I know many people tend to struggle with pink eyeshadows and quite honestly, it is a tricky colour to wear on the eyes. You don’t want to look like you’ve been punched or have been bawling your eyes out all day. I have learned that pink eyeshadows and I can be best friends if paired with the right shades or “grounding” colours and here’s how I like to do it.
Step 1: Apply an eye primer (if you don’t need one, then lucky you) and a sheer pale peachy-pink allover the lid. I used the center shade from the Dior Rose Porcelaine palette.
Step 2: Apply a deeper pink with slightly purple undertones on the outer corner of the eye and gently blend upwards into your socket line. I used an Inglot eyeshadow in DS487 with a MAC #217 brush.
Step 3: Using a fluffy blending brush (Laura Mercier), dip into the shimmery pink shadow on the bottom right corner of Dior Rose Porcelaine quint and blend on top of your socket line towards your brow bone.
Step 4: Apply a brown eyeliner to the upper and lower lash line. You can smudge the liner to create a softer look. I used Dolly Wink’s brown eye pencil, it’s not the best but is quite smudgeable.
Step 5: Dip a pencil brush into the other shimmery pink on the top left corner of the Dior Rose Porcelaine palette and smudge along the lower lash line and add a bit of highlight to the inner corner of the eye to brighten up the eyes.
Step 6: Curl lashes (I sometimes curl before applying eye makeup) and slap on your favourite mascara and you’re done!
Step 7: For cheeks and lips, I popped on theBalm’s Down Boy blush and Revlon’s Lip Butter in Lollipop.
I find that brown helps ground the pale pastels and pinks better than just a full-on pink eye. You can probably use the deep plummy shade from the Dior Rose Porcelaine quint in place of the Inglot eyeshadow but it will be slightly smokier and different. I wanted to keep the eyes sheer and bright for the daytime so I opted for a lighter look. I will do a more intense pink another time.
There’s a reason why I don’t smile with teeth on my blog because as you now know, I am buck tooth and they are crooked to boot. I was feeling particularly chirpy that day so I had to smile a bit wider. Yes, I know everything’s a little too pink and it may not suit everyone’s taste. But I do like wearing pastels every once a while and it’s a nice change from the usual taupes and browns.
What’s your favourite pinks to wear and do you fancy pink eyeshadows? Do you feel better when you wear a perky colour?
PS – Please ignore the scraggly eyebrows as I am trying to grow them out.