I’m an Aquarius, which apparently means I am quirky, free-spirited and unconventional--and that I should be wearing bright, bold makeup in 2015, according to Refinery 29.
Although I don’t usually buy into astrology, I thought it couldn’t hurt to try. Aqua blue eyeshadow could be my new signature look, right?
I did my base makeup and eyebrows and then dug out my Sleek i-Divine Ultra Matte v1 palette. It was $12, so it doesn’t matter that I haven’t ever used it until now. If you are usually a colorful eye shadow person, these are worth a look. The shadows are a little chalky, but very bright.
I wasn’t sure where to start. I may be bold and free-spirited, but none of that boldness has translated into blue eye shadow before. I decided to do what I always do first when I put on eye shadow: define my crease with a matte brown eye shadow. I used Naked 2 from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette with a Bdellium Tools 776 brush.
I tried to put the light aqua blue eye shadow from the Sleek palette all over my eyelid and blend it up, but it just wasn’t “speaking to me” the way Refinery 29 had promised. It looked washed out and muddy.
I decided to start over with a sticky white base--the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. It’s another product I tend to forget I own.
I drew it on thickly all over where I thought the eye shadow should go, then used my ring finger to tap around the edges and blend it out.
Then I took that light aqua shade and really packed it overtop of the white pencil. I took it under the eye too, because it looked unbalanced on just the top lid. At this point I realized that fallout was A Thing You Have To Deal With and decided to ignore the blue dust creeping down my face until the end.
Gloria Noto, Refinery 29’s consulting makeup artist, kept it simple with one shade of blue all over the lid, but I wasn’t feeling it. I added the slightly darker cyan blue from the Sleek palette to the inner and outer corners of my eyes.
This style of eye shadow, called a halo eye, is popular on Instagram and YouTube at the moment. I know Aquarians aren’t meant to follow the pack mentality, but it looks good, OK?
Then I wet a small paintbrush and used it to apply the purple from the Sleek palette along my upper lash line. This worked surprisingly well, and is something I will