“Galatea”: Soft Hazy Colored Wings (L’oreal Permanent Kaki and MAC Cornflower pigment)
Perfect for any water nymph or fairy (or even a Mermaid) look this Halloween! One tip when you are doing any of these iridescent “water-color” like looks is to go for loose pigments, which can blend out sheerer without losing that iridescence and color. Much easier to use a loose brush to apply these over larger areas of your skin than a pressed shadow.
** Note on creating scales for those who have asked: I’ve seen it being done a couple of times using fish-net stockings or netting. Simply hold a strip of it stretched against a section of your face, and then use a soft face brush to dust shadow over it, like you’re using a stencil.
- Semi-matte grey (BH Cosmetics MS17)
- Cornflower blue/violet (MAC Cornflower pigment - NYX Ultra Mania Pearl in Jade is similar but not quite as duochrome)
- Shimmery sage-green (L’oreal Infallible in Permanent Kaki - this name might be different in different countries)
- Brown pencil (I used Bourjois, but any will work)
Step 1: I used a smoky charcoal-grey shade like BH Cosmetics MS17 shadow as a soft liner around the eyes, pulling the brush out very slightly at the outer corners so there’s just a faint wing.
Step 2: Using the pearlescent sage green shadow, I applied it over most of the mobile lid (below the socket line), stopping short of the outer corners.
Step 3: Using the cornflower blue pigment, I packed it intensely onto the outer corners and along the outer edge of the socket line above the green. Then using minimal product, I blended the color up and out over the ENTIRE brow bone area and towards the temples.
THEN I went back in and added a second coat onto the lid area so it was more intensely violet-blue there.
(P.S. One good alternative if you can order online is Coastal Scents Blue-Red Duochrome Mica; it’s slightly more pink/violet than Cornflower, but has the same translucent color-shifting texture)