Welcome to the best of our Idea Gallery for August 2012. (See our previous round-ups here) This month seemed to be all about the drama. With Summer ending, the transition to fall saw no shortage of bold and creative looks. And our artist seemed inspired by the changing colors around them. Whether it was striking shades that graced the entire eyelid, or pops of color added to a neutral look, color is back and in a big way!
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Here our artist shows us how the use of perfectly placed pops of color can transform a neutral look to a more daring one. This look is ideal for those of you who are still shy about using a lot of color on your lids. Place Makeup Geek’s Brown Sugar on the eyelid coming up past the crease and blend the color out. Use the shade Corrupt to darken the crease area and feather the color using Bada Bing. Use Shimma Shimma as your highlight under the brow bone and in the inner corner. To add color under your eye, line the outer 1/2 with a bright purple shade like Makeup Geek’s Wisteria and then finish lining under the eye with Poolside. With the ability to place any shades you like under the eyes the possibilities for this look are endless.
This is a stunning example of how just a few colors and dramatic lines can create a timeless and striking effect. The artist here began by placing MAC’s Reflects Bronze on the lower lid bringing it up slightly past the crease making sure to feather out any harsh lines. Use a brown color like Makeup Geek’s Bada Bing to darken the outer 1/3 of the eye. Place a shimmer such as as Shimma Shimma to the inner corner and blend upward. Next, use Makeup Geek’s Corrupt and line the upper and bottom of the eye making sure to leave the distinctive flick on both ends. Smudge the color out slightly for a faded effect. Do not connect the liner on the end of the eye. Apply a white liner to the bottom inner rim of the eye and extend the color out between the two black lines left from lining the upper and lower lash line.
This is another striking example of how color can look soft and elegant at the same time. Begin this look by placing a peachy gold color like Makeup Geek’s Mango Tango on the lower lid. Use a soft brown like Makeup Geek’s Mocha or for a darker effect Bada Bing on the inner crease area. Take some more of the peach color and blend out the outer corner of the eye. Darken the crease by adding a touch of black to it and blend it out. Wing out the eyeliner on the upper eyelid and then extend the line in the lower inner corner to create a sort of “beak” look and then line the lower lash line and waterline of the eye. Blend the liner on the lower lash line with the same peach pigment you used earlier. Next, fill in the “beak” area with a white liner, curl your lashes and add your favorite mascara.
Our wonderful artist Starryskies never fails in bringing us stunning looks and this playful creation is not exception. Begin by using NYX jumbo pencil in Black Bean over the lid as a base. Next, go in with Makeup Geek’s Poolside and apply over the black base and under the eye as well. Go in with the color Neptune and blend onto the outer corner and up into the crease of the eye. Gently pat Mermaid on the center of the eye to brighten the look and add another pop of color. Use Purely Naked to blend out any harsh lines left from the blue shades that were used. Use Shimma Shimma as a highlight under the brow bone. Line the eyes with a black gel liner like Makeup Geek’s Immortal and then soften it some by smudging a little Corrupt over it. Curl your lashes and add your favorite mascara or for more drama your favorite lashes!
Not for the faint of heart, this next look was inspired by the waves of the ocean. Here, the artist used a combination of Sleek and Coastal Scent shades to achieve this remarkable look. Begin by placing an icy blue shade on the lower lid bringing the color up past the crease and blending out any harsh lines. Create a wing effect above the crease using this color. Use a ice blue or white shimmer for the highlight under the brow bone. Add a softer blue shade or a soft white on the middle of the lid to add brighten the eye. Go in with a black like Makeup Geek’s Corrupt and place on the outer and inner 1/3 of the eye. This is where the drama comes in, use a white gel liner like Makeup Geek’s Cottontail and an angled eyeliner brush and create the wave effect above the crease but not above the blue color. Extend the gel liner into a winged effect to fall under where the blue winged effect was created. This gives it the unique appearance of waves. Add a touch of ice blue under the eyes and your favorite pair of false lashes.
This remarkable look is all about that vibrant blue that graces the under eye area. Begin by placing a purple eyeshadow like Makeup Geek’s Wisteria to the lower eyelid. Next, go in with a soft brown shade like Mocha and blend out the crease. If you want to darken this you can add a touch of Corrupt to the crease as well. Use a soft shimmer like Shimma Shimma on the inner corner to brighten the look. Use a black liner and line the upper lash liner and the upper and lower waterlines of the eyes. Now for that blue, apply a small amount of black liner to the bottom of the eye and gently pat a bright blue like Makeup Geek’s Poolside over the liner. Placing the liner first will help the eyeshadow adhere to the eye better. Add your mascara and this stunning look is complete.
