Welcome to the best of our Idea Gallery for July 2012. (See our previous round-ups here) This past month our artist definitely didn’t shy away from using color. Whether it was all about bright, bold, vibrant shades that adorned the whole eye, or small pops of color to accent the overall look of the eye, the use of color was abundant. Drawing inspiration for rainbows, ocean waves and even the orient, our artist captured the world around them with astonishing ability. Crisp, clean lines, perfectly blended eyeshadows and striking winged liner in all kinds of shades made July one of our best months. So if color is what you covet, or if you are just beginning to add hints of bright hues to your look, they can be found here.
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.
This is first look is the perfect example how to add a pop of color to your look. Ideal for those of you who are new to wearing brighter shades. Here the artist used Makeup Geek’s Mermaid to the outer part of the lower eyelid for a soft addition of color. Use Gold Digger on the rest of the lower eyelid. Blend Mocha softly into the crease area for added dimension. Use Shimma Shimma as your highlight and soften any harsh lines and in the inner corner to brighten the eyes. Place Homecoming under the eye coming in 1/2 of the way and then coming the rest of the way with Gold Digger. Use Mermaid again in the waterline over your eyeliner to add an extra pop of color. Curl your lahdes and add your favorite mascara.
This is a great example of a colorful smokey eye that focuses on just a few shades that work together. Here the artist began by using a NYX Jumbo pencil in Black Bean as a base and feathered it up to the crease area leaving no harsh lines. Pat Makeup Geek’s Stealth over the black base and blend out any harsh lines with the color Sea Mist. Use Shimma Shimma under the brow bone as your highlight shade. Go back in with the color Galaxy and place all the way under your eye smudging out any harsh lines. Here the artist used a Glitter from Lit Cosmetics to add some sparkle to her lower lid. Place Shimma Shimma in the inner corner of your eye. Add your favorite set of dramatic, feathery lashes and you are ready!
Sometimes adding hints of color doesn’t mean bright, bold shades. It can be as soft and simple as using golds to accentuate your eyes and here the artist gives us a perfect example of just that. Use Makeup Geek’s Gold Digger on the lower 1/2 of your eyelid. Then add the shade Glamorous to the rest of the lower lid. Next, go in with the color Sensuous and blend into the crease. Add a soft shade as a highlight color, here the artist used the white color from the Revlon “Soft on Eyes” palette. You could use any shimmery highlight color of your choice. Add black liner to the top of the eyes and to the bottom but only coming in 1/3 of the way and then going back in with Gold Digger the rest of the way. Line your upper and lower waterlines and add your favorite set of lashes.
Here is a stunning look for our bold and adventurous Muggies. Begin by applying Makeup Geek’s White Lies to inner 1/3 of the eye making sure to get it in the inner corner. Next, place the shade Chickadee on the rest of the lower eyelid and feather upward. Next, use the color Razzleberry in the crease area and bring into the inner corner going past the area the White Lies was. Blend the previous color out using the shade Manderine. Add a color close to your skin tone as your highlight shade. Place a darker shade like Makeup Geek’s Sensuous or Duchess under the eye and to darken up the outer corner of the eye. Line the upper and lower waterlines with a black eyeliner. Use the same black liner to create a wing liner on the top of the eyelid. Go in with Inglot’s Gel Liner #79 and trace above the black winged liner. Add false lashes to finish off this fun yet dramatic look.
Adding gold to any look is an easy yet effective way to add glamour and sophistication to any look. Here the artist used a combination of Makeup Geek and Inglot to achieve this stunning look. Begin by placing Makeup Geek’s Gold Digger on the inner 1/2 of the lower eyelid and feather upward slightly. Next, go in with a green shade like Makeup Geek’s Dirty Martini or for a darker look, Envy. Feather a lighter color like Poison Ivy into the crease are and bring it under the eyelid coming in to where you lower lashes stop. Use Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadow #352 as a highlight under the brow bone. Place the Gold Digger under the eye slightly over the green and bringing it in to the inner corner. Use Makeup Geek’s Corrupt to create a winged line on the top of your eyelid. Add your favorite pair of wispy lashes for a remarkable eye.
We love the color and the added gold liner makes this look one of our favorites. Begin by placing a blue color like Makeup Geek’s Poolside on the lower eyelid and up to the crease. Blend the shade Deep Truth by MAC in the crease of the eye making sure to feather out any harsh lines. Next go in with Makeup Geek’s Wisteria to help blend out the previous color. If you want to you can go in with a a color close to your skin tone to use under the brow bone. Next, take a light green shade like Makeup Geek’s Shimmermint and run along the lower lash line. The key to this look is the liner. Use your favorite black gel liner and begin where you lashes begin and extend out creating a dramatic winged liner. The next step adds the perfect touch, using Sugarpill’s Loose Eyeshadow in Goldilux and trace the edge of the black liner on top of the eyelid and under the winged area as well. Add your favorite lashes and you are all set.
