Livin' La Vida Lucia

A Fall Inspired Eye Makeup Look

With a Dark Bohemian OOTD

By Lucia Rossi

When it comes to Autumn looks, earth or leaf tones during the season are really chic and appropriate. Fall colors like yellows, browns, oranges, reds, purples, can be really inspiring and fun to play with.


I do my eyes first so when I clean eye shadow fall-out, it doesn’t ruin my face makeup. To get clean sharp edges, I place scotch tape from the end of my eyebrow to the end corner of my eye. I use the cheap 99 cent tape so it doesn’t stick too much and comes off without any pain.

Then I apply primer. There are so many types of eye shadow primers out there that you can use to make your eye shadow stick and last all day without creasing. My go-to primer is Urban Decay’s Primer Potion in the shade Sin. But if that’s too much, Maybelline’s 24 hour Color Tattoo is a great alternative. It works just as well really. Lightly dap the primer all over the lid with your ring finger and give it about 30 seconds to dry.

Now it’s time to pick your shadows. The order you choose to apply them is entirely up to you, as long as you blend well it will be fine no matter what. First I took my base shade which was the bright burgundy or maroon shade called “Aphrodite” from the BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Palette.

You don’t have to use the same colors or products that I do, use whatever you have at your disposal.

I gently used my Coastal Scents eye shadow Brush in BR-C-No2 and formed the shape I wanted along my crease. Then I took my blending E25 Sigma blending brush and smudged the color out by using wind shield wiper motions back and forth until the color was hazy with no harsh lines. If the color intensity is gone you can always add more. It’s always better to start out light then build up your color.

Then taking my dome crease brush by Crown Brush, I put on a dark shade of purple (#12 on the Smashbox Click You’re It Palette) and put it along my lower crease below the bright burgundy shade to give my eye more depth. Then blend that sucker out.

I applied the lightest shade to my lid with a simple makeup sponge applicator. I feel like people take these little guys for granted, I mean they pack on color with ease and gives you great placement control. The shade on my lid is a shimmery white eye shadow from Pop Beauty.

Don’t forget to add a bit of a highlight shade underneath your brows! It’s a small touch but it really brightens the eyes. I put a little of that white shimmery shade below my brows and blended it a bit so it transitioned with the burgundy shade.

The toughest part is over, you can take off the tape and clean off any fall-out with a wipe. Now that you’re good as new, let’s continue.

I put on NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk on my bottom water line. White eyeliner really helps to make your eyes look bigger and brighter. I do it all the time. Then below that along my lashes I gently swipe my black eyeliner pencil from Noir Cosmetics. Then I took my trusty sponge applicator and lightly swipes some of that burgundy color below my lashes. If you can, blend it out a little.

Now on to lining the upper lid. If you prefer, you can use a pencil or gel eyeliner and smudge it out with no cat eye or wing. My favorite method however is liquid eyeliner. I usually use the high precision liquid eyeliner from the Sephora brand. Use whatever works best for you. If you want it to be budge proof, use a waterproof formula.

If you’re like me and you have trouble doing the perfect cat eye, try drawing small lines or doing small strokes across the lid and connect them. Take your time with this. If you mess up, you can easily cover it up with eye shadow or just wipe it off with some makeup remover. No shame. Then when you get to the corner draw a small triangle outward and just fill it in. Don’t freak out if your eyes are not 100% the same, they’re suppose to be sisters, not twins, as Michelle Phan would say. Practice makes perfect.

Before you put on mascara, curl your lashes, girl! It makes all the difference. I applied Lancome’s Hypnose Drama and then my favorite Urban Decay Supercurl Curling mascara. If you want maximum staying power, go for the waterproof formula. However, it will be more difficult to remove later. Don’t forget your bottom lashes too!

Can you spot my dog Thor in the back?

Can you spot my dog Thor in the back?

If your past basics, go ahead and apply false eyelashes if you like. For this look however, I chose to keep it natural.

Face makeup is a whole other article for another day, but with this look either light dark lips go well. Do what feels right to you! And have fun.

If you have any questions or have suggestions for articles you want to read please let me know in the comments.


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