Tuesday, 11 February 2014

All eyes on me

When it comes to makeup, I'm not one to overcrowd my eyes. To be quite honest, I rarely wear anything but mascara on a day to day basis. However, as I've mentioned in previous posts; I've wanted to expand the amount I wear and experiment with a different range of products; mostly the ones I've been persuaded to test out from blog reviews and recommendations. I'm always inspired and influenced when browsing both blogs and the world wide web when it comes to creating colour and enhancement around the eyes, either for casual wear or the more glitz and glamour; and the perfect opportunity arose for me to do this when I was kindly asked by Roch and Tash if I'd like to take part in their eye makeup competition. It can be as simplistic or as drastically creative as you'd like to but as I'm not the most experienced, I stuck with the simply smoky eye and I thought I'd share with you all how I've created and achieved this look.

Firstly, I prepared and primed around my eye area. Before I started, I applied my usual moisturiser (La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo) around my entire face, then took extra care of my intended eye base. I am yet to invest in a Eyeshadow primer, so I used my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush as a replacement to cover the whole of my eyelid and to make it smoother and easier to apply. I also added a smidgen of Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light using the ELF Flawless Concealer Brush around my brow bone and under my eyes where the distinctive dark circles are visible. I then powdered my brow bone and lid with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and the ELF Small Stipple Brush to ensure my makeup lasted longer and did not crease as quickly. 

Next up, I concentrated on highlighting the top and the bottom of my eye for that extra widened glow to the finish. I used my creamy white section of the ELF Shimmer Palette and dabbed a small amount around my tear duct and at the side of my eye and emphasized my brow bone from left to right with my fingers. After this, it was time to start on the eyeshadow base. Using the MUA Undressed Palette and the ELF Eyeshadow Brush I swept the shimmer golden brown colour across the whole of my eye, blending into shape and adding depth as I leveled it out. Then, within the crease of my eye I contoured with the shimmer, pink toned shade, using the Eyeshadow Brush again. By doing this, I carefully mixed the two shades together to create a natural look with a hint of lightened colour. 

To finish the shadow, I used the ELF Defining Eye Brush and the matte brown shade of the palette to apply the colour on top of the base, where the brow bone begins. Following the line of my brow, I blended it within until the colour intensity matched that of my base. I also used the same brush to reach the awkward parts of my eye, but I did not merge the eyeshadow within the end of the eye where the winged eyeliner will conclude and in the corner, until I had painted the liner on. This is the next step, using my Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner I started drawing a thin line, then moved on to thickening the liner until it reached the eye and I finished off by winging the flick. After this was complete, I could finish off and spruce up my eyeshadow. I added the shimmery brown to the corner of my eye to make sure the eye was fully covered and once again took the matte brown shade to inline with the flick of my eyeliner, blending entirely right up to the point. Beneath my lower lashes, I then applied the eyeshadow in the order of exertion with the Defining Eye Brush; beginning with the shimmer brown and sealing with the matte brown. This then doubled the colour and gave the bottom of my eye that extra sparkle.

Last but not least, I added a couple of coats of the L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara to lengthen the bottom and top lashes and complete the look. Obviously the remainder of your face needs to be built up but regarding the eye makeup, it is an effortless, uncomplicated way of magnifying the eyes. Another bonus is adding definition and structure to the brow. Typically, my eyebrow pencil ran out the day I was planning this so that's why my brows weren't included but a soft, natural look using any eyebrow wax, HD kit, powder or pencil would work (just a heads up, I've just purchased the Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil and love it!)

I hope this was helpful in even the slightest way and I hope you're able to follow my guide to recreate this or even something similar. You can vote for my eye makeup look by commenting my full name 'Bridie Kirsopp' on the Competition Blog Post. I would be SO grateful if you were kind enough to do that for me, as taking a step I don't usually take and it becoming a success would be a major boost. Thank you in advance if you decide to be an absolute darling (not like you aren't already though!)



  1. love this make-up, it looks gorgeous without having to be complicated <3


  2. I love your blog, I nominated you for a Liebster Award! :)


    Katie xx

  3. Gorgeous makeup, you have lovely eyes! x

  4. Love this, so nice to think you don't have to use loads and loads of designer products to achieve such a lovely effect!

    Just found your blog and I'm already following its great :)


  5. Love the shimmer golden brown colour! We wish you luck in the competition :-)

    x Roch & Tash x

  6. Lovely eye look - you should experiment more :D The MUA Undressed palette is a good one to experiment with :) I voted for you too ;D

    New follower here!


  7. Your eye make up is ridiculously gorgeous!! I'll have to follow all your instructions :) so pretty!!
    Keep in touch! I'm your newest follower :)
    www.lanouvellenoire.com xxx

  8. This looks so good and your flick is perfect, I always struggle with that! Also I'm so jealous of your long eyelashes, mine are short and stubby, it's so annoying!x



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