Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about anxiety, minimalism and eyeshadow.

Friday, 4 July 2014

SUMMER-TACULAR: Summer Eyes for Scaredy Cats

I want to make sure everyone is sitting down before I start - OK, is everyone on soft furnishings? Take some deep breaths - OK... stay calm folks, today we are talking about *dun dun duuuuuuunnnn* Non-neutral eye makeup *woman in the audience shrieks and faints* Quick, fetch the smelling salts! 

Joking aside I know that I can't be the only one who shies away more than a little bit from bold eye colours - it's not that I don't like them, I see bold looks on other girls and am in awe... it's just that the whole thing is a little outside my comfort zone. But, when Summer rolls around and all the magazines and beauty launches are full of colour, well, even I; sworn neutral loyalist stray into the other shades in the spectrum.

But what if you don't want to suddenly go from a subtle sweep of taupe to a full on rainbow spectacular? What if you don't own many colourful items and are looking to try out something on the cheap - because, let's face it, you won't wear it much? Well, I'm here to show you some of my favourite ways to add a pop of colour to a look without breaking the bank (or your nerves!)

Coloured Eyeliners //

I think eyeliner is probably the easiest way to add some colour to a look and still keep things controlled and subtle. I have a couple of go-to brands I like to turn to here. Firstly, of course, how could I not mention Urban Decay's Glide on 24/7 Eyeliners? Yes, these are expensive at £14 a pop, but they still come heavily recommended from me for two reasons; 1) they are super high quality and so they are a good investment. They won't snap or smudge or drive you mad, and 2) there are a myriad of colours to chose from, I mean seriously. This is good if you want to find a bright colour that really works for your complexion rather than just grabbing something cheap to play with - trust me, whatever shade you fancy, Urban Decay will have it! I personally love Lust (pictured above) - it's a fairly deep blue, purple with slight glitter in it. I love teaming it up with a grey/neutral smokey eye - just using this as a pop of colour under the lower lash line or over the bottom of my lid. 
As a cheaper alternative I am a big fan of the Waterproof Contour Clubbing Eyeliners from Bourjois. I have a couple (I often use the black too), but my favourite is the bright, Summer blue Blue Remix. It's slightly metallic and really bold. I keep a really simple eye look and just add this to my water line and a little under the lower lashes - it really brings out my hazel eyes and it really stays put all day.

Kohl/Smudgy Eye Pencil //

Rather than lining your waterline or using a pencil for definition, it can also be great to use a softer pencil and smudge it over the lid, down by your lashes. This can be a more subtle way to add some colour, but it can be really flattering if you choose the right shade for your colouring. There are a myriad of these kinds of things on the market, personally I'm enjoying the Models Own versions, especially the shade Peacock Green. What's great about these pencils is they have a built in smudger on the other end, and, a pencil sharpener on the lid - very handy indeed! 
Cream eyeshadow // 

Cream eyeshadows can be great for playing with - easy to apply, lots of great cheap varieties to choose from and they can be great to use on their own, or, added into an existing look. I love with cream eyeshadows that you can smudge them in with your finger and work them to a point where you feel comfortable with the level of colour; scaredy cats like me will enjoy the level of control you get from them! I would recommend heading to a Rimmel counter and trying one of the pencils from the Kate for Rimmel London Eyeshadow Pencils. I have the shade Deep Amethyst and I really enjoy it. It does look really dark when you first put it on, but, like I said, you can smudge it around until you're happy with it.

A Non-Neutral Eyeshadow Palette //

 Yes, a scary prospect indeed. Now clearly we're not all going to be up for using the Urban Decay Electric Palette - it's a thing of beauty, but it terrifies me. No, what I'm suggesting is switching out to using a palette that's still primarily neutral, but has a few colourful options available. There are plenty of budget friendly options available if you fancy trying this, but know you'll retire it at the end of Summer. At the moment I'm using Welcome to the Pleasure Dome from Makeup Revolution. This is an 18 shade palette and I would say 13 of the shades are very wearable, with just a few bolder colours thrown in. My two favourite colours to use to brighten my look are a peacock blue (Using my Power) and a turquoise (Sell it by the Hour).

Swatches (from left to right) //

Eyeshadow from Welcome to the Pleasure Dome: Using my Power
Eyeshadow from Welcome to the Pleasure Dome: Sell it by the Hour
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Liner: Lust
Models own Smudgy Pencil: Peacock Green
Bourjois Contour Clubbing Liner: Blue Remix
Kate Moss for Rimmel London Cream Eyeshadow Pencil: Deep Amethyst

I hope this post has given you some Summer eye look ideas and maybe even left you a little inspired to try out some more colourful looks. I'd love to hear of any products you swear by to step out from the neutral safety zone! Thanks for reading! 

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