Rainbow Eye Makeup Tutorial

After all the critique and wrestling of the past month’s Modesty series, I wanted to do something this week that involved less analysis of fashion and more celebration of it. Enter my friend Gabriella, an amazing makeup artist who created this evening-appropriate rainbow look.

There are dozens of rainbow eye makeup tutorials out there, but most are so loud and bright as to render themselves unwearable (unless, of course, you want to look like a teenager who melted Skittles on her face). Here, Gabriella teaches you how to make friends with Roy G. Biv in a way that’s wearable, mature and evening-appropriate.

Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - before

Start with skin prepped according to your usual routine, covering blemishes and evening  out skin tone.

Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - step 1

1. Use deep purple liner to extend your upper lash line up and out. Add a little feathered shading on the outer edge of your lid. Line under your lower lash line, about to the middle of your eye.

Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - step 2

Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - step 3 2. Using a small, flat brush, apply deep purple eye shadow on the outer edge of your eyelid. Line under the eye below the lash line with shadow, as well. (Tip: It’s ok if these steps are messy; they’ll be covered later).
Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - step 4

3. Cover the rest of the lid with red shadow, blending into the purple.

Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - step 5

4. Add orange shadow to the inner third of your eye, blending with the red.

Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - step 6

5. Brush a dab of yellow shadow to the inner corner of your eye, over the tear duct.

Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - step 7

6. Blend pink shadow along your brow bone on the outer edge of your lid.

(Note: You can stop here for Sunset eyes. Simply add black mascara and a natural-looking lip gloss, and you’re finished).

Rainbow eyes continued:

Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - step 8

7. Use a shimmery blue pencil to line beneath your lower lashes.

Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - step 9

8. Blend a peacock-green pencil into the blue on the inner third of your lower lash line.

Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - step 10

9. Apply black mascara.

Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - step 11

10. Line the inner rim of your upper lid with black eyeliner.

Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - step 12

11. Line the inner rim of your lower lid with yellow eyeliner. (Tip: Run a cotton swab along the rim of your lower lid first to absorb moisture. This will help the eyeliner to stick better and last longer).

Rainbow eye makeup tutorial - gloss

12. Add a near-nude lip gloss—pink enough that it looks like you have lips, but muted enough that they don’t compete with your eyes.

And ta-da—you’re finished! Enjoy wearing the rainbow without fear that you’ll be confused for a worker at the Care Bears convention.
rainbow eye makeup tutorial - finish

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