Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

A Tale of Two Eyeshadows… Stream of Consciousness

I was really, truly determined to just two eyeshadows in this look (not including the highlighter, pfft!), but of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone.  I have a tutorial for this look, and it’s more like a stream of consciousness than a tutorial, because you’ll see me going through the whole process of wanting to keep it at just two but not being happy with it the way it turned out.  I originally planned just Gorgeous Gold and Shimmermoss, but I wanted more oomph in the crease, so I then tried Winkle, which was a bit light, so I went to Atlantic Blue, which was lovely, but blending on top of frostier finishes (like Shimmermoss) can be difficult.

This is all to say that this is more like a “work in progress” kind of look.  If I were to do it all over again, I would start with Atlantic Blue in the crease, skip Winkle altogether, and may even skip Shimmermoss–but definitely layer the matte shade on prior to the frostier shade.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow all over the lower lid. Lightly blend Shimmermoss eyeshadow in the outer crease and third of the lid with the 226.  Next, apply Winkle eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Define the crease with Atlantic Blue eyeshadow and the 226. Blend Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow with the crease shade and then highlight the brow bone with Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow. Bring everything together by applying Flipside liner on the lower lash line, then smudge with Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Echo blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116, then lightly pat Amber Diamond on the cheekbones.

For lips, apply Crosswires lipstick first, and then layer Nymphette lipglass for a complementing lip.

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59 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Eyeshadows… Stream of Consciousness

  1. Shannon

    Someone has been reading James Joyce or Virginia Woolf lately lol.

  2. Katya

    love this look on u , not too overwelming and summery – great job!!!

  3. Athena

    I love it Christine!! 😀 Atlantic Blue looks terrific on this look. Excellent choice. I have blue/greyish eyes, so I think I will do a pink/orange version of this one, using Passionate instead of Atlantic Blue, and All that glitters instead of Gorgeous Gold…Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. rashmi

    love the look honey n u r inspiring me to try blue look soon
    n crosswires is tempting me n i could hear it whispering in my ears…
    rashmiiiii i want u to pick me up this weekend ….
    hahahha surelly gonna buy u dear …. my answer to crosswires
    aaahh she is relieved…
    i have nymphette so m dying to try the lip combo…
    keep up the good work

  5. Farida

    I really like this look on you. It turned out very nicely, even though you had different intentions..Lol!

  6. Ramlah

    could you do some looks where you have oneshadow on the inside half and another shadow on the outside half and you blend them together at the middle, and you just blend the colours out at the crease, and not introduce a new colour, or just use something neutral like cork? I would like to see some different kind of looks, and i really like that you did this one, only using 2-3 shadows because sometimes i get overwhelmed with the number of different eyeshadows and the precision in placing them.

    • Hey Ramlah,

      You can always use less than I use, too :) Like don’t think you have to use 5 or 2 or whatever number – just use what you’re comfortable with. I’ll try to do some more looks with less products, but always feel free to modify or make a look your own by using it as a jumping off point, too!

  7. Jessica

    Looks gorgeous Christine! Flipside really stands out in this look and makes your eyes pop.

  8. Sari

    This is GORGEOUS ! It ‘s so beachy and summery , I love it .

  9. Yeah, I would have a hard time using just two eye shadows. Three? Sure. Two? Harder. So I totally understand the tough time you had. In the end, the look turned out pretty adorable, and that’s all that matters.

    • What’s the point of having so many if you can only use two at a time! LOL!

      I mean, I understand where that philosophy comes from, but even when I started out, it was all about playing around… never counting!

      Thanks, Trisha!

  10. This is gorgeous! I don’t care how many eyeshadows you used, it’s very pretty! :)

    Note to self: got to get Crosswires!

  11. Charlotte

    Could you make me want Atlantic Blue anymore if you tried?! lol that and Crosswires are on my list for when that collection comes out with the re-promoted MSFs (my bank account is really going to suffer that day!)

  12. Diana Lau

    everything always looks so good on you! I went to mac to try on crosswires lipstick because you recommended it but it looked so orange and bad on me!

  13. That lower lash line combination of UD Flipside liner and MAC Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow is beautiful!

  14. LNU

    I wouldn’t be able to stick to two shadows either, this look is screaming for some green in it!

  15. Alyssa

    crosswires looks so gorgeous on you!

  16. ElleBee

    Hey Christine. Lately, your eye looks have been way too much. I understand you’re experimenting with colors, and I can appreciate that. I’m sure you’ve tired of certain looks and what better way to find new, exciting ones than to experiment? However, in this look (and several others you’ve done recently) your lower lashline totally clashes with your lid colors. It can still be a fun and interesting look if you use a turquoise lid that matches the liner and fades out to the golden-green color you used on your lower lashline (maybe a hint of gold in the inner corners of your eyes, too). Also, and I mean this nicely, please put down the turquoise liner. You used this in another one of your looks and it didn’t “go” there either. Love you & your site otherwise.

    • Thanks for your suggestions! Sorry you don’t like the looks!

      If you think a look is too much or you don’t like something about it – just change it to your liking, style, preference, etc. :)

  17. Naomi

    You have been using Atlantic Blue a lot lately, eh? LOL

  18. Calico

    Really really pretty!!! I have gone off blues, but this is so beautiful! :)

  19. Diana

    I’m so glad you did this look with Crosswires because a bought it a couple of weeks ago and I’m still trying to get use to it. I’m a nude lip gal so it’s very bright for me. But I want to try and widen out my lipstick stash. It looks great on you.

  20. Rae

    Pssh. Who needs to eyeshadows when many more can produce something this pretty? 😛 I love this colour combination on you — it’s very resort-by-the-sea.

  21. Bernice

    Your “work in progress” still looks pretty darn good =)!

  22. Michelle M

    This is actually one of my favorite looks you’ve ever done, LOL! I always feel that way about my own makeup too. I’m tend to like it better when I wing than if I plan it. Figures. 😉

  23. AshleyMarie

    Wow, this is pretty much how I did my eyeshadow today!

  24. Hannah

    Christine, the idea behind this look really peaks my interest… I’d love to see you do a look with 2 eyeshadows (+highlight)! it might be a fun challenge for you, and I’m sure other readers would love to see a different type of look on this site. this was an interesting post to read nevertheless :)

  25. Hilana

    Oooohhhhh…… One word. Sexy! No. Two words: SUPER sexy! Love it. And yes, I love the turqoise liner toooooooooo! :)

  26. jaspreet

    I just love it so much

  27. Luisafer

    Love it!!! it’s bright but looks serene, calm…