Ways to Play with Color Mascara

So you’ve been wanting to try color mascara, eh? Maybe you just bought some, or maybe you’re eyeing that cute green, cobalt, or burgundy shade online. But…how do you wear color mascara without having it be such a Look? Is there a way to wear color mascara for a subtle pop of color without having everyone for 300 feet know you are WEARING BLUE MASCARA?

Why, yes. Yes there is. You can combine a color mascara with your regular black or brown mascara, making your lashes look different and interesting without getting too bright. Color mascara in class or an office? Definitely! Color mascara for a meet-the-parents dinner? Why the heck not?

Just the tips

Grab your normal, everyday black mascara (we used Inglot Cosmetics Perfect Length Define Mascara, $13), and sweep it on your top and bottom lashes. Next, try a crazy color! We went with Inglot Cosmetics Colour Play Mascara in 02 Green, which is a highly pigmented, almost electric green, and applied it just to the tips of the top and bottom lashes. Presto! A subtle-yet-still-visible color on the tips of your still-proper eyelashes. You can’t even see it unless you get pretty close, but when you do, it’s like your entire soul suddenly gets how awesome this is.

 

Halfsies

For a more obvious look that is still not in “Rainbow Brite” territory, try swiping your top lashes with black mascara and putting color mascara on just your bottom lashes. This can be fun to try with gently varying shades, say, black on top and navy on bottom, or add a cobalt on the bottom for a little more oomph. This works especially well with blue shades, because they’ll make the whites of your eyes look brighter, the same way blue-based red lipsticks will make your skin tone look cooler. “You look different! But…why?” – Everyone at work.

 

Let’s Blend

Your black mascara is about to get a facelift. Sweep on a coat of black mascara, and then do a second coat of a vibrant color mascara of your choice (what about purple? or burgundy?) Look at that! Is it black mascara? No. Is it color mascara? No….or is it? Adding a coat of color mascara to black makes the black appear multifaceted and a bit more interesting, without making you commit to Krazy Kolor Lashes all the way.

Choosing which eye shadow to buy

But to feel amazing, you need to feel confident. And when it comes to makeup, nothing gives you more confidence than a good understanding of color theory and how it applies to your natural eye color, hair color, and skin tone.

So, let’s give you some color theory basics so you can purchase with power. Below are some factors to consider when buying an eye shadow — whether you want an everyday look or instant drama.

Skin Tone

Today, skin tones tend to be categorized into two columns, warm and cool. It doesn’t help that some makeup brands will categorize pink tones as warm and yellow tones as cool while others will do just the opposite, because the color wheel is divided down the center and yellow can be considered cool or warm.

But if you are aware of your undertone, you can navigate through all this product with decisiveness. To find out your undertone, check your veins. Our veins are naturally blue, so a yellow skin tone will have veins that appear more green. A pink skin tone’s veins will appear more violet.

If you have a warm skin tone, any warm eye shadow color will look more natural; if you are cool toned, any cool color will look more natural. Selecting shades further to the opposite sides of the color wheel will give you more drama.

Warm skin tones should try colors like bronze, vanilla, ivory, taupe, light and dark brown, pink, and coral. If you have a cool skin tone, play with pale blue, lilac, teal, gray and turquoise.

Eye Color

Using your own eye color to choose your shadow palette is a perfect way to put the focus exactly where you want it. Using an eye shadow shade that is complimentary to your eye color (one that is opposite on the color wheel) is an easy way to draw attention and make the eye pop or look more prominent. Choosing a shadow that lies close to your eye color (we call this analogous) will give a soft and easy effect that looks beautiful. Here is a simple breakdown.

Blue eyes – We know that orange is opposite blue, so anything in that color family or on either side of orange will create a lovely, dramatic effect. Try shades and tints of orange, red and yellow to get a ‘wow.’ Think copper, gold, peach, coral, pinks, and warm browns. For a more subtle look, something that is next to blue on the color wheel like violets, purples, or greens can create an unexpectedly natural look. Lilac, lavender, deep purple, plum, khaki, and olive are all excellent choices.

