Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

This tutorial is designed to show you step-by-step how to create an easy neutral eye, perfect for work, most occasions, even Valentine’s Day! If you have questions, feel free to ask, as the whole point of this is to help you!

You will need: Cash Flow paint pot (creamy base in an antique gold tone), Goldmine eyeshadow (true gold), Patina eyeshadow (dirty brown-gold), Bronze eyeshadow (dark brown with shimmer), Smut eyeshadow (dark cool brown) Feline kohl power (black kohl liner), Plushlash mascara (black mascara). For cheeks, Margin blush (dark coral-pink) was used; for lips, Russian Red lipstick (red) and Russian Red lipglass (red) were used.

Brushes: 219, 239, 249

Get the step-by-step instructions with photos…


1. Start with a clean eye-space; if you fill-in your brows, you’re welcome to do them now [or later].


2. Use the 249 and take several swipes of Cash Flow paint pot and begin to apply it to the inner lid.


3. Pull it outwards to be able to cover your entire lid area.


4. This is what it should look like.


5. With the 239 brush, pick up a generous amount of Goldmine eyeshadow and apply to the inner lid.


6. This is what it should look like.


7. Still using the 239 brush, pick up Patina eyeshadow and apply to the middle of lid, starting just above the crease and pulling the brush downwards.


8. Pull the color downwards to evenly color the entire middle portion of the lid.


9. Ta-da.


10. Apply Bronze eyeshadow to the outer portion of the lid, beginning just above the outer crease, with the 239 brush.


11. Pull downwards to deposit the color evenly.


12. Bring your brush upwards and into the outer crease to darken it.


13. This is what you should have.


14. With your 239, pick up a small amount of Smut eyeshadow (go light and build up rather than grabbing a bunch, which could get messy), start in the middle-outer portion of the crease with the brush horizontal.


15. Bring the brush outwards towards your outer lid while staying in the crease area.


16. Swish the brush back and forth in that same area with the same angle; this will blend the color into the lid.


17. Now, change the angle of the brush and light brush it upwards to darken above the crease but only gradually.


18. Keep moving the brush back and forth to help blend Smut eyeshadow into the look. Make sure to get a touch of it on the very outer lid/corner.


19. This is what it should look like.


20. Apply a liberal amount of Bamboo eyeshadow onto your 239 brush and begin applying it directly under the inner portion of your brow.


21. Continue to apply it under your inner brow until you feel it fades nicely between the crease area and the brow bone.


22. Pull it outwards towards your outer brow to evenly deposit the highlight color.


23. Keep pulling the brush until you are at the outer edge of your eye space.


24. With your 239 brush held horizontally, pick up a touch of Smut eyeshadow and apply it to the outer third of your lower lash line.


25. Gently tap it towards the center, lightly swishing back and forth to blend it out.


26. This is what it looks like. It helps to “smoke” it out, but if you want to go less dramatic, you could always skip this lash line step.


27. With the 219 brush, pick up Goldmine eyeshadow and apply it to the inner lower lash line, starting at the inner corner and moving towards the center of the lower lash line.


28. Finish by pulling Goldmine eyeshadow along the inner half of the lower lash line.


29. This is what it looks like.

Finished Look

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74 thoughts on “Tutorial – Easy Valentine’s Day Makeup, Work Safe, Neutral Gold Eye

  1. tatiana

    beautiful!!! you have a nice smile :D

    im gonna have to pick me up a goldmine e/s i have simliar color eyes a bit more honey tho but it picks up to tones so i like it! for valentines my baby’s taking me to mac as a present!!! hahha!!! i know i know im lucky lol! anyway youre very pretty!

  2. Nell

    very beautiful colors, I really like this. Thank you, Chistine!

  3. Marta

    The eyes look great. And the lip colour looks so striking against the black shirt. Ahhh that russian red!

  4. Renee

    wow looks great!! :]]]
    i like your photo tutorials a lot better
    <3<3<3

  5. Thanks for the tutorial! You used all my FAVORITE colors! I LOVE Patina!

    And you look beautiful! I love how the red lips are the focal point and stand out with your dark hair and outfit!

  6. ilovecheese

    Thank you Christine! As usual, a very well instrucuted tutorial. You look soo pretty! What blush did you go with? Any what plans for V-day? ;) I have to work :( and I’m on specialised training on that day and the next – so can’t leave for anywhere on the weekend either. Siiigh…

    • No problem! :) I used Margin with this, as it gives me just a light flush.

      We’re not doing anything, since we went out for Valentine’s Dinner on Monday (lol). Sucks that you have to work :(

      Oh, I’ll be writing a legal memo. It’s due the 15th, haha.