Who says dramatic eyes can’t have a pop of color? This looks is the perfect example of how to use minimal products and achieve stunning results. Begin by placing Blanc Type by MAC on the inner 1/3 of the eyelid. Next, go in with Sugarpill’s Poison Plum and fill in the rest of the eyelid bringing the colors up past the crease area. using Makeup Geek’s Corrupt, place the color on the outer 1/3 of the eye creating the cat eye effect and use a small brush to create a crisp, curved line coming up over the purple. Create the same line under the eye as well and bring the black in to an angle in the inner corner.
Here is another example of bright shades that combine to make a daring and fun eye. The artist here used the Sleek Palette but you could use Sugarpill or even lighter shades if you didn’t want your colors to be this bold. Begin by placing yellow on the inner 1/3 of the eye and follow with the orange shade. Place a bright pink on the outer 1/3 of the eye. Make sure you overlap each color slightly to cover up any harsh lines that come when applying each shade. Next, take a softer purple and use this on the outer part of the pink and in the crease area to feather out any harsh lines. Place the same purple under the eye coming in 1/2 of the way and then finish with a bright green. Use a light blue in the water line and add a winged eyeliner for even more added drama.
We loved the colors in this smokey eye. The artist here created this look using all Makeup Geek Eyeshadows. Begin by placing Burlesque on the outer 1/2 of the eye and blend up slightly past the crease. Using the color Gold Digger, place that shade over the rest of the eyelid making sure to avoid harsh lines where the colors meet. Use Cocoa Bear above the crease area to slightly feather out any harsh lines and blend the colors. Next, go in with the color Shimma Shimma as a highlight color. Then, use MAC’s Carbon or Makeup Geek’s Corrupt to darken up the outer v portion of the eye. Bring the black under the eye coming in 1/3 of the way and finish up with the Gold Digger. Go back over the edge of the black under the eye with the Burlesque. Curl your lashes and apply your favorite mascara.
This vivid look is all about the blending. Begin by placing NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk on the eyelid coming up past the crease but not all the way to the brow bone. (Using the white base will help the colors pop) Any brands will do like Sugarpill or Makeup Geek or Inglot. Begin by placing a bright but dark blue on the inner part of the upper eyelid coming in 1/4 of the way. The look is all about repetition so do the same thing by next using a softer blue color than before then follow that up with soft green shade. Next, use a yellow, orange and finally finish up with a purple. The real key here is making sure you slightly overlap each shade so there are no lines between the colors. This look should definitely have a gradient effect to it. To help clean up the top of the eye run a cotton bud above it to create the shape you desire. Place the same purple under the eye on the outer portion coming in 1/3 of the way, then yellow followed up by the same blue that you began with.
Cat eyes can be created in so many different ways and here our artist shows us a unique yet stunning way to create a remarkable cat eye. Begin by placing Makeup Geek’s Preppy in the inner corner of the eye and coming in slightly on both the top and bottom of the eyelids. Next, go in with the shade Mango Tango and place the shade over the rest of the eyelid and blend up slightly past the crease. While you have this color in hand, run it under the lower lashline where the Preppy ended and take it 1/2 of the way. Make sure to feather out any harsh lines on the eyelid. Now go in with the color Burlesque and put it on the outer 1/3 of the eye creating the cat eye. Bring the color under the outer part of the eye where the Mango Tango left off. Add a pair of very angled eyelashes. Here the artist used Eldora False Lashes in H118.
Inspired by the Orient, the crisp edge and bold shades give this eye it’s distinctive look. Here the artist used all Makeup Geek eyeshadows. To begin, place a piece of scotch tape on the back of your hand to remove most of the “sticky” and place at an angle on the outer edge of your eye, this will create that sharp line. Place Bada Bing on the outer 1/3 – 1/2 of your eye and bring up slightly past the crease are and blend inward. Go in with the color Cocoa Bear and place over the line left by the Bada Bing and fill in the rest of the lower eyelid and use to blend above the Bada Bing creating a cat-eye effect. Go in with the color Chickadee and blend above the Cocoa Bear. Use Vanilla Bean as to feather out any harsh lines and as a highlight color. Remove the tape and go back in with Bada Bing, place the color under the eye coming in 1/2 of the way and winging out the lower lashline. Trace over that line with Cocoa Bear and then with Chickadee bringing that color in under the rest of the eye. Wing some black liner on the top of the eyes, curl your lashes and add your favorite mascara.
