I'm excited to bring you Part Five of my Coastal Scents eye shadow series. If you haven't already, please do go check out Parts One through Four. Linkage: http://nushinspace.blogspot.com/2014/04/makeup-by-nush-eyeshadow-looks-using.html, http://nushinspace.blogspot.com/2014/04/makeup-by-nush-eye-looks-using-coastal.html, http://nushinspace.blogspot.com/2014/04/makeup-by-nush-coastal-scents-eyeshadow.html, and http://nushinspace.blogspot.com/2014/04/makeup-by-nush-eyeshadow-looks-using_19.html
Basically, I bought a bunch of Shadow Pots (single shadows) from Coastal Scents, and customized them into 6 4 pan palettes. So each instalment in this series features one quad, and four looks made using its shadows. I sometimes add a fifth look if inspiration strikes me.
Gypsy Blue (top left): a beautiful light blue/ gold duo chrome shadow with a satin finish. You'll see that in certain light and with layering you can bring out an almost pure gold colour that makes a gorgeous highlight. If you're looking at buying some CS shadows, note that this, Niagara, and Lakeshore are ridiculously similar; Lakeshore is a fraction darker and more blue.
Wizardry (top right): I'd describe this as a metallic pine colour with a satin rather than shimmer finish. It is soft and buttery and has barely any fallout. It also blends beautifully.
Steel Grey (bottom left): another very metallic shade, this is just stunning. To describe it as 'grey' does it no justice. It is ridiculously pigmented, has a beautiful sheen, and can take on either a bluish or plumish cast in certain lights. One of my favourites.
Cajun Craze (bottom right): the website may say orange-red, and this picture may back it up, but this colour is more of a reddish bronze. It is certainly much darker than the picture. That said, it is pigmented, butter soft, and has a metallic finish. If you're considering buying this, please note that Canyon Coral (Palette 1), and Sundried (Palette 2) are almost the same colour. Buy one, not all, if this colour strikes your fancy.
Now on to the looks...
Using any kind of eyeliner that strikes your fancy, closely line your lower lash line, from outer corner inward. Just before the tear-duct, pull the liner downward, mimicking the curve of your upper eyelid at the inner corner. Don't be afraid to adjust the thickness, length, angle, and placement of the line as much as you'd like based on your preferences and eye shape. Using a small stiff angled brush, stamp Steel Grey along the line you have made. I went over my line several times to really bring out the metallic quality of said shadow. Now, with a fluffy brush, blend Gypsy Blue all over your eye lid. When you get to the inner corner, use a smaller brush, and pack on more colour in order to bring out the gold tones of this shadow. Fill in the area around under the tear-duct and above the little reverse wing of your liner to open up the eye. Add mascara.
Smoky eye time! This look is dark and smoky and a bit wild, WITHOUT involving only black and black and more black. I like to think of it as a bright smoky eye. I know smoky eyes may be intimidating, but have no fear, this is easy as. Step one: using a black pencil liner, line the outer two thirds of your upper and lower lash lines. There's no need to be precise or careful at all. Step two: smudge smudge smudge. Just use your fingers. Smudge the colour up onto your lid as well. Whatever shape it turns out is totally fine. Step three: with the same black pencil, tight-line and rim your waterline. That's all the black done. Step Four: pick up Steel Grey with a flat shadow brush, and pack it onto the outer third of your lid, and blend it inwards. Keep packing on the shadow and blending until you have reached the intensity you're comfortable with. Pull the shadow along the lower lash line as well, barring the inner corner. Step Five: take Gypsy Blue, and build it up on the inner corner and along the inner third of the both top and bottom eyelids. Blend slightly into the Grey in the center of the lid. You can leave it at that, or Step Six: add some lashes. This look is kind of dramatic, and won't be overpowered by a set of lashes.
Smudge, blend, highlight: smoky eye.
Aaaaand now there are four pictures. Again. Sorry. Overload. It's a lighting thing; the effect is just so different (that one photo was under a fluorescent bulb) . Anyway, after the last look, I was inspired to do a blown out day-time appropriate smoky eye. It is ridiculously simple, you don't even have to involve brushes if you don't want to. Swirl your finger in Cajun Craze. Start at the upper lash line (where you'll deposit the most colour), and blend in, up, and outwards. Yes, that's right, in up out. You can take this colour right into the inner corners smack bang into your nose, up to the brow-bone, and out as far as you'd like. Vary pressure, and smudge to your liking. Don't be afraid to double (or triple) dip to make the effect more intense. Now pick up a bit of Wizardry, and smudge it into the crease above the outer third of the lid. Next, place a dot of Steel Grey onto the very outer corner of the crease, and blend it into the Wizardry you just put down. The effect should be really light, but still give definition to the look. Next, line your waterline. I used a grey pencil, but feel free to use anything you like (a bronze shade would be especially beautiful). Smudge some Cajun Craze along the lower lash line. Mascara. Done.
Now despite the falsies, which are clearly barely there, this is such a simple, clean, wearable look. Subtle. That's the word. It's subtle, and very easy to accomplish. Yay. Step one: with a fluffy brush, sweep Wizardry all over your lid and slightly up into your crease. Keep the colour focused on the lids. Step Two: Take a fine liner brush. You can use it dry, but it would be easier to spray said brush with a setting spray, or wet it with some eye drops. Pick up Gypsy Blue. Slowly, and in small strokes (you could even dab if you find that simpler), draw a line along your lower and upper lash lines, staying as close to the roots of your lashes as possible. At the outer corner, wing the Gypsy Blue out towards the tail end of the brow. Step Three: it may take several passes over the line to get the desired blue-gold intensity. Remember, it's not a high-contrast look. You're using Wizardry as a base, and adding some light and dimension by lining with Gypse Blue. Optional: add a pair of falsies. I went for ones that were really natural, and not too fancy, keeping with the subtle feel of the look.
Man I look like I'm going to kill someone in that last shot, huh? I took a shot of a tiger once that wasn't dissimilar (I may have used it in one of my Optometry posts, feel free to go have a look). This look started off on a whim, and by the time I was done I LOVED it. Hopefully y'all will too. First of all, you're going to mark off your sections with a nude liner pencil. You could also do this with any other colour, or even a black liquid liner. Draw a thickish line down the center (or thereabouts) of your top and bottom lid, making it look like the lower line is a continuation of the top. Next, you're going to pack Cajun Craze onto the outer upper quadrant, and the inner bottom quadrant of the eye. It's just a game of filling in the holes. Next, pack Steel Grey onto the inner upper, and lower outer quadrants of your eye. If any shadow has gotten onto your nude liner, just retrace it. Finally, add mascara or a set of natural fluttery looking lashes.
Now, should I put this up, or not? I'm getting to the end of my Coastal Scents quads! aaaaaaahhh! then what will I do?
I actually think it would be easier if I just made these into videos, I know it can be tough to look at a picture and try to match that to a written description. Maybe i'll try it, we'll see.
For now, as always, I hope you liked this, I hope it maybe inspired you to play around with your own makeup (or someone else's). If you have any requests of things you'd like reviewed, looks you'd like me to do, and so on, just let me know and I will try my best.