows are from my all-time favorite Stila’s In The Know Palette. They are the perfect 8 matte shades and don’t get muddy when you apply them (you don’t need to use an eye primer first). The shimmer shadows are my all-time favorite shimmer shadows, The Body Shop’s Shimmer Cubes #6. I discovered them when I had a long layover at an airport in 2003 and have used them on every single one of my clients on one occasion or another since. The secret to them is wetting the brush first so they’re really intense and last longer.

So now that you can see both finishes in a way that you can really compare them, what do you think? The difference isn’t as dramatic as I thought it would be, I have to say! It’s interesting the way the shimmer shadow highlights any small wrinkles on the lid, but only visible to someone standing really close. But in return, the shimmer really does electrify the eye and bring it to life. The matte eye adds a little more drama and is a little moodier. Anyway, we’d love to know your thoughts too so please take a second to vote below!

SHADOW FOCUS: EYE COLOR

photos: getty, go runway/post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

We introduced our Eye Color Series with the color wheel + Jessica Pare’s blue eyes from the MET Gala a few weeks ago, but many of you emailed us asking for more than just one shadow option. So to complete our series, here’s your cheat sheet for shades that best complement your baby blues. (more…)

SHADOW FOCUS: EYE COLOR

photo: larry busacca, post + design by amy nadine

Customizing your makeup can seem daunting but can actually be really fun if you learn the laws of the color wheel. Of course makeup is a form of expression and you can always choose colors depending on your mood, fashion, occasion, etc., but if you want to know what shades actually bring out the best in your own features, you’ll love our new feature throughout this month on eye colors + their complementary shadow shades. In the color wheel there are primary, secondary and complementary colors but I’ll let your art teacher explain the details of each and I’ll simplify it for you as easily as possible: if you want to find the best shades for your eye color, find the shade that is directly across from it.

Start by looking at the blue “slice” then find the slice directly across from it, it’s orange. So if you want your eyes to look as blue as possible, find a variation of orange and your eyes will really pop. For last night’s MET Gala, I was lucky enough to do Mad Men’s Jessica Paré’s makeup and knew I wanted to make it all about her blue eyes! So I choose rose gold, copper + gold to do the trick while still being elegant, and I’m so happy with how it turned out! With a dampened brush, I used Chanel Eye Quad in Eclosion with the copper shade along the top + bottom lash lines, the rose gold shade on the lid and the gold shade from the crease all the way up to the brow bone (you can just do the crease, I wanted extra drama because the MET Gala is like the Oscars for Fashion!). Then I anchored the metallic shades by rimming the inner waterline with black (to really frame her baby blues) and finished with a strip of wispy lashes.

Next week: BROWN EYES, my all-time favorite color to work with!