Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Copper Smokey Eye | Thanksgiving Makeup Tutorial

Happy Early Thanksgiving, everyone! While I won't be doing anything super glamorous tomorrow, I figured now would be the perfect time to put the Morphe 35O Palette to use, you know, since a lot more of you were finally able to get your hands on it. And what screams Thanksgiving more than a warm-toned smokey eye? Let's be real. FYI: Since the eyeshadows in this palette aren't named, I'll be including a photo showing all of the shades I used to get this look. Hope you all have an amazing, filling, safe day! 


1 I've mentioned that recently my eyelids have been extremely dry. Well, I was able to get that under control, so maybe I'll talk about that in another post at some point. However, while I've being deal with dry eyelids, I've especially loved using the Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer as it is a very smoothing, hydrating primer.

2 Because this look is very vibrant, it is important to lay down transition shades and build up the intensity gradually so that the eyeshadow doesn't look harsh. I begin by applying a transition shade that is just barely darker than my naturally skin tone (a very light tan) with a large fluffy brush. This shade goes between the brow and the crease.

3 Further building up the transitioning, I applied a light melon color below the last transiton shade with a slightly less fluffy blending brush.

4 As you can see, with each step, I'm using a darker shade, but everything is being built up gradually. Now, using a flatter blending brush, I'm applying a bright orange shade directly into the crease, blending it upwards and outwards. With brighter colors I like to take the tiniest bit on my brush and build it up slowly because it is harder to tone down than it is to add on.

5 I wanted a bit more dimension to my eyes, so with the same flat blending brush, I added a medium warm brown to my crease, repeating the same motion and placement that I did in the last step.


6 Now for the showstopper of this entire look, I applied a copper shade to my lid. While this particular eyeshadow in the palette is already very foiled, I found it needed a bit of help sticking to my lid, so I mixed it with a small amount of the LA Splash Splashproof Sealer before applying it with a flat shader brush.

7 The copper eyeshadow is very overpowering, so I needed to define my crease even more so. Using a dark brown from the palette, I put this color directly into the crease with a pencil brush.

8 I applied my typical winged eyeliner with the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black. Make this line as thick or thin as you please, but I do recommend using a liquid eyeliner over such a metallic shade. It has less of a tendency to skip and comes out more opaque.

9 At this point, I've taken a little break from doing my eyeshadow to complete my face makeup and brows. I've also taken this chance to add some nice touches like a brow bone highlight and some lashes. For the brow bone I used Mac Nylon Eyeshadow and for lashes I used this new pair that I picked up from the beauty supply, Red Cherry # 102. They have a really nice volume at the base, but have random wispy pieces sticking out that photographs beautifully.

10 I didn't want to neglect the lower lash line. Lately I've really been liking smoking it out. I applied the Surratt Smoky Eye Baton in Vapeur Mauve to my waterline and slightly onto my lower lash line. Then, using a pencil brush, I smudged it out with the dark brown shade. I didn't want it to be too harsh, however, and blended it out even further with the medium warm brown eyeshadow. Lastly, I applied a peachy champagne metallic shade to my inner corner to brighten up and balance this darker look.

Shades I used in this look are marked off with stars :)

Face Deets
♥ Foundation - It Cosmetics Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream & Cover FX Custom Cover Drops
♥ Concealer - LA Girl Pro Conceal Concealer
♥ Bronzer - Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder in Naked Dark
♥ Blush - Too Faced Love Flush Blush in I Will Always Love You
♥ Highlight - The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
♥ Brows - NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe
♥ Lips - NYX Lip Liner in Ever & Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Caramello


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