Hello, beauties! After posting this photograph on Instagram and Facebook, I received a lot of requests for a tutorial. Since we haven’t ventured into YouTube just yet, here is the BitterGlitter photo tutorial to achieve this look! **disclaimer: there are a lot of photos, but I wanted to give y’all as close of a step-by-step as possible. also, please excuse all the “makeup” faces (you know, mouth open!)**
The Original Look:
Step 1: Using an angled brush, fill in your eyebrows using light feathery strokes with whatever product you normally use. I am using “Wedge” by MAC because I already have pretty full and dark brows, so I just want to fill in the sparsest areas with the lightest hand. Using a brush or spooli, spray your brush with hairspray to set the brows. Brow gel? You really don’t need it. Hairspray works just fine!
Step 2: Fill in the crease completely with a matte medium grey, extending the color out past the eye. (don’t worry, we will eventually blend this so you won’t look like you have makeup all over your face). Here, I’m using the color “Thunder” from the Sleek Makeup i-Divine Ultra Matte V2 palette, available here.
Step 3: Build the color in your crease using a matte navy color, specifically concentrating more on the outside corner of the crease. You will also extend this color past the eye. I’m using “Ink” from the Sleek Makeup i-Divine Ultra Matte V2 palette, available here.
Step 4: Next, take a shimmery blue-grey-purple color all over the lid, and underneath the eye. I’m using the Stila color “Night Sky” from the “In the Light” Palette, available here.
Step 5: With a concentrated angled brush, take a dark black or dark charcoal brown matte shadow into the outer “v” of the eye. The outer “v” can be found on that very outer corner of the eye, spanning the top of the crease then connecting to the end of the brow line and back to the lower base of the bottom lashes.
STOP HERE AND BLEND! BLEND! BLEND! Use small circular motions all over the lid with a clean crease brush. Blend from the outer corner toward the inner corner to lessen the appearance of any harsh lines. This will also “smoke” out your look a bit.
Step 6: Take a blue eyeliner and trace the shape you want your liner to eventually become. This is a great tip for any smokey eye look to help give you a guide before you put on dark liner. I like a winged out effect on a smokey eye, so I used NYC’s Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in “In the Navy” #924, available at any drugstore. Using this color, I traced along the lashes and out toward the end of the brow to create a more almond-shaped eye. I also took that color under the eyes and connected it at the winged corner.
Step 7: Go back into the shimmery blue-grey-purple color you’ve chosen with a concentrated angled brush, and trace over the blue eyeliner you’ve just applied. This won’t erase the color, but it will help to camouflage your line and set that liner. I used “Night Sky” from the Stila “In the Light” Palette, available here.
Step 8: Trace the blue eyeliner line with a black kohl pencil. Here, I’m using an old L’oreal one in “Onyx” from the drugstore. It’s my favorite black liner, and all the writing has rubbed off. Also, take this black liner into the waterline on the lower lashes.
Step 9: Using the Stila Snow Angel Palette, I used the shimmery true grey color (sorry, I don’t have the name of it, but you can find it here, even though it was a 2012 seasonal item). Use this shimmery grey with an angled brush to smudge out the black liner and smoke it out a bit. This will also smudge out the harshness of the black. Do the same thing under the eye along the bottom lashes.
Step 10: Curl your lashes. I use a Sally Hansen eyelash curler, and it works great.
Step 11: Put on your favorite mascara, two coats. I’m using Tarte’s “Lights Camera Lashes Statement Mascara” which is my absolute favorite right now!! You can find it here.
Step 12: Using “Shroom” by MAC, highlight your brow-bone with a regular shadow brush.
Step 13: Using a small liner brush or small shadow brush, highlight the inner corner of the eye. My absolute FAVORITE for this task is Stila’s “Kitten,” found in the “In the Light” palette, available here, or the Stila Snow Angel Palette, available here.
Step 14: I like to go back in with a highlighting or brightening concealer to clean up any fall out and/or brighten the eye area. So, here I’ve gone in with the L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in a tiger stripe fashion, and then blending out with my Real Techniques Concealer Brush and my fingers. I’ve reviewed the L’Oreal Magic Lumi here, if you’re interested.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial! Please let me know your feedback! And, if you’ve recreated this look, Tweet it to me @_Bitter_Glitter or tag me on Instagram @BitterGlitterBlog.
Stay Glittery, Beauties!!