Pantone has already declared Radiant Orchid, a very pretty purple-pink color, the color of the year for 2014! This color is popping up in hair trends, makeup, plus clothing and accessories all over, so what better time to try it out than now?
Radiant Orchid Eyes 1 of 14
I thought I'd try a light eye look in Radiant Orchid, but then take it up a notch for going out at night. This look is perfect for Valentine's Day, since it is on a Friday this year. You should be able to quickly refresh and amp up your makeup without even leaving your desk at work!
Note that my eyes are pretty almond-shaped, but you might want to try adapting this to make it best for your eye shape!
My Favorite Purple Quad 2 of 14
Beauty Addict's shadow quad in Motivate is currently my favorite purple shadow, though there are a lot more options out there. Here are a few that would easily create this same look.
Beauty Addicts Solution EYES in Motivate, $35
NYX Love in Paris Shadow Palette in Be Our Guest Maurice, $10
Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening All-In-One Palette in Amethyst Glam,$50
Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Trio in Crown Jewels, $5.99
Day Look: Step 1 3 of 14
I started with freshly primed lids. I use the NYX base because I can quickly apply it with my finger and it covers up visible blood vessels.
Next, I apply a light wash of the light pink (#1) from the quad on my entire lid, up over the crease and to the brow bone. Using a larger shadow brush will let this be a light wash, rather than a very pigmented application.
NYX Cosmetics Eyeshadow Base $7
Day Look: Step 2 4 of 14
Apply the mid-toned purple, #3 in the quad, to the crease for added definition. I then use a fluffy brush to lightly blend this in.
Day Look: Step 3 5 of 14
Next, I line my eyes with black liner. I applied a light line directly into the lash line on my upper lid and just inside the lash line on my lower lid.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Smoky Eyes Pencil in Smoky Black $18
Day Look: Step 4 6 of 14
Next, it's time for lashes! I curl my lashes and then apply mascara to the top and bottom.
CoverGirl Bombshell Volume Mascara $11.99
Day Look: Finishing Touches 7 of 14
Once my eyes are done, I can finish the rest of my look! I skipped foundation and used just concealer to for a lighter, fresher look. A shimmery light blush is great for every day, and I used an attention-getting gloss to step it up a notch.
Garnier 5 Second Blur $14.44
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer $42
Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Peach Beach, $30
Too Faced Bulletproof Brows in Universal Brunette, $30
Too Faced Instant Attitude Brow Lift $20 Beauty Addicts Fierce Gloss in Fierce, $17
Transition to Night 8 of 14
When I'm going from a day to night look, there are a few easy touch ups that I like to do.
1. First, I get rid of excess oil with a Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheet ($5.49). These are great because they sop up my shininess without leaving any powder behind.
2. Next, I need to smooth out my under-eye area. Usually this means taking a Q-tip and gently patting/rolling it over my concealer. This seems to remove just enough concealer to de-cake any buildup and allows me to add a little more concealer on top.
3. If I'm wearing foundation and it's looking uneven, I'll grab a Beauty Blender Sponge ($19.95), and get it a little damp. Then I pounce it over my foundation to even things out and re-blend everything.
Night Look: Step 1 9 of 14
Start by darkening up your lid. I used shade #3 from the quad on my lid. I patted it on gently all the way up to the crease.
Night Look: Step 2 10 of 14
I used a smaller crease brush and grabbed a little of #3 and a little of #4 from the quad. I applied these in the crease and on the outer V of lid.
For an even darker look, follow this up with #4 alone in the outer V and under the lower lash line.
Night Look: Step 3 11 of 14
I applied more black liner! I already have liner in both lash lines, but usually much later in the day it has disappeared from my lower lash line. I reapplied just inside the lower lash line and thickened the application to my upper lash line.
Night Look: Step 4 12 of 14
Depending upon the day, you may or may not be able to just recurl your lashes and apply more mascara. If your lashes are looking a bit spidery, it is usually best to reset the mascara already there. To do this, take an old mascara wand (I think molded plastic ones such as those from the CoverGirl LashBlast line work best) and get it a little wet before running it through your lashes.
Night Look: Finishing Touches 13 of 14
Once my eye look is updated, I finish refreshing everything else.
1. I apply a little more concealer to my under-eye area.
2. My cheeks like to eat blush, so I'll usually add a little bit more. Generally at this time I just do a very small pop of color on the apples of my cheeks.
3. I wipe off all remaining lip color and start over fresh.
Both Looks 14 of 14
A look at both finished eye looks. I do think the night look is prettier in person since you see more of the contrast with the crease then. It was pretty easy to up the intensity of the look with darkening the shades and adding more liner.