Idea Gallery Round-Up: May 2012
Welcome to the best of our Gallery looks for May of this year (see our previous round-ups). The month of May saw a wide variety of shades and techniques used to make the eyes pop. With warm summer months approaching, warm hues lit up the eyes and when paired with neutral shades made a welcome transition into the hotter months. Bright, bold colors weren’t overlooked either. These eye-catching creations are perfect for hot summer days or warm summer nights when you want to add more drama to your look.
Just click on each individual picture to visit the original Idea Gallery post for a complete list of products and more pictures. Under each image, we’ve also included some tips for each look to give you an idea on how to achieve it!
Adding a pop of vibrant color to a neutral eye is a great way to incorporate brighter shades into your look. Here, our artist used Makeup Geek products to achieve this stunning look. Begin by applying Bling with a flat, stiff brush to the inner 1/3 of your eye. With the same brush pat on the shade Bitten to the rest of the lower lid. With a small dome brush apply the color Mocha to the outer v area and bring under the eye coming in 1/3 of the way as well. Use the shade Latte to blend out any harsh lines. Brush Vanilla Bean under the brow as a highlight and to feather out any lines. Go back and place Bling under the eye where the Mocha left off and come in the rest of the way. Use Shimma Shimma to the inner corner of the eye to help open the eye. To achieve an even more open eye, place a white eyeliner in the waterline of the eye.
Soft, sultry eyes never go out of style and here our artist shows us exactly how to create a striking neutral eye with Makeup Geek Eyeshadows. Place Bling onto the inner 1/3 of the lower eyelid. Next, apply the color Goddess to the rest of the lid. Sweep Bada Bing in the crease but only coming in 1/2 of the way. Use the color Cocoa Bear above the Bada Bing and blend out any harsh lines bringing the color in the rest of the way. Place the same shade under the lower 1/3 of the eye making sure to connect the top and lower. Take the color Glamorous and use to feather out any harsh lines. Place this shade under the lower lashline where the Cocoa Bear left off and come in to the inner corner. Place the shade Bling under the brow bone as a highlight and in the inner corner to help the eyes look more open. Make sure to wing your liner for an added touch of flair and draw the eyes upward.
For those who want to add a little more drama and intrigue to their look here is one just for you. Begin by applying NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean to the outer 1/2 of the eye as a base. Using Makeup Geek eyeshadows, begin with the color Corrupt and place directly over the black base. Next, take the shade Purely Naked and blend out any harsh lines from the Corrupt. Now take Bitten and place on the rest of the lower eyelid making sure to pat over the line from the corrupt to create a deep maroon shade. With a fluffy brush use the color Latte above the crease to blend the shades together. Place Glamorous into the inner corner and sweep up into Latte. Use Vanilla Bean as a highlight under the brow bone. Place Bling in the inner corner to open the eyes. Line your upper and lower waterlines with black liner and your upper and lower lashline. Use Bada Bing to smudge out the lower lashline and add your favorite pair of dramatic lashes.
Inspired by the warm summer sunrise, this amazing look uses all Makeup Geek eyeshadows. Begin with a flat, stuff brush and pack Razzleberry onto the lid. Sweep Purple Rain into the crease coming in 1/2 of the way. Place the shade Mandarin above the crease area and feather the color out coming into the corner eye area. Use the shade Chickadee above the Mandarin to blend out any harsh lines. Repeat the same process using Yellow Brick Road then add Bling under the brow bone for a shimmering highlight. Place Razzleberry under the lashline bringing it in 1/3 of the way, repeat using Mandarin and then Yellow Brick Road. Line your upper and lower waterlines with a black liner and then set the bottom lashline with Poolside.
Shades that make you blue-eyed babes stand out was the inspiration for this look using Makeup Geek eyeshadows. Begin by placing Vanilla Bean on the first 1/3 of your lower eyelid. Next, place the shade Glamorous to the middle of the lid. With the Makeup Geek Outer V Brush, or any small dome brush, place Bada Bing to the outer v portion of the eye. Using the same brush, blend out any harsh lines using Latte and feather it into the crease. Bring that shade under the lower lashline as well. Using a mixture of Mocha and Cocoa Bear, feather out the crease area of the eye until there are no harsh lines. Use Vanilla Bean as a highlight under the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eye. Add a pair of wispy lashes to bring the look together.