Blue Lipcolor at the Office Tips

Like many of you, I love lipstick. I wear it every day and obsess over it, I read blogs and check reviews and compare swatches like it’s my actual full-time job. Red, pink, nude, orange? YES, give it to me, here is my money.

I love the more unusual colors, too—the violent purples, the dried-blood reds, the evil blue-blacks, the deep, velvety forest greens. But I usually just put them on at home and make faces at myself in the mirror. I almost never wear them in public. There’s just something about extreme colors that makes me feel insecure, like wearing them out during the day is going to be work, and I want my lipstick to be fun.

Deciding it was time to conquer my fear, I asked Beautylish to send me the “scariest” colors they had in stock. I was going to wear each one for a full day, in public, casually.

The package arrived. I tore it open. Omigod. These were seriously intimidating shades. I was about to get a lot bolder with my daily look. I applied OCC’s Lip Primer  then carefully painted on my chosen “scary daywear” color and swanned out of the house, hoping I would forget I was wearing it.

Black. Black lipstick. I started my experiment with Tarred, thinking that no color would be harder to wear during the daytime, so I might as well get it over with. I was feeling pretty good with my all-black, very drapey outfit to match when I got on my morning commute bus, tried to swipe my pass, and discovered I didn’t have enough money on it. Guys, I am proud to say that the driver glanced at my face, took in my black lips, and let me on the bus with a wave (That never happens). I like to think I scared him with my goth vibes.

People at work gave me strange looks. An intern said she “loved my whole look.” An employee at Chipotle emphatically showed me where the napkins were without me asking, and several strangers told me they liked my lipstick. And…that was it! I’ve been too afraid to wear “scary” lipcolors for years for exactly what reason? No one cared!

Getting The Feel for Texture

When it comes to choosing eye shadow, many people focus on color first, but shadows also differ from one another in texture. Understanding the many textures available out there can aid you in creating exciting looks, whether you want bold and dramatic, nude and natural, or a creation that is entirely your own.

Here is the lowdown on texture for eye shadows, including a breakdown of my favorite formulas and some hints on how they can work for you.

What does texture mean, exactly?
Texture describes the appearance of an eye shadow, also known as the ‘finish.’ The finish of a shadow effects color payoff, ease of use, and the result of the final look. It applies to all formulations including pressed or loose powder, liquid, and cream. Finish definitely needs to be taken into consideration for the camera — especially in the case of flash photography — but it is also just as important when designing everyday looks.

Matte Shadows
The primary building block to creating a beautiful eye starts with shadows that have a matte finish. Matte shadows have no shine, so they are ideal for providing structure and contour. Since it does not reflect light, the flat texture is great for shaping, defining, and producing a shaded effect. Some mattes are creamy and glide on while others offer a much drier texture. So, it’s best to test the shadow first to see how richly pigmented it is and how finely the powder has been milled.

Try taupe, greys, or browns in medium tones for creating eyebrow dimension or a crease. Use medium or deep, dark tones in brown, black, deep blue or purple as an eyeliner.

Since they offer a more even shading, lighter matte shadows give off a softer and more realistic highlighting effect. Try vanilla, bone and cream for lighter skin tones. For darker skin, try ochre and mid range beiges.

A matte shadow is also the best choice to use as a base because it will not effect the shadows you use above it.

Shimmer Shadows
Shimmer shadows have a subtle sheen and give a hint of sparkle. They offer coverage from sheer to full, depending on the manner of application. They allow the skin to show through, creating a modern and natural look.

Typically, shimmers won’t collect in fine lines and wrinkles, making them ideal for more mature skin.

The lightest shimmer shades work extremely well for highlighting recessed areas of the eyelid. The darker shimmers work great for adding drama without being as harsh as the dark matte shades.

Create with Natasha Denona

Natasha Denona’s Star Palette might be one of our favorite holiday releases this year, and it’s not hard to see why. With its mix of cool and warm shades and four gorgeous finishes (Metallic, Creamy Matte, Duo-Chrome, and new Crystal), this is an eye shadow palette that truly works for everyone—no matter your style or skin tone. It’s also incredibly easy to use, thanks to a unique design that allows you to create a complete eye look with each row. Of course, you can also mix and match the shades however you choose—the possibilities are almost endless. To get the inspiration flowing, we asked Natasha to share some of her favorite looks to create with the Star Palette. See her picks and learn how to recreate them below.

