I have decided I’m going to will autumn into appearing by wearing lots of dramatic and dark eyeshadows and that is how I came up with this look. This season’s makeup tends to favor not just a cat-eye with eyeliner, but a cut crease version. The trick to this look is making sure to take your time and even out the triangles on each crease so you don’t have the dreaded wonky eye, which is the culprit of many a failed flicked wing.
If I say it once, I will say it a thousand times…if you love wearing makeup, invest in quality brushes. It makes your job so much easier and more fun if you can effortlessly blend your looks. So many of my makeup looks have been ruined because I used the wrong tools. Here is a run down of the brushes I used to create this look. I honestly don’t mind using a few cheaper brushes, especially if they aren’t my blending brushes. If you are going to splurge on any brushes, splurge on face brushes and eye blending brushes.
Brushes You Will Need:
- 2 Angled Eyeliner Brush (one for defining the cut crease, the other for filling your brows)
- Precision Brush (a small, dense brush, I used the ELF Precision Brush)
- Dense and Flat Eyeshadow Brush (I used ELF Eyeshadow C Brush)
- Small Blending Brush (I used the Cozzette Mini Eye Contour Brush)
- Soft Fluffy Blending Brush (for browbone and blending, I used this Larenim Brush)
- Small Blush Brush (I think its worth spending the extra money for this Cozzette One, especially if you have issues contouring)
Pumpkin and Poppy Products:
Eyeshadows- Eiffel, Louvre, & Majesty
Little Black Dress Cream Eyeliner
Michelle Cream Face Contour
Evenstar Lip Butter
Zuzu Luxe Moisturizing Liquid Foundation
Beauty Without Cruelty Cream Concealer
Zuzu Luxe Liquid Liner (Raven)
Zuzu Luxe Mascara (Onyx)
Too Faced Matte Eye Palette (for brows)
Tip: Don’t apply your foundation and concealer until the end of this look! It is the key to fool proof dark eyeshadow.
Apply black eyeliner all over lid (I’m using Pumpkin and Poppy’s Little Black Dress Cream Eyeliner) lightly with your finger. Using an angled eyeliner brush, lightly sketch in a triangle, starting at your outer eye corner and meeting the top part of your crease. If you have hooded lids (like me) draw your triangle shape slightly above where you eyelid folds. This step doesn’t have to look perfect, we are just lightly laying down a base.
Next, using your angled eyeliner brush, pat matte black eyeshadow (Eiffel) into a more defined cut crease cat-eye shape. Also, lightly press the shadow into your lower lashline.
Pat matte black eyeshadow onto the lid, don’t worry if there is fall out. You can clean up any mess after you finish. Tightline your upper and lower waterline with black eyeliner, making sure to fill in any skintoned gaps that may show through your eyelashes. We want this look to have a super black base!
In the center of the lid, on top of the black eyeshadow, lightly pat and blend a plum toned brown eyeshadow. I used Majesty from my fall 2013 collection, Queen Anne.
Apply a thin line of black eyeliner and slightly wing out at edge, meeting with the line of the cat eye shape. Also, using a fluffy blending brush, blend a bit of off white matte shadow (I used Louvre) into the browbone.
To help make this look a bit more seamless, blend more of the plummy brown (Majesty) right above your cut crease. Make sure to take your time and do it softly because we don’t want to ruin the cat-eye shape we created. Take the eyeshadow into the inner socket of the eye. Also, lightly blend the same shade underneath the black eyeshadow on the lower lashline.
Also, take a moment to lightly fill your brows with a complimentary eyeshadow color and an angled eyeliner brush, focusing on defining the crease.
For the rest of the face, apply your concealer and foundation. To contour, I used Pumpkin and Poppy Michelle Cream Contour with my Cozzette Face Highlight Brush. Using this brush really gives a natural and soft contour. I also used to lightly define the bridge of my nose and jawline.
On the lips, I’m wearing Evenstar Lip Butter from Pumpkin and Poppy’s One Right Collection.
Voila, this look is perfect excuse to break out your darker and more dramatic makeup. I love pairing a strong eye look like this with an effortless and chic top knot and a dramatic scarf. Makes me feel more elegant and polished, and a colorful scarf also keeps the look more playful and less severe.