There’s nothing worse than seeing your pretty eye makeup literally melt into a puddle on your face after you blended it so masterfully. I learned that lesson the hard way my first week in Manhattan. But luckily temperatures are dropping to normal this Fall, it’s finally safe to wear eye makeup worrying about it melting.
Every Fall feels like a fresh start. It must be a carry-over from school days where each September signified a new school year with new adventures, new classmates, and new teachers. You get to impress everyone with new backpacks or school supplies. Now that we’re out of school, we can use Fall to impress people with our new makeup.
Right now I’m totally loving the coral toned neutral eyeshadow palette, Moulin Rouge ($43), from Youngblood Cosmetics’s Fall 2012 collection. Not only does it make neutral interesting, it’s universally flattering. The coral and red tones in these eyeshadows warm up brown eyes while complimenting blue and green eyes. Plus the colors are reminiscent of Autumn leaves in Central Park.
To feel get more into the Fall mood, here’s a neutral yet smokey look with a hint of fire that I created with the Moulin Rouge palette:
1. Use Incredible Wear Gel Liner ($21) in Sienna, a gorgeous metallic bronze as a base. Pat it on with a flat synthetic brush all over the lid and up to the crease, but do not extend it too far into the crease. Use an eyeliner brush to smudge it along your lower lash line.
2. Dust Can-Can, the shimmery caramel-peach shade on top of Sienna to set your neutral but smokey base and add dimension. Use a fluffy blending brush to smooth the edges.
3. Use a pointed crease brush to sweep Cabarets onto the lower lash line and into the outer portion of your crease to create a V. If your eyes are close set, do not blend Cabarets inward too much. But if your eyes are wide set, bring the chocolate shade further in to balance your eyes. With a flat or angled synthetic eyeliner brush, pat this onto the outer edge of your lower lash line. Follow your eyes’ natural curve upward to create an illusion of a lifted eye.
4. Tap a teensy bit of Red Light, the show-stopping matte orange-red right on top of Cabaret. Blend it out so it creates a fiery burnt effect.
5. Lastly, use the shimmery vanilla shade named Revue to highlight your inner corner (only if your eyes are far apart) and your brow bone. Blend that downward toward your crease to smooth out any harsh lines.
6. Complete the eyes with a thin liquid eyeliner in black to define them and mascara to accentuate them. Faux lashes are optional.