 

Getting Started

To start, Natasha smoothed a thin layer of Lifting Primer Anti-Aging Serum over her model’s skin. She then applied Face Glow Foundation in 20 – Light Beige with #22 Large Foundation Brush, buffing in circles until the coverage looked even and seamlessly blended. She tapped a small amount of Eye Light Highlighting Concealer in Shade 2 under the eyes to conceal any darkness, and then applied Eye Shadow Base in 01 Light to the lids.

To create this crystal-tinged smoky eye, Natasha used only three shades. She blended Earth 102 CM, a dark chocolate brown, from the center of the lid to the outer V of the eye. She added Supernova 114 DC, a silvery duochrome, to the center of the lid and Polaris 116 K, a white gold with a crystal finish, in the inner corner. We’ll be wearing this easy, eye-catching look to all our holiday parties this season.

This striking, editorial-inspired eye looks like it came straight off of the runway. Natasha applied Electra 115 CM over the entire lid, blending up into the brows, out towards the hairline, and into the lower lashline. She then added Rhea 118 M, a metallic peach gold, to the center of the lid for a halo effect before smudging it into the inner corner of the eye and the center of the lower lashline. She blended Phoenix 113 CM, a matte brick red, into the crease and used Vega 111 CM, a matte tea rose, as her transition shade.

Mascara For Your Eye Shape

Even though mascara is a staple for many makeup wearers, it’s one of the more misunderstood products in your kit. Mascara opens the eye to help you look more awake. Most think there is nothing to applying mascara—they swipe it on the lashes the same way, every time. But there are methods to apply it based on your eye shape that will transform your makeup into something that looks more polished and professional.

Every mascara application should start with these two easy steps:

 

Curl the lashes

Always begin with an eyelash curler. I like one with a silicone strip, like Kevyn Aucoin or Billy B Beauty. Gently press the band against the root of the lash and turn the curler until the curve is parallel to the crease of your eye. Press gently, release, and presto! This will give even the most stubborn lash a beautiful curl.

 

Basic mascara application

The next step is to apply your mascara at the root of the lash. My favorite trick is to bend the wand slightly to get right in to the base of the lash. Next, comb through the top lash, wiggling the wand gently as you work your way through. You want to brush through the top of the lash from root to tip, brush through the bottom of the lash from root to tip, and then weave the wand across back and forth through the lash until every individual hair is liberally coated on all sides. I recommend using both a lengthening and a thickening or volumizing mascara. I also prefer to use one mascara with a smaller brush and one with larger bristles—the combination of the two makes any lash look longer and more full.

Now let’s talk about eye shape and placement.

 

Wide-set eyes

Start with your curler and the basic application mentioned above, and be sure to coat all of your lashes. For wide-set eyes, I recommend working from the inner corner of the eye out towards the middle of the lid. You want the darkest area to be at the inner corner to create the illusion that the eyes are closer together.

 

Close-set eyes

For close-set eyes, we want to pull the eyes apart so the darkest part of the application needs to be at the outer corner. Curl and apply your first coat with a focus at the outer corner of the eye. Apply a second coat from the middle of the lash and work your way out. For more drama, add a liquid liner along the lash line or really pack the mascara in at the root to ensure that the darkest part of your mascara application is at the outer corner. This will give lift and the illusion that the eyes are further apart.

 

Smaller eyes

For for those with smaller eyes, the trick is to make them appear much larger and rounder with your mascara application. My suggestion is to use one coat of thickening mascara on the full lash. Next, use a lengthening mascara and brush it only in the center of the lid. This will draw focus toward the center of the eye and it will appear more open, wider and larger.

 

Almond-shaped

To enhance or create an almond-shaped eye, focus your mascara at the outer corner of the lashes on top and bottom. Try using a thickening mascara on the top lash with a second application from the center of the lid toward the outer corner. Then use the tip of your mascara brush or a smaller brush and liberally apply mascara to the bottom lash as well—but only at the outer corner. This will enhance or create an almond shape.

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