Don’t think we forgot about you girls who love to play with bright, fun colors! We selected this one just for you. Sugarpill cosmetics would be ideal for this look with it’s vibrant, bold shades. Begin by placing a light, lemon green shade on the inner 1/3 of your lashline. We are going to create a green ombre effect to the lower eyelid. With the same brush, apply a green a shade or two darker than the previous color to the middle of the lower eyelid. Lastly, place a dark green to the outer 1/3 of the lower lashline. With a small crease brush place a dark purple shade in the crease and bring under the lashline as well. Take a brighter purple and place above the crease. Use a soft purple as a highlight under the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eye. Line the upper and lower waterlines with a black liner as well as your upper and lower lash line.
Colorful smokey eyes are a dazzling and fun way to add color to your summer wardrobe. Here, using Makeup Geek eyeshadows, we begin by packing the color Wisteria on the lower lid and bringing it up slightly past the crease with a flat stiff brush. Next, take the shade Purple Rain and with a small fluffy dome brush, sweep the color into the crease of the eye only coming in 1/3 to 1/2 of the way depending on the size of your eyes. With a full, fluffy dome brush, pick up the color Mango Tango and blend right above the crease feathering out any harsh lines from the previous shades. Add White Lies under the brow bone and in the inner corner. Line your upper lashline with Corrupt and smudge it under your eyes as well. Use a smudger brush to smudge Mango Tango under the Corrupt and bring it up to meet the same color on your upper eyelid.
This dark look isn’t just for the creatures of the night, it’s for any of you who want to add depth and drama to your look. Our artist used a combination of Sugarpill’s of Poison Plum as a base and then Makeup Geek eyeshadows to achieve this daring look. Place Poison Plum on the lower eyelid as a base. Pack on Makeup Geek’s Burlesque onto the lid over the Poison Plum fading the color up past the crease. Feather in Corrupt into the outer part of the eye. Use the shade White Lies under the brow bone and to feather out any harsh lines. Smudge Corrupt under the eyes and wing the liner on the top to finish off this daring look.
Keeping the vivid color on the middle of the lid gives this look a unique flair and is easy to recreate using only four Makeup Geek eyeshadows. With a flat, stiff brush pack the color Chickadee onto the middle of the lower lid. With the same brush place Razzleberry on the two sides and above the Chickadee. Repeat the same process with the shade Duchess. Use the color Vanilla Bean and a fluffy brush to blend out the Duchess to a light wash of color. Use the Vanilla Bean again under the brow bone. For the lower lashline place Razzleberry 1/2 of the way and then use Chickadee and bring it in the rest of the way. Add white eyeliner if you choose to help open the eye.
The elegant and classic neutral smokey eye never goes out of style and here is a perfect example using Makeup Geek eyeshadows. Begin by sweeping Purely Naked into the crease from the outer to the inner corner and under the lashline coming in 2/3 of the way. Apply Shimma Shimma to the inner 1/3 of the eye and lower lashline making sure to get into the inner corner to open the eyes. Use Cocoa Bear in the crease to help define it coming in 1/2 of the way and do the same on the lower lashline. Use Mocha above the crease area to feather out any harsh lines and also under the eye. With Corrupt, place on the outer 1/3 of the outer eye both on top and underneath. Use Cocoa Bear under the corrupt to smoke the color out slightly for a perfect look.
Soft pastels are perfect for summer. Here the artist used a combination of Inglot and Sleek products to achieve this stunning look. Begin by applying pink onto the lower eyelid. Use a soft wash of lighter pink shade in the crease area and blend inward and upward to create a faded effect. Line the top of the eyes with a purple liner bringing it on 3/4 of the way. Line under the eye with a blue and bring the color in 3/4 of the way as well. Use the same soft pink shade to finish lining the bottom and bring it into the corner. Line you upper and lower waterlines with a black eyeliner.
A stunning look for you blue or brown eyed girls, this look is simple and spectacular at the same time and uses all Makeup Geek eyeshadows. With a small dome brush place the color Ocean Breeze on the eyelid keeping most of the color concentrated on the lower 1/2 of your eyelid under your crease. Next, take Mermaid and sweep the color into the crease and blend upward. Use Ice Queen as a highlight and in the inner corner. With the color Corrupt, line the top and bottom lash line. Use the color Ocean Breeze to slightly smoke out the Corrupt under the eyes making sure to keep the lines tight and defined.
