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Not Your Typical St.Patty’s Makeup

Show Off Your Bold Irish Pride This Holiday

By Lucia Rossi

This St. Patrick’s day you want to get drunk looking your best and your most festive. Most ladies will have the typical green leprechaun eye looks, but no, not you, you’re different.

St. Patty’s Day is a day where you go hard because you’re going to be partying hard all day. What better way to show your passion for this holiday than by representing it with the Irish flag? This is a bold look that will definitely get you some attention at the bar.

Let’s do this in 9 steps.

Step 1: Place a piece of scotch tape along the end of your eyebrow to the corner of your eye so you get a straight edge and cleaning eye shadow fall out is easy. Then, pat down your favorite eye shadow primer all over your lid with your finger so there’s no creasing and so it packs on more color. I used Urban Decay’s Eye shadow Primer Potion in the shade Greed.

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Step 2: Apply your base coat color. This will help you blend your shades more easily although this look doesn’t require it too much. The base color I used is also a primer so it was a great base for the white eye shadow I will use later. For this, I used Maybelline’s 24 Hour Color Tattoo in the shade 05 Too Cool.

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Step 3: For the first green part of the flag, I used a loose green eye shadow pigment by Naked Cosmetics in the shade Shock Effect. Loose pigment does get everywhere so keep a makeup wipe on hand to keep the area around your eye clean. To be precise and gentle, I took a dome eye shadow brush, lightly dipped it in the loose pigment, and then blended it out slightly upwards. Toward the middle of the lid, I built up the color and didn’t blend so the white can go beside it just like the flag. For this I used the dome and shadow brush duo from Crown Brush in C476.

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Step 4: I took Naked Cosmetics white loose pigment in the shade Debonaire and patted on the middle of my lid with my Real Techniques eye shadow brush. To pack on a lot of pigment, you could literally use a sponge applicator or even your finger since you don’t have to blend the white.

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Step 5: Using my dome brush again, I very lightly dip it in my Inglot Body Pigment Powder in the bright orange shade number 174. I dabbed it gently upward making a distinct line between the orange and white so it resembles the flag. You can blend the orange a bit toward your brow so the line isn’t too harsh. Then remove the tape.

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Step 6: To get an even bolder effect of the flag, I reflected what I did below my lashes with the same pigments. When I got to the orange though, I decided to connect the bottom portion to the edge and blended it out so the orange portion is wide like the green.

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Step 7: Doing a wing can take some practice, but fear not, just have some makeup remover near by. I mess it up all the time, just try it again. It’s alright to mess up and yes it will look better after and it won’t look completely ruined. Using my Sephora High Precision liquid eyeliner in the black shade, I slowly drew a thin line across my lid. Then when I get to the corner of my eye, I drew a diagonal line going outward and then a line connecting it back to my lid. This creates the wing and makes a triangle shape. Then all you do is fill it in. I know, easier said than done. But practice.

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Step 8: Time to get those lashes to reach for the sky. Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler first, then apply generous coats of mascara. If you’re going drinking or will be outside a lot, I suggest using a waterproof formula so it doesn’t run. It is optional, but we’re going all out remember? So, I applied false eyelashes. I used KoKo Lashes which don’t have a number or name on them, and I applied them with Revlon’s lash adhesive. Some people apply them with tweezers but I just use my fingers, I place them on the middle of my lid first and then adjust the end and front of the eyelash strip.

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You can stop here if you’d like, but St. Patty’s Day calls for glam and that means glitter and a little artistic style.

Step 9: If this part is too hard for you, don’t worry about it, skip it. If not, great. I chose to draw out a little four leaf clover under my wing. Clovers are the symbol for St.Patty’s day, I couldn’t go on without it. I took an easily washable eyeliner pen , City Color’s Line Me Liner, and gently started to sketch out the four leaf clover. You do a line for the stem, and four hearts touching at the bottom. When I felt like I got the shape right, I went over it with Sephora + Pantone Universe Liquid Liner in the green shade L13C2. I then went to my NYX Glitter Cream Palette and with a very small eyeliner brush dabbed a little of the light green shade along the clover. Then for the finishing touch I took a little eyelash glue on a nail dotting took and placed a small green nail gem in the middle. If this is too difficult but you want the clover, you could always place a clover sticker there.

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Have fun with your makeup, show your fellow bar crawlers that you are ready to take on a challenge. If you want to do the typical green leprechaun look, then do it. It ain’t easy bein’ green. Party hard, but not too hard, and be safe.

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