What’s the beauty equivalent of a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear? Carrying around makeup palettes with dozens of colours and never using them.
Receiving or buying a new makeup palette is a dazzling experience, at first it’s like a shiny new toy, and the possibilities are endless. You think: I’ll use it every day.
But soon enough you find yourself dipping your brush into the same colours over and over again without even glancing at that fabulous olive green shade that caught your eye in the first place.
Summer and the silly season are nearly upon us, and now is the perfect time to shake things up by experimenting with colour.
I’ll be using Napoleon’s Empress Eye Palette to show you three easy and modern ways to incorporate colour into your summer beauty routine.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Napoleon. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
LOOK 1: Coloured eyeliner.
Coloured eyeliner is one of this summer’s biggest beauty trends. Vibrant shades like violet look amazing on blue, brown, green, and hazel eyes, blues suits blue and brown eyes, greens make brown and hazels eyes pop and metallics suit all eye colours.
Step one: Napoleon has an amazing product called the Cake Eyeliner Sealer that turns all your eyeshadows into liquid liners. Squeeze 1-2 drops on the mirror of the palette or back of your hand and mix in one of the colours from the palette. I found you only need a tiny amount of sealer otherwise the product gets too runny.
Step two: Use the right tools – an angled eyeliner brush will make your attempts at perfecting the cat eye 100 times easier. Flip the brush each time you change direction (halfway along your eyelids) so that you are always leading with the shorter end of the brush, this way you’ll have more control.
Step three: Build up your eyeliner using small strokes ensuring you pat with the brush rather than dragging it across the eyelid. I used the purple and cobalt blue mixed together.
Step four: When you get to the ‘flick,’ open your eye and draw a line following the outer corner of the eye in line with the end of your eyebrow. Again use the shorter angle of the brush to do this.
Step five: Finish off with mascara and neutral lipstick or lip gloss. (I used Napoleon’s Tannia lip gloss, which is a peachy coral.)
LOOK 2: Metallic smoky eye.
The smoky eye is a look that never really goes out of style, but a new way to update the look (and keep it more office appropriate) is to add a coloured metallic shade, like a green or a purple, on the eyelid.