4 Fun Eye Makeup Ideas That’ll Snap You Out Of Your Beauty Rut
Real talk: You may not be a beauty expert, but you have a pretty solid routine down pat. You can trace a feline flick, dab some taupe shadow onto your lids, swipe on a nude lipstick and you’re out the door. As for complicated contouring? Leave that to the Kardashian fam. But if your makeup regimen is beginning to get a little well, boring, we’re here to shake it up a bit. Makeup artist, Gloria Noto, believes that you don’t have to get intricate to be creative with your beauty vibe. “It’s so easy to stick to one look, especially as a makeup artist who specializes in a natural, clean aesthetic,” she explains. “It’s always a good practice to feed your creativity by trying something completely different and new from what you’re used to doing.” So, that’s exactly what she did. Gloria and model-slash-musician Ariel Beesley teamed up with photographer Smith Davis to create some unexpected, colorful makeup creations using only a few products.
Gloria’s advice? “Don’t be afraid to play! Find looks you like in a magazine or online, spend some time at home by yourself or with a friend, and try the looks on yourself. Remember: makeup washes off!” Click through to see how adding a hint of color and a pinch of imagination is sometimes all you need to do to make a major statement.
“First, I created a clean cat eye with Tarte black eyeliner and a brush. Then, I gave Ariel a more dramatic shape by extending the tail of the cat eye about half an inch past where her eye stops. I added a few layers of mascara to the top and bottom lashes with Chanel Black mascara and filled in her brows with Chanel brow pencil for a very classic 1950s Italian film star effect, and brushed them into place. I used my own mixture of a few soft orange shades applied with a small pointed eyeshadow brush to make the marks just above her eyelid crease — this gives a peek-a-boo of color when your eyes are open and closed. Next, I used my own brand of highlighter, Noto Botanics Hydra Hilighter, for a very natural, dewy glow on her cheekbones, the inner corners of her eyes, and lips. I hydrated her skin using the nutrient-enriched Noto Botanics Deep Serum. I finished with Chanel cream bronzer to bring out her cheekbones with a soft fluffy brush.”
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“To achieve this fun moment, I used Noto Botanics Deep Serum to start with a very clean face and natural glow. I then applied a few layers of black mascara to the top and bottom lashes, getting really close to the base of the lash. This gives the feeling of eyeliner without having to actually use eyeliner. Next, I used Nars white eyeliner pot and a small brush to create a small dot under the eye — very close to the lashes and in line with where her pupil sits when looking forward. I then used Noto Botanics Gilded Highlighter at the bow of the lip to give a soft golden reflection, and topped it off with the Noto Botanics Hydra Hilighter on the temples and eyelids for luminosity.”
“Here, I started with a black eyeliner pencil by Smashbox and gave it a very sharp tip with a sharpener. I then went freestyle and created a simple design that I felt fit her eye shape and bone structure. The best thing to do is experiment and not be worried if you mess up. You can always clean up with a Q-tip. After, I filled in a few shapes with some fun colors. You can use your colored eyeliners for this. I left the rest of the face clean to keep the main focus on her eye makeup.
“I wanted to play with using two colors that are close to one another, AKA analogous colors. I always love using pink and red together, so I tried it on Ariel who is very fair skinned and decided not to use any eyeliner. It’s a nice way to play with an intense look while still making it soft. I applied Tart Blush in Natural Beauty with a fluffy eyeshadow brush, created an oval shape around the eye, and added a few layers until I got the color effect I wanted. Then, I swiped a few coats of Maybelline black mascara on the top and bottom lashes and applied Laura Mercier lipstick in Mod, a matte red, to Ariel’s lips. I added Makeup Forever Super Matte Loose Powder to eliminate any shine, as I wanted the face to mimic the matte finish on her eyelids and lips.”