Monday, August 30, 2010

Makeup Monday: Purple Gaze

This is a look best suited for night time, but if you ask Kimberly, any of your local drag queens, or me, you can totally wear this in the daytime. Eff your day/night rules! (This is as rebellious as I get.) The trick is - you guessed it! - blending your shadows, both inward and outward. At night, you might be able to get away with poorly applied shadow, because you're probably in dim light. Daylight is not forgiving. Diffuse those harsh lines, or you'll look like a mess. Think of it as art. Blend, mix, layer, shade.
To see the products and instructions, keep reading!

EDIT: I added an image link to a full size photo of the makeup look - after the jump:

Products used:
1) MAC Bare Study paint pot
2) Make-up Designory Opal Sky eye shadow (c/o MUD)
3) MAC Parfait Amour eyeshadow
4) MAC Freshwater eyeshadow
5) MAC Jeweltone
6) MAC Pink Pearl pigment
7) Make-up Designory smoked sapphire eyeshadow (c/o MUD)
8) MAC blacktrack fluidline
9) MAC Bunny Pink Lipstick (borrowed from Kim)

Brushes (from top to bottom): MAC 239SE (regular shadow brush), ELF defining eye brush (great for crease), Sonia Kashuk fluffy blending brush, Sonia Kashuk bent eyeliner brush

Step one: Apply MAC Bare Study (product #1) all over lids and up to your brows. Just use your fingers - it's much easier to apply this way. You want this to cover everywhere your eyeshadow will be, so this is a great time to lay out the shape of how you want your eyeshadow.
Step two: Using the fluffy blending brush, apply a shimmery white (product #2 - this one has an opal sheen) to your inner and middle lid, and inner tear duct.
Step three: Using the regular shadow brush, apply a medium purple (product #3) to the crease and just above,  and to the outer lid  - blend up and out
Step four: Layer a shimmery fuschia over the purple (product #6) and blend the two together. MAC Pink Pearl pigment is similar to their eyeshadow, stars n rockets. It's a fuschia/purple shimmery color - one of my all time favorites!
Step five: Pack (not swipe) a dark purple eyeshadow (product #5) into the outer crease only, using ELF defining brush
Step six: Pack a dark navy eyeshadow (product #7) into your outer V (the outer lid and very outer lid, which makes a horizontal V). Blend the last two darker shadows like crazy - I prefer to use the defining brush to blend the darker colors first, then go back over it with a little more of the lighter shades (on the outside) with the fluffy brush. This will help to blend it a little more. You want this to look soft, since the colors are severe.
Step seven: Line your top and lower lashes, as well as your waterline, with your eyeliner of choice (I used fluidline (product #8 - with bent eyeliner brush).
Step eight: Layer a bright blue eyeshadow (product #4) over your lower lashline. Reapply liner to your waterline if necessary.
Final step: Mascara! I missed this step. I totally forgot to put mascara on.

I paired this look with Kim's Bunny Pink MAC lipstick, but you can use whatever shade you prefer. On the cheeks, I applied MAC Petticoat Mineralize Skinfinish, but any pink blush will do!

EDIT: Click the image to see a very large version...I figured this would make it easier to see the detail.

Love love, 
Keiko Lynn


  1. Very pretty! I could never pull this off during the day, but you look fantastic.


  2. By FAR, the best looking eyeshadow application Ive seen in a VERY long look gorgeous!!

  3. You seriously do your makeup better than anyone I have ever seen! Simply beautiful!!! Don't forget to enter my Closet Clean-Out Giveaway!

  4. wow.. amazing!! :D these colors are just so spectacular!! :D

    Animated Confessions

  5. This easily could've turned into a mess but you completely owned the look! So breathtaking!

  6. Do you have a FAQ or posting about how you photograph your face so closely? Your lighting and focus is really good but obviously you have some sort of a good system in place!

    Please let us know!


  7. This looks cosmic in the most beautiful way!

  8. Melissa,
    I use a 50mm 1.8f lens, so it looks closer than it actually is. I prefer natural light, but I usually end up using an SB 600 and bounce it off the ceiling. In this case, I used natural light, slow shutter and had a source of light behind me.

  9. I love these colors. And you skin is absolutely flawless and beautiful!

  10. This is so gorgeous it looks almost photoshopped, even though I know it's not. Quite literally breathtaking Keiko! I'm definitely going to try this but I'm so bad at blending...

  11. These pictures are b-e-a-yoootiful! Absolutely gorgeous. If I wasn't feeling so sick and blah (and had Sephora at my disposal), I'd totally rock this look. I love how this also sorta reminds me a bit of Xanadu...

    Toast with Charmalade

  12. So grgeously done and perfect on your skin tone.
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  13. Love the depth of color goin on under the eye! Lovely as always :)


  14. love the eyes! i didnt notice that you skipped mascara until you mentioned it. i think it makes the look more innocent without mascara.

    great job!


  15. You look lovely!! I love all the different colors and how well-blended they are. I adore that color of lipstick too!! So cute!

  16. that definitely takes a lot of talent! :)
    so perdy :D

  17. you look absolutely gorgeous as always!

  18. youre so pretty you look like a doll!:)



  19. Any suggestions on what to do with asian eyes, if i want to achieve the same awesome result?

  20. I Love this look ! Purple is my Fave color

  21. holy crap, your eyes look AMAZING! just gorgeous.

  22. OMG!!! This make-up is ELECTRIC!!!! PERFECT! Awesome! Fabulous!

    I totally love your blog - would you like to exchange links with mine?

    Best, Jenny

  23. They say purple looks great with brown eyes, but I've never had the courage to put more than a touch. After seeing your gorgeous pics, I may just have to try!

  24. very nice makeup, you have beautiful eyes ;)

  25. So pretty, well done!! xoxo.

  26. AhhhhhhhI'm so bad at makeup. It's so embarrassing that I'm only a year younger than you, and I do makeup like a twelve-year old. How did you learn? Just playing with it, or did someone teach you?

  27. so pretty! :]

  28. youre make up is gorgeous!

    i just ironically saw your bf on a fuckyeahindieboys (sorry for the cuss word!) on tumblr. i was like waiiit thats keiko's bf! :]


  30. This is soo pretty!!

    Please visit my blog :D

  31. wow I love it
    and yea girl wear it in the day because it looks cool =)
    it's just like starry rather
    I love it

    if you get a chance, visit me at and let me know what you think


  32. simply gorgeous! expertly blended

  33. OH you look so amazing! Love your makeup great colors!!
    x milla