OK really, who doesn’t love Iron Man? This look was created with him in mind and we couldn’t love it more. Place Makeup Geek’s Gold Digger over the lower eyelid coming in 3/4 of the way. Next, go in with the color Razzleberry and blend into the outer v area and feather inward and up to the crease slightly. Go back with Chickadee and feather the color into the crease area and slightly upward. Use Shimma Shimma as a highlight under your browbone. Place Razzleberry under the eye coming in 1/3 of the way. Use NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in Milk to line the lower waterline of the eye. Gently pat the color Poolside over that. Use Corrupt to line your upper lashline and wing out the liner for added drama and add your favorite lashes.
Not all pops of color have to be bright! This is the perfect example of how adding a perfectly placed pop of soft color can make your eyes look amazing. Place the color Sensuous on the inner and outer 1/3 of the eyes going a little past the crease. Make sure to blend out any harsh lines. Do the same thing under the eyes as well. Next, go in with the color Shimma Shimma and place this in the very center of the eye both on the eyelid and under the eye as well. Use the shade Vanilla Bean to blend out any harsh lines and as a highlight color. Create a winged liner on the top of your eyelid. Add NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk to the lower waterline to open the eyes and make them appear bigger.
For color lovers everywhere there is nothing better than a colorful smokey eye and this one uses all Makeup Geek eyeshadows. Begin by placing Bling on the inner tear duct and blend upward slightly. Next go in with the color Shimmermint and go in about 1/3 of the way. At this point you should be in the middle of your eyelid. Place Mermaid on the center of the eyelid and then go in with Peacock. Place the color envy on the last portion of the eye. Combine the shades Duchess and Unicorn to darken the outer v portion of the eye. Use Wisteria to blend out the shades that you have previously placed. Place Peacock on the outer part of the lower lashline coming in 1/3 of the way then go in with the color Mermaid and then Shimmermint to finish the lower lashline. Add a thin line of black eyeliner on the upper lashline but don’t wing it out. Line the upper and lower waterlines, curl your lashes and add your favorite mascara.
We love the use of color on this neutral eye giving it a defined and simple yet stunning look. This is an easy look to do for those days when you don’t have a lot of time or just want a quick look. Begin by placing Makeup Geek’s Shimma Shimma on the lower eyelid. Next, blend the color Unexpected into the crease using windshield wiper motions. Make sure to feather out any harsh lines. Next, use Vanilla Bean to blend the color out and as a highlight. Place Unexpected under the eye coming in all the way. This look is all about the liner! Create a dramatic winged liner on the top of the eyelid using your favorite gel liner or Makeup Geek’s Corrupt. Trace over the top of that liner with your favorite blue gel eyeliner or with Makeup Geek’s Neptune. Curl your lashes and add our favorite pair of lashes for a simple but perfect look.
Fine, crisp lines and bold pops of color is what gives this look its distinctive flair. Don’t let this look intimidate you. Although it’s not for the faint of heart, it’s definitely worth trying. Begin by coloring in your eyebrows black with a black eyebrow pencil or Makeup Geek’s Corrupt. Place three dots going from large to small at the end of the eyebrow. Next, create a clean, winged liner on the top of the eyelid. Use Makeup Geek’s White Lies to line the lower lashline and extend the line past your eye. Place three small dots on the top of the extended part of the eye. Also, place a thin black line under the white part that extends from your eye. this will accentuate the white. Go in with the color Pixie Dust and place it on the lower inner part of the lower lashline coming in 1/3 of the way and on the outer part of the lower lashline under the black line. Line the waterline with a white eyeliner pencil. For some shimmer, add Ice Queen to the inner corner of the eye. Add your favorite lashes and you have a look that will definitely turn some heads.
Pastels eyes are amazing works of art and here is the perfect example. Begin by placing NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk over the eye and draw a sharp line above the crease area where the eyeshadow will stop. Place a light blue color on the inner 1/3 of the eye and feather inward. Next, place a pale pink shade making sure to cover the line left by the blue. Follow these same steps using a brighter pink, light purple and then a brighter purple until you have reached the end of the eye. Use a stiff brush to breate a winged effect with the dark purple eyeshadow. Add a small line of balck eyeliner to the top of the eyelid. Run the same dark purple under the eye. Dip a pointed cotton bud into a little makeup remover to create the unique cut out edge on the end of the eye. Now take some rhinestones and place them on the end of the eye where you created the cut out. Add a bright blue mascara to finish off the look.
