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Many people use St. Patrick's Day as a reason to dress up in festive green and gold and celebrate Irish cultural traditions. You can complete your St. Patrick’s Day look and stand out from the crowd with this makeup look that incorporates green eyeshadow, neutral lips, defined lashes and a subtle highlight!
Part 1 Preparing Your Skin
- Cleanse and prime your face thoroughly. A clean face is the best canvas for any kind of makeup look. Priming with a product for your skin type will help your makeup stay on your face all day. Products such as cleansers, toners, and priming lotions can help to protect and prepare your skin and should be applied all over the face in any place where you will be applying a makeup product.
- Most skin care products will have specific directions that vary by product. Try to select products that have formulations specific for your skin, such as oily, blemish-prone, combination, or normal.
- Apply your foundation. Foundation helps to correct blemishes and discoloration in your skin. Follow your usual makeup routine. Applying foundation will give you a more professional look to complement your festive eye makeup.
- If you haven’t applied foundation before or do not do it regularly, make sure you pick a shade that matches your skin tone. Apply small dots of foundation all over your face and blend in using a beauty sponge, large brush, or your fingers (after washing your hands) until you can't see any lines.
- Apply a dot of skin-colored concealer to your eyelids. Blend it in thoroughly with your pinky or ring finger. This will create a neutral base for your eyeshadow so the pigments of the colors show up brightly, and it will help the shadow stick to your lid.
Part 2 Applying the Shadow
- Apply a medium-toned green all over the lid. Pack the color from the pan onto a medium-sized brush and tap lightly to remove any excess so that it doesn’t fall onto your cheeks. Using the brush, pat the color onto your lid and carefully blend the color up to the crease of your eyelid in small circular motions.
- It might help to learn the best ways to apply eyeshadow for your eye shape and practice a few times before trying a new look.
- When it comes to shadow, less is usually more. Take small amounts at a time onto the brush and continue build on top of the color until it is the desired shade. For lighter skin tones, this might be a light green achieved after the first application, and for darker skin tones it may require more building to get the desired color.
- Blend a smoky gray shadow into the outer corner of your lid. Using the same process as earlier, plat the shadow just in the corner of the eyes and blend. This will give the effect of the lighter green fading into darker gray. Be careful not to apply too much of the gray or it will become very dark.
- If you find that you used too much shadow, blend it out with a brush until you have the desired look.
- Apply a small amount of gold shadow to the center of your lid using a shader brush. Gently blend this shadow into the green to create a shimmer in the center of your lid. This shadow should be about halfway to where the dark gray begins. The gold will add a subtle shine and give you a 'pot of gold at the end of the rainbow' look.
- Apply a white eyeshadow mixed with light green to your brow bone. Blend it down to almost meet the shadow on your lid. The light shade will act as a highlight to your eye with a subtle tint of green. Like the gold, this should be subtle and fade into the shadow on your lid.
Part 3 Complementing Your Eyeshadow
- Apply a light or dark pink lip stain or lipstick to your lips. Pink and peachy colors will give your lips a hint of color without overpowering or clashing with the green tones on your eyes.
- Choose a shade that complements your skin tone but doesn’t stand out too much. If your skin tone is lighter, you might opt for a lighter pink, or a darker pink for a darker skin tone. This will ensure that the focus of the look is your eyeshadow rather than lip color.
- If you are planning to wear this lip color all day, it may be helpful to set the shade with a clear gloss.
- Apply your mascara. For this look, use a mascara that is lengthening and volumizing for a more dramatic effect. If you want to opt for a more subtle look, use a mascara that is separating.
- To maintain focus on the eyeshadow, you should refrain from using eyeliner. It will cover some of the green eyeshadow and take away from your hard work.
- Set your makeup with a setting spray or powder. Since you’ll be celebrating, a setting product will make your makeup last as long as you need it to without running. Simply spray or brush lightly all over your face to keep everything in place. If using a spray, let the product dry for about 30 seconds before touching your face.
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- Be sure to blend your eye shadows. Colors should smoothly transition into one another. If the colors look blocky or very distinct, keep blending.
- Remember that the focus of the look is primarily green, and the other colors should not overpower the green.
- Make sure you are using the right brushes for the look. Preferably, you should use a blending brush and a shading brush, but there are a number of different options that will work.
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