Add Color to your Makeup Routine

I’m proud to say that this is my first beauty post featuring only cruelty free makeup!

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If you are anything like me, you find yourself reaching for neutral eye colors almost every day. Maybe you fear that adding color would be “too much” or is just not suitable for daily wear.  In this post, I’m going to show you three eye looks that incorporate color into a neutral makeup routine.

Look #1: Pop of Color in the Corner

Applying a bright color all over the lid terrifies many and is downright difficult to pull off. I have found that blending some in the inner corner gives a beautiful effect, but is still wearable.

For this look, I will be using the Urban Decay Ammo Palette. Wet n Wild also has cheaper colored palettes that have similar quality and pigmentation.

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I will begin by using a brush with a precise tip. A lip brush or small crease brush will work.

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Place the brush at the corner of your eye (not in your near duct) and using small flicking motions, drag the color towards the inner 1/3 of the lid. Do not let this color get into the crease. Repeat this step until the desired intensity is reached.

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Now using a shader brush, pack a neutral champaigne color on the outer half and middle of the lid, blending away the harsh divide between the blue and champagne with back and forth motions. Then, blend a matte brown into the crease. I will be using the crease shade from the Wet n Wild palette, Walking on Eggshells. I am mainly focusing this color above the champagne, not the blue.

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As blending eyeshadow reduces the intensity, go back and touch up the blue and champagne. Finish by running the crease shade along the lower lashline and dabbing some of the champagne in the inner corner with your finger.

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Now, you can highlight the brow bone or add liner if you wish. Otherwise, just finish with mascara.

Done!

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Look #2: Lilac Crease

This look is easier to do than look #1, in my opinion, but is still equally eye catching! For this look, I will be using the Urban Decay Ammo Palette again.

I will begin by packing a champagne shimmer all over the lid and inner corner. Then, I will blend a matte transition shade in the crease. Any light matte brown will work, even a facial powder. This prepares the crease for the lilac we will be adding next.

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Now, take a bit of the lilac on a precise crease brush (one that is not too fluffy) and focus this on the outer corner and crease. Less is more!  Take a bit of pigment on the brush at a time and build the color up. Like before, blending in the crease caused pigmentation to be lost on the lid, so touch up the champagne shade. For an added pop of purple, run the same lilac shade along the lower lashline. Otherwise, use a matte brown.

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Finish with eyeliner, if you so desire, and mascara.

Done!

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Look #3: Colored Eyeliner

For this look, I will be using the Wet n Wild Walking on Eggshells palette and a purple pencil liner from Physician’s Formula.

Begin by applying the lid shade all over the lid and blending the crease shade into the crease. (Easy!)

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Now line your lashline with the purple pencil liner. Don’t wing this out and make sure this line is quite thick.

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Then, taking a liquid liner, add a very thin line as close to the lashline as possible, winging it out slightly. The contrast between the colored liner and the black will make the purple more dramatic.

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Then go back and intensify the purple liner to your liking. Smudge a bit into the lower lashline if you wish. Finish with mascara.

Done!

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Tips

1. Remember to use a primer, such as Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. This will help colors remain vibrant all day. To make colors even more vibrant, wet the brush with water or a makeup setting spray.

2. Feel free to mix and match bits and pieces from these looks and vary the colors. For instance, try a blue eyeliner or a bright green in the inner corner. When it comes to adding these small pops of color, there’s really no wrong way to do it.

3. Want even more color? Try a vibrant lip or blush!

Hope these looks will help you to always live life in color! 🙂 🌈

Best,

Leila

A Note on my Brushes: My brushes from Sonia Kashuk and Sephora are not vegan. They are made from goat and pony hairs, as well as synthetic bristles. Sonia Kashuk claims that their brushes are “100% cruelty free,” obtained from these animals like a haircut. But even though the act of taking the hair to make the brushes is cruelty free, we know nothing about how these animals are treated, where they live, and what they are used for. I will be looking for some brushes made from synthetic materials to replace them soon.

Why switch to synthetic brushes? http://www.peta.org/living/beauty/synthetic-make-brushes/

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12 thoughts on “Add Color to your Makeup Routine

    • I am glad you support my choice to use only cruelty free makeup! I love Urban Decay, too! It is only a matter of time until I succumb to purchasing a naked palette… 😛 Thanks! 🙂

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  1. I haven’t bought animal-hair brushes in years. So glad to see you promoting synthetic ones. Real Techniques and EcoTools make great ones. I also like the chrome ABT (Advanced Beauty Tools) face brushes that I just got. They’re reeaally cheap on Amazon and eBay because (sad to say) the company went out of business. However, they were going for $100/set originally, and I picked up a set of 4 for $14. –Angela

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    • I’m glad you support the use of synthetic brushes too. Thanks for letting me know where I can find good brushes! Your advice is a great help! Thank you for checking out my blog! 🙂

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  2. mikkitait says:

    I’m loving the look of #1. Definitely going to give this a go. Really good that you’re wanting to get synthetic brushes too. The Body Shop have a great range of cruelty-free synthetic brushes. Maybe check them out?

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    • Glad you enjoyed this tutorial! I would love to know how look #1 turns out for you! Thanks for the brush recommendation! I will definitely look into The Body Shop. 🙂

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