Mardi Gras Makeup Tutorial

Mardi Gras is coming up in less than two weeks, y’all! Colorful makeup isn’t something I usually wear very often, but I love playing around with all the bright shades when fun holidays come around. Profusion Cosmetics makes some amazing quality products and the color selection in their Wanderlust eyeshadow palette was practically made for Mardi Gras season!

The eyeshadows in this palette are extremely pigmented, so it’s very important to apply a primer before anything else. My favorite is from Milani because it’s colorless and great at preventing shadows from creasing. Once the primer was dry, I took one of the matte purple shades in the palette called Regal and blended that in my crease with a large buffing brush.

Then I went in with a slightly darker purple shade called Retro and packed that on the outer third of my eye with the Profusion Magnetix eyeshadow brush. These shadows are intensely pigmented, so make sure to always tap off the excess product before touching the brush to the skin.

After each color is applied, I went in with a separate, empty, more loose-bristled blending brush to blur the edges for a more seamless finish. I also decided to add a little bit more of the first Regal shade in the crease to keep a noticeable gradient of color between the two purple shades.

Moving on to the sparkle, I took one of the green shimmer shadows in the palette called Majesty and used my finger to pack this color directly on the center of my lid. Using the finger to apply this shade will allow for more a precise and pigmented result.

To add even more dimension and bring in the gold of the Mardi Gras trio, I took another shimmer shade from the palette called Chill and placed that on the inner corner of my lid. Once again, I used my finger to apply this shade and then blended it into the crease with the Profusion eyeshadow brush.

The lightest matte shade called Tranquil in the top row of the palette is what I used to brighten the eyes. I applied it underneath the brow bone with the Profusion eyeshadow brush and on the very inner corner of the eye with a small smudge brush. The matte finish of this shadow will create some contrast against the shimmer shades on the lid, as well as lifting the brow area to make the eyes appear bigger.

The green of Majesty on the lid isn’t super noticeable, so I decided to take one of the darker green shades called Hypnotic and buff that along my lower lash line. I used a pencil brush to apply this shade and while I did take it all the way along the lash line, I didn’t make it very thick in order to prevent my specific eye shape from appearing too droopy.

A dark green or intense purple would be great eyeliner options for this look, but I chose to go with a traditional black. I went with my usual two-step method of applying a pencil first and packing an eyeshadow on top. This will create a softer appearance that will last longer throughout the day.

Then all there was left to do is curl the lashes and add a few coats of mascara. I used the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara and love the drama it provides. But if you feel comfortable with falsies, this is definitely the occasion to wear them!

Here’s a close-up of the final look:

And a quick, more condensed guide for easy reference:

To finish the rest of the face, I applied the Makeup Geek blush in the shade Covet and the Profusion Perfect Pout Soft Matte Lip Tint in the shade Confident topped with their Sparkling Lip Topper in the shade Universal. This blush is very intense, but when applied with a light hand the color is so flattering. To balance the bright colors on the eyes, I went for a lighter lip color than my usual berry shades. I love the soft pink of this matte lip tint and the formula is actually really comfortable, especially when topped with a gloss!

Colorful eyeshadows might not be my makeup comfort zone, but they are definitely fun to play with during Mardi Gras and other holidays! When removing this makeup, the purple shades may stain the eyelids a little bit. That’s nothing to worry about and should come off after a few washes.

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XO ♥ Christina ♥

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