Colour Series: Flash of Blue

Dare to go blue…

Posted: 18.10.15

Getting a dramatic effect on the eyes is so commonly done with the black smokey eye look, as most ladies daren’t try a heavy amount of colour on the eyes. If you want statement making, prominent eye make-up, then our beauty blogger Trusha of Secret Style File has mastered a glamorously striking glimpse, which is quite literally a ‘flash of blue’, whilst fluttering your pretty lashes. So ladies, dare to be different and dramatic with this gorgeously distinctive look, which is sure to get heads turning when you walk through those doors…


The Base
I always say that with all make-up looks the base is always important, it is essential to use a good primer that minimises pores and creates a silky canvas for make-up application - I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. For a flawless look with reasonable coverage that has a hint of glow, I used the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, it is a lovely lightweight base.

Contouring and Highlight
You can see my full tutorial here but for this look I used the Anastasia Beverley Hills Contour Kit

The Eyes
Starting off with an eye primer like the MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, this will keep your eyeshadow in place all day and really hold the colour in place. I then used a mid-brown matte shade in my crease to act as the neutral blending shade. Then I used the NARS Velvet Eyeshadow stick as this acts as a good base for coloured pigments, allowing the vibrancy to come through on bright colours such as blue. Before adding the actual colour onto my lid I used a small amount of All that Glitters by MAC on the inner corner of my eye, just so that the blue doesn’t look so extreme. I then used some Smashbox Primer Water to wet my brush slightly as it is easier to work loose pigments with a damp brush, the pigment I used is from Colour Chase in Cobalt Blue. Patting the colour on the lid really helps it to stick to the primer and eyeshadow stick used earlier. I then used the Make your Mark liner from Seventeen to line the upper lash line and applied a thin coat of Maybelline’s lash sensational before applying the gorgeous mink lashes from Esqido. Having black in the waterline really helps the blue to stand out, so I used the Lasting Gel Liner by Maybelline as it is so long-lasting. To help bring the whole eye look together, I used a NYX Jumbo pencil in Milk to define my brows.

To highlight and conceal under my eyes, I used my trusted NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in an upside down triangle and then used a mini beauty blender to blend, to avoid creasing I immediately used a regular beauty blender and applied powder straight to the area I just highlighted. I then went onto finish the eyes by adding the NARS Velvet eyeshadow pencil along my lower lash line and then used a navy eyeshadow by MAC, to give that hint of blue just under the eyes. To finish off the eyes, I added a good coat of mascara to the bottom lashes. 

Set your Make-up
To take away excess shine and most importantly to set your make-up using a light powder like the NARS pressed Powder, you can just use this on your T-zone, highlighted areas and anywhere you tend to get shiny. 

Finishing Touches
As this is quite a full on look especially with the lashes I wanted to keep the blush very neutral with a hint of coral and shimmer, so I chose the NARS Blush in Orgasm and used the Dior Nudeskin Highlight just above my cheekbones. It’s best to keep the lips as neutral as possible with a look like this, so I used the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes, which is a perfect nude with a touch of coral. 

Stay tuned for more make-up looks from my Colour Series and don’t forget to check out my Wedding guest tutorials..x 

Trusha R

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