Silver Lining

Hey! It's been awhile since I've posted. Like, a really long while. Sorry 'bout that. I promise to do better in the future. Anyway, I went to an '80s-themed benefit for Burning River Roller Derby last weekend, sporting a vintage bedazzled denim jumpsuit (because of course I did). I paired it with rad super-shiny silver eye makeup, which elicited much praise and a request for a tutorial. So this one's for you, Caroline! I didn't take step-by-step pics while I was doing my makeup, but I did snap a couple shots of the finished product.

The finished look! Channeling Pat Benatar if you ask me.

The finished look! Channeling Pat Benatar if you ask me.

These are your tools for '80s disco ball eyes.

L'oreal HIP Metallic Eyeshadow in Platinum  (this isn't readily available anymore, but I found some   here  ),  Urban Decay Shadow Box  (you're in luck — this is on   sale!  ),   Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original  ,   Benefit Roller Lash Super Curling Mascara   (my current fave), a cheapie eyelash brush from Ulta, and my trusty old   Sonia Kashuk Essential Eye Kit  . 

L'oreal HIP Metallic Eyeshadow in Platinum (this isn't readily available anymore, but I found some here), Urban Decay Shadow Box (you're in luck — this is on sale!), Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, Benefit Roller Lash Super Curling Mascara (my current fave), a cheapie eyelash brush from Ulta, and my trusty old Sonia Kashuk Essential Eye Kit

Step 1

Apply Urban Decay (henceforth known as "UD") Primer Potion to your eyelids up to the brow bone and let dry. You could skip this step, but eye primer enables a nice even application of shadow, with no creasing. Full disclosure: I was too sleepy and tipsy to wash my face when I got home after the party (yeah, yeah, I know it's bad) and my eyeshadow still looked perfect in the morning. Thanks, primer!

Step 2

Using a shadow brush, I brushed a nice even coat of the L'oreal silver eyeshadow all over my lids to the crease and added a touch to the inner corners of my eyes. There was a lot of sparkly fallout on my cheeks, which was delightful. 

Step 2: Tip: Use a real brush for this and not those weird little foam-covered pieces of plastic that come with cheap eyeshadow. Those suck.

Step 2: Tip: Use a real brush for this and not those weird little foam-covered pieces of plastic that come with cheap eyeshadow. Those suck.

Step 3

Using the crease brush in my Sonia Kashuk set, I applied the darker silver "Mushroom" from the UD palette along the crease and angled in a line down to the outer corner of my eyes. I then blended it to soften the line using the blending brush.

Bottom left: Mushroom and crease brush, top left: blending brush, top right: liner brush and Blackout.

Bottom left: Mushroom and crease brush, top left: blending brush, top right: liner brush and Blackout.

Step 4

Next, I used the liner brush with Blackout from the UD palette to line my eyes on the top. For the bottom lashes, I pressed the brush into my lashes lightly all the way along like a dotted line and then used a cotton swab to smudge it. Done with the shadow, I used a baby wipe to clean up any shadow fallout under my eyes and on the tops of my cheeks.

You can see Mushroom layered on the crease here. I could have used to blend it more but I'm super-lazy when it comes to blending eyeshadow so you might want to do a better job than me. Or say "screw it" because life's too short to mess around with blending makeup to perfection.

You can see Mushroom layered on the crease here. I could have used to blend it more but I'm super-lazy when it comes to blending eyeshadow so you might want to do a better job than me. Or say "screw it" because life's too short to mess around with blending makeup to perfection.

Step 5

I combed my lashes and applied two coats of Roller Lash. Voila! Your eyes now sparkle like a couple of goddamn disco balls.

The rest of my face, in case you're wondering: UD Naked Skin Foundation, a touch of UD Baked Bronzer (can you tell I love UD?) and some L'oreal colored lip balm that they don't make anymore. :(

My first makeup tutorial! That was fun! I like talking makeup, so perhaps I'll do this again sometime. And if you like talking about makeup too, check out my interview with makeup artist and all-around bad ass person, Christine Jurcsisn.