My purposes for this article are two-fold: first I want to show you a fairly simple two-toned eye makeup look that doesn’t require an overwhelming amount of makeup skill or a crazy quantity of expensive products. Second, I want to tell you about L’Oréal Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadows, a new favorite discount beauty product I’m in love with.
To go in order, let’s start with the technique. Read my tips below with links to products, or check out my video tutorial:
I love this look because you can replicate it with just about any color combination. I chose two shades of purple, but if you want a more dramatic look you can use a pale silver/gray and a dark charcoal or if you want to go funky, use two shades of blue. To make it more neutral but still eye-catching, try a light and dark brown.
Step one: You need a solid base. My favorite of late is still Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow and Liner in 33-Secret Boudoir. Simply draw it all over your lid—don’t worry about being neat—and then blend it with your finger.
Next, take your lighter shade and sweep it all over your lid with a large brush like this one from the lash line up to above your crease and out from the corner in a subtle cat-eye shape.
Third, take your darker shade and using a smaller brush with shorter bristles, sweep it from the lash line to the crease on the outer third of your eye. Blend it up and out a bit above the crease to continue the cat-eye shape. From here, begin to blend it inward into the crease toward your inner corner. Don’t add a lot more shadow—you want the inner corner to be the lightest and the outer corner to be the darkest with a nice blend in between. This Bare Minerals Expert Liner & Shadow Brush is perfect for contouring and for lining your eyes later.
Once you’ve finished with the darker shade, return to your original brush and use it to blend the two colors together.
From here, return to the rest of your face, clean up any shadow that’s fallen beneath your eye, and add any other foundation, powder, bronzer, or blush to complement the look. This is also a good time to fill in and define your eyebrows.
To finish, using a small liner brush, apply the darker shadow as close to the upper and lower lash line as possible. If you want more drama, you can wet the shadow or use a separate liner. Then, taking the same liner brush, apply the lighter color around the inner corner for a sexy, shimmery glow. Apply mascara and, if you use it, finishing spray, and voila, you’re done!
Sure, you can use any brand of eyeshadow to recreate this look, but for an inexpensive way to experiment with new colors, I’m digging these L’Oréal Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadows. The colors are deeply pigmented and shimmery with a smooth texture that’s easy to apply. In fact, they seem strikingly similar to some Georgio Armani shadows I’ve purchased in the past. The colors I chose here are Liquid Diamond—a pale silver/purple I saw featured in three magazines before deciding I needed to try it for myself—and Purple Sky, which is a deep, pigmented purple. I also used Mac “In Extreme Dimension Lash” Mascara mascara to finish the look.