Who says simple has to be dull? The dramatic liner on this look gives it a stunning effect that leaves a lasting impression. Begin by placing Makeup Geek’s Gold Digger to the lower eyelid. Apply Mocha to the outer crease to add depth to the look. Blend out any harsh lines by feathering in the color Preppy. Here the artist used MAC’s Vanilla under the brow bone, Makeup Geek’s Vanilla Bean or a color close to your skin tone would work as well. Run a small amount of the Mocha under the eye. Line the top of the eyelid, coming in where your lashes begin, with a liquid or gel liner like Makeup Geek’s Immortal and wing out the end quite a bit. Use a small dome brush to smudge the liner to give it a faded effect.
A perfect purple look if ever there was one, this colorful look is stunning. Begin by placing a gold shade like Makeup Geek’s Gold Digger to the inner 1/3 of the eye. Next, go in with a light purple shade like Wisteria and blend the color over the rest of the lid bringing the color up just a little above the crease. Darken the outer part of the eye with a dark purple like Duchess and blend slightly into the crease. Feather out any harsh lines using the same light purple as before. Line the upper eyelid and the upper and lower waterlines making sure to get the inner corner. Use the same dark purple shade under the eye coming in 3/4 of the way finishing up with the gold. Add your favorite dramatic lashes and you are all set.
Adding color doesn’t always have to be bright. Sometimes soft shades of color are a perfect way to incorporate color into your look and keep it wearable for work. Here is a perfect example of soft color. Begin by placing Makeup Geek’s Ice Queen to the lower eyelid and in the inner corner. Blend the color Purple Rain into the the crease. Next, go in with the shade Moondust and blend the color above the Purple Rain making sure to feather out any harsh lines. Run the same color under the eyes as well. Use Vanilla Bean or a color close to your skin tone as a highlight under the brow bone. Use a small amount of Corrupt to add a soft line about the upper lash line. Line the waterline of your eyes with a pencil eyeliner. Curl your lashes and add your favorite mascara.
Color, color and more color! That was the inspiration for this eye-catching look. Using a combination of Makeup Geek and Sugarpill eyeshadows, this look is remarkable. Begin by placing Appletini on the inner 1/3 of the eye leaving a small portion nearest the inner corner blank. Next, go in with the color Poolside and fill in on the next 1/3 of the eyelid. Finish filling in the eye with the color Sea Mist. Use Sugarpill’s Poison Plum and blend into the crease making sure to feather out any harsh lines. Go in with a small amount of Corrupt and darken up the crease of the eye to add depth to the look. Take Makeup Geek’s Yellow Brick Road and place on the blank part of the inner corner and bring the color all the way under the lower lash line. Line the upper and lower waterlines and add your favorite set of wispy lashes.
This striking look isn’t about how much product is used, it’s about how it is used on the eye. Creating dramatic curves on the eye with the bold colors makes this a brilliant look. To begin, place Makeup Geek’s White Lies on the inner 1/3 of the eye, then go in with Neptune on the lower lid coming up past the crease and create a curved winged effect at the end. If you have problems with this, use a piece of scotch tape on the end of the eye to help create the look. Sweep a small amount of the White Lies to the rest of they eyes making sure not to overlap the Neptune. The white base will help the other colors we are getting ready to place pop. Now go in with Mermaid and beginning where the Neptune begins draw a line curved upwards but separate from the previous shade leaving space between the colors. Repeat again using a pink color of your choice. Sugarpill’s Dollypop would be ideal for this. Run Neptune under the eye and line the inner rims with black liner. Add a set of lashes and you are all done!
This striking purple and green look is perfect for the transition into fall. The artist here used a combination of brands to create this incredible look. Begin by placing a purple shade on the inner 1/3 of your eye and blend upwards into the crease. Next, go in with a metallic or shimmery green color and place this over the rest of the eyelid staying below the crease area. Using a darker green like Makeup Geek’s Envy and darken the outer 1/3 of the eye then blend the color out into the crease until it meets the purple shade. Make sure to go in with a fluffy brush and blend out any harsh lines. Run the Envy under the lower lash line line coming in to where the lashes begin. Use the metallic green to go over the inner 1/3 of the Envy. go back in with a white color such as White Lies by Makeup Geek and lighten the inner corner. Line the lower waterline, curl your lashes and add your favorite mascara.
