L.A. COLORS “Brush With Fame” Challenge #2: Eye Spy

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Earlier this week I announced I was one of the 5 finalists in Life & Style, In Touch and L.A. COLORS “Brush with Fame” competition. Every week I’ll be sent different challenges — the 1st was “Brush Up” where I featured my flower power nail art tutorial, and I just got my 2nd challenge: “Eye Spy!”

For this challenge I’m going to show you how I lash out.  I’m a smokey eye, black liner girl — cat eye, reverse cat-eye, thick/thin black eyeliner line — you will not see me leave the house without something black in my waterline. And love them or not, no one rocks an eye like Kim Kardashian, Kristen Stewart, RiRi and Katy Perry (lets be honest, we all love Katy Perry) — or at least on a consistent basis (we’ve seen some pretty amazing looks from countless other stars). And Dita Von Teese and Lauren Conrad are the queens of the cat eye.

While these are timeless looks the trend of right now that I have been excited about is blue liner/shadow! It’s a welcomed addition to my black liner and has been everywhere from the runway to celebrities and seen on everyone from Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Hudson, Eve, to January Jones — which just shows you the range of skintones it looks amazing on!

So here’s how I lash out and how you can too! For a beginner look get inspired by Jessica Biel — see how great that pop of blue makes such a pretty statement without being over the top? At a very simplistic level you could create her look with  L.A. COLORS Grafix Eyeliner in Black on the top lid and then smudge the green aqua blue eyeshadow shade with one of the blue shades from their 16 Color Eye Shadow Haute Palette to create that pretty under eye look. If you really want it to pop, use the their Jumbo Eye Pencils in shade See Shells (white) under your eyes and then put the green aqua blue shade on top.

I did a different variation inspired by her look with a bit more cobalt blue effect. Here’s how to recreate my eyes:

Jessica Biel blue eyes how to

Step 1: Use L.A. COLORS Jumbo Eye Pencil in shade Pool Party on the bottom and top lash line.

Step 2: Then using L.A. COLORS 16 Color Eye Shadow Haute Palette use the middle blue (fourth in from the bottom row) and apply it over the Pool Party Jumbo Eye Pencil on the bottom lash line. And use the white shade from the palette  (which is the first color on the top row) over Pool Party on the top lash line.

Step 3: From the palette use the first baby blue shade on the inner corners of your eyes to add light.

Step 4: Then apply a thin to fine line of L.A. COLORS Grafix Eyeliner in Black on the top lash line.

Step 5. On the inner rim of the bottom waterline apply a thin coat of the Jumbo Eye Pencil in shade Sunglasses (black).

Step 6: Finish off with either DoubleVolume mascara or apply some fake lashes — for my look I used the L.A. COLORS Dramatic Lash Little Flirty kit (the bottom set in the pack)

To take the look to a whole new level, I was also inspired by Eve!

Eve Cobalt blue eyes

To amp the look up and get all about Eve on it, start by following step 1-5 from above.

Step 6: Take the Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pool Party all over the eyelid up to the crease.

Step 7: then from the same palette take the 2nd from the left on the bottom row (the aqua green shade) and blended it on top of Pool Party from the inner corner eye to the middle of the lid.

Step 8: From the same palette take the purple shade that’s the third color in from the bottom (next to the aqua green) and blended it over from the outer corner into the crease so the end result on the eyes is a beautiful gradation from a purple blue to blue to green blue.

Step 9: Take the Jumbo Eye Pencils in shade See Shells (white) and blend it from the inner corner left to inner corners of your eyes.

Step 10: Re-apply the Grafix Eyeliner in Black and thicken the eye liner on the top lash to extend to slight cat eye.

Step 11: Apply mascara or your fake lashes. For this second look I used middle pair from the Dramatic Lash Fantasy Sexy lash set.

Both the palette and Jumbo Eye Pencils are exceptional — they are highly pigmented, easily blend and go on really smooth with easy application. I’m blown away by the quality and price.