Easy Summer Eyes

I recently featured a product on Instagram that I cannot get enough of lately. And it’s true! I can’t seem to put down Ofra’s Rodeo Drive. It’s the one product that I’ve been reaching for every time I do my makeup. If you’ve been around my blog for a day or two, then you probably know that I stay as far away from highlighter as I can thanks to my extreme oily skin. And although I’m still not the biggest fan of shimmery cheeks, this is somewhat of an exception. But when I saw this in my April Boxycharm, my first thought was how perfect it could be as an eyeshadow. With Summer right around the corner, I already know this is going to be a staple product.
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Starting with another product that I’ve currently obsessing over, I applied Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Eye Chrome in the shade Gilded Rose all over my eyelid. I posted my full review of this product on Friday and explained how impressed I am with the quality on these. They’re quick to apply, but last all day long. This is a pink shade, but you don’t have to worry about it showing through under the other colors that we’ll be applying over top of it because they layer very well.
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One of the best makeup tips when trying to get ready quickly is to use minimal products, which means using them in more ways than one. For this look, I’m taking the bronzer that I used and applying it as my crease shade. This is Makeup Geek’s Bad Habit. I’m first applying it with a Morphe MB23 blending brush to get a light initial application of color. Then I used a Sephora Collections blending brush, which is a little more dense, to apply the color a little darker on the outer corner of my eye. And of course, switching to a different blending brush without any product to clean it all up and make it seamless.
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Now that we have a little bit of definition in the crease, I’m using Ofra’s Rodeo Drive Highlighter as my eyelid shade. I applied it all over with my finger first to get a more intense color payoff and then blended it out with a Royal & Langnickel BOM-40 shader brush. This is already a very bright shade, but if you wanted to make it pop even more you could wet a flat eyeshadow brush and really pack it on the eyelid. Wetting the brush helps to intensify the shimmer and pigment.
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Going into my favorite single eyeshadow ever, I’m taking Ulta’s Naked and applying that in different areas around the eye to brighten it up even more. Using a Morphe M208 brush, I applied it under my brow bone to lift the brows and give the appearance of a bigger eye area. We won’t be applying any eyeliner today, so I used it on the same brush to cover any redness under the lower lashes and keep the bright-eyed effect that we’re going for. I also used this eyeshadow on a small Sephora Professional smudge brush to the very inner corner to catch the light and brighten the whites of the eyes.
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Going straight into my mascara routine, we need to curl the lashes and really focus on thickening and lengthening as we apply mascara. Whenever I don’t have eyeliner on, I really make sure to pay a lot of attention to my lashes to make those look as good as possible. Today I’m using Clinique’s High Impact mascara. I’ve had many travel sizes of this and it’s just okay. It’s not the best, but it’s definitely not the worst either.
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Here’s a close up of the final look:
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And a short, more condensed guide recapping every step we just did:
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There’s really not much to this look and that’s what’s so great about it. You’re probably gonna have both bronzer and highlighter out anyway, so there’s no need to spend time reaching for extra eyeshadows if you don’t need to. You could also take the white shade that we used and put that in a triangle shape under the eyes to cover up dark circles. When it’s hot outside and you’re just trying to have some fun in the sun, the less products the better.
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Neutral browns like this can go with any eye color and this particular method just takes a few minutes. There was more brushes that we used than products, but sometimes that’s essential to creating the perfect look. Blending is key to flawless makeup!

If you re-create this look or if it inspires you to do something similar, please tag me on social media. I’d love to see what you come up with! Also, leave me a comment letting me know what your best summer makeup hack is!

~Christina~

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