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.

festival makeup look

colorful festival makeup tutorial

festival makeup tutorial

Colorful 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.

colorful eyeshadow tutorial

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.

colorful eye makeup

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?

Btw, if you haven’t already participated, check out the giveaway I have going on right now – it’s international and all you need to do is comment on the blog post.

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.

I cracked the eyeshadow code – The ultimate makeup trick

how to apply eye shadow for eyes with little visible lid space

Guys, I have breaking news.

It’s about eyeshadow application. I finally learned the trick, on how to apply eyeshadow to my deep set/hooded eyes. My eyes have a very little of visible lid space. Just a small gap. So applying the dark eyeshadows on the ‘crease’, as typical, has never worked for me. Actually, the typical rules in general haven’t really worked for me. With deep set or hooded eyes – you have to do things a little differently.

And even though I’m a professional, I’ve struggled with my own eye shape. Getting it sometimes right, but most of the time just kind of shooting in the dark, not understanding the logic behind my actions. Okay, I made it sound super serious. But it is! It’s life and death here – eyeshadow, life and death.

So let’s get to the visual part of it. I’m gonna teach you exactly how to apply eyeshadow for hooded eyes, deep set eyes, monolids or just for eyes, that have a little of visible lid space. This trick is also a bit universal, so it works for anyone, who wants to make her/his eyes appear bigger.

And might I just add, humbly of course, that this is the best eye shadow trick I have shared on my blog so far.

The ultimate makeup trick for deep set or hooded eyes

eyeshadow trick best

eyeshadow crease

Forget about the crease

As you can see, with my eye shape, my crease is super low. Those grey dots in the first picture show you my crease. I’ve parted ways with it a long time ago – deepening my actual crease just makes my eyes look smaller and even though my eyes are just the right size, I don’t want them to be any smaller. So, forget about the crease.

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Follow your natural bone structure

How to apply eyeshadow for any eye shape? Follow your natural bone structure – just like you do with contour and highlight. It’s no different from that really! It’s all about playing with the natural contours of your eye and putting the shadow where it naturally occurs. Which, in this case, forms right below my brow bone. These photos are a bit dark on purpose, because I wanted to show you the natural shadows that occur on my eyes. I marked it with grey dots in the second picture.

find your brow bone

Find your natural shadow – it’s right below your brow bone

To get this absolutely right, you need to find the exact spot. You can find it with your finger – you can feel where the bone ends and the eye sinks a little. Or you can go to a room, where the lighting is a bit dim and see, where that shadow forms on your eye. You can see it super clearly that way, as you can see from these pictures. Lately I’ve actually taken my makeup brush, walked to our hallway (where it’s that dim lighting) and drew on that eyeshadow exactly where that shadow hits me. Then I’ve just gotten back to my makeup table – it makes the eyeshadow application so much easier, once I have those ‘boundaries’ on.

The reason this makes any eyeshadow look better, is because it looks more natural. Since we’ve been following our natural bone structure, the makeup kind of looks as if it belongs there. Right? Even the blending looks softer this way – almost as if the bone structure would give it an extra boost (spoiler alert: it does).

contour for eyes
My eyeshadow has never looked this good.

Now here is a very simple eye shadow tutorial using this trick. I used just three shades: light brown, pink and light pink glittery inner corner highlight.

Simple eye shadow tutorial for deep set & hooded eyes

the ultimate eye shadow tutorial

  1. Contour the eye by following your natural bone structure. Use a matte shade. Create the ‘crease’ where a natural shadow occurs. That is where your color should be the darkest. Fill in the color in the outer corner and blend well, so that the contour looks soft and nice. Apply some color to your lower lashline as well, but it keep it subtle (unless you like the drama).
  2. Apply the lid color all over the lid all the way to the fake crease. Blend the edges carefully, so that, again, it looks soft and nice. But don’t let the shimmery color (if used) get to your crease area, because that color should be matte.
  3. Apply the inner corner highlight, liner if you want and a mascara and or fake lashes. Again, hallelujah for my lash extensions, thanks to @kosmetologianu.

eyeshadow tutorial for hooded eyes
Congratulations, it’s two for one today! So… Okay, I made two pictorials. But I kind of like this version, where you can see both eyes. And this shows the colors better. What do you think? Skip the extra pictures? Too picture heavy? No? Yes?

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I hope this post was as helpful to you, as it was for me to figure out this thing. Let me know in the comments! 

By the way, I’m wearing my go-to foundation in this look, which I talked about on this post and I also wore my new favorite brow product, which I wrote about on this post. The eyeshadows used for this look were all from my Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup palette. I’ve been using it a ton lately.

And hey – happy Valentines’s day! I’m gonna do a little date night thing with Risto, eating dinner at home in a candle light. So cheesy, but so lovely.