If you’re a beginner in the makeup world, wearing colourful eye makeup looks can be intimidating, especially when it comes to bold shades such as pinks, reds and purples. Take a pink eye makeup look, for instance. Do it wrong and you can make yourself look like you have pink eye, which is most likely not a look you’re going for.
But, that doesn’t mean you have to give up trying a colourful pink eye makeup look altogether. If you’re keen on trying this out, we have two easy looks for you to experiment with:
A Neutral Pink Look
This look is perfect if you’re not used to wearing eye makeup or you’ve never experimented with pink eyeshadow before. It’s a subtle look, so you don’t have to worry about your eye makeup becoming too overpowering or appearing as if you have pink eye. It’s also a great one to wear for work as we’ll be working with pale pink eyeshadow shades that won’t seem over the top for the office. In addition, if you’ll be having a night out after work, this look is a good base to start off with as you can easily amp up the eye makeup to make it more suitable for the evening time.
Step One: Eyeshadow
Since this will be a neutral eye makeup look, choose the palest pink eyeshadow you have and swipe it all over your eyelid using a small, fluffy eyeshadow brush. Blend it just a little over your crease and towards the outer corner of your lash line, making sure not to extend it out too much or you’ll end up with a smokey eye. You can leave it at that or if you wish to create some definition, choose another pink eyeshadow that is one shade darker than the first one and blend it into your crease.
Step Two: Mascara
When you’re working with pink eyeshadow, mascara is almost always a must as it prevents your pink eye makeup look from making you appear sickly. Therefore, after you’re satisfied with your eyeshadow, apply a few coats of black mascara onto your lashes. Apply on both your upper and bottom lashes for a more intense look, or just your upper lashes to keep your eye makeup looking cleaner.
A Fun Bright Pink Look
Whether you have a fancy date night planned with your loved one or heading out on the town with your best girlfriends, this bold look will provide you with a pop of colour that’ll make you stand out in the night. It’s also a great one to try out if you’re feeling like your daily makeup look needs a bit of a pick-me-up with a hint of bright pink.
Step One: Eyeshadow
Since this look requires your eyeshadow to really pop against the rest of your makeup, apply a nude shade of eyeshadow all over your eyelid to create a blank canvas. This will intensify the different pink eyeshadow shades you’ll be working with for this look. Once you have the nude shade on, follow up with a relatively bright pink eyeshadow shade and apply it over your entire lid, blending it just over your crease. Then, select a bolder pink shade — maybe a fuchsia — and apply it all over your lid but this time, be careful to not blend it up beyond your crease. Then, with a darker pink shade (even a reddish shade such as magenta or burgundy will do), apply it into your crease.
Step Two: Eyeliner
For a bright pink eye makeup look, lining your eyes is important to balance out the bold and intense colours. With a black eyeliner, line both your upper and lower lash line. You can choose to keep the line simple or extend it out into a small wing. To create more intensity, tightline your eyes as well, as this will deepen your eye makeup and lend a slightly edgier vibe to the pink eyeshadow shades. If you’d like to line your eyes but don’t want them to look too intense, go for a brown shade of eyeliner instead.
Step Three: Mascara
Of course, eyeliner and mascara go hand-in-hand so don’t forget to give your lashes a few coats of mascara. If you’ve lined both your upper and lower lash line, apply mascara to your upper and bottom lashes to create a balance to your look. If you want something more subtle, just one light coat of mascara will do.
Apply Your Base
After you’re done with your eye makeup, it’s time to apply your foundation. For both these looks, you can choose to go with a more natural finish or a perfectly flawless base. We suggest opting for the former for the neutral pink look as the natural finish will complement the neutral eye makeup better, while the latter will take the bright pink look to the next level.
To achieve a natural finish, apply your foundation using either your fingers or a damp makeup sponge, both of which will give you a dewy appearance. If your skin needs more coverage — let’s say you want to hide hyperpigmentation spots or pimples, for instance — use a heavy-duty concealer to spot conceal those areas. Meanwhile, to create a flawless base, apply a medium to full coverage foundation in thin layers to ensure your makeup doesn’t end up looking cakey. Follow up with a light dusting of powder on your t-zone and you’re good to go!