I recently caught up with the crazy-busy/uber-successful YouTube beauty phenom (and Lancôme video makeup artist), Michelle Phan, during a Sephora store appearance. She told me that the colors in her new palette (Glamour Eyes kit by Michelle Phan for Lancome) are ones that you don’t typically see together, but that she uses all the time. We can see why—the shades that she packed into the kit can be used in a zillion different ways. Want proof? I mastered three of Michelle’s looks in a single afternoon...with help from her video, of course.
The most wearable and easiest to ace is the natural look. It uses just two shades: a wash of peach across the lid and a taupe shadow placed just along the crease and lashline. Michelle does something a little different though: she blends the taupe shade along the lower lashline, too. “It adds a little pop of color without overwhelming the eyes. It’s subtle,” she said.
Michelle’s smoldering look is a wearable (and do-able) smoky eye that’s soft enough to pair with jeans and a tee—not just a cocktail dress. It builds off of the natural look, using the same peach and taupe shadows but adds a hint of purple along the crease for more dimension. Follow with a shimmery gray shadow as a liner and a slick of liquid liner before applying a few coats of mascara.
The third look, Michelle’s diva look, is not for the shy—it’s beautiful and bold for the right occasion. The purple is your base shade, and is prone to flaking, so start with an eyeshadow primer to ensure your handiwork doesn’t migrate. Helpful tip: a stiff, short-bristled brush offers the most precise and pigmented application of shadow. Don’t forget to brighten the inner corners of your eyes with the peach shade (skipping this step may send you into goth territory). Confession: I was frustrated with my first application—getting the cat eye shape to look symmetrical on both eyes is challenging—but after a few trial runs, I felt like a pro.