The fresh vibrant colors of fall dazzle with this look. Begin by placing NYX jumbo eye pencil in Yellow on the inner 1/2 of the upper and lower eye lid and blend out. Go in with Gold Digger from Makeup Geek and pat over the eye pencil. Next, go in with Pixie Dust and place on the outer 1/2 of the eye and place the same color on the rest of the lower lash line. Place Sea Mist into the crease and drag down onto the outer corner of the eye and under the lower lash line coming in 1/4 of the way. Use the color Appletini to blend out the dark green in the crease. Go in with Shimmermint and blend out the colors even more. Use White Lies under the brow bone as your highlight. To add dimension to the look apply a small line of Envy to the crease. Line the upper and lower waterlines with a black gel liner like Immortal and line the upper lash line winging out the liner. To intensify the color, apply Corrupt over the gel liner. Place Ice Queen in the inner corner and blend inward. Add a pair of fun lashes and mascara.
This soft, yet dazzling look is another way adding small amounts of color can transform your look. The artist here used a combination of Makeup Geek and Urban Decay’s Naked palette to achieve this look. Begin by creating a cut crease with the color Buck from the Naked Palette. To do this, use a thin angled brush and draw a line with the Buck right above the crease of the eye following the natural curve of the eye. Apply NYX jumbo pencil in Milk below the line that you created. Draw a line connecting the line and the outer corner of your eye. Flip the brush onto its side and sweep the color upward blending it out. Go in with the color Virgin and place as your highlight under your brow bone. Take a soft taupe shade like Makeup Geek’s Taupe Notch and blend out the brown shade. Next, go in with Bada Bing and darken the line of the cut crease and run this same color under your eye as well. Blend that line slightly using Cocoa Bear. Go in with a Appletini and apply it to the outer 1/3 of the eye making sure to stay under the crease, then use a peach shade on the inner 1/3 of the lower lid as well. Use a Use Vanilla Bean as a blending color on the lids to feather out any harsh lines. Line your upper lid winging out the line and place a white liner on the lower rim of your eyes. Add your false lashes and some mascara.
This dazzling look reminds of us warm fall nights. The colors are perfect and work remarkably together. The artist here used a mixture of products to achieve this striking look. Begin by placing gold such as Makeup Geek’s Gold Digger in the inner 1/3 of the eye. Then follow using a copper colored eyeshadow like Pretentious on the next 1/3 of the eye followed by a navy blue of your choice. Run the same navy blue color under the eyes coming in 1/2 of the way. Blend the color up making sure to feather out any harsh lines. Use a color like White Lies or one close to your skin tone as your highlight and in the inner corner. Go back in and add a deep purple like Duchess to the outer crease to add depth. Run this color underneath the lower lash line where the blue ends and bring it in the rest of the way. The next part is optional but it is what gives this look its added drama. Place a gold jewel in the inner corner of the eye using eyelash glue. Then place 3 small blue ones on the outer most part of the eye. Perfect for going to a club.
So we know you aren’t going to wear this to the office, but this fun, Chesired Cat inspired look would be perfect for Halloween or a party. Sugarpill is mostly used here by the artist to create this Wonderland look. Begin by placing NYX jumbo pencil in Milk all over the eyelid. Using Dollypop, and a very fine brush, start at the inner corner and draw a line upward. Stop before reaching the end of your brows and begin to draw the line upward through the brow. Create another line directly above the first one leaving space in between the two lines. Create small squares between the lines alternating between the pink and Sugarpill’s Poison Plum. Go back in with the pink and purple shades until you get the amount of color you want.
Now use the color Tako and fill in the rest of the lid beneath the “tail” and blend out the outer corner. Line your upper lid with the same purple winging out the liner then add 2 more stripes to the outer part of the eye. Line the upper and lower waterlines with Poison Plum and run it along the lower lid as well keeping the line straight. Fill in the area with the Tako. Now the fun, use a NYX glitter as a base and spread along the upper lash line about the “tail” and add purple and pink glitter. Add Sugarpill’s lashes in Sweetkiss to finish the look.
The lashes are the center of attention with this stunning eye. Using a matte brown shade like Makeup Geek’s Cocoa Bear and place the color on the lower lid and create a winged effect with the eyeshadow. Next, take a black shade like Corrupt pat the color over the outer 1/3 of the eye and extend the color out into a smaller winged effect making sure not to cover the brown. Bring the color in toward the inner corner of the eye. Smudge the same black under the eye as well. Using a small makeup brush and some remover, remove a small amount of the eyeshadow creating a “break” in the colors. Go in with a white like Ice Queen and fill in the “break” you created and also place in the inner corner. Line the lower waterline with the white as well. Line the upper lash line winging out the liner. Apply a pair of wispy accent lashes to the upper and lower lashes and add your favorite mascara.
