18th Aug 2017 - Beauty

A few months back the idea of wearing coloured eyeshadow was something that pretty much terrified me. If you’re a 90’s kid like me, you’ll probably associate coloured eyeshadow with those awkward early teenage years that you’d rather forget about. For me, wearing a vibrant colour on my eyes was my go-to look for school and birthday parties with friends (cringe), and until a few months ago that’s where I thought it would stay. If you’ve read my ‘June Beauty Favourites’ post, you’ll know that lately I’ve been obsessed with wearing a particular By Terry shadow on my lids (Misty Rock if you’re interested), and it was actually this product that inspired me to mix up my usual everyday nude shadow and try something a little bit different.

Although the idea of wearing a coloured shadow might seem completely daunting, trust me when I say that opting for a vibrant colour over an everyday nude shade can actually look super chic. Don’t get me wrong, you’re probably not going to catch me rocking a crazy electric blue colour regularly, but a subtle and well-blended (blending is v important here) coloured lid is one of my favourite looks for this summer. Dior have some really amazing eyeshadow palettes on the market at the moment and I’ve been really enjoying mixing some of their shades into my makeup looks. Their ‘5 Couleur’ palettes are perfect for achieving a gorgeous tonal look, as each of the shades within the compact are guaranteed to work well together. I’ve only recently acquired a couple of these palettes but as you can probably see from the pics, I’ve been using my finger to mix a couple of the colours into my looks.

While Aslan and I were in Japan, I went a little makeup (and skincare, and stationery) crazy! I picked up tons of cute stuff, but arguably two of my favourite items from my haul were these cute little eyeshadows by a brand called ‘Addiction’. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to find the exact shades for you guys (they literally have every colour under the sun available though) but basically I picked up a beautiful vibrant bubblegum pink colour alongside a gorgeous metallic silver. I didn’t think that these shadows would be my kinda thing since they’re super shimmery, but they actually look stunning once they’re blended out on my eyelids. If you’ve seen my ‘Think Pink’ makeup tutorial you’ll know that I’ve been going crazy for an all-over pink makeup look, and the beautiful bubblegum shade is exactly the kind of thing I tend to reach for when I’m recreating that style.

When it comes to drugstore shadows, most of you will probably know by now that I’m obsessed with the L’Oreal ‘Infallible’ Eyeshadows. What I love about these shadows is that they feel super luxurious to apply and tend to blend out a lot easier than most powder shadows do. I have quite a few of these shadows but lately I’ve been rocking the shades ‘Silver Sky’ and ‘Sultry Smoke’. I tend to apply a really thin layer of the product with my fingertips to achieve a slightly more subtle look. If you love these Infallible Eyeshadows then you should also try the Maybelline ‘Colour Tattoo’ 24 Hour Eyeshadows. The ‘Colour Tattoo’ shadows are a cream based formula which come in quite a few shades. They’re crease resistant, ultra long wearing and come in some really stunning colours. They’re affordable too so they’re a great one to go for if you just want to test the coloured waters.

I hope that this post has inspired you guys to be brave and try something a little bit different with your eyeshadow colour. For years I stuck to the same nude shades but with so many beautiful, vibrant colours out there to choose from, why shouldn’t we step out of our comfort zones and give them a go? Let me know if you’ve been wearing coloured eyeshadows, I’d love to know what your favourite shades and palettes are. I’m always on the lookout for something new to try!

P.S. Here’s a pic of me rocking a super cool pink eyeshadow look while in Paris with Chanel! Elsa, one of the Chanel makeup artists, created this look using one of the stunning Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palettes and I LOVED it so much! This makeup look was actually what inspired me to start being a bit more daring with my shadow and I’ve been hooked ever since!

  • Dior '5 Couleur' Eyeshadow Palette

    Create a beautiful tonal look

  • Addiction Eyeshadow

    Super pigmented

  • L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow 'Silver Sky'

    Dreamy formula

  • L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow 'Sultry Smoke'

    Sexy smoky eye

  • Maybelline 'Color Tattoo' 24 Hour Eyeshadow

    Lasts all day!

  • akanekinomoto

    You look gorgeous with those colours on your eyes! I do have trouble trying to find nice colours for myself, and I find I need something very quick and easy to apply, in the morning, or else I’ll just skip that step entirely. Those L’Oréal shadows look great though!

  • Chloe

    The pink in that top Dior palette is stunning! I may have to treat myself to it, just for that shade! 🙂 x

    • Trust me that pink is as stunning as it looks! Go for it!

  • Borim

    I think Asian brands do fun colored eyeshadows well in a very wearable way. I’d recommend Missha’s Italprism eyeshadows if you can get your hands on them! It’s a more luxury line in the affordable Korean brand and really gorgeous!

    I admit though.. I’m so eyeing the Tom Ford eye quad in Honeymoon

  • I actually really love a coloured eye shadow, just doing like a simple wash of something bright feels fun but not… TOO fun, you know?

    • Totally agree! A wash of colour is definitely my go-to look these days!

  • Dior palettes are beautiful, I’ve had my eyes over that little Magnify palette, especially now that the cold months are coming. I love the look Elsa did on you, would you consider re-creating it on a video? 🙂

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  • I love how Elsa’s done your eye makeup here! I always stick to more neutral colours but I’m tempted to start playing around with brighter eyeshadows x

  • SamanthaSeries

    I do feel kind of inspired to try more colour. I would love to see you do a GRWM with some of the Dior shadows you showed here. Or maybe using the silver shadow you mentioned.