Colorful festival makeup tutorial

festival makeup

festival makeup colors tutorial

Spring and summer are full of fun festivities and for me the best part about any party or festival is obviously makeup. Festival makeup can be bold, colorful and different.

In this post I will show you step by step how to create this colorful rainbow on your eyelids. I know it looks complex, but it’s actually very simple and easy to do! Easy? Yes, it really is. Even a beginner can manage this, I dare say. Especially, if you follow my tips on how to blend different colors together and how to pull of a colorful look.

Sidenote: the little unicorn inside me gets very happy, when seeing this many colors.

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colorful festival makeup tutorial

festival makeup tutorial

  1. Prime your eyelids and set the primer.
  2. Contour the eye just a little bit using a light shade, that is close to your own skin color. I used a light peachy shade. This also gives a nice base to all the colors and makes them look like they fade gradually towards the brow.
  3. Start applying the colors one by one. Use tapping motions and let those taps do the blending for you. The only color you’re really gonna blend is the very first one: orange. You want to make the ‘tail’ of your eyeshadow nice and smooth, so go ahead and blend it to the shape that you want.
  4. When you’re done with all the colors (on your lower lashline as well!), go ahead and make a black liner. You can make it sharp, or smoky, as I did here. Apply your mascara and lashes and you are done!

I paired this eye look with orange lips. You could go for nude lips, but choosing a color from the eye makeup looks very nice! Additional glitter won’t hurt you either.

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Color placement.
The lightest shade right below the brow bone is the transition color. I used a light peachy shade. It gives some definition to the eye and a nice base for all the colors. Then my main colors were: orange, pink, blue and yellow. I used the tiniest amount of rose gold between the orange and the pink, just to make them blend together even more seamlessly. I also applied a tiny amount of lavender between pink and blue. On hindsight, I should have applied some green between blue and yellow too.

Using these ‘additional’ colors between the ‘main’ colors, makes them blend together more seamlessly, since the additional color already contains both of those colors a little. For example rose gold already has some pink and some orange in it. Obviously you could just blend these colors together too, but this way you get more control over the colors and how they act.

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How to blend different colors together, when doing a colorful look?

When you’re doing a colorful look, there are just a few things you should keep in mind.

First of all: don’t blend too much. I know it’s usually all about blending and swiping and windshield motions and what not. But this time I will say to you: don’t blend! If you blend all these crazy colors together, they might look muddy and messy. Especially if they don’t naturally fit together. Instead – do small tapping motions and let those taps do the blending for you. In this look I did a very minimal blending job by tapping my brush gently.

So do this: take some color to your brush and start applying it right where you want the color to be most pigmented (right next to the lashline).Then once your brush only has some color left in it, start to move towards the edges.

Second: use black. Black eyeshadow or black liner is meant for saving any colorful look. You can use all the colors of the rainbow, as long as you pull the look together using black. It somehow makes all the difference in the world and even in this tutorial you can see how big of a difference a black liner and black lashes make.

Third: every color needs it’s own brush. Don’t even think about getting away with just one or two brushes! In this makeup look I used a new brush for every color: so seven altogether! Or actually eight, if you count the brush I used to blend the light peach base color, before starting to apply the actual colors.

colorful festival makeup

Thank you sister for being my model! Do you see the resemblance in us?

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If this makeup is too bold for you, check out my other tutorials including this ‘Colorful, but wearable makeup tutorial‘. There’s also one for blue eyes, where I used brown and gold tones, so it’s definitely wearable as well: Makeup for blue eyes.

Colourful yet wearable – tutorial

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Wearable or natural is my second nature, when it comes to makeup. I usually do very neutral looks.  My makeup is a part of me – not a mask – that you can see clearly. If you get what I mean? But that doesn’t mean, that my makeup should look boring. I actually use different colours in my makeup a lot. There is not a colour, I wouldn’t put on my eye lids.

With this makeup look and tutorial I want to show you, that you can pair different colours together and it can still look very down to earth (but fun!). Don’t be afraid of the brighter colours in your eyeshadow palette – they don’t necessarily have to look that bright on your lids. It’s all about how you prime your eyelids, are you using the eye shadow wet or dry, and how much pressure you use with your brush. In this makeup I used my colours dry without my usual colour-priming (white base), so the colours aren’t as in your face, as they could be.

In this look I’m wearing brown shades as my ‘base colours’ and pops of colours on my lid and lower lashline. Pink and orange look surprisingly nice together, don’t you think?

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colour placement eyeshadow

This is what we’re doing today. In this photo you can see colour placements clearly.

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  1. Start with a basic eye contour and sketch out the ‘frame’ to your eyeshadow. This is the transition colour and also the crease colour and it’s also kinda the base to this look. Blend it well, so that there isn’t a harsh line where the eyeshadow starts.
  2. Add a deeper brown colour to your outer V. If you don’t know what that means, this photo explains it. Blend that out with the first colour. Then you can just build up those two colours how you wish – leave it natural, or make it darker and more visible.
  3. Tap on the pink colour right in the middle of the lid and blend the edges with tapping motions. What I mean is, take some eyeshadow on your brush, press it to the lid close to the lashline and without taking any more eye shadow use that brush and tap around the edges of the colour. Then line your lower lashline with an orange eyeshadow.
  4. Well, you know how it goes – line your eyes, add mascara and/or lashes and you’re done! Or actually, I almost forgot: you can line your waterline with a white pencil to make your eyes appear bigger and a bit brighter. And then you’re done.


Is it really a selfie, without a hand in there somewhere? Also: I don’t always paint my nails, but when I do I make sure I take photos. My friends always say to me, how my nails are always on point. Yeah they are – in my photos. 😀 #confessionsofabeautyblogger

For this makeup I used my beloved Vice 4 palette, which has been featured here before in this tutorial.

What do you think of this look? Do you like to use colours in your makeup?
Let me know if there is a particular eyeshadow style or colours you would like to see next.