Welcome to Everyday Effortless Beauty Series by Klava Z, which is a weekly beauty series showing you how to do flawless, fresh, fun and natural makeup looks for everyday life.
It’s time for an Eco Makeup Look of the month when I use only natural and/or organic products for creating it!
I wrote all about why I’m passionate about it and how I became interested in natural cosmetics in my first Eco Look post. This week I started doing a detox cleanse and researching about different toxins in our environment reminded me how important the whole idea of green and clean living is, including makeup!
One of the biggest spring summer 2016 beauty trends I’m seeing everywhere is a pop of blue on the eyes. Now that’s not an easy one to pull off and I suspect not many women will venture into trying it out. We can blame the extreme look of blue eyeshadows up to the brow in the 80’s for deterring many away from using blue on the eyes all together. 🙂 However, I think that certain shades of blue can look stunning and understated instead of loud on the face so I wanted to show how you can make this trend wearable for day and look effortless and fresh. And all using only organic natural makeup products! Yes, it’s not all brown shades in eco makeup (though I do use some brown in this look ;)).
This casual eco makeup look is great for those weekend errands or hangouts with friends. It focuses on a deep blue eye-liner with a soft pop of blue on the lashes as well. I know, blue mascara! Sounds scary. But actually most of them just give a blue tint to the lashes which makes the whites of the eyes whiter. That’s a nice bonus, isn’t it? There are a few mascaras out there this season that are electric blue which is more of a fashion statement. Make sure to try one before purchasing so that you know the effect you are getting. 🙂 Tip – if your blue mascara is showing up too bright or not giving your lashes enough definition then apply your regular black mascara first and then the blue one. The trick to using the blue and making this makeup natural-looking is to tone down the brightness of blue with a neutral colour, like a brown eye-shadow and keep everything else fairly neutral as well. If you would like to learn more techniques and become a pro at your own makeup then see me for a makeup lesson.
I applied liquid foundation in a sheer layer all over and then followed with a soft earthy-pink blush focusing on the apples of the cheeks and blending it out.
TECHNIQUE – PENCIL EYE-LINER
For this look I really wanted a super easy and fast application, since it’s a casual one I don’t see a woman spending lots of time on it. I applied a sheer wash of a warm beige colour all over the lid with a jumbo pencil eye-shadow (love them for a quick application, no powdery mess and a beautiful glistening finish). Using a fluffy brush (but fingers will work well too) in a small circles motion I blended out the edges of a cream eye-shadow so that there is no harsh edges left.
Then I lined the top lash with a blue eye-liner pencil extending the line just slightly past the eye. I don’t recommend to draw a line in one swoop – it rarely works as pencil gets caught on the skin and pulls. Rather do short strokes with a tip of the pencil laying slightly on the side. Then I went over the line again to make it a bit thicker and for the colour to pop more. Try not to squint when applying an eye-liner as it will create crinkles that will make application harder and uneven. I have mastered gently closing the one eye that I’m working on and pulling the brow up a bit to smooth out the lid even more.
No worries if the line ends up a bit rough looking – use an angle brush either dipped in the same colour eyeshadow or pick up the product from a pencil and go over the border of the liner. This will even out the line.
If you are noticing that the colour of the pencil is not as intense as it should be then warm it up on the hand with short back and forth strokes and then try again. A few coats of dark blue mascara on both top and bottom finished the eyes.
As always, a short video will be coming up on my Instagram @KlavaZ.makeup showing this technique.
I actually used a creamy nude eye-shadow with a bronzed sheen as a lip colour by patting it on the lips. To be honest with you, I thought it was one of those multi-use cream products and didn’t realized it was an eye-shadow until after I used it. But it worked great and stayed on well. 🙂 I like happy accidents like these.
As you can see, the lip and the cheek colour compliments the colour of the eye-shadow and lets the blue eye-liner be the only thing that stands out.
The key products to achieving this eco makeup look are the eye-shadow, eye-liner, mascara, blush and the lipstick, which I will provide my short reviews on as usual. However since I’m really focusing on introducing natural makeup products, I will list all the products I used.
100% Pure Dual-Ended Creamstick Eyeliner in Cotton & Silk. I wrote all about this baby in my previous Eco February Look post.
Pure Anada Natural Mascara in Blue. This is a great mascara that can build good volume and length without clumps, stays on very well and washes off easily. I like its’ brush that gives lashes nice separation. Everything you need in your everyday mascara. It is naturally paraben-free, gluten-free, and mercury-free. This applies to their black mascara as well. Yay to a Canadian natural makeup line!
Delizioso Skincare 100% Natural Eyeliner Pencil Deep Blueberry. A beautiful vivid deep blue eye pencil with high pigment. I found that the pencil is a bit hard in texture, so to get the full potential of the gorgeous pigment either warm it up first so it glides effortlessly or use an angle brush to pick up the colour. Stays on well. Of course, I love the fact that this is a Canadian brand as well!
Pure Anada Pressed Mineral Cheek Colour Sweet Pea. Another great product by Anada and my personal go to! Take a look at my rave review about it in my first Eco Look post.
Pacifica Supernatural Eyeshadow Trio in Breathless, Glowing, Sunset. As I mentioned I ended up using this cream product as a lipstick and it worked really well on the lips. It applies like a cream and then sets to powder finish. By the way it set on the lips I can tell that it will be a long-wearing eyeshadow. It has anti-aging ingredients including jojoba and argan oils.
Da lish Illumination Concealer CO2. Voted the best acne concealer.
Delizioso Skincare Dual Action Foundation
GLAMMED UP VERSION OF THE LOOK
Easy peasy! Just apply a chocolate eyeshadow over the cream one. Keep in mind that it will stick to the cream and will show up more intense, so be extra careful blending the edges of the shadow. Use a bit of the same chocolate eye-shadow on the pencil brush to smudge a bit of a liner on the outer part of the lower lash line. Go over the blue eyeliner once more to freshen it up and that’s it! I love how the darker eye-shadow made the blue colour of the liner really pop!
I hope this Eco Makeup Look – Into The Blue gives you a preview of how beautifully eco products can perform and inspire you to try them out!
And if you do, I would love to see it! Don’t be shy, post your interpretation of this look here or on Instagram with a tag #EffortlessbyKlavaZ.
Come back in soon to check out the next new look (what will it be?!) and tips on how to achieve it! And in the meantime, follow me on Instagram @KlavaZ.makeup and Facebook Klava Zykova Makeup Artist and Educator for everyday makeup inspiration.
Have an effortless beauty day!
Photos Throne Photography
Model Victoria Models International Management
Hair TopKnot Hairstyling by Kirsty MacDonald
Styling Toast Special Events
Makeup Products Louche Lily