Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Very Berry!

This is a look inspired from squashes of berries (blackberries and blueberries to be precise). Berries are not only rich in anti-oxidant but also one of the healthiest fruits known. This has got nothing to do with this post though! I simply like the glaze on the skins when light falls and after watching an episode of Nigella Lawson, I immediately decided take this as an inspiration.

I have always loved to incorporate food inspired themes for makeup being a big foodie and this post is one of them. What I like about berry colors is that these are group of colors that suit everyone and are perfect for evening wear (I have seen women wearing Berry colors on their eyes, cheeks and lips even to office and they immediately catch my eye). May it be a berry colored stain or a deep purple berry juice drenched eye, its all about being bold and mysterious. I could call this as an 'anti-oxidant' look (in a non-benefitting way, although Clinique's new cream eyeshadows have anti-oxidants in them but not obtained from berries)


Mix any berry color with shimmer and the eyes simply pop (intermix of berry darkness and intense reflective property of the shimmer or glitter) and so do lips. I love berry colored cheeks as well (it gives a flush of some intense exercise  which I would need to fake...LOL) and goes incredibly well with yellow tones, sallow tones, olive skins and darker skin tones. Berry colored stains  from Tarte are my next purchases coming soon and I believe 'berry' is one group of colors that would never go off-season.


In this look I am inspired from squashes of blackberries and blueberries and the froth that appears when they are juiced up in a mixer. If anyone remembers and drools please make one for yourself now itself..Lets see how to do this look!

Begin with priming the eye lids and concealing the rest of the eye area for an even tone. When using 'Berry' group of colors one must be extra careful as they can accentuate under eye circles even more.

For positioning the crease eyeshadow, just trace the crease with MAC Remotely Grey. This helps guage placement of the intense colors.

Tame brows. Highlight inner corners and brow bone with Stila eyeshadow pan in Wheat.

Prep the lid (for glitter eyeshadows to stick better) with NYX Jumbo pencil in Black bean over the primer.

Softly blend Black bean especially in the crease with dome shaped blender brush. This also creates a stencil for placement of the crease color which definitely goes above the point where the black ends.

Define the crease and outer corners with MAC Submarine eyeshadow. You could appreciate on how dark this color looks on the outer corners while maintaining its blue-ness in the crease where its not mixed with black. There is a lot of blending involved here.

Blend Submarine upto the brow bone keeping the area immediately under the brow arch bare with just the highlighter on.

Smoke the lower lids with MAC Submarine eyeshadow.

Pat Revlon Expressionist eyeshadow in Plum Galaxy on the middle and inner third of the lid.

Pat and layer Plum Galaxy eyeshadow to build intensity. You can also use a damp flat brush or a flat brush dipped in a clear primer like Oriflame face primer to make the shimmer look intense and vivid.
Also apply a bit of Bourjois Intense Eyeshadow in Extrait 10 on the outermost corners to create a gradient of BLACK-BLUE- PLUM-BEIGE (this looks very poetic and has its inspirations from one of the makeup at Monique Llhouillier or Luella Bartley, dont remember)

Tame the brows with brow gel. Curl lashes with Shiseido Eyelash curler. Apply a coat of Revlon Grow Luscious mascara for lengthened lashes. Trace the lash line with L'Oreal Super liner in Carbon Gloss. Draw a wing and also extend in the inner corners to create sharpness and cat's eye liner effect.

You can see that the liner is thicker outside while tapers to be thin inside. This extends the eye shape and give a doe like effect. Plus a little bit of eye liner in the inner corners helps create a sharper edge.

This is the finished look without false lashes. This look demands false lashes as the liner and the intense berry plum color eats away lashes and decreases the smoldering impact. Also fill the inner rims with a bronze-ish coppery eye liner. I used the one from Chambor.

Glue on false lashes. In this picture you can see how the latex based glue looks white on wet and then dries clear. I prefer this over the matte black glue.

Hide the spine of the false lash with another layer of black liquid liner. Don't forget to curl lashes and apply some more mascara to marry the natural lashes with fake ones.

And this is the final finished look. It might look as it has directly come out of a ramp or an editorial photoshoot but its one of the easiest looks to do. All is in the blending and layering and let each color peek out through the other with seamless boundaries. This is a fierce eye makeup look very true to Tom Ford's perception of beauty (I hope he's reading this post some day). Btw apologies for such a huge post. It feels like a Bollywood movie and this is how my posts would be in future. A bit of an extra detail will be added to the future upcoming posts. Hope you'd like to read it a bit more.

  • Kryolan  Supracolor foundation as foundation and concealer
  • Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector in 00 Rose
  • Kryolan Transparent powder
  • MAC Beauty Powder blush in Tippy
  • Benefit Dandelion Blush
  • Estee Lauder Pure color gloss in Brazen Berry
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer
  • MAC eyeshadow in Remotely Grey
  • MAC eyeshadow in Submarine
  • MAC eyeshadow in Dark Edge (for brows)
  • NYX Jumbo pencil in Black Bean
  • Revlon Expressionist eyeshadow by Gucci Westman in Plum Galaxy
  • Stila eyeshadow in Wheat
  • MAC Brow Gel
  • L'Oreal Super liner in Carbon gloss black
  • Revlon Grow Luscious mascara
  • Shiseido Eye lash curler
  • Uroparis False Lashes in no.41
  • Chambor Ultra glide pencil in Bronze
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Let me know in the comments section.

Till then,


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  1. loved the combo..superb effect :)

  2. First and foremost...I did Drool! ;) I want berries now :) :)

    Really likd the look and the sheeny finish to it...perfect for a formal dinner or an evening out :)

    1. just ate a lot of strawberries last night!
      The look is amazing...Just got it right after lots of wrongs!

  3. neeerrraaajjjjj Plum Galaxy looks so so so so yuumilicous na.... wow beautiful look :) and totally loved the way you winged the eyeliner in the inner corner... please do a tute for that... <3

    1. Thanks a lot...Posting a tut soon!! Plum Galaxy is one of the eyeshadows that brought me back to Revlon after 4 yrs of non purchase..LOL

  4. Wowwwwwwwww, this is sooo pretty makeup! I would love to do something like this for a party! The eyeliner looks soooooo good!

    1. Thanks Manya...I am sure u'll enjoy the subsequent posts!!

  5. Beautiful interpretation. Berries galore! I'm gonna try recreating this look even though I can never apply eyeliner like you in a million years.

    1. Thanks Pandora's box...dont say that as I am going to make a video tutorial for this liner soon...

  6. NEERAJJJJJJ !!!! this is outstandingly beautifullllllllllllllllllllll look ...
    i will die with shame .. i know i will never ever be able to do 1/4 th of this ... am gonna def. try this though

    this is out of the world , how flawless it is looking :D :D

    1. Haha...Thanks Rashmi......i am sure u will like all the future looks I do too!

  7. stunning look! totally love the precise and unique liner work! Great EOTD, thanks for sharing with us


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