Although many of us are staying at home this summer, one thing to really get you into the summer mood is to get dressed up for a garden party or picnic. This time at home can also be a great opportunity to work on your makeup skills. If you are looking for some inspiration, here are some summer-inspired eye looks you can create yourself!
- The foxy eye
If you haven’t seen it before, the fox eye trend is an eyeshadow look which is incredibly simple, and makes your eyes look young and lifted. All you need is:
- A dark brown eyeshadow
- A medium brown eyeshadow
- A gold shimmer eyeshadow
- A black eyeliner (optional)
- A variety of eye brushes
Start by sweeping the lighter brown eyeshadow across your crease, blending it slightly upwards at the end, towards your eyebrow. Next, take the darker shadow (on a thin brush) and draw a line, in the same way as you would an eyeliner flick, towards your eyebrow but keep it thin and only take it up a little. Use the light shadow to blend this line up slightly. Take the same brush with the dark shadow, and draw another line coming from the inner corner of your eye, downwards. Apply eyeliner and mascara if you’d like, and you could add a little more shading to the crease if that works for you.
- Pastel eyeliner
Pastels are a huge hit in the summer; they’re light and they really give off those holiday vibes. There are so many ways you can incorporate pastel shapes into an eye look, and the simplest is to do it as eyeliner. To create a show-stopping pastel eye look, all you need is:
- A white eyeliner - you don’t actually need to own a pastel coloured eyeliner, just a white one, which is easy to get hold of.
- A pastel eyeshadow colour of your choice
- Setting spray
- A small detail brush (an angled one works best)
- A blending brush
Start by drawing an eyeliner flick using the white eyeliner and continue along the lash line as you normally would. All you need to do is take your brush, spritz with a little setting spray and pick up some of your pastel colour. Apply this on top of the white eyeliner you have drawn, and you’ll have some popping pastel eyes. If you’d like to take this a bit further, buff some of the pastel shadow you have used along the lower lash line. Apply some highlighter to your inner corners, as this will also make your eyes pop. To finish, add some mascara to your lashes like you normally would.
- Turquoise and brown
When placed next to brown, turquoise really pops, and this eyeshadow look is all about that. To recreate it, you’ll need
- A warm, medium brown eyeshadow
- A slightly darker brown eyeshadow
- A turquoise shimmer
- Some brushes
Take the lighter brown shadow and sweep it across your crease, blending into its contours. Take the darker shadow and apply deeper into the crease to create depth. Use the concealer to mark out a cut crease, from the inner corner to about 2/3 across the eye, following the curve of your eye below the crease. Fill this area with concealer and pat the turquoise shadow on top. Blend some of the brown shadows from the outer corner in, towards the end of the turquoise area. Use concealer to make a sharp winged edge for the eyeshadow and finish with mascara or false lashes.
- Peachy perfect
If you haven’t noticed before, dewy makeup is another trend which is everywhere at the moment. It was very popular last summer and has made another strong comeback. The dewy makeup trend is all about making your face look young and glowing by using products which are shimmery and light on the face. You can continue this dewy aesthetic by creating a peachy eye which will complement it nicely. To do that, you will need:
- A light pink, matte eyeshadow
- An orangey-pink matte eyeshadow
- A peachy shimmer eyeshadow
- A gold shimmer eyeshadow
- Some blending brushes
- White eyeliner (optional)
Start by taking the pink matte shadow and sweeping it across your crease, making sure to blend it evenly. You can take it above the crease if you wish to create a larger emphasis. Next, apply the orangey-pink matte to the crease, this time focusing on adding depth. Avoid taking it into the area around the crease. Using the same colour, create a sideways V-shape in the outer corner or the eye. This can be a harsh line at first and just blend it out. Apply the peachy shimmer across the lid, blending it into the V in the outer corner. Add some of the gold shimmer shadow to the centre of the crease; this adds more dimension and a larger variety of tones. If you are looking to make your eye appear larger or more open, line the lower waterline with white eyeliner. Finish by adding some highlighter to the inner corner and coat your lashes in mascara. You will now have a look which is perfect to pair with glowy, ‘no-makeup’ face makeup.
- Glossy eyes
Just like peach eye looks, glossy eyes are a trend which also tie in nicely with dewy face makeup. This eye look, however, is a little more dramatic than peachy eyes, and can be used with any kind of face makeup too. To create a basic ‘glossy eyes’ look, you’ll need:
- A matte, light brown eyeshadow
- A slightly darker matte brown eyeshadow
- An eye gloss or any multi-purpose face gloss. You can either purchase one or create on yourself using some Vaseline and shimmery eyeshadow. This can be a gold or shimmery pink colour.
- Flat eyeshadow brush or applicator
- Blending brushes
Start by applying the lighter brown shadow in and around the crease area, taking it outwards to create a more cat-eye style look. Use the darker colour deeper in the crease to add depth and dimension. Using the flat brush or applicator, apply the eye gloss to the eyelid, making sure to leave an even coat. You might have to keep your eye closed to let this dry for a little while. Finish with mascara and you have yourself a gorgeous, summery eye look!
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