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Simply Glamorous
Think glitter and shimmer, jewel colours and texture – this is the ultimate party look and the effects can
be dazzling.

Everyone needs a touch of sparkle in their life and this high-impact, theatrical look, combining bold colours and shimmery textures, can be a real showstopper. On our model (previous spread), I wanted to demonstrate the ultimate Showgirl look, with a statement eye full of strong colours and high-shine textures topped off with fluttery glitter lashes, and paired with glitter-kissed red lips and rhinestone-embellished nail art. Elle, whom I transformed into a sparkly princess, is only 21, so I could afford to apply a lot of glitter and vibrant colour. Her ‘English rose’ complexion could carry
off the bright palette and I offset the cool tones with light-reflecting gold pigment and glitter, together with the pretty pinks on her cheeks and lips, which keep the look fresh and youthful. Glitter combined with strong colour can be breathtaking, but if it’s too much for you, adapt the look with neutral tones (bone, taupe and brown with black mascara), then add a splash of glitter. If you don’t want to use glitter, which is quite grainy, high-impact colour pigment gives a similar effect. It sticks to the lid easily and can be used with cream or powder eyeshadow without needing another medium to make it stick.

Elle is a pretty girl of 21, whom I knew would make the perfect Showgirl. Not only do the shimmery textures and cool tones suit her young, fair skin, but her bubbly character has as much sparkle as the make-up.

Posted by Aurum Press Published See Aurum Press's 73 projects » © 2020 Gary Cockerill / Jacqui Small · Reproduced with permission. · Transformation and images taken from Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill, photography by Vikki Grant. Published by Jacqui Small
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  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 1
    Step 1

    face

    After prepping as usual, I used an illuminating primer, paying particular attention to her eyelids – priming the eyes is especially important when they are going to have lots of texture on them, as
    it gives a good base that ensures the eye make-up will last as long as possible.
    Then I used a lightweight liquid foundation, as I wanted to keep her young skin looking dewy and fresh.

  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 2
    Step 2

    To give her cheeks a natural flush, I applied a wash of pink cream blusher.

    Tip
    When you have great, youthful skin, make the most of it and keep your make-up lightweight to let the natural glow come through.

  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 3
    Step 3

    eyes

    I love the fullness of Elle’s eyebrows and wanted to keep them looking very natural.
    I tweezed them lightly to remove any stray hairs, then brushed them up and filled them in where necessary with a light brown brow powder and an angled brush. Then I applied a cream eyeshadow in a cool ivory tone all over the lid with a medium-sized flat brush.

  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using the same type of brush, I added a turquoise cream eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eyes.

  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 5
    Step 5

    Changing to a small round pencil brush,
    I took the same turquoise eyeshadow into the crease of the eye and just above it, blending it into the ivory base on the lid.

  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 6
    Step 6

    I then swept the turquoise under the eye from the outer edge to the inner corner.

  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 7
    Step 7

    With another pencil brush, I added at ouch of lime-green cream eyeshadow under the lower lash line at the inner corner of the eye, and blended it into the turquoise.

  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 8
    Step 8

    I applied electric-blue liquid eyeliner along the upper lash line, just on the roots of the lashes, to frame the eyes and add depth.

  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 9
    Step 9

    Next, I applied a turquoise pencil eyeliner to the lower waterline.

  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 10
    Step 10

    I coated the top and bottom lashes with bright blue mascara, working the wand from the roots to the tips to colour the lashes blue.

  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 11
    Step 11

    To add the showgirl shimmer, I first applied a high-shine gold pigment onto the first part of the eyelid, taking it from the inner corner and fading it towards the middle section of the lid. Pigment travels, so add a very little at a time and build it up gradually so that it doesn’t overpower the eye. Then, using a flat brush,
    I pressed a little gold glitter on top of this to give a champagne-coloured sparkly texture.

  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 12
    Step 12

    To finish the eyes, I used a glitter gel liner and loose glitter particles in a light greenish gold underneath the lower lash line, starting
    at the inner corner and taking it to the middle, so the focus is drawn to the beginning of the eyes.

  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 13
    Step 13

    Finally, I added a touch of the same gel liner and glitter to the mid-section of the eyelid to accentuate that area even more.

  • How to create a blue eye makeup look. Showgirl Transformation - Step 14
    Step 14

    lips

    All the drama is on the eyes and I didn’t want to detract from this, so I finished the lips with a creamy, soft pink lipstick and a hint of gloss on the bottom lip.

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