Tutorial: Turquoise Shadow with a Cat Eye

TutorialToday I’m doing something new, and sharing a tutorial for my favorite look from my Painted Flowers collection review. This look combines white white and turquoise eyeshadows with a cat eye and soft pink cheeks and lips, which are some of my favorite things. In fact, it’s pretty much the same as the first look I posted on this blog. Be forewarned, this post is long and picture heavy. (You can click on the pictures if you want to see them larger.)

Tutorial Supplies Makeup:

  • White Eyeshadow (Hello Waffle Eat Me)
  • Aqua Eyeshadow (Hello Waffle Pool of Tears)
  • Turquoise Eyeshadow (Hello Waffle Moonlit Grin)
  • Eyeshadow Primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion)
  • Black Liquid Liner (Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper)
  • Mascara (Buxom Lash Mascara)
  • Sparkly Pink Blush (Tarte Adored)
  • Soft Pink Lipstick (Tarte Pink Peony)
  • Foundation, Concealer and Powder or whatever face makeup you usually wear (MAC Face and Body in N1, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light)


  • Basic flat eyeshadow brush (Miscellaneous Eco Tools brush)
  • A small, slightly fluffy angled brush (ELF Defining Eye Brush)
  • A fluffy blending brush (Sigma E40)
  • A blush brush (Travel size Nars blush brush)
  • Whatever you usually use to apply your foundation, concealer and powder (Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Sigma E30)
  • An eyelash curler, if you use one (NYC eyelash curler)

For this look you’ll need three shadows, one white, one aqua and one turquoise. This time I used Hello Waffle’s Eat Me, Pool of Tears and Moonlit Grin, but I’ve used Shiro’s Cake!, Diamonds! and Steve in the past and they also work. You could even choose non-turquoise shadows and keep the basic placement. You just want to have a white and a lighter and darker color in the same family. (I put the exact products I used in parentheses, but you can use whatever you have on hand that’s similar.)

Tutorial 1Start by priming your lids. I put a tiny dot of primer on my finger, dab it onto the center of both eyes and then rub it in with my finger.

Tutorial 2Next, use your flat eyeshadow brush to apply your white shadow to the inner half of each lid. With loose shadow it is better to use a tapping or dabbing motion instead of a swiping motion.

Tutorial 3Now flip over your brush and use the back side to apply your aqua color to the outer half, fanning it up and out past the crease. You want there to be a tiny bit of overlap between the two colors in the center of your lid.

Tutorial 4Blend! Take your fluffy blending brush and blend the aqua in and down towards the white. Then use a windshield wiper motion to blend out the upper edge of the shadow. You want there to be a smooth gradient between the colors and no harsh lines.

Tutorial 5Next, put a little of your turquoise shadow on the narrow edge of your angled brush. Apply a thin line of turquoise in a C shape around the outer corner of the aqua eyeshadow. (I always need to raise my eyebrows to get the correct placement.)

Tutorial 6Blend some more! Use your fluffy brush to diffuse the harsh turquoise line you just made. Then take whatever shadow is remaining on your angled brush and apply it lightly along your bottom lashes. The color won’t show up very strongly, but there will be a bit more definition, almost like a shadow under your lower lashes.

Tutorial 7Now it’s time for eyeliner. I always start by drawing a line as close to my lashes as I can starting at the inner corner, then going back over it along the very base of my lashes to fill in any gaps. Then I pull the edge of my lid taut and draw the lower edge of my wing, starting at the end and connecting it to the line above my lashes. I draw another line above this, starting at the end of the wing and ending where I want the liner to connect to my previous line and fill in the little triangle at the outer corner.

Tutorial 8Lashes! Curl them if that’s something you do, and apply mascara. I applied mine to the upper lashes only. Once you’re done with your eyes, clean up any fallout and do your foundation however you usually do. (I do mine like this.)

Tutorial 9Now it’s time for blush. I very lightly dab my brush into the pan so I don’t pick up too much. (If I’m using loose brush, I tap a tiny bit out onto a mirror and tap my brush against the mirror to pick it up.) Then I tap the brush above my cheekbones. The two pictures show where I start and stop applying my blush. If I apply it unevenly, I blend it out with a clean blush brush.

Tutorial 10Last comes the lipstick. I chose a soft, natural pink so it doesn’t compete with the turquoise. I have no special technique for this, I just swipe it on my lips straight from the bullet. Then you’re done!

Tutorial lookI really love this look. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors for spring (and also my favorite color for anything in general), and this is probably my favorite way to wear it. It’s also one of my go-to eyeshadow placements, so you could follow the same steps using any set of coordinating colors. Just replace the white with the lightest, the aqua with the medium shade and the turquoise with the darkest.

Was this tutorial helpful for you? Would you try this look? I’d love to hear about it if you do!


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