So I put on my Phil Collins / Cyndi Lauper pants to give you the "True Colors" posts for green and blue eyes, and now I'm wiggling my derriere into some Van Morrison pants because this one's for you, Brown-Eyed Girl!
I really appreciate your patience; I was waiting until after the wedding this weekend because I knew I'd be doing at least 3 brown-eyed bridesmaids so I was going to take pictures and feature them on the blog, and then, of course, things got a little hectic, and I totally spaced taking the pictures at all. #fail
Not to worry, though. I did the SAME EXACT look on myself that I did on my BF Danielle. It made her eyes pop quite a bit more than it's making mine pop in the pictures because, clearly, I don't have brown eyes, but follow the steps if you have brown eyes, and your eyes will dance till the DJ plays "Closing Time," and then some.
But first, a tribute to the gorgeous-ness that is a Brown-Eyed Girl.
Below is the look I did on Danielle, the maid of honor for the wedding last weekend. Like I said, it doesn't have quite the same effect on me since I don't have brown eyes, but it looked absolutely stunning on her.
And all that was needed, aside from a shimmery pink shadow in the tear duct and on the brow bone, is listed below.
A quickie little tippy on making that gold stand out is to USE A PRIMER! And in this case, I used the Golden Egg Gel Liner as a primer, and it made the gold pop even more! Gel liners are like little magic wands that way. If you have one in the shade you want your primary color to be, spread that sucker all over the outer two thirds of your lid, and then apply your shadow on top of it. It gives it more dimension, and it makes the color super highly saturated. Nifty, eh?
I used the gold color all over her lid, and I used the bronze color in her outer V and mixed it with the matte brown to give it a deeper and more natural finish.
With whatever you used to contour your face, apply a bit of that color in the transition area as you shade outward and upward from the crease in your eye. Using the same shade to contour both your face and your eyes will create an intentional and cohesive flow to your entire look and pull it all together to look more polished.
I used just a little bit of the brown in the Tarte palette underneath Danielle's cheekbones for that reason.
By the way, Tarte is a great brand for healthy makeup—most of their products are free of parabens, which if I'm being totally honest, I'm not exactly sure what parabens are, but I'm doing my research, and what I do know is that they aren't good for your skin and they cause premature aging.
More on that in my upcoming post on certified organic products.
I used the Golden Egg Gel Liner on her lower lash line as well, all the way in to the tear duct (but not in her water line), and I tapped just a little bit of the gold shadow onto it to keep it in place. After that, I created a cat eye with the liquid liner, and I smudged a smidge of it onto the outer third of her bottom lash line as well to bold-ify it.
If you can recall, I made the assertion in the "Blue Eyes" post that blue-eyed babes have a generous amount of wiggle room in the color department. Well, if that was wiggle room, you brown-eyed beauts can pretty much do the worm in your wiggle room!
Miss Alba, would you kindly demonstrate for me?
Golds, coppers, purples, greens, pinks, and blues . . . you can do just about anything except for silver. And obviously, as I've said many a time before, AIN'T NO RULES UP IN HERE so go right ahead with the silver if you like, but it's just not really going to do anything for peeper poppin'.
I'll do the same thing for you that I did for the blues. Below are some of the tones I would recommend to bring out that gorgeous chocolate you got goin' on in those sockets of yours. These ULTA shadows are 2 for $8 still so go nuts!!
These Color Pure pots are 2 for $10. I found some gold and coppery tones that would look phenomenal on you lucky brownie batters.
Also, as I mentioned in my third "Bright Eyes" post, if you're a little leary at trying new shades, start out small by adding a micro-pop with colored liner.
I know I've said this before, and I guarantee you I'll say it again, but I'm feeling (yet again) like I've left things out so don't be surprised if I blindside you with some more tips and tricks and pics! I've got a couple of brown-eyed girls on my radar whose faces I can't wait to attack with makeup magic so, sharing is caring: you KNOW I'm gonna share those deets with you as soon as I wipe the pigment off my fingers. :)