Soft, subtle shades can without doubt create some of the most impressive eyes around and this is the perfect example. Begin by placing a metallic purple of your choice on the inner and outer 1/3 of the eye and blend the color up into the crease making sure to leave the middle of the eyelid blank. Run the same purple shade under the eye coming in to the inner corner. Use a fluffy dome brush to feather out any harsh lines. Go in with a soft pink shade and gently pat the color onto the middle of the eyelid making sure to blend where the pink and purple meet. To darken the outer part of the eye and add depth, add a small amount of black to the outer crease and blend. Bring some of the black color under the eye as well. Line the upper and lower waterlines, and line the upper lash line winging out the liner. Curl your lashes and add the perfect mascara to complete this look.
This remarkable creation is for all your lovers of bright colors. Sugarpill would be ideal for this look. To begin, create a cut crease using Poison Plum making sure to bring the line in past the inner corner and blend the color out. Create the same line under the eye making sure to keep crisp, sharp lines at each end of the eye. Make sure to leave a space between the upper and lower purple parts. Pat back over the purple with a black shade to darken the purple color. Go back in with Dollypop above the purple and feather the color out making sure to get rid of any harsh lines. Next, go in with Velocity and pat the color onto the lower lid below the purple leaving the inner 1/3 empty. Then apply Acidberry to the rest of the eyelid. Use Buttercupcake to fill in the inner and outer corners of the eyes. Finish with your lashes and your have a vivid look that is sure to turn heads.
This remarkable look shows us how easy it is to transform a look depending on where you place the pop of color. The artist here used a Sleek palette to create this stunning look. Begin by placing a piece of tape on the outer part of the eye. Use a black and smudge the color along the upper lash line and feather the color outward drawing it along the tape as you go. Pull the color inward from the tape to the center of the eye bringing the color all the way in. Blend the black out with a grey color and then repeat with a soft brown shade. Use a color close to your skin tone as the highlight. Bring the black and grey colors under the eye and connect them with the colors on the upper lid. Use a slight shimmer like Shimma Shimma in the inner corner. A cotton bud will help create a clean line under the eye and on the outer part as well. In the first picture, our artist uses the bright yellow color on the upper lash line and in the second picture moves it to the inner bottom part of the lash line. Which ever one you choose this is a perfect way to incorporate bolder shades into your wardrobe.
Creating a colorful cut crease is timeless and chic at the same time. Here the artist used Makeup Geek eyeshadows to create this remarkable look. Begin by using Corrupt and drawing a line right above the crease following the natural curve of the eye. Once done, flip the brush on its side and feather the color upward to blend the out slightly. Next, go in with the color Razzleberry and with a fluffy brush, blend the color out making sure to avoid any harsh lines. Use White Lies as the highlight color under the brow bone. You may have to go back in and darken the crease until you get the desired amount of color. The next step is to go in with the color Shimma Shimma and place the color on the lower lid making sure not to come into the black. Run the Corrupt under the lower lash line coming in 1/2 of the way and smudge the color out slightly. Place a small amount of green to the rest of the lower lash line bringing it in the rest of the way. Apply Makeup Geek’s gel liner in Immortal to the top of the eye and wing the color out. Add your favorite lashes and mascara.
Metallic shades are always hot, in style and the perfect way to add bolder neutral tones to your look. Begin by placing a piece of scotch tape on the end of your eyes to help create the sharp, distinct line. Use a black like Makeup Geek Corrupt and place the color on the lower eyelid close to the lashes and blend upward blending the color as you go. Drag the color along the edge of the scotch tape and feather it in toward the eye. Use a silver/grey color like Stealth in the crease to blend out the harsh lines from the black. Use a white such as White Lies above the grey under the brow bone. Smudge a black liner along the upper and lower lash line and in the upper and lower waterlines as well. Apply feathery lashes to the upper and lower lashes. Here the artist used lower lashes with gems attached to add to the overall metallic look. Choose a bronzer with a pink blush to warm up the cool tones. The striking part of this look is the lips. They do make metallic silver lipsticks if you can find them but the easiest way to achieve this striking lips is to apply a pigment like Sugarpill’s Tiara over a lipgloss. The perfect metallic look!
