Happy Valentine's Day! Today's post is a day late from my usual posting schedule as yesterday was Family Day in BC so I had the day off.
Green eyeshadow isn't something people would normally call a neutral, but I beg to differ! There's green and then there's green. Basically, one cannot write off a whole color just because some aren't one's cup of tea! Unless it's grey and then I am very biased. Anyhoo, if you're not a green makeup lover, then I beg for you to give Clinique's Lid Pop in Willow Pop a try.
Willow Pop is a beautiful olive green color that is super flattering for many skin tones, particularly if you have yellow undertones like me. This is the only Lid Pop shade I own, but if Willow Pop is representative of this line, then I'd say it's awesome. Willow Pop is pigmented, but easily sheered out and has a really soft satin finish that is great if you hate in your face shadows.
To demonstrate its wearability, I created this look featuring Willow Pop and my favourite grey shadow for a dinner banquet this past weekend. I'm such a fan lately of soft, smoky eyes, and this look could be worn for any number of everyday or special occasions.
Here's how to create this look!
- Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer in Creamwhip (review)
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Pink (review)
- Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops in Pink (review)
- Make Up Forever HD Pressed Powder
Every good look requires a solid base and nothing makes my skin look as flawless as my go-to Clinique foundation concealer. I have a couple of blemish scars at the moment, so this was a necessity. Then to brighten things up as I wanted a lit, but not super dewy, glow I applied some pink color correcting under my eyes and to the center of my forehead. Finally I set everything off with some translucent powder.
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- Tarte Tartelette in Bloom palette
- Clinique Lid Pop in Willow Pop
- Clarins Ombre Iridescente Eye Shadow in Silver Grey
- Stila Extreme Lash Mascara
First prime your lids with your fave primer. I always prime as it just helps my eye colors lay down more pigmented and last longer. Primer also helps to smooth your eye lid surface. Now for color! I like to lay down my transition and base shades first. I wanted something slightly cool but mostly neutral, so I opted to first lay down the shade Flower Child from my Tarte Tartelette in Bloom palette all over my lid; it's a fine yellow-cream shade that perfectly matches my skin. Next, I highlighted with Charmer, a matte bone white, and then went over my lid and crease again with Jetsetter, which is a slightly ashy light brown.
With my transition down, it was time to apply color. Taking a medium stiff shadow brush, I dipped it generously into Willow Pop and then applied that across my lid with patting motions, concentrating the color on my outer lid and keeping it beneath my transition area.
I could have stopped things there, but I always like a bit of shimmer to draw light to my eyes, so I picked up my Clarins shadow and with a tapered shadow brush (the Sigma E30S is perfect for this) I lined my top lash line with a shimmery grey. Now you might think that a warm tone like olive wouldn't go well with a cool grey, but somehow it does!
Lastly since I was skipping any further eyeliner, I wanted full lashes, so I applied 2 coats of a voluminizing mascara.
Normally I'm all for defining and filling in my brows, but for today's look I wanted something softer. This combo of pigmented brow gel + brow pencil has been my go-to for weekend soft brow looks. First, I outlined my brows using this super-fine brow pencil, just gently filling in the tail ends of my brows, which are always too short. Then I filled in everything using this awesome Marcelle tinted brow gel; seriously this gel is the best as it's so pigmented and the brush is angled so it's really easy to work with!
- Clarins Contour Visage Palette
- Bite Lip Pencil in 020
- Burberry Lip Velvet in Fawn
What did you think of this look? I hope I've convinced you to give greens, or at least olive greens, a try!