We’re Seeing Double With This Mismatched Eye Makeup Tutorial

November 09, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
mismatched contrasting eye makeup tutorial
The best eye makeup looks start with a very simple concept (like contrasting colors) and elevate it to the next level. Not sure what we’re talking about? Look no further than Instagram artist Aniyah Smith for about a million examples on her feed. Or check out the tutorial she created just for us below, in which she explains how to do a bold, mismatched eyeshadow look.
  • STEP 1:

    Create Your Crease Outline

    Smith focuses on complementary colors and shapes here. Picking up the bright yellow shade in the NYX Professional Makeup SFX Brights Face and Body Paint in Brights palette, she starts by tracing her crease with a thin line from the inner corner to the halfway point of her lid. Next, she leaves a little negative space and then finishes the outline of her outer crease with the bright blue shade from the same palette, winging it out to her outer corner.

  • STEP 2:

    Add Your Opposite Colors

    Using a thicker, flat shader brush, Smith fills in the inner half of her lid — from the inner corner to the halfway point exactly underneath the yellow line — with the blue hue, leaving negative space in between so that the crease liner remains floating above it. Next, she uses the same brush to apply the yellow shade underneath the blue wing.

  • STEP 3:

    Repeat On Your Other Eye, With the Colors Inverted

    On the opposite eye, Smith uses the blue liner in the inner part of her crease, followed by the yellow liner on the outer half of her crease. She then goes in with the yellow on her inner lid and the blue on her outer lid.

  • STEP 4:

    Complete the Mismatched Look

    To finish the look, Smith adds a swipe of the NYX Professional Makeup Epic Wear Liner Stick in Pure White on her lower waterline, cleans up the negative space on her lids with concealer and applies a coat of the Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara. Then, and this is completely optional but we stan it, she adds three rhinestones on her lower lash line for additional sparkle.

person wearing yellow and blue graphic eye makeup
Photography and Makeup: Aniyah Smith of @aniyah.s

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