      • ilovecheese

        Aww too bad! Nice that you had dinner already. We’re planning something like that too. Good luck with the memo.

  7. vinna

    Thanks Christine!
    LOVE your photo tutorials. Each step is so detailed, you make it look real easy! Definitely need to give this one a try.
    You look absolutely GORGEOUS!

  8. deepblue

    You describe all steps really perfect! And it looks very very beautfull!

  9. Theresa

    quick question.
    how do you handle e/s fallouts?

    • Hey Theresa!

      If I have a lot of eyeshadow fall out, then I’ll use a makeup remover and a cotton pad to get rid of it. Otherwise I’ll put foundation/powder on top.

  10. Tonee

    Gorgeous!! And that lipstick+lipglass combo looks amazing on you :) It’s one of my personal favorites as well!

  11. Kristen

    Very pretty!

  12. Beda

    WHOA! Those RED LIPS are just perfect! Love the combination of gold tones and red. =D

  13. Lindsay

    I wish I had the confidence to pull off lips that that! You look gorgeous!

  14. Jules

    Sweetness! Thanks for adding the tools before hand. Your tutorials are very thorough, which is wonderful for us. Have a great week :) Jules

  15. I love the subtlety of the eye against the bold lip, lovely.

  16. kae

    nice look! what do you use for your eyebrows?

  17. MoOn

    Thaaanks alot Chistine ^_^ love those colors

  18. lala

    geesh! I dont remember you posting this tut!!..I love it…RR looks fab on you :)

  19. Stephanie

    Those colors look awesome with the red lips! I always think of using more browns or grays with red lips but that gold looks gorgeous!

  20. Sash

    awww you look stunning!

  21. Cristina

    Hi Christine,

    Thanks for the tutorial! You look gorgeous ;) The look seems so simple to do, but it looks a lot more complex hehe

  22. kae

    ooh that’s it? no brow finisher or wax type of thing? you’re lucky your brows stay in place then! =]

  23. Heather

    You’re absoloutly gorgoues!

  24. Carla

    one word you’re wonderfull :D

  25. Lydia

    Ooo I love this look! Thanks!

  26. Alex

    You have really pretty eyes and heaps cool makeup, where do you buy it all from??

  27. Blingbling

    I wanna get yr advice abt Red lipstick shade.
    I cant find out anyone that suite to me.
    Plz tell me abt brand and number of red lipstick.
    Thank you so much for your kindness.

    • Hi Blingbling! MAC makes SEVERAL reds, and I think you should fine one that suits you. Viva Glam I is one that suits a range of skintones – it’s very wearable. Urgent! Slimshine is a great way to start wearing red, too.

  28. Teresa

    Absolutely Gorgeous! Thank you for bringing a work appropriate look together. Tutorials I’ve typically seen (not by you) for MAC looks tend to be very colorful and OOT for work. This is perfect. Please do more of these! :o)

    And BTW – Russian Red looks gorgeous and very classic on you. Even my husband was like “Wow – you need to get that lipstick!”

  29. emily

    i dont av cash flow in my counrty yet wat wud work instead as an alternative. xxx

  30. mandy

    this is so pretty (:
    i really need to try this one :D
    you have a pretty smile, too!

  31. Kat

    Christine, like I said before, you are the best! Keep doing what you’re doing. I love this look, very appropriatee for work plus, it compliments my skin tone perfectly. I live in the Caribbean so the jewel-tone colours – purples and golds work wonderfully for me. Everyday I log on to see what wonderful combinations you come up with. Girl, you have me running to the MAC store with paper in hand ready to buy those colours. I’ll be broke :-)

  32. Yanna

    I love this look! and your directions on how to make it look good are great :] i tried it myself and it looks fabulous thanks a lot.

  33. miniature

    Hey, I’ve just discovered this site and christine you amaze me! I never even knew that you could do so much with eyeshadow! This look is absolutely beautiful, although I can’t believe how much work goes into such a “simple” looking eye! I love all of the looks you do, and now its all about practising them! How many different shades of eyeshadow do you own anyway!!? Keep up the great work babe xox

  34. Maribel

    This color is beautiful!! I’m going to try it. THANKSSSS!!!

  35. [?]

    this is a really good tutorial.. detailed and easy to follow

  36. hi

    What lip products and shades are u wearing in this photo? I’ve been looking for a sheer-ish cool classic red – not in-your-face bright red, and not dark vampy red either, but somewhere in the mid-tone range. Would russian red glass work on me, a VERY pale redhead?

    • Russian Red is quite pigmented as a gloss, so I’m not sure if that’s going to be what you’re looking for. I’d actually suggest trying out Russian Red lipstick, blotting it (so it’s more like a stain), and then adding clear gloss!