Purplish smokey eye

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Purple works great in a smokey eye. We’re all used to seeing browns and blacks, and while those classics never disappoint, I want to encourage you to try purple. It’s such a beautiful color that works for all eye colors.

This time I used only cool colors and they really brought out the cool blue hues in my eyes. If you’re not that into cool tones, you can also try pairing purple with warm shades such as brown or gold. Here is en example of how purple looks paired with warm colors.

I created this look using Luxie’s Smokey Eye Brush Kit and NYX Perfect Filter palette. Products are listed at the end of this post.

Purplish smokey eye tutorial

  1. Start by applying a transition colour and blend that really well using a big fluffy brush. I used a cool mauve color. This is the highest point of your eyeshadow and you’ll blend your darker colors into this color. Having a slightly darker shade (than your skin) here helps to create a smooth gradient.
  2. Start creating the shape that you want by marking your edges with a dark purple shade. You want the dark color to be visible, so keep your eye open while drawing this line. Blend the edge really well with a fluffy brush – this is a smokey eye after all.
  3. Fill in the dark color, inside the line that you drew and blended out.  I used a dark duochrome purple shade. Apply the same shade on to your lower lashline too – we’re making the lower lashline smokey as well!
  4. Blend again using the big fluffy brush, but be very careful of not blending too much. You still want to keep the dark color somewhat focused on the lid and lower lashline.
  5. Apply some inner corner highlight. I used a cool shimmery shade. Line your eye using a damp liner brush and a dark shadow. Add mascara and lashes and you’re done!
purple turquoise duochrome
This is the purple duochrome shade from the NYX Perfect Filter Marine Layers palette. It’s so gorgeous and unique.

A few words about Luxie’s makeup brushes

I’ve now used Luxie brushes for a while and I’m positively surprised of their quality. In this particular brush kit the brushes are pink, which is the only minus. Most of the sets come in pink or rose gold, but they also have white individual brushes. Luxie brushes are dense, yet soft, and they perform really well. If you’re in need of good quality brushes with a reasonable price point, and you don’t mind having pink brushes, these are worth checking out!

The brush kit I used contains Luxie 205 Tapered Blending, Luxie 213 Eye Shading, Luxie 217 Pencil and Luxie 215 Small Angle brushes. Besides the *Smokey Eye Kit they also have a *Detailed Eye kit, which has smaller brushes. That might be more convenient, if you don’t have as much lid space and feel clumsy with a big brush. I actually have one brush from that kit, 141 mini round, which I love to use on my lower lashline.

PRODUCTS

*Luxie Smokey Eye Brush Kit
*NYX Perfect Filter Marine Layers
*Eylure Enchanted lashes
*Smith’s Cult Lip gloss, 2

I also used a mauve nude shade from Colourpop Flutter palette as my transition color.

Pink makeup for Valentine’s Day (tutorial)

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Last weekend I checked the date and realised we’re already on the second chapter of 2020. Just like that, we survived January. I mean, it was a good month, but oddly grey and rainy.

This year more than ever I want to do makeup tutorials for all the seasons and even though Valentine’s Day is not huge in my country, I wanted to take the time and celebrate it at least with makeup.

Using pink was expected, but necessary. Did you know pink eyeshadow actually looks beautiful on all eye colors? It’s especially flattering for blue and brown eyes. It also works great for green, but for green I would choose a deeper redder shade.

A fancy collage proving my point: pink eyeshadow works for all eye colors. Blue, green and brown. That last eye color is something in-between (I needed four photos here, okay?).

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Pink makeup tutorial for Valentine’s Day

This look is pretty easily achievable, because I used bronzer to shade, a blush all over the lid and a highlighter as a light shimmer. So chances are, you already have the products and you don’t have to go and buy pink eyeshadow. Also, when you a choose a lighter blush color, it’s not going to be as intense. That’s going to make it more wearable, if a super bright color is not your thing.  In that case, check out my last year’s Valentine’s Day look as well, which was a bronzed rose gold kind of look.

  1. Start shading the eye with a light brown color. Apply this shade to where you want the pink color to end, which is usually your crease or if you have deep set or hooded eyes, it’s the area where I have my brush in the photo, slightly below the brow bone. This helps to blend the pink to your skin tone better. I kept the color quite light. I used a big fluffy brush, Zoeva 221.
  2. Start packing the pink color all over the lid and to your lower lashline as well. I used elf 201 flat brush, which is actually pretty great (and super affordable). Blend using circular motions and a fluffy brush. I could have also used Zoeva 221, but I used a rounder fluffy brush from Ecotools, because it’s more concentrated.
  3. Apply some highlighter to the center of your lid and your inner corner. This brings some more definition to your eye and helps to brighten up the look. I used a new highlighter from NYX, which has a weird gel-like formula. It works great applied with a finger like this. It actually feels like a metallic eyeshadow.
  4. Tightline and line your eye using a black pencil. Add mascara and you’re done. Especially if you have a lash lift done to your eyelashes (it’s the best).

If you want to see this tutorial in a video format, head over to my Instagram Stories (I will save it for highlights too). @charlottaeve

pink eyeshadow on blue eyes makeup

PRODUCTS

*Benefit Hoola Bronzer
*Milani Baked Blush, Pink Delizioso
NYX High Glass Illuminating Powder, Moon Glow
Alima Pure Ink Pencil
*Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Mascara

*Zoeva brushes (Zoeva 221)
elf 221 brush
*Ecotools brush set

*MAC Amplified Lipstick Girl About Town

P.S. If you’re wondering why my brows look different and so good (no? just me?), it’s because I recently got a brow lamination/brow lift done. It’s a beauty treatment that I’m already obsessed with. I will be posting about that on Monday, so stay tuned!

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