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How to: Bella Heathcote’s Pretty Purple Peepers for Green Eyes
Fri, 18 May 2012 4:49PM
We took care of all you brown-eyed beauties a little while back, so I thought it only fair that we return the favour for those with light eyes, too. Today it’s all about gorgeous green eyes and the eyeshadow colours and techniques you should use to accentuate them. You, too, can carry off a myriad of shades. Dark-eyed girls, never fear, you can wear purple, too.
Traditionally the rule of thumb is to wear colours that are opposing to your eye colour on the colour wheel to make them pop. So if we play by the rules, those with green eyes should stick to varying shades of purples, mauves and deep pinks. Just like our current One to Watch, former Neighbours starlet Bella Heathcote here on the red carpet for the premiere of Dark Shadows. Are you green with envy or what? (Sorry, couldn’t help myself).
You can go for a rich, jewel-toned variation, or if we follow in the example of Bella, opt for a lighter, shimmering shade. Better still, find an eyeshadow palette that features both light and dark, like Clinique’s Colour Surge Eyeshadow Quad in Plum Seduction, $66, Clinique.
And here’s how you can recreate her pretty purple shadow …
- Apply a wash of the lightest shade of lilac up to your brow bone, then dip the slightly darker shade of purple into the outer corners, and apply along your lashline, getting as close as you can to the root of your eyelashes.
- Next, grab your angled eyeshadow brush, like Korres Angled Eyeliner Brush, $54.95, Kit Cosmetics, and using it either wet or dry (depending on the effect you are looking for) sweep the darker shade along your lower lashline, stopping just before you reach the inner V.
- Now, the best part. Go back to your lightest, palest sparkling shade in your quad and dab into your inner V, causing your green eyes to pop and sparkle. Make sure you add a little along the top and bottom lashline, too.
- Alternatively, if you’re hesitant to go for an all-over wash of colour, choose a shadow like Covergirl’s Smoky Shadowblast Collection in Purple Plume, $17.95, 1800 181 040 which is like a pen-style eyeliner and has both a light pink and purple shade. It’s super-easy to apply; etch it along your upper and lower lashline for the perfect pop of colour.
To finish, lashings of mascara and for added definition, a few well-placed individual false lashes along the outer edge. Curl your lashes first and then apply a volumising mascara like Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Mascara, $22, 1800 181 040, to both the top and bottom lashes.
Posted by: Hayley Bennett