Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Icy Blue NYE Makeup Tutorial

There's something magical about this time of year. Whether it is how captivating it is to see the ball drop or how cold and crisp it begins to get in the beginning of Winter, there is so much inspiration to be found. As I don't often go outside my neutral comfort zone on this blog, I figured now is as good a time as ever to introduce some. New Year's Eve is all about being around friends and loved ones and celebrating the past and present all at once. With that in mind, I decided to create this really glamorous party look. If you think this is dramatic, trust me, it's dramatic for me too! I used cool tones in ways I've never used them before and so many all at once!  Let's just say I was channeling my inner Ice Queen. Hope you all have a safe and wonderful new year! Let's make the most of 2016 

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1 As always, I start off with a primed lid using the Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer. Then, I move on to eyeshadow. For this look, I can't use any of my traditional transition shades, so I opted to sticking with blue shadows. With a big fluffy blending brush, I swept Makeup Geek Neptune Eyeshadow (bright blue) through my crease and brow bone. I found this shade to be particularly patchy and hard to build up. However, for the purposes of being a transition shade, its sheerness actually worked to my advantage.

2 I wanted the blue to be more vibrant as it got closer to the crease, so I used a smaller blending brush to apply Coastal Scents Hot Pot in CM09 (navy blue). I only took this shade halfway through my crease as I really like how this method defines the eyes when they're open. Also, I went back and forth between the bright and navy blues, making sure I had the blend perfect.

3 To deepen the crease ever so slightly and add in a slightly different tone, I took a little bit of Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Edgy Eggplant (dark purple) on a pencil brush and added that to the very outer corner of the crease. I wanted it to be subtle so I made sure to blend it out with the blending brush from the last step.

4 Now to clean up the lid for the sparkly lid colors to come and create a sharp cut crease. I used Inglot Gel Liner in # 70 (periwinkle) on an angled eyeliner brush to create a crisp line between the crease and the lid. Then, I blended out the remaining liner onto the lid to be used as a base.

5 For the all over lid color, I mixed two different icy shades. While they're both very light, icy blues, they can come off as white on a blank lid hence why I applied them over a blue base. Using a dampened flat synthetic brush, I applied a mixture of Nyx Prismatic Shadow in Frostbite (pale icy blue) and Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in D-200 (white with light blue reflects) all over where I placed the base.

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6 Next, apply glitter for the extra festive effect. You'll want to go with a light blue glitter or a glitter that has a light blue reflect. Before applying it, I applied some of the LA Splash Splash Proof Sealer Base to a synthetic flat brush instead of directly on my lid because I didn't want the glitter to be too heavily concentrated. Then, I dipped the brush into Nyx Glitter To Go in Snow and distributed it all over the lid with patting motions.

7 Apply eyeliner. I created a pretty thick winged eyeliner, flicking it more out to the side instead of upwards so as to elongate my eye shape. To do this I used the Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner in Blackest Black. When this was done, I felt that I wanted a little more definition to the outer crease, so I careful blended Make Up Forever Artist Shadow in S-102 (black) onto the outer third of the crease using a pencil brush. If there are any harsh lines, go back in with the blending brush that you used with the navy blue eyeshadow to sort that out.

8 Balance out the look by applying shadow to the lower lash line. First, I applied Inglot Gel Liner in # 77 (black) to the waterline and lower lash line using an angled eyeliner brush. I then used a pencil brush and black eyeshadow to smudge it out and blended out all of that with the navy blue shade and an angled shader brush.

9 Apply finishing touches. To help bring shine to the brow bone and blend out the transition shade more, I applied Mac Nylon Eyeshadow (metallic yellowy cream) to my brow bone with a fluffy synthetic brush. I also wanted to add some lightness to the inner portion of my lower lash line so I applied Nyx Liquid Crystal Liner in Crystal Hip. And, in addition to that, I tried out a new pair of House of Lashes in the style Pixie Luxe, which are light and wispy, perfect for a look that already has enough drama.

Face Deets
♥ Foundation - L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation mixed with Cover FX Custom Cover Drops
♥ Concealer - LA Girl Pro Conceal Concealer
♥ Brows - Nyx Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe
♥ Bronzer - Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder in Naked Dark
♥ Blush - Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface
♥ Highlight - Sephora Radiant Luminizing Drops in Ultralight topped with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal
♥ Lips - RK by Kiss Matte Lipstick in Bare Nude topped with Maybelline Color Elixir Gloss in Nude Illusion