Half of our faces may be covered in masks, but we shouldn’t let that hinder us from expressing ourselves! Have you been dying to experiment with your day-to-day looks? Stand out from the crowd with these easy eyeshadow looks that are perfect for adding a playful pop of color to your “new normal” ensemble.
Those looking for an uncomplicated pop of color will never fail with this spunky orange lid. Conceal any imperfections (above the mask line!) and under eye darkness first, then sweep the shade boldly across the entire lid. Blend out any harsh edges, accentuate your eye shape by sweeping some below your lower lash line, then top off your monochrome creation with a sharp wing for a sultry yet sweet look that instantly brightens up the face! This eyeliner in particular is built with an extra fine tip to help you get that so-sharp-it-could-cut-you wing—highly recommended!
This peek-a-boo spot of teal is an adorable way to add color to your look without the fuss! Take a shade similar to your skin tone to help you blend in the color, then add a pop of teal to your inner corners! Spread lightly onto your lower lash line and blend in. Give your eyes some added oomph with a generous coating of mascara; build up volume by taking the mascara wand and applying product to the base of your lashes in small horizontal motions first, then lengthen the strands by flicking upwards. Separate clumps and add definition by holding your wand vertically, moving it in short upward strokes. Top off your minimal look with natural, well-defined brows by coating them in brow gel. Bonus: this brow gel is formulated to help promote hair growth, too!
Want an upgrade to a classic nude lid? Amp up the shimmer! This multi-purpose palette from Physician’s Formula is perfect for looking like a glittering goddess; simply pack on the light tan shade across the entire lid, add definition to the crease with a darker shade, then pack on the gold in the center! But wait, don’t forget your brows! A sparkling look as gorgeous as this needs the perfect frame, so carve out those brows with this all-in-one brow kit. Shape first with the gel, then fill in with the powder! What I love about this kit is that it comes with multiple powder shades, so feel free to mix and match as needed. If you’re feeling a little extra, top off the look with a voluminous pair of lashes to give your eyes more definition!
Brighten up a nude smokey with a vibrant pop of yellow! This 35-shade palette from Rude Cosmetics is great for both makeup beginners and veterans alike with its wide range of shades—perfect for playing around with all sorts of looks! For this one, take a lighter tan shade as your transition shade and sweep it across the lid and up over the crease. Pack on your yellow shade from the inner corner to the center of your lid, then intensify the outer corner with a deeper brown. Blend these in to soften any harsh edges, sweep the darker brown under the lower lash line for depth, then complete the look with a tiny bit of golden shimmer in the inner corners. Add an extra helping of glam with a pair of wispy lashes and you’re all set!
Give the term “feeling blue” a fabulous makeover with this gorgeous cerulean lid! Take a tan shade as your transition shade and sweep up from the crease. Then, pack on your lighter blue shade across the lid. Add some drama and deepen the outer corners with the darker blue shade, giving your lower lash line some love as well to really define your eyes. Blend, blend, blend, and finally, complete it with everyone’s favorite eyeshadow step–some inner corner shimmer! This level of glam needs sharp, beautifully defined brows to match, so grab this sculpting kit from Rimmel to carve them out to perfection!
Who doesn’t love a good purple moment? This quad from Rimmel is the perfect, travel-friendly palette for quick yet versatile looks. Simply sweep the purple shade across the entire lid, deepen the outer third with the black shade, and blend away! We recommend topping it with a high-intensity pair of falsies, but if you’d rather go au naturel, this volumizing mascara from L’Oreal is definitely a go-to to achieve a stunning thick lash! Give your lower lashes extra, extra attention with multiple coats to get this gorgeous, separated Twiggy-esque look.
Julia is Calyxta’s resident crazy plant lady with an unstoppable caffeine addiction and an ever-increasing love for glitter eye shadow. When she’s not staring out the window mulling over the correctness of her grammar, she can be found drawing on eyeliner, watching anime, reading books, or petting strangers’ dogs.
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