So Saint Patrick's Day is tomorrow, and you decide to incorporate some green into your makeup. You do a Google search and find lots of really cool ideas if you were gong to the club, but you're going to the office or to a play date and you don't want to scare anyone. Let me introduce you to what I'll call the "color safe" zones.
The outer corner of your eye and the bottom lash line are both relatively innocuous areas where you can add subtle pops of color while keeping the rest of your makeup neutral. Obviously, if you're going for neon or very intense colors some adjustments might need to be made, but you'd be surprised what you can get away with in these color safe zones.
Better still, no special equipment is needed. All you need is a small, clean brush and a colorful eye shadow...I'm using Humid by MAC and a plain, old eye shadow brush.
Under Eye Pop of Color
Simply line your bottom lashes with a colorful eye shadow while doing a typical lighter color shadow on the lid and a mid-tone shadow in the crease. Even if you don't regularly wear eye liner, you might want to at least apply a darker liner at the upper lash line for balance.
You can absolutely use an eyeliner, but the reason I like using a shadow is because powders are less inclined to run.
Outer Corner Pop of Color
Starting with a typical lighter-on-the-lid-darker-in-the-crease eye shadow look again, take a small brush, fill it up with your color of choice, and place it on the outer corner. Next, sweep inward and down forming a right triangle (strait edge is the outside of your eye and the point is towards your inner corner) so the color diffuses about 1/3 of the way in.
You can do both techniques separately or even at the same time (pictured below) - and if you want color on top and bottom, don't be afraid to try two different, complementary colors.
Whether or not you're celebrating tomorrow's holiday, I do hope you'll give some color a try. Even if it's subtle, it will make you feel adventurous - and that's one of the best things about makeup! Keep in touch @ElectraLane on Instagram and Snapchat, and I'll meet you back here next week to share my favorite makeup and skincare splurges.