With Summer ending we had to give you one more colorful summer look. The artist pictured here used a combination of products to create this fun and festive summer look. Begin by placing NYX’s jumbo eye pencil in Milk down as a base to help the colors pop off the eyes. Place Urban Decay’s Kiddie Pool on the inner 1/3 of the eye. Then fill in the rest of the lower eyelid with Makeup Geek’s Poolside. Go in with a bright purple shade and fill in the outer 1/3 of the eye and feather the color up into the crease. Run the same purple under the eyes coming in to where the eyelashes begin. With a fluffy brush, use a pink shade of your choice and blend the color above the purple making sure to blend out any harsh lines. Use the same pink to run under the eye over the edge of the purple. Line the upper lash line with a black liner and flick out the end creating a winged effect. Go back over the black liner with a Aqua colored glitter liner. Place white liner in the water line of the eye to open it up. Put on a great pair of lashes and you are ready for end of the Summer fun!
Harry Potter may have come to an end but the inspiration is still everywhere. This look inspired by Slytherin House is perfect for fall weather as well. Begin by placing a black liner on the outer 3/4 of the eye and blending the color up onto the eyelid. This will act as a base for the colors. Begin by using Makeup Geek’s Envy on the outer part of the eye and blend inward going half way above the crease line. Bring the color under they eye as well coming in to where your lashes begin. Next, take the shade Appletini and pat the color on the lid coming up coming up to where you placed the Envy. Bring the Appletini in leaving 1/3 of the eye blank. On the empty space go in with the NYX jumbo eye pencil in Mild and apply a thin coat. Pat on the color White Lies over it to enhance the color. Bring the white into the inner corner and under the eye to meet the green. Use the white pencil in the waterline of the eye as well. Create a very thin line of of black liner on the top of the eyelid and add your favorite Slytherin looking lashes.
Everyone loves Gryffindor House, so it was no surprise that it has inspired so many of our artist. The vivid colors of the house tie into the bold looks for this month as well. The artist here did a remarkable job using both Sugarpill and Makeup Geek products. Begin by placing Makeup Geek’s Razzleberry and Sugarpill’s Love in the outer corner of the eye and sweep the color into the crease coming in all the way. Take the color under the eye coming in 1/3 of the way as well. Next, use the color Manderin and place next on the eye right under the Razzleberry to create a transition color from the pinks to the golds. Place Gold Digger by Makeup Geek on the rest of the eyelid making sure to keep it below the colors that were previously placed. Use Bada Bing to darken the outer crease area and add depth. Line the upper and lower water lines and add a thin line of liner to the top of the eyelid. Add a pair of feathery lashes and your favorite mascara.
Perfect for days at the office or warm fall days, this look is all about those lashes. Begin by patting Makeup Geek’s Shimma Shimma on the lower eyelid. Apply a dark brown like Bada Bing or for a softer brown use Mocha and place the color on the outer corner and drag the color up into the crease. Smudge the same color under the eye coming in to where your lashes begin. Wipe off the brush really well and blend the color out to get rid of any harsh lines. For a dramatic effect, use black liner like Immortal and create a winged out effect. If you want, keep the liner brown for the day and switch it up to black for an easy day to night look. Line the water line with white liner to open the eyes. Add a pair of fun, flirty lashes to finish the look.
The perfect look for fall with stunning fall colors to grace the eyes. To begin this look, start by applying NYX’s jumbo pencil in Milk over the entire lid up to the brow bone. Place a piece of scotch tape on the outer part of the eye to help create the cat eye look and give sharp, crisp lines. Go in with the Makeup Geek’s Mango Tango and apply the color to the outer lid. Go in with a light golden brown color like Makeup Geek’s Purely Naked and blend between the shades getting rid of any lines. Blend the golden brown color with a light peach like Beaches and Cream and place the coloron the inner 1/3 of the eyelid and the inner corner blending the color into the crease to feather the colors out. Use Vanilla Bean as a highlight under the brow bone. Pull off the tape and soften any sharp line. Go in with a brown liner like Mobster and line the only 1/2 of the upper eyelid and wing the liner. Take Bada Bing and smudge the color under the lower lash line. Add a coat of your favorite mascara and this look is ready to go.
We were WOWED by this elaborate design my one of our artist! design in such a short description. The shading and attention to detail on this creation is mind blowing. From the use of colors to using her own eye as one of the dragons eyes, this look gets better and better every time you look at it. This is makeup art at its best and we are honored you chose to share it with us.
We love our Muggies so much and can’t thank you enough for sharing your impressive creations with us. Be sure and submit your looks to our Idea Gallery and keep checking back to our monthly round-ups to see if your look makes it in.