FOTD: Brown and Copper Halo Eye

Brown and Copper Halo 1In 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 From this point on, everything is from the perspective of January-me, so a bit outdated.)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.

Brown and Copper HaloI used a very pretty brown all over my lid, with a coppery color in the middle and bronze in the inner corner and along the lower lashline.

Brown and Copper Halo 2I 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.

Brown And Copper Halo productsEyes:


  • 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.


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