After an amazing weekend of outdoor concerts and gorgeous weather (posts coming soon in La Vie), I got inspired to do a makeup tutorial using fresh, summer colors. So many of the S/S 2012 runway shows featured not only massive sweeps of color in the designer's lines, but on the models as well.
Taking my own spin on these vibrant looks, I used Charlotte Ronson's All Eye Need palette in Lake. The colors are beautiful and will work well on a range of eye colors, as the orange-peach is a great complement to blue eyes and the periwinkle blue shade is amazing for brown eyes. The two middle colors are also fabulous, offering a bit of sultry shimmer to enhance the look.
Since the colors in this palette are so fresh and pretty, I wanted to really open the eyes and not make them too heavy. To do this I relied on my trusty Nars Larger than Life long-wear eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte. It is an absolute essential as we head into summer, and works very well to open the eyes and eliminate redness.
On the eyes I also experimented with Too Faced Better than False Lashes mascara. This revolutionary mascara system employs a three-step process using synthetic white hairs to physically lengthen the lashes, and a "base and top coat" of regular mascara that coats the hairs to create rich, thick lashes without the use of falsies. While the product does definitely increase the length of my lashes and is something I use quite often for a night out, it is not a product I'd recommend for every day wear as it takes about twice as long to apply as regular mascara.
On my brows I used my forever faithful Brow Wiz pencil by Anastasia in Caramel. This little wand is an amazing buy, as it has a dual end with both the pencil and a eyebrow brush. To finish the brows I set them with Anastasia's Clear Brow Gel.
Finally on my cheeks I used Laura Mercier's Bonne Mine palette. This palette is truly gorgeous, it features an all over bronzer, two blushers, and two highlighting / contouring colors that combined give the essence of a summery luminescent glow. For this tutorial I kept it easy and just used the contouring colors to define my cheekbones.
Ok, ok! Enough about the products. To recreate this Summer Eye Look yourself, dive in to the tutorial below!