Not that you could tell what my hair was like before as I always wore wigs, but today’s post is inspired by my new hair colour. Here’s the story: about a month ago I went to the hairdresser’s after 10 years because I needed a bigger change in life and naturally, my hair was the first to volunteer. I wanted to be a blonde to get a break from the medium brown I’d had for over a year. BUT … It didn’t work. It should have been an easy job since I even stopped dyeing it about six months ago. I have no idea what happened, but the hairdresser really messed up. We’d talked about doing a balayage with a seamless transition from a dark blonde at the roots to lighter ends, but the end result was just … Let’s just say I could have done a better job myself with my eyes closed.
I couldn’t stand looking at it anymore, so last week I threw on a bright magenta as a temporary solution. It bleeds everywhere so I’m still not entirely happy *sigh* but I do love the actual colour. I thought it would be a fun idea to emphasize it with matching makeup using red and pink eyeshadow – something I never wore before, but today I’ve definitely realized I need to use more often.
I don’t own own any eyeshadows that look exactly like the hair, so I tried mixing a few different shades to get a good balance between red and pink. I always loved those colours, but never bought any because I thought they would make my eyes look bruised and tired.
I was so wrong! The way I apply eyeshadow today makes it easier to work with more vibrant shades. I always put a complementing brown in the crease which tones down any bright colours that might look too over the top on their own. Tightlining and soft black eyeliner also help with framing the lid, further reducing the brightness of the strong colours.
I never do anything to my lower lids and eyelashes, I prefer the focus to be on the upper side of the eyes. I feel like it lifts them and keeps the look more natural.
I completed the look using a mix of lipsticks and a bright red blush. I focused on keeping the red undertones quite strong, so it would look a bit different than the hair, but still similar enough if you looked from afar.
This has really helped me step out of my comfort zone when it comes to eyeshadow. I was never afraid to wear bright lipsticks, but kept the eyes neutral because I didn’t think anything else looked good on me. Strange how opinions can change, but it’s surely a welcome change.
(BTW, hair looks frizzy because that’s my natural texture and I didn’t style it for the photos.)
Clarins Everlasting Foundation (103 Ivory)
Kiko Full Coverage Concealer (02)
IsaDora Velvet Touch Compact Powder (10 Sheer Transparent)
Stargazer Velvet Eyeshadow (Deep Red) as blush
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (15 Fair)
Stargazer Velvet Eyeshadow (Deep Red)
Essence Sunkissed LE Soft Touch Eyeshadow (01 Hello Summer)
Sweetscents Loose Eyeshadow (Chocolate Brown)
Sleek Ultra Mattes Vol. 1 (pink)
Catrice Absolute Eye Colour (140 The Captain Of The Black Pearl)
Bottega Verde Liquid Eyeliner (Black)
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade (Soft Brown)
Mix of different red and pink matte lipsticks (didn’t write them all down)
Thank you for looking! 😊