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Purple Eye

Hi everyone,

Yes, I had a thing for purple lately, so here is the complete explanation on the look I did on Nic's eyes 2 weeks ago.

I started with Nic's eyes because I didn't want any fallout to make her look tired (purples and pinks are very hard to erase with concealer only).
As a base I used Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion and after blending this with my fingers I used Sephora - Colorful Mat Mono Eyeshadow in White on the entire eye to brighten them a little more and ensure the payoff of the purples would be brighter. For the application of the white I used a Models Own - Shading Eyeshadow Brush. I own two of these (they both came in a package with a glitter liner and a glitter shadow) and I use them both, one for blending and one for application. You can see I used the white pretty far into the nosebridge, I did this because she was sooo tired and I wanted some light. Usually I use darker colours here on Nic (because her eyes are a bit far apart).

At this point I used a L'Oreal browpencil in her brows and I blended it a little bit further inward then her brows naturally start to make her eyes look closed together (a little trick for you there ;) ).

At this point I used a LOT of shadows, so I'm not going to name them all because I used some of Nic's own purple shadows too and I don't know those names. Nicole had a Sephora purple eyeshadow palette (that's not on the site so I can't tell you which one, I'm sorry). From my own collection I used the following purples:
- Urban Decay - DeLuxe Eyeshadow in Sting (pink)
- Urban Decay - DeLuxe Eyeshadow in Fishnet (bright purple)
- Urban Decay - DeLuxe Eyeshadow in Freakshow (aubergine purple)
- Urban Decay - AC/DC (dark purple with silver sheen)
- Models Own - Glitter Eyeliner in Purple Princess.
- Smashbox - Spellbound
- Smashbox - Enchanting (purple)
- Smashbox - the purple from the Panorama trio

Basically I started with a soft pink (Sephora) all over her eye followed by Enchanting on her lid and blending this up in the crease and going all the way to the inner part of the brow (keep the arch away from all the colours after the white though). I then used Fishnet on the base of the lashes and very slightly over the ball of her eyes. I added a little hint of Sting on the same place. It might sound very odd that I'm blending and using sooo many colours together, but this adds to the longlivety and the depth of the colours. Blending several colours together brings them to life. I used Spellbound from halfway to the outer edge and then I blended Freakshow (aubergine purple) over this and went up into the crease and added some depth here. From this point I started using a dome shaped brush for application and a blending brush for blending. On the outer < and > I used AC/DC and I really blended this out before applying it again. I applied the purple from the Panorama Trio on her eyes now too and then I blended and added in some Freakshow over this. Layering colour means you can slowly build up the colour and not do too much or too little. I lined her eye with Stila's Smudge Pot in Black and on the outer corners I went up with the colour. On the inner corner I went over the line with Models Own - Glitter Eyeliner in Purple Princess.

At this point I added colour to her lower lashline, blending it just as I did with her eyelids only I used more of the freakshow and didn't line with an eyeliner.

She added mascara to her top and bottom lashes.

Now for her face I used Smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light. I applied this with a Make Up For Ever - Finishing (foundation) brush in N20 this is a small foundation brush which has a little of a pointy tip, which means it's great for foundation and the occasional concealer application. I used Smashbox - High Definition Healthy FX Foundation in Light L3 and Sephora's - Concealer Palette to highlight under her eyes. I used Make Up For Ever - HD Powder to set the makeup with a large powder brush. I contoured her cheekbones with a dark contouring powder by Smashbox and used this on her jawline as well. To finish the look I added some pink blush (by Smashbox) and she was done and ready for the night.

Finished look: