Jaclyn Hill Palette Series – Look 1

For my first look, I did what I was instantly drawn to in the palette, which was the beautiful colour called Jada. It’s a gorgeous kind of teal/turquoise/emerald shade all rolled in to one. It’s the perfect mix between blue and green and is so satisfying to look at. It’s a matte shade which I love and I knew I wanted to put this colour all over the lid.

So here is the first look I did using the palette, which is pretty much a recreation of Holly Boon’s look on YouTube.

Love,

Chloe.

P.s – the image of just my eye was taken when I practiced this look immediately after receiving the palette and the full face was taken a different time where I had altered some of the shadows used for my lower lash line. Also, the full face picture has a filter on which makes the lid colour look more green than it actually is.

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Step 1: The Crease

For my first crease colour I took ‘Creamsicle’ (1) on a Morphe E23 brush and buffed it through my entire crease. Next I took ‘Butter’ (2) and a little bit of ‘Pukey’ (3) on the same brush and did the same, buffing it in making sure to blend it with ‘Creamsicle’. The last crease shade I used was ‘Huntz’ (4) on a Morphe M441 brush. I put this lower in the crease to add more depth.

Step 2: The Lid

I took ‘Jada’ (5) on a flat brush (one I bought from eBay) and packed it onto the lid. Then taking a bit of ‘Jada’ on my Mac 217 brush, I blended it in with the deeper colour ‘Huntz’ that I had put down in the crease earlier. This meant that ‘Jada’ blended out into the crease colours, adding a gradient effect rather than having a harsh line. Doing this did blend out some of the lid colour so I just went back and forth with these steps until I reached my desired look.

Step 3: Lower Lash Line

For my lower lash line, I took ‘Butter’ and ‘Pukey’ and blended them across the lash line, not worrying about it going too low. I followed that with a small amount of ‘Huntz’. Then I took ‘Jada’ on a very small pencil brush and blended it out as close to the water line as possible. I placed blue liner in the waterline and set it with ‘Jada’ (please be wary if doing this as shadow can fall into the eye very easily).

Step 4: Final Steps

Finally, I used the L’Oréal Baby Roll mascara on my top and bottom lashes and used the shades ‘Enlight’ (6) and ‘Beam’ (7) for my brow bone and inner corner highlight.

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette – First Impressions

If you’re a lover of beauty, then I’m sure you’ll know that the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette has been constantly talked about since it launched, with its first official launch selling out in a mere 43 minutes. I, along with thousands of other people was dying to get my hands on the palette, but missed the first launch. When a second launch was announced I was determined to get my hands on it, and I managed to be successful! The palette retails for $38/£28 for 35 shadows (approx. 80p per shadow) however, as the palette only launched on the official Morphe website I had to pay a whopping $30 just for shipping, so ended up paying around £50 for the palette.

As you can probably guess, immediately after it arrived, I was already playing with the colours, doing swatches and practicing a look. So this week, I decided to write down all my thoughts on the palette, perform proper swatches and decide whether it was worth the hype and the money.

Also, because of the range of colours in the palette, I’ll be doing a series of different looks using this palette, so stay tuned for more posts!

Love,

Chloe.

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Swatches (those on brown background are taken with a flash, and those outside are in natural light).

Row 1 (from top to bottom) –> Enlight, Beam, Silk Crème, M.FE.O, Faint, Sissy, Little Lady.

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Row 2 (from top to bottom) –> Creamsicle, Butter, Pooter, Pukey, Hunts, Firework, Queen.

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Row 3 (from top to bottom) –> Obsessed, S.B.N, Hillster, Roxanne, Jacz, Buns, Cranapple. (completely forgot to take a natural light photo of these swatches sorry!!).

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Row 4 (from top to bottom) –> Royalty, Twerk, Hustle, Meeks, 24/7, Chip, Mocha.

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Row 5 (from top to bottom) –> Pool Party, Jada, Diva, Enchanted, Central Park, Soda Pop, Abyss.

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Packaging –> The packaging is probably the only thing I’m not a fan of. It’s made from a cardboard material which is silver in colour. The issue with this is that the palette gets so dirty so quickly and it’s pretty hard to clean. It also doesn’t have a mirror inside, which with such a big palette, seems a shame. Because of the size of it, it can be difficult to take travelling. It would have also been nice to have the shade names of the colours on the palette, but instead you receive a small laminated piece of card with names on. However, these aren’t very big negatives at all.

Colour Range –> I love the range of colours in this palette. If you watch Jaclyn Hill, you know she’s a lover of warm tones (as am I) so of course they made an appearance in the palette. However, they’re far from the stars of the show. There are beautiful greens, blues and purples in the palette (my favourite shadow in the palette is Jada, it’s honestly gorgeous). There are plenty of mattes and plenty of shimmers to create pretty much any look you desire.

Consistency and Application –> The eyeshadows are very buttery and creamy and when applying to the lid, they blended very smoothly. Most of the shadows are very pigmented, and some are less so (I had trouble picking up a lot of pigment with Twerk). However, Jaclyn did say in her video, that the shimmers are best applied with a wet brush. These shadows are definitely better than those of the other Morphe palettes. Compared to my 35O, they blend better and have much better pigment. If you didn’t know already, the shadows in this palette are a brand new formula that Jaclyn worked on.

Overall Thoughts –> I highly recommend this palette to anyone. It has quickly become my favourite palette and I cannot wait to play with the shadows more and create more looks. I’m still getting over the $30 shipping, but the palette itself was worth it.

 

 

My Favourite Honest Beauty YouTubers

As many people out there, I tend to spend a fair amount of time watching  (binging) YouTube videos and in particular, beauty videos. I know there are a ridiculous amount of YouTubers out there and I am probably yet to discover some really amazing ones, but I follow A LOT of beauty YouTubers and have so many that I love, both guys and girls (my favourite guy to watch is Thomas Halbert – he’s brutally honest and funny asf). However, some I watch more than others, so here are my favourite YouTubers to watch and why!

Love,

Chloe.

  1. Jackie Aina – https://www.youtube.com/user/lilpumpkinpie05

Jackie Aina

Jackie is my number 1 YouTuber of all time without a doubt. To start off with, she is 100% honest and truthful in ALL of her reviews and will never hold back on the negatives of a product in order to show exactly whether a product is worth her subscribers’ money or not. Secondly, being a WOC she does all she can to accommodate to us deeper skinned girls and guys, with videos on the best brands for certain products that work well on POC as well as the worst brands. Thirdly, she is a true believer in supporting smaller businesses, especially those that are black-owned. I can safely watch any video of Jackie’s and know that there’s no fakeness to come with it. She’s also an extremely hard working and dedicated YouTuber and has not been concerned with a quick claim to fame/following. I would recommend Jackie Aina to anyone at a blink of an eye. If you love sass, wigs, someone who isn’t afraid to speak their mind and someone who produces beautiful make-up looks then Auntie Jackie is the one to watch.

 

  1. Alissa Ashley – https://www.youtube.com/user/itsalissaweekly

Alissa Ashley

I only really discovered Alissa recently, and I honestly wish I discovered her sooner. Her make-up is flawless, her voice is cute as hell and she’s honest with all of her subscribers. She’s not afraid to speak the truth and doesn’t give a damn about what others think. One of my favourite things about Alissa is her ‘Mystery Make-up Mondays’ series. Every Monday she puts up a video, where she has different colours on a wheel which she’ll spin 3-4 times and have to create a look with those colours. She does different variations of the game each time and it’s so much fun to watch not to mention her creativity skills are incredible. She’s fun and she’s real. Also, check out her Instagram, because her pictures are fire. She’s done videos specifically accommodating to people with hooded eyes, which for me is always helpful and something I always struggle with. She does challenge videos as well as starting a colour series where she’ll create make-up looks using one colour – so you could say she’s far from your average YouTuber in the best way possible. Just go subscribe if you haven’t already, okay?

update: she’s literally packing up boxes of makeup and sending them to random people who dm her on Instagram, she’s actually that generous. She really does look out for us subscribers

 

  1. Soph Does Nails – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4X_adKmAQoBItCF0JWj_Hg

Soph Does Nails

Soph is one of the only UK YouTubers that I actually watch (a bit bizarre considering I live in the UK so you’d think I’d follow more). She’s the same age as me and she has the best quirky/weird personality that I relate to well. My favourite thing about Soph is her love for drugstore products. Being a student (which I’ve mentioned a million times I know), I definitely don’t have the money to buy expensive make-up products regularly. So, every now and then I’ll splurge on a product or two, but the majority of the time I stick to the drugstore. Whenever I need a new product, I’ll go onto Soph’s channel and watch review videos in order to help me to decide on what to buy. She also does loads of challenge videos which I love as well as stepping out of the comfort zone with her make-up looks. She’s very honest with her reviews and doesn’t associate with any drama (which there is a lot of in the beauty industry). She started off doing nail tutorials but got more and more into make-up as time went on, and now she makes regular make-up tutorials. She also has a second channel for her vlogs, where she shows a range of stuff from dying her hair, to trips with brands and just everyday stuff. So subscribe to Soph, you won’t regret it.

 

(All images taken from YouTube).

Weekend in London

A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to London to visit my sister. She always finds cool places to go and I wasn’t disappointed one bit. I may have spent a pretty penny throughout the weekend but it was worth it as it was the perfect opportunity to practice my photography!

One of my favourite places that we went was the Royal Botanic Gardens. £15.50 entry (expensive I know) but you get to spend as long as you want in the gardens, and trust me, you’ll need the time if you want to see it all. We were there for about 4 hours and only managed to leisurely stroll through 3/4 of the park. However, I recommend it to any nature/photography lovers.

So here are some of my snaps! Let me know what you think.

Love,

Chloe.

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Summer Shadow with a Pop of Colour

I’ve been dying to get some summer inspiration for a while now, but am cautious on what palettes or shadows I invest my money in. Ever since the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette was released, I’ve watched endless videos reviewing it, all with such high praise. The palette launched on the 21st June at 4pm and sold out within a mere 43 minutes! Unfortunately, I was unable to get my hands on it at the time however, the palette does come back in stock on the 18th July at 4pm where I’m hoping to grab one!

Anywaaaays, if you’ve seen the palette you will know that there are a number of different pops of colour including blues, purples and greens! So this palette inspired me to do a warm tone (I couldn’t help it) eye-look with a pop of blue glitter on the lower lash line.

So, if you want to know how I achieved this look then here is my step by step process!

Love,

Chloe.

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Step 1: I did my brows as normal and carved them out with Maybelline fit me concealer, which I then used as a base all over the lid. I set the concealer with Rimmel stay matte pressed powder.

Step 2: I did my usual warm tone approach and went in initially with Spice from Morphe as my first transition shade with the Morphe E23 brush. I then followed that with Make-Up Geek Cocoa Bear to deepen up the crease with a Morphe M441. Using the same brush, I took a deep brown from the Morphe 35O palette just to add some extra depth.

Step 3: I wanted to keep the lid fairly simple as the main attention was the lower lash line. So, to finish off the lid I took a gold shade from the Morphe 35O and placed it on the first half of my lid.

Step 4: I did my liquid liner as I usually would (there’s a post on how I do my wings on my blog) before adding mascara and moving onto the lower lash line.

Step 5: For the lower lash line, I simply took a blue eyeliner from The Bodyshop and placed it both in my waterline and smudged it along the lash line. I then added some Too Faced glitter primer and topped it off with a blue glitter (if you’re going to do this be VERY careful as glitter can cause eye damage, so make sure the glitter is eye-safe as well as taking your time applying it).

Step 6: To finish up I popped some highlighter on the inner corners and brow bone.

A Field of Dreams

There’s something about flowers that just make me instantly happy. The way they can bloom into all different shapes, sizes and colours. Flowers are one of my favourite things to capture in a photograph and I can’t pass up an opportunity to be amongst them.

Today I visited a little field in a small town in Worcester. The minute I saw the fields, I turned into a puppy bouncing with energy. It was beautifully breathtaking. There are rows of different coloured English Delphiniums. It was a dream to lay my eyes upon and of course I snatched up the opportunity to get some photography practice, as well as having my boyfriend take some of me in my wishful habitat.

The fields are owned by the Real Flower Petal Confetti Company and are open to the public for approx. 10 days per year during their full bloom. Once this ends, they are hand-picked and converted to confetti.

So here are some of the photographs. I hope you enjoy the aesthetic as much as I do.

Love, Chloe.

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Photography Project

Over the past term of University, I took a Biological Photography and Imaging module. This was by far my favourite module as I love being behind the camera and capturing moments I can then treasure. For our assignment, we needed to complete a project of different images showing a story of a theme of our choice.

My theme was ‘Man Meets Nature’. The idea behind it was to show the interaction between the two. How when you go on a waterfall walk or just into the country, you automatically (well I do anyway), feel a sense of relief and serenity. It provides a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, so it was a theme I was proud to attempt to capture.

I decided I might as well show some of my images and see what people’s thoughts were! Criticism is always welcome as I’d love to know what I could do to improve.

Love, Chloe.

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Orange Halo Eye

Now that I am finally free from exams and have completed second year of University, I can take the time to sit down and blog without feeling guilty! I’ve been looking to expand my looks, but at the moment I really only have one trusty palette (student life means I can’t buy all the make-up I’m dying to get). Buuuuut, I will hopefully be purchasing some more colourful palettes soon so I can try out fun looks for summer! For now, I’m sticking to my Morphe 35O and staple Make-Up geek shadows (I know, I use the same shadows in basically every look, I’m getting bored too).

I also decided to try and get back to step-by-step tutorials so it’s easier to follow!! Still getting to grips with angles and still not the best at make-up but practice is key!

Hope you enjoy!

Love, Chloe.

Morphe Palette

 

Step 1: I highly recommend doing your eye-makeup first when using the Morphe 35O palette or any palette that has fall out. Throughout the look you will see a lot of the eyeshadows had some fallout which I then cleaned up later. I did my brows as I usually would and carve them out like normal. Tutorial on how I do my brows is here: https://prettyfacesandmanyplaces.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/simple-brow-routine/

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Step 2: I took the yellow-orange shade from the palette (shown as 1 in the image) and buffed this into my crease from outer to inner corner using the Morphe E23 brush. I’m using this as my initial transition shade which will allow better blending of the other shadows.

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Step 3: Taking the pale orange shade (shown as 2 in the image) I used a Morphe M441 to again buff this shadow into the crease from outer to inner corner, only slightly lower than the initial transition.

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Step 4: Using a Morphe M506 brush, I took a mixture of the orange/red shades (shown as 3 and 4 in the image) and packed these onto the lid, concentrating the shadow on the outer and inner part of the lid, leaving the centre slightly blank. I then took the M441 brush and blended them to make sure there were no harsh lines.

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Step 5: I took a small amount of Make-up Geek ‘Cocoa Bear’ shadow on the outer and inner lid using the same brushes in step 4. I didn’t want to add too many deep colours as I wanted the make-up to be very bright and summery. From then, I took Mac Nylon shadow in the centre and blended out the edges with whatever shadow was left on the M441 brush. I continued to add colour and blend until I got my desired look. The centre lid colour wasn’t as bright as I had hoped but I still liked the outcome.

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Step 6: I took my NYC liquid liner and did a wing. I then cleaned the fall-out with a make-up wipe before using concealer to sharpen the edge of the wing as well as creating a blank canvas for my lower lash line shadows.

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Step 7: Finally, I added mascara (you can also add false lashes if you wish) and used the same eyeshadows as before on the lower lash line!

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Unintended Cut Crease

Amidst all the revision I should be doing for my upcoming exams, I decided to put in a little make-up practice as a stress reliever. I knew I wanted to practice a cut crease because I’m nowhere near an expert on them, but I didn’t quite realise I’d end up with the following look. Of course, glitter was involved and of course, I spent an hour trying to remove each spec from my face (some people never learn, and I am one of them).

This is definitely an over the top make-up look rather than an everyday one, but I took some pictures so I thought I may as well share!

Love, Chloe.

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Step 1: Firstly, after concealing my lids and setting them in place, I took a tiny amount of brow pomade on my eyebrow brush and began to sketch out where I wanted my cut crease. I usually start by adding all my shadows then carving the crease out with concealer but I found this method was so much easier.

Step 2: Once I had my very light line, I started going in with the shadows. Firstly, I took Make-up Geek’s ‘Cocoa Bear’ shadow on the same eyebrow brush and went along the line I drew, buffing the product up into the crease to try and diffuse the shadow. Then I went in with Morphe shadow ‘Spice’ and put this all over the crease as a transition and to further blend out the other shadow. I kept alternating between shadows building up the amount of product until I was happy. To deepen the cut crease further I took a deep brown/black colour and applied it lightly to the crease line making sure to blend with a small pencil brush as I went along.

Step 3: I took my Maybelline fit me concealer on a small flat brush and carved out the crease, directly under the line. This step was easier than usual as the line already acted as the cut crease, I just needed to clean up the shadows that fell underneath. I then set the concealer when it was in place.

Step 4: I went in with liquid liner and created a wing as I usually would. At this point, you can stop, put on some mascara and lashes and go about your day. Of course, I had to be extra. So, I piled on some too faced glitter glue and added a copper glitter to the entire lid. I can’t tell if I liked it or not but it was definitely different! If I was to go back and do the look again I would probably skip out the glitter.

Step 5: I added mascara to my lashes and applied all the shadows that I used on my top lid, to my lower lash line. I placed some highlighter on my inner corners and brow bones to complete the look.

Bombshell Smokey Eye

I’ve always been too scared to use black eyeshadows when doing my make-up just in case I mess it up and end up looking like a panda. Butttt.. with a bit of practice I’ve managed to do a look that I am happy with and decided to share (because this rarely happens)!

Love,

Chloe.

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Step 1: Firstly, I used the Maybelline fit me concealer in shade 35 to prime my eyes and carve out my eyebrows. I then blended it in with a beauty blender and set my lids with the Rimmel stay matte translucent powder.

Step 2: Using ‘Spice’ single eyeshadow by Morphe on a Morphe E23 brush, I buffed it into the crease as the first transition shade. To deepen this, I went in with Make-Up Geek ‘Cocoa Bear’ on top using a Morphe M441 brush.

Step 3: Taking a black gel liner, I began placing it all over the lid, avoiding the crease area. As I got closer to the crease area, I made sure to place it bit by bit and buffed it in the crease as I went along using a very small buffing brush to make sure there were no harsh lines as well as preventing the black from going too high onto the lid (otherwise you’ll look like you’ve been punched). Before doing this, I put the liner onto the back of my hand to see how quickly it dried, so I knew how much time I had to blend it out before it settled into the crease. Once the lid was to my liking, I set the liner with a black eyeshadow.

Step 4: I curled my lashes and then added mascara. I then went in with any pair of false lashes I could find (I’m an amateur at these and I’m still very much in practice of getting them on perfectly).

Step 5: To make sure everything was blended nicely, I took a small amount of ‘Punk’ eyeshadow by Urban Decay, a deep purple/brown on a small Morphe M506 brush and blended it between the black and the transition shades.

Step 6: Using any black pencil liner I placed it in the waterline and set it with black eyeshadow. I then buffed some of the black shadow and punk into the lower lash line to smoke it out. To finish the eye look I placed some highlighter on the inner corner and the brow bone.

Easy Olive Smokey Eye

 

The moment I stray from my coppers and cranberries is the moment my comfort zone ends. I rarely lean towards cool tones or even neutrals, however, from watching a bunch of YouTube videos on favourite single eyeshadows, I began to make a list of different shades I wanted in my collection. One of my favourites was an Olive/Gold/Silver shadow (it’s hard to explain, but it’s definitely not one simple tone). Once I had the eyeshadow in my collection I did a look with it that I loved and paired it with a blue/purple metallic lip. I recently remade this look and simplified it to 5 shadows (that doesn’t seem very simple I know, but some of the steps I took you can skip out).

So here is what I did to achieve this easy Olive Smokey eye.

Love, Chloe.

Original look:

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Step 1: I started with Morphe Brushes single eyeshadow in ‘Spice’ which I used as my transition shade. It’s a very subtle orange that’s a perfect base to help blend other colours together. Buff this colour into the crease using circular and back-forth motions.

Step 2: To begin to deepen the crease, I took Make-Up Geek’s single eyeshadow in ‘Cocoa Bear’. This is a beautiful brown that I highly recommend for anyone to have in their collection. Buff this colour into the crease again, focusing it slightly lower down than Spice.

Step 3: For the pop of olive, I took Anastasia Beverly Hill’s single eyeshadow in ‘Truffle Glitter’.  I placed this all over the lid using my finger (to get the most pigment) or you can use a flat brush and spray it with some fix plus to make it stand out more.

Step 4: To deepen the outer corner of the eye, I used two Urban Decay shadows from the Gwen Stefani palette. The first shade I took is ‘Punk’, this is a mix of a brown and a deep purple. I took this on a small packer brush and started to pack it onto the outer corner of the eye making sure to blend as I go. I did the same with the shade ‘Blackout’, a true black shade, however, I kept this further on the outer corner. You can skip out this step if you don’t want the look to be as Smokey.

Step 5 (Also Optional): I took a black liquid liner and drew a wing to complete my look.

Half Glitter Cut Crease

I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube makeup tutorials lately and one of my new favourite Beauty Guru’s I have come across is Tina Halada. She recently posted a ‘Prom Makeup Tutorial’ and although I’m way past going to prom, the look was stunning and can easily be worn on a night out. So I decided to give it a go and was pretty happy with the turnout!

Here is her video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROu3mJUVpko

Why not give it a go?

Love, Chloe.

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Step 1: Using any concealer or eye shadow primer, prime the base of your eyelids.

Step 2: Using a light-medium brown (I used warm tones for this look), start working the eye shadow into the crease using windshield wiper and circular motions.

Step 3: Using a slightly darker brown, go over the crease in the same place as you placed the first colour.

Step 4: This is the final eye shadow colour you’ll need for this look. Taking a deep brown, darker than the previous colour, place the shadow into the lower part of the crease. Don’t blend this shadow as high as you blended the first two as the look will start to get messy. The dark colour makes the cut-crease more noticeable and will deepen up the look.

Step 5: Time to cut the crease. Using a concealer and any flat brush or brush of your choice, start to carve out where your crease is, to about half way across your lid. If you have hooded eyes, I recommend drawing above the crease, so that it’s noticeable when you open your eyes. This took some getting used to for me and I still never get them even, but the result is still great.

Step 6: One you’ve carved out your crease, set the concealer with any translucent or white powder/eye shadow.

Step 7: Using any glitter product of your choice apply glitter to the area you carved out with concealer. I used glitter glue and then any gold glitter I could find.

Step 8: using the darker browns from earlier, try to blend out the outer corner of the eye into the glitter, but make sure not to go too far in. Having glitter on the lid means you won’t get a perfect blend from inner to outer corner, but that’s the purpose of the look.

Step 9: Apply false lashes (if you want to), add black eyeliner to the water line and take the browns on the lower lash line.

Step 10: Because I didn’t apply false lashes, I took some liquid eyeliner and tight lined the top of my lid slightly.