Soft ‘n’ Hazy: Soft Candy Shimmer (88 Shimmer Palette)
Wearing a dark smoky color at the crease is a way to create a slightly smoky look without actually using a lot of dark shades around your eyes.
Here’s a way to wear color in a “stacked” way that actually doesn’t look too over-the-top in real life. You can try this with all kinds of pastel shades, not just the ones I used.
For women with visible double lids, it will look the most subtle if you use a champagne, beige, peach, as the main lid shade. (I used pink.)
Using green, blue, violet, etc would instantly make the look more colorful and dramatic just because
For women with mono or hooded lids, it’s the reverse, because your lids are tucked away and hidden, and the most visible section will be above your socket line. So this will look more subtle if you use a more neutral shade at the top, and more dramatic if you use blues, violets, green, etc above the crease.
Step 1: I used one of the many teal greens in the palette; I’m not going to point out EXACTLY which shade because you should just pick what you want and adjust according to your skin tone. This is like a lighter version of MAC’s Steamy shadow.
Using a soft blending brush, I swept the shadow on the upper side of the socket line. Make sure it’s not harsh. The color should be quite soft and subtle.
Step 2: Using the same brush, and same side with the green shadow, dab a little yellow gold shimmer and then blend out the outer edges of the teal green and pull it outwards slightly towards the temples. The green should look like it fades into the gold.
Step 3: Pick up a deep purple shadow on a pointy/pencil brush (you can use a flat brush as well but make sure to blend and soften the line out) and then apply the shadow along the deepest part of your socket line (“follow the hollow”), going from outside in.
The purple should be intense on the outside and fade off towards the inner corner.
Step 4: With the soft fluffy brush and buff a soft pastel pink onto the mobile lid. Don’t muddy it up with the purple on the outside, but do overlap the purple at the inner corners, just to soften out the purple a bit more.
If the purple is too strong, you can also use the teal to soften its edges.
Step 5: Using the pencil brush again, run a little of the same deep purple from earlier along the lower lash line. Try to get as close to the base of the lashes as you can.
Step 6: Finish with black mascara! I didn’t add any dark liner etc as I wanted the look to stay quite soft and cottony.