The use of a perfect placed bright color can make create the perfect eye as seen here. Using Makeup Geek eyeshadows, the artist keeps the darkest color on the outside of the eye. Place Corrupt on the outer eye and blend up past the crease. Then place Galaxy on the lid coming in 3/4 of the way. Use the color White Lies and fill in the rest of the lower eyelid. Use the shades Pretentious, Mocha and Latte to blend and create a gradient effect in the crease area bringing the color under the eyes as well. Use Bling as a highlight under the brow bone. The key to this look is using a bright pop of color on the waterline and in the inner corner. To do this, line your eyes with a white pencil and gently pat the shade Pixie Dust over the waterline to set it. Bring the same color into the inner corner for the perfect pop of color.
Inspired by Taylor Swift herself, this elegant look is beautiful in its simplicity. Begin by placing a black liner or pencil on the outer corner of your eye and smudge the color out. Gently pat the color Stealth by Makeup Geek over the black base. Sweep Twilight into the crease area above the black. Place White Lies on the lower lid where the Stealth left off coming in almost to the inner corner. Use Bleached Blonde in the inner corner and under the eye. Place Bling under the brow bone to use as a highlight and soften any harsh edges.
Nothing says summer like days at the beach playing in the ocean. This ocean inspired look is for those of us who love bright, bold shades. Using a combination of Makeup Geek and Sugarpill, this stunning look is sure to turn heads. Use Makeup Geek’s Pixie Dust on the inner 1/3, then Poolside and repeat with Neptune bringing that shade up into the crease and blending out. Follow the same pattern for under the eyes as well. Use Sugarpill’s Tako to help blend out and the blue shade and feather out any harsh lines and as a highlight.
Nothing says warm weather and beautiful sunny days more than cherry blossoms in full bloom. Here, we see exactly how perfect shading can create a fun, fairytale inspired look. Admittedly, you might not be able to wear this to the office or on a date, but the this astonishing creation was to remarkable not to share. With different hues of pinks, purples and blacks, the flowers and effect made by this artist is simply breathtaking.
Creating stunning eyes are easy. Here the artist using shading and bold colors for a high impact look. Place a light shade like Makeup Geek’s Bling on the inner 1/3 of the eye. Use a bright pink on the rest of the lower eyelid and blend upward. Dark purples or black swept in the crease area will define the eyes and make them stand out. Use the light color for a highlight and blend our any harsh lines. Placing a complimentary color like purple under the eyes will also help them to stand out. The key to a look like this is blending. Make sure to have no harsh lines and keep the look clean.
Bold eyes never seem to go out of style and here is one that is sure to last. Using a mixture of Makeup Geek and Sugarpill, this fun look is one to fall in love with. Place Makeup Geek’s Wisteria on the inner 1/3 of your eye. Next, place Fuji on the middle of the lower eyelid. With Sugarpill’s Tipsy, brush the color into the crease area and feather the color out. Bring that same shade under the lower lashline in 3/4 of the way. Place Fuji under the eye where Tipsy left off and bring it to where the lower lashes end. Use Sugarpill’s Tako in the inner corner to help brighten and open the eyes and under the brow bone for a highlight and to blend out any harsh lines from the Tipsy. Line the waterline with a purple liner and you have a fun eye for day or night.
Bright colors are always in style but never so much as in the summer. Using Makeup Geek and MAC eyeshadows, this fresh, fun look is a must try for those of you who love color or for those of you wanting to give color a try. Begin by placing Makeup Geek’s Mercury on the inner corner of the eye coming up into the crease. Next, use Sensuous on the rest of the lower eyelid. Blend Mandarin into the crease of the eye but be sure not to cover up the Mercury. Place Sensuous on the lower lashline as well. Use Shimma Shimma on the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eye. Line the top of the lashline with MAC’s carbon or Makeup Geek’s Corrupt to finish off the perfect eye.
And there you have it, our stunning stand outs for the month of May. Be sure to submit you look and watch our galley favorites to see if you look made it.