Elf Rose Water Tutorial

Purple eyeshadow and brown eyes is about as good of a combination as peanut butter and jelly. So when I was looking through the Elf display for their new Bite-Size eyeshadow quads, the Rose Water palette was one I knew I had to try. Working with just four eyeshadows doesn’t offer much selection, so in this tutorial we’ll be using a few of the shades for multiple purposes.
I started by priming my eyes with the Milani eyeshadow primer, but the glitter shades in this palette really had me missing the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome in the shade Gilded Rose. I’ll need to be repurchasing that one soon!

Once my primer was dry, I took the only matte shade in the palette and used that to create a soft definition in the crease. This shadow is a little powdery, so tapping the excess product off the brush is important. It also has very light pigmentation, which may require a few layers to start noticing the color.
The third shade in the palette is a little too light for what I’m looking for, so I took a combination of that mixed with just a tiny amount of the darkest purple and packed that on the outer third of my lid. The dark purple is very intense, so make sure to start slowly and build the color up as needed. Once that was applied, I went in with a separate, empty, loose-bristled blending brush to soften the edges.
To add more dimension, I went back to that first matte shade and applied that right along the edge of the other colors in the crease. By working the eyeshadow up closer to the brow bone, the eye will have a bigger and more open appearance.
Then I took the first shimmer shade in the palette and applied that to the inner ⅔  of my lid. To get the most pigmentation possible, I packed this color on with my finger first and then gently blended it into the crease with a small shader brush. This shadow is more glittery than it is shimmery, so remember to be careful during application or you’ll end up with glitter everywhere!
Moving on, I took an eggplant eyeliner pencil and applied that halfway along both my upper and lower lashes. Then I took the darkest purple eyeshadow from the palette and applied that directly on top. This will help extend the wear of eyeliner and create a softer, more smokey effect.
Now all there’s left to do is curl the lashes and add a few coats of mascara. I’m using my favorite Benefit Roller Lash mascara because it provides the volume and length I’m looking for without having to apply falsies.
Here’s a close-up of the final look:
And a quick, more condensed guide for easy reference:
When wearing purple eyeshadow, I usually like to go with a more mauve toned blush rather than my usual warm salmon blushes. So I chose my Makeup Geek blush in Puppy Love and finished up the lips with the Estée Lauder Barest Lip Color in the shade Nude Scene.
Although I really do like the way this look turned out, I’m still missing the Maybelline Eye Chrome because I feel like it would have helped the brighter lid shade pop even more. This look would also pair beautifully with a more pink or nude lip. Keep an eye out for my full review of these Elf Bite-Size eyeshadow quads coming soon!

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XO ♥ Christina ♥

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