Monday, February 21, 2011

Makeup Monday: Gradient




Today's look requires no complex contouring or shading: it's just a simple gradient that's darkest near the eyes and gradually gets lighter as it goes up. I prefer to build from lightest to darkest, to avoid muddying the colors too much, but that's just about where the technique stops. This look is more about the color choices, which are completely interchangeable according to your preference - though it's easiest to keep them in the same color family (in order to get a seamless blend). I chose purples in three different shades: dark, bright and opal (this one is white with a purple sheen), but you can swap them out for neutrals or any colors of your choosing. Let's get started!

Here's the look we're going for:


Continue reading after the jump for step by step instructions!
What I used: Urban Decay primer potion, MUD eyeshadow in Opal Sky, MAC eyeshadow in Creme de Violet, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Psychedelic Sister, Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Oil Slick







Blend the edges with a fluffy brush in small, circular motions - or just use your finger.


Blend the edges into the lighter color.



Blend the edges of the darkest color into the medium color - this should look like a seamless gradient. TIP: UD and MAC shadows (along with many others) have amazing pigmentation, but if you can't get the same intensity from your shadow, use a wet brush to apply. Go over the edges with a dry brush and dry shadow to blend.


To finish, apply liner and mascara.

I paired my eyes with a pinkish nude lip, using MAC Pink Plaid lipstick and a coat of Julie Hewett Biba over it.
Super simple! I'd love to see your take on this look - if you give it a go (in any color combo), please send me pictures or post them on my facebook page!
 
 

41 comments:

  1. love that lip color! also i picked up a knitting pattern for a hat and i believe you are on it! crazy!

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  2. Such a great technique, I love how it's striking without being overdone. I will definitely have to try it out. Plus, you paired the perfect lipstick with such a dazzling eye makeup color combo.

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com
    much love.

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  3. I'm not really a fan of heavy makeup, but you make it work! you look great!

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  4. Get out it looked like you blended all of those colors! Thanks for the super easy tutorial, I've always thought blending was necessary (my arm gets tired) but layering is such a brilliant technique.

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  5. Oh my, how beautiful!!! A work of art for the eyes!!

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  6. very pretty keiko. i love the purple shades. i must try it . however. your makeup is always gorgeous <3

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  7. Wow! Really stunnin Keiko, ur an artist...=)

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  8. Wow! That purple/lilac combo really makes your brown eyes pop. :) I tried wearing a green on my eyes (I'm asian, have dark brown eyes) and it looked all wrong, is purple your favorite color to use?

    And of course, you're beautiful as always!

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  9. oh my gosh! who knew this could look SO good!

    purple is your colour. Ah i'm excited for next monday's post!

    I'm not sure if I have the guts to do this...i'm more of a liner, mascara, blush go girl.

    Hattitude Artistic Style Blog.

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  10. Whenever I try a purple eye look, I always look like I got punched! I absolutely love the lip combo, though- what a perfect pink!!

    http://kristenexplains.blogspot.com/

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  11. Those purple colors are amazing on you! Totally trying this :)
    La Petite Marmoset

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  12. wow thanks so much for the tips
    your step by step directions are really good
    and those colors look so great on you!!!

    -Bionica

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  13. Thanks, Keiko. I love the makeup tutorials! Best part is you can do this trick with trios in other shades as well. Can't wait to try it!
    www.alienbabyblog.com

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  14. Pink Plaid lipstick looks awesome on you! It's been on my list of products to try for a while now. I think I may have to buy it now!

    http://prettyprettypetals.blogspot.com

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  15. Beautiful...I have the perfect Kensie dress I would love to do this make up with. Thanks for sharing and inspiring as always.

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  16. This is a pretty look - I have Creme de Violet! ;-)

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  17. It´s lovely! I like it so much!

    http://christinefolklore.blogspot.com/

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  18. Keiko!

    I'd love to know which brushes you have.

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  19. It looks amazing! Well done girl! :D
    xxx

    http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

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  20. This is so pretty and wearable while still being fun! :)

    Principessa Gabriella

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  21. Looove the purple colors <3
    Your eyes are soo pretty with the purple shades. :)

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  22. these colors are really flattering for your eyes!!! love the combination!

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  23. love this purple shade on you!! everytime i wear purple on my eyes i look like ive been punched in the face! just cant seem to pull it off! xo

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  24. the make-up is great on you!!

    love the lips colour!

    www.mysavageside.blogspot.com

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  25. Can't wait to ATTEMPT this..

    But I have a question, free for anyone to answer..

    Most of you have awesome blogs with a pretty big following. How did you get there? Any quick tips, Keiko? (iI know youre a busy lady!) Thanks!

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  26. love your makeup tutorials! I love trying them out :)

    Tam
    Word[Ad]Dict

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  27. Absolutely gorgeous! Lilac and purples really accentuate brown eyes!

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  28. Beautiful Look! Beautiful Lady! :)
    Thanks For The Tutorial!

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  29. Definitely beautiful Keiko~! I've been wanting to do eyemakeup like this for a little while now & wasn't quite sure how...now I just gotta jump in!

    Side question: what is your skin care regimen? Your skin is always flawless :] I don't have awful acne or anything, but there's always a blemish SOMEwhere on my face! Annoying~!

    x

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  30. I love it!! Purple is one of my favorite colors to wear as eye shadow!!

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  31. Amazing Keiko! I've tried some of your makeup looks, and although they don't come out half as cool as yours, I've had a lot of fun trying!

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  32. i did a copper/brown color combo except i didn't get to take a picture :( i'll have to do it again soon!

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  33. Hi, I've been reading your blog for a while and I really like your Makeup Mondays. It inspires me to try new looks with makeup. I love the purple colors in this look!

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