Autumn Foliage Eyes

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Whenever autumn rolls around, me and every other makeup obsessed bincho immediately gets excited and starts whipping out the warm orange and burgundy and red eye colours for some killer fall looks. Not that I don’t experiment with different colours during the rest of the year but, you know, autumnal makeup looks are fun and help me get more excited about the season! I was itching to do something inspired by the changing leaves and I hadn’t used a couple of eyeshadows in my Z-Palette for a while so decided to play around with a makeup look that would make them the focal point.

My base for this look was also a nice little experiment as I’m currently in the process of trialling the new PHB Ethical Beauty liquid foundation, so in addition to my current routine of primer and colour corrector, tried my hand at applying this (followed by concealer) and wearing it throughout the day for the first time too. The results will come in a later blog post, for now this is all about the eyes!

I applied my brows a little bit differently to how I’ve previously described the process – I’ve started applying a coat of brow gel before my Anastasia DipBrow Pomade and two coats after, as I’ve really been enjoying the slightly dishevelled look where the hairs near the centre stand as upright as possible (not that you can tell much from the photos). Once my brows were done, I tidied them up with some clean strokes of concealer that I blended out carefully, and then began applying my eyeshadow over my already primed eyelids. Primer is a must if you’re going to be working with bold colours!

First, I applied a nude shade over the entirety of my eyelid to make blending the bright colours out a little bit easier, then I carved out my crease with a medium warm brown to get the general shape I was going for. Once I was happy with that, I covered all of my mobile lid with MakeUp Geek’s eyeshadow in the shade Bitten – a lovely dark, cranberry red. I blended this all the way up close to my brows simply because of my eye shape (I like my eyeshadow to be seen, so having very hooded eyes I often blend it pretty far out but you don’t need to do this yourself), going back in to keep building up the colour to my desired intensity. I applied it under my eyes too, blending it out quite far down.

Once I was happy enough with Bitten, I went over the blended areas with the shade Nuts About U from the Too Faced PB&J Palette – this is a very warm, rusty brown verging on orange. The idea was to go for a red that faded out into an orange-y shade as it blends out, so I kept going back over this and then decided I wasn’t quite happy with the shade or intensity of the orange hues. Luckily, Sleek’s UltraMatte v1 palette has a beautiful bright, true orange in it so I layered this over the top of Nuts About U and the outer-most parts of Bitten to give it a more vibrant, orange hue. Again, I blend this quite far up my brow and underneath my eye to ensure as much colour is visible when my face is relaxed as possible because, boo, hooded eyes.

I chose not to contour my eye in any way with a darker crease or outer corner colour, but I did want an extra pop of dimension to the look. Taking a little bit of Moreish from Phee’s Makeup Shop on the tip of my finger, I dabbed this onto the centre of my lid near the lashline – and again directly underneath it below my eye – and blended this out slightly, resulting in a gorgeous bright gold that fades out into red that then fades out into orange. I topped this off with just a little bit of Inika’s black liner in my waterline and then added a generous coat of mascara. Not that you can tell, because as well as having hooded eyes, my eyelashes kind of suck. Normally I would add false lashes to a look like this, but I wasn’t really feeling it today and just decided to let the colourful eyeshadow stand alone instead.

I then applied a little bit of Cabana Boy from theBalm for my blush; I thought that the natural mauve-y tones would complement the reds and oranges quite well. The next star products I used were also from Phee’s Makeup Shop and they are the lovely pressed highlighters in the shades Bellini (a peachier shade) and The Original (a champagne gold) mixed together. I’ll be doing a full review and swatching of these products along with the white gold shade, Luna, that came with them as a trio but let’s just say that these are some real little beauties. The photos don’t do justice to how radiant and reflective they look on the skin at all. I used both on my cheekbones, the inner corners of my eyes, the tip of my nose and the tip of my chin for this particular look and then finished my face off with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light.

Finally, the lips! I wanted something subtle but also wanted to try out a metallic lip, so I decided to use GOSH’s Velvet Touch Lipstick in Darling (which you might remember from my top 5 nudes for pale folks post a while back) and then patted a little bit more of Moreish over the top of it for a hint of gold around the centre. To be honest, I’m not 100% sure if I really like how this turned out in the end but I had fun doing it and Moreish is so pigmented and such a true gold it’s like applying the real thing to your face so you can’t really go too far wrong.

And there you have it - an autumn foliage inspired makeup look, complete with leaf-coloured eyes and gold tinted lips. If you have a favourite autumnal makeup look, let me know what it is!

All products used:
KIKO Skin Tone Corrector Primer in 02 Violet
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion *
Sleek MakeUp Colour Corrector Palette Green, Lilac & Yellow shades
PHB Ethical Beauty Pure Skin Organic Liquid Foundation +SPF30 in Cream
NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in 02 Fair *
GOSH Defining Brow Gel in shade 003
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown
Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadow in Black Sand
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, shade W.O.S. *
Too Faced Peanut Butter Jelly Palette, shade Nuts About U †
Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Bitten †
Sleek MakeUp Ultra Matte V1 Palette, shade Strike †
Phee’s Makeup Shop Eyeshadow in Moreish
Inika Certified Organic Eyeliner in Black
Barry M That’s How I Roll Mascara †
theBalm Cabana Boy †
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light
Phee’s Makeup Shop Pressed Highlights in Bellini and The Original
GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Darling †

* Parent company is not cruelty free.
† Product is not vegan.

Low Battery t-shirt from Pull & Bear


  1. Looks amazing! Also, side note, your top is soooo cute <3

  2. Looks gorge! Love that eye shadow! Also your hair is so on point ;-) xx

  3. Great look!

  4. This looks absolutely gorgeous on you, Steph - I love it! xx



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