The Only Eye Palette You’ll Ever Need
There are never enough hours in the day it seems. With taking the Metro to work or leaving home extra early to beat the traffic, it seems that one is always on the go. I like my daily makeup routine to be as time-efficient as possible, and I am sure that many of you are also this way. So here are some tips on how to get your day eyes (your eye makeup for work) to turn into night eyes (your eye makeup to go out and about in the city afterwards) without spending an extra hour in the process.
Eye makeup for work, for the most part, should be subtle so as not to be too distracting. Granted, this depends on your line of work, but would include: avoiding metallics and opting for neutral color palettes. Regardless of if your makeup is subtle or not on a typical work day, it does feel great to freshen it up after work, so applying makeup that can change your “day eyes” to “night eyes” also helps turn off work mode in your brain and step into a different mentality.
The key to making the process as time efficient as possible is to work off of the color palette you used in the morning. You will basically be using different shades within those same colors and enhancing eye features that will make your eyes pop out for a bolder, nighttime look. Thankfully, there are color palettes that already color coordinated for us, so as long as you know the proper application, you are good to go.
The product that I highly recommend is a neutral eye shadow collection palette by Too Faced. It is fantastic and has saved my life more than once. I cannot count how many times I’ve had last minute dinner plans, and I take out this hand-sized, tin palette, follow the “fashion” glamour look from their how-to guide that comes as an insert, and am done within three minutes.
The palette comes with nine different matte colors that can all be blended seamlessly together since the color schemes are already sorted out. It has the “day” color scheme as the first trio of colors, followed by “classic,” then “fashion.” Since all the colors go on silky smooth, it makes the final blended look have an airbrush effect. The colors are also highly pigmented, so they last and look great from the first hour until it’s time to take them off. The “day” look starts with an ivory base color called Heaven that you apply from your lashes to your brown bone. A base color always helps to even out your lid’s skin color to make the eye shadow color appear as the color you actually see on a palette. You then apply Cashmere Bunny into your crease area. Adding a darker color than your base to your crease area always makes your eyes look larger. The last color in the trio is called Sexspresso, and you apply it into your lash line and lower lashes. The more you apply to this section, the more intense your eye makeup will look, so keep it light for this “day” look.
Once you have the “day” look on, you can then use the rest of the colors in the palette to go from creamy and subtle to daringly sexy. You can use the color Push-Up in your crease to create more definition. Push-Up has shimmer to it as well, so it will create a pretty, dewy effect. Then, there is a color called Chocolate Martini, which is the most metallic of the dark shades. It should be applied where Sexspresso was applied in the “day” look, but should be blended all the way to the upper lashes instead of just the lash line and lower lashes. Also apply it on your outer lid. This will create the effect of giving you more of a winged eye, which definitely brings out the sexy.
And there you have it! Your girlfriend has texted you that you must meet her for dinner at Sequoia in half an hour, and the new guy she has been wanting to set you up with will be there. No need to fear with this palette in hand. Just remember to enhance your crease with a shimmery color to create that dewy look and to use the darkest shade in the palette to blend from your upper lashes to lower lashes, as well as your outer lid to create that winged look. The more you play around with the colors and master the looks in the included how-to glamour guide, the better you’ll be at experimenting with other colors as well that don’t necessarily include color schemes.
Born and raised in the DMV, Emma Blancovich has a big appreciation for discovering things to do around town, such as new restaurants to try and supporting the local music scene by attending live shows. During the week she is an editor for trade associations, but on the weekends you can find her hiking up trails with the latest fitness gadgets then getting ready for a night out using the latest beauty and health products.