Friday, May 7, 2010

The Caged Bird Sings, but the Magpie ROCKS!!!

Just in time for the weekend! Here's a drop dead stunning look that packs a major punch, but is deceptively simple. It only takes 2 shadows and 5 minutes, so it's perfect for those nights when you're running straight from work to dinner, a party, the club, Iron Man 2, whatever...

One of the great things about this look is how easily it adapts- you could essentially choose any medium depth shade for the lid- though I like the pop that a metallic gives. For the outer V, crease and inner corner, I chose a gorgeous, multifaceted blue shade (Sugarpill's Magpie Chromalust) but you could easily use a plain black (yawn!), an espresso brown, or even a deep plum. Your imagination is the only limit.

  • As always, prime your lids.
  • Using a small, dense shadow brush (or even your ring finger!) pat on a vibrant gold shadow all over the lid, up to the crease.
  • Next, using a tapered crease brush apply a deep blue pigment to the brush and place it on the outer corner of your eye, working it into the nook under your brow bone in small circles. Keep the bristles of the brush firmly planted in the corner of your eye- at this point, you want to be moving the handle of the brush, but not really manipulating the bristles. You're simply wedging the color into the corner.
  • Work the brush up into the crease, right along the top edge of where the gold stops. Move in windshield wiper like, back-and-forth movements, and slowly work to bring the blue towards the inner corner. To make sure you're blending as you go, move slowly, each time going a centimeter or so further in, until you've reached about the halfway point of your eye. You can repeat this step if you find you like the crease darker.
  • Next, take a small smudger brush, and apply some of the same deep blue pigment to the very inner corner of the eye. Use what's left on the brush to smudge some of the blue into the gold along it's upper edge, again working in a windshield wiper motion, until you've almost met up with the line of blue that you created from the outside corner.
  • To finish, use a matte skin-tone shade on a fluffy blending brush, and work it back and forth over the top edge of the deep blue.
  • Apply liner. I used my Magpie pigment wet and smudged just a little along the outside half of both my top and bottom lash lines.
  • Add mascara (or if you have time to spare, so falsies) and you're ready to party!

Product List:

Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance (or Urban Decay Primer Potion- I use them interchangeably.)
Lid: Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow in Goldilux (all shadows used are from Sugarpill Cosmetics)
Outer and Inner Corners, Crease and Top and Bottom Lash Lines: ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadow in Magpie
Mascara: Diorshow in Nior/Black
Brows: Automatic Brow Pencil Duo in Soft Brown (Estee Lauder)
Natural Brow Powder in Light Brown (Merle Norman)


MAC 239 (small dense eyeshadow)
MAC 226 (tapered crease brush. This one was limited edition, if you don't have anything similar, you could use a fluffier domed brush like MAC's 222 or a pencil brush like MAC's 219)
MAC 222 (fluffy, domed blending)
Lancome #10 (small smudger)


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I like Jessica Allison's beauty tips. I love it pick. Really the eye looks so beautiful...

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Unknown said...

Wow this looks so beautiful. I'm going to have to try and recreate it, but i'm nowhere near your skill level :P I LOVE Sugarpill.

Phyrra said...


Simone said...

Ooh, I have both of these eyeshadows...maybe I'll try to recreate this? (I know it won't look as good as the original, though!)

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