Holographic Eyeshadow Tutorial

So y’all know how I’m always behind on all the trends, right? Well, it’s been no different with this holographic obsession everyone seems to have lately. I think it’s because I had a silver holographic-ish caboodle when I was younger and that’s what all of this is reminding me of. My taste is much more simple and classic these days, so I’ve seemed to stay away from it as much as possible. The two exceptions I have are those holographic chrome nail powders (I still totally wanna get a mani of that one day) and eyeshadow. I’ve seen duochrome eyeshadows before, but holographic is pretty rare to see and I was super interested when I saw it in my new Winky Lux Kitten eyeshadow palette from this month’s Boxycharm. That will be the only palette I’m using in this tutorial, so let’s see what it can do!

I first started by priming my eyes with my favorite Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome in the shade Gilded Rose. It’s a beautiful light pink shimmer shade and I think it would match these eyeshadows perfectly. This also holds color on my eyelid all day long, so it’d be a great one to test the quality of this palette.
The shade names are on listed on the back of the palette and the brushes that I’ll be using are all from the Luxie x Boxycharm Quad Eye Travel Set. I’m starting out by using the shade Strut on the 227T Blending brush. This brush isn’t very fluffy, so you’ll definitely need to use a light hand with it if you’re not trying to bring in any other brushes. Right now, I’m just trying to lay a little bit of that shadow down for some natural definition in the crease and outer corner.
Once that’s nice and softly blended in the crease, I’m taking that same shade on the same brush and packing it on a little more. This time I’m taking it about halfway in on the eyelid and blending the excess up slightly. I did end up needing to bring in a separate clean, more loose bristled blending brush to clean up the harsh lines and soften the look a little bit.
Now I’m taking the matte purple shade called Cheshire and placing that on the outer corner of the eye in a sideways “V” shape. This color is pretty pigmented, so start out with a small amount and add more for your desired pigmentation. I applied this with the 207T Angled Shader brush and then blended it out even more with that separate clean blending brush I used in the last step.
I’m not putting any color underneath my lower lashes for this look, which means we can move straight into the star of the show. This shade is appropriately called Holographic and I’m placing that on the inner half of my eyelid. As usual, I always apply these brighter shimmery shades with my finger first for more intense color payoff and then blended it into the crease with the 231T Shading brush. This is probably one of my favorite brushes from the set.
There isn’t a good brush in this quad that you can use to apply color to the inner corner, but I tried to use the 221T Flat Definer brush anyway. I wouldn’t recommend it, the corners were much too bluntly cut for that area of my eye. However, I did like the way that the Duchess shade contrasted with Holographic. I would just bring in a different brush next time.
I used the same Definer brush for my liner and mixed the shades Romeo (shimmery cranberry) and Boots (matte brown). I didn’t lay a pencil eyeliner down first because I wanted to see what these shades and the brush could do. I was able to build it up, but would definitely layer something underneath for it to stick to or use a more densely bristled brush.
I finished up by curling my eyelashes and applying my current favorite mascara combo. I started with two coats of Lancome’s Monsieur Big mascara and followed with one coat of their Definicils mascara. It’s a good combo, but I’m ready finish these two tubes so I can repurchase my favorite L’oreal Lash Paradise again.
Here’s a close-up of the final look:
And a quick, more condensed guide recapping every step for easy reference:
It’s pretty hard to capture all the colors of a holographic eyeshadow in a picture, but you can see just how beautiful and shimmery this shade is. I’m actually really enjoying it, and this palette has even been impressing me a lot. I still have some testing to do and will post a separate review with swatches of each shade soon, but for now so far so good. And keeping with the Boxycharm theme, I featured the Laqa lipstick in the title picture. I just dabbed it on and pressed my lips together to get the color you see because otherwise, it is extremely intense. It is very comfortable, though, and I’m super happy about that.

If you recreate this look or get inspired to create something similar, don’t forget to tag me on any of my social media -- all of my links are at the bottom of the post. I’d love to see what you come up with! Did you receive this palette? What do you think of this holographic trend?

~Mani Monday~
I’ve been wearing more light and bright colors recently, so since we’re in December I figured it’s probably time to bring in a more dark Winter shade. It doesn’t exactly feel like Winter in Florida right now, but I can at least pretend. The polish I’m wearing is by OPI and is called Get In The Expresso Lane. I love this color and look forward to wearing it every year. I only have a small bottle of it, though, so I’ll have to hunt it down and get the full size eventually.
What’s on your nails this week?


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