For our bold and more adventerous Muggies we wouldn’t want you to feel left out so this one is for you. The stand out of this look is that double winged liner on the bottom. However, to begin this look place a bright yellow color on the inner 1/3 of your top eyelid blending the color up above the crease. Next, go in with an orange color and place over the line left by the yellow color and bring the orange over to about he middle of the eye. Follow the same step using a purple shade and extend that color to the end of the eye. Use a small amount of each color to softly feather out any harsh lines above where they were placed. Use a cotton bud to clean up the outer edge and create a soft but defined line.Make a winged liner effect on the top of the eyelids. Now line the bottom of the eye with a good black gel eyeliner and make the line quite thick and wing this out as well. Now with a bright yellow shadow or pigment, line the waterline of your eye and pat the yellow over that. Extend the color out from the end of the eye and wing it out dramatically and in the inner corner slightly. Create a second line under that line but not below the black and wing that out as well. Curl your lashes and add your favorite mascara.
This look captured us as soon as we saw it. Place Makeup Geek’s White Lies to the inner corner and the first 1/3 of the eyelid. Next, go in with the color Shimma Shimma and place over the next 1/2 of the eyelid blending up past the crease area. Now go in with Sugarpill’s Poison Plum and place on the last 1/3 of the eye and blend inward and into the crease about 1/2 of the way. Place the same purple shade under the eye 1/2 – 3/4 of the way. Now use Sugarpill’s Buttercupcake under the rest of the eye. Go back in with the purple and fill in the first 1/3 of your eyebrow then fill in the rest with Makeup Geek’s Corrupt. Now take the Corrupt and darken up the outer v slightly and place a small amount under the eye over the purple but not cover it up completely. Line your upper and lower waterlines and your eyelid as well. Add your favorite pair of wispy or dramatic lashes for a polished look.
Nothing is more stunning and seductive as a smoldering smokey eye. Begin by placing a dark green like Makeup Geek’s Envy to the lower eyelid. Feather the color Duchess into the crease are and blend out any harsh lines. Place the same shade under the eye and smudge the color out to create a smokey effect. Use the shade Wisteria above the dark purple and softly blend out any harsh lines. Add some sparkle to this smokey look by using Lime Crime Magic Dust in Nymph as a highlight under the brow bones and also in the inner corner. Line the top of the eyelid and the upper and lower waterlines. For an added dramatic effect add a pair of long false lashes and add your favorite mascara.
Warm shades make for amazing eyes. This would look great on you green eyed gals! Begin by placing Sugarpill’s Loose Pigment in Goldilux on the inner 1/3 of the eye. Next, take the pigment Purgatory by Fyrinnae and place it into the crease bring the shade all the way in where the gold began. With the pigment Asylum also by Sugarpill blend above the Purgatory and make sure there are no harsh lines. With a gel eyeliner, create a winged liner on the top of your eyelid. Line the upper and lower waterlines and run a small amount under the eye coming in 1/3 of the way. Smudge the color out and then go back in with the Purgatory shade to smudge out the color. Add a pair of wispy lashes and your favorite mascara.
This is a twist on the classic old Hollywood look. Here the color is on the lips to give it that glamorous, classic look. Apply a matte white color like Makeup Geek’s White Lies to the lower eyelid. Add a dark grey like Stealth or a black like Corrupt to the outer v area of the eye and feather inward slightly bringing the color in to the crease 1/4 of the way. No use a brown shade like Mocha to blend the rest of the crease bringing it in 1/2 – 3/4 of the way. If you want to you can choose a color close to your skin tone as a highlight. Add a shimmery shade like Shimma Shimma to the inner corner. Now for that liner! Line the top of the eyelid giving your eye an winged effect. Apply a waterproof gel liner to the upper and lower waterlines making sure to come in all the way to the inner corner. With a white eyeshadow or pencil line the bottom of the eye like you normally would making the line slightly thicker and extend to the end of the wing from the top liner. Go back in with a black shadow like Corrupt or the same gle lner and place a thin line under the white eyeliner and bring it out like the white color. Curl your lashes and add mascara. Put on your favorite red lipsick and rock those red lips!
Thanks so much to all our wonderful artist who contribute these amazing looks every month. We can’t wait to share them with everyone and look forward to see what all you will come up with next month. Keep your eyes open, you never know when your look will be here!