I’m back today with the third makeup look in my Beauty Inspiration Challenge for the month of August. Make sure you check out my intro post that explains the concept behind this series, and the first two looks that I did; everything is linked down below!
After taking inspiration from color for the past few weeks, I chose to be inspired by bold shapes this week. We have a fenced-in porch at the front of our house where our dogs can sit, sun themselves and bark at passers-by. The fence is made of black aluminum; it’s quite attractive in a sleek, understated way. It made me think of a sharp black winged liner, so that’s what I *tried* to do for this week’s look!
This was a hard one, people. Please don’t judge me too harshly, especially those out there who really know how to do winged liner! I tried on at least two separate occasions to get this look done, and the eye alone took me 30 min! Needless to say I was not going to attempt it again. So despite the fact that it’s not ‘perfect,’ I’m still going with it. Let me take you through what I did.
Catch up on this series!
STEP ONE – EYES
Since I have hooded eyes I’ve always struggled with winged liner. However just as I was thinking of doing this look, MUA extraordinaire Katie Jane Hughes uploaded a video on her Instagram showing how she does winged liner on hooded eyes. Hooray! Since she can explain infinitely better than me (cause honestly I don’t know what I did!), I’ve linked her Instagram above. If you hit the second highlight on her profile called ‘HOODED LINER’ there’s a whole video there chock full of amazing tips. I’ve also included a photo below from her Instagram of what I *tried* to recreate.
Instead of liquid liner or pencil, I used a black eyeshadow for my wing from the IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette with a tiny, stiff liner brush. In addition to creating the wing, I took it a step further in homage to our aluminum fence and added a thin hatch mark that ran parallel to the wing. I wouldn’t call this uber wearable or even slightly wearable, but it was still fun to do something totally different!
I then added a thin layer of the ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Smoke n’ Whistles right in the middle of my eye to add some dimension. I finished with tons of black mascara on both my top and bottom lashes; Maybelline Snapscara on top, Pixi Lower Lash Mascara on the bottom.
STEP TWO – FACE
Since I spent so long on my eyes for this look, the base had to be easy-peasy or else I might have lost my mind! So I applied a thin layer of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint (review post coming up next!) all over my face, and quickly blended it in with my hands. I then concealed using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Concealer under my eyes and on any other areas of redness, etc.
Read this: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Concealer Review
STEP THREE – CHEEKS
I applied a generous amount of the Flesh Tender Flesh Blush in Pulse onto my cheeks using a medium-sized, dense fluffy brush. I really wanted a strong pop of pink on my cheeks to contrast against the black graphic liner.
STEP FOUR – BROWS
I wanted my brows to be big and fluffy but not dark at all, so a clear brow gel it was. This time I used the NYX Bare With Me Brow Setter with Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, brushing the hairs straight up. That’s it!
STEP FIVE – LIPS
With the bold, graphic eye and bright pink cheeks I wanted to play down the lips for this look. I started by applying Naughty Nude Matteshine Lipstick (formerly called Nympho Nude) from The Sexiest Beauty, a warm nude with a pink undertone, all over my lips. Then I applied my beloved Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon over top to tone down the nudeness a bit from the lipstick.
What do you think of my fence-inspired winged liner? Have you ever been inspired by bold shapes around you too? I’d love to know! Make sure to check back next Wednesday for the final look in this series!