Berry Eyeshadow Tutorial

When it comes to eyeshadow, I am a total neutral lover! I don’t think there’s anything better than some beautiful tan and brown shades on the eye with a shimmery accent. But now that we’re getting more into the Fall season, I’ve gotten an itch to play around with a few more colors. Purples are my second favorite eyeshadows, so I decided to take it a step further and use the more dramatic berry shades in the Ace Beautē Scarlet Dusk palette.

To prime the eyes, I used my favorite Milani eyeshadow primer. It’s completely invisible when blended in, but will dramatically increase the pigmentation and wear time of the eyeshadow. Once the primer was dry, I took the light matte pink shade called Lotus and buffed that in my crease to start creating some shape on the eye.

Then I took Bahamas, which is a bright matte magenta shade, and packed that on the outer third of my eye. This is a pretty intimidating color when you’re used to working with neutrals, but once we add a few more shades and blend it all together it’ll be much more subtle. Once that color was applied, I took a separate, empty, more loose-bristled blending brush to soften the edges.

To add a little extra drama to the eyes and help calm the intensity of the Bahamas shade, I’m taking the darker matte berry color called Sangria and placing that in a sideways “V” shape on the outer corner of the eye. I used a densely packed crease brush to apply this shade and then blended it out using the same method as the previous step.

After the addition of the crease shades, some of the first Lotus shade seemed to get a little lost. To make sure that color is still noticeable, I applied just a tiny bit more right at the edge of where the other shades stop in the crease. By gently bringing the color closer to the brow bone, it will also help make the eyes appear bigger.

For the rest of the eyelid, I chose the bright pink shimmer shade called Maui. The formula on this particular shadow is very creamy, so I find that it’s best to pack it on with the finger first and then blend it in the crease with a small shader brush. This will provide the brightest, most pigmented result possible.

Moving on to eyeliner, I first used an eggplant colored pencil and applied that halfway along both my upper and lower lashes. Then I added the darker Nocturnal shade from the palette directly on top. This two-step method will provide a softer appearance that will last longer throughout the day.

Now all there’s left to do is curl the lashes and add a few coats of mascara. I’m currently using the Tarte Big Ego mascara. This look is slightly on the more dramatic side and while I do think it’s perfectly fine with just mascara, it can definitely handle the addition of falsies if desired.

Here’s a close-up of the final look:

And a quick, more condensed guide for easy reference:

For the rest of the face, I added my favorite Makeup Geek blush in the shade Covet to the cheeks and the Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon in the shade Trust Your Gut on the lips. This is a much more neutral lip color compared to the berry shades that I normally wear, but I think it’s the perfect match for such a colorful eye look.

Pink and berry eyeshadows can sometimes be a little intimidating, but in order to make them look more flattering and less sickening on the face, it’s important to work in layers and use multiple shades. The more blending and layering of similar colors, the more wearable it will be.

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XO ♥ Christina ♥


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