In the interest of doing more halo eyes in March, let’s start this off with the first halo eye look I ever did. (This is from January, but somehow I didn’t post it. Oops. From this point on, everything is from the perspective of January-me, so a bit outdated.) I recently discovered that the thing you do where you put a lighter color of eyeshadow in the center of your eye and a darker color on either side of it is called a halo eye. So here’s a halo eye, with some brown and coppery Shiro shadows.
I did not like this look at all after I’d finished with the shadows. So I added a highlight color in the inner corner and patted a bit in the center of the lid to brighten things up a bit and piled on the mascara. Still, it didn’t work at all until I’d added the blush and lipstick. And then, all of a sudden, I loved it.
- Shiro Getting Wood
- Shiro Full of Craft
- Shiro You Dropped Your Rod
- Shiro Doge
- Stila Bare (from the In the Light Palette)
- Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
- Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
- Stila Smudgestick in Damsel
- Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Twice Baked
- Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
- MAC Face and Body Foundation in N1
- Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
- MAC Skinfinish Natural in Light
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
- MAC lipstick in Patisserie
I started with Urban Decay Primer in Eden, which I’m testing a sample of. The I smudged Getting Wood, a lovely basic brown, all over the mobile lid, extending it up and out at the outer corners. I put the tiniest dot of Pixie Epoxy on my pinky and dabbed it onto the center of each lid. I waited a second for it to dry a little, then patted Full of Craft, a golden brown with a reddish sheen, over the top. With the Pixie Epoxy it wound up looking coppery. Then I used a pencil brush to apply You Dropped Your Rod, a dark bronze, to the inner corner. I also applied it to the outer 3/4 of my lower lashline, and connected it to the brown at the outer corners. I blended the edges of my eyeshadow out with Bare from Stila’s In the Light Palette, which is a matte that matches my skintone. I applied Twice Baked, a shimmery red-based brown eyeliner to the outer part of the lower lashline, and Damsel, a black-brown, along the upper lashline. I smudged both of these out with a brush, curled my lashes and applied several coats of mascara. At this point my face looked really weird, and the whole thing wasn’t working at all, so I got out Doge, one of my favorite highlights and put it my tear ducts. I also patted the tiniest bit on top the the eyeshadow at the very center of my lids using my finger, to lighten it and make it look more Halo-y. Then I did my usual face stuff. I used Tarte’s Exposed blush, a pinky-browny-nude that I love and suddenly the whole look came together. I finished with MAC’s Patisserie lipstick, my favorite nude lipstick.
This was one of those looks I’m really glad I stuck with, cuz in the middle it looked awful, but by the end it came together really nicely. I tend to get bored with more neutral colors, but the halo techniques livens it up and makes it a bit more interesting.