Pinterest of the Week: Simple Shimmering Shadow
If you can’t get enough of Pinterest and wish you had more time to find the best beauty looks on the photo-sharing site, this column is for you. Each week we highlight a coveted hairstyle, makeup technique or nail design with a popular following, and get the tips and tricks for creating it from the person behind the original pin. For this edition we checked in with the blogger who created this striking eye shadow effect.
Doctor by day and beauty blogger by night Christine Mikesell of 15 Minute Beauty has mastered the art of creating gorgeous makeup looks in a flash. She was first inspired by Refinery29 to create this ombré green eye makeup look, and admits that lately she’s been ignoring her magazines in favor of watching videos online and scouring Pinterest for inspiration. Here she explains how to create this dramatic, but wearable look with little effort.
What you need:
- Eye shadow primer. Try: NYX Eye Shadow Base in Skin Tone.
- Dark greenish-gold eyeliner. Try: YSL Dessin Du Regard Crayon Yeux Haute Tenue Eye Pencil in Stellar Green.
- Dark green shimmery eye shadow with a brownish base. Try: Too Faced Eye Shadow Single in Label Whore.
- Black pencil eyeliner. Try: L’Oréal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in Black.
- Black mascara. Try: Lancôme Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara in Black.
- Peach blush. Try: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral.
- Sheer peach lip gloss. Try: MAC Plushglass in Big Kiss.
How to do it:
Step 1: Prep your lids with the eye shadow primer.
Step 2: Blend the dark greenish-gold eyeliner from your lash lines to creases.
Step 3: Using a flat eye shadow brush, pat the dark green shimmery shadow on top of the liner. Tip: It’s “really important to pat the shadow onto the lid,” Mikesell says. “This brings out the green and shimmer. Sweeping turns it into a matte brown that’s great for the crease but misses the bling.”
Step 4: Blend the same shadow into your creases using a windshield-wiper motion.
Step 5: Blend the eye shadow along your lower lash lines.
Step 6: Line your lash lines and inner rims with the black pencil eyeliner.
Step 7: Apply three coats of the black mascara.
Step 8: Pair this eye makeup look with subtle peach-colored blush and sheer lip gloss. “The key is balance,” Mikesell says. “If you have too many features that are emphasized, the eye doesn’t know where to settle.”
Photos: Courtesy of Christine Mikesell of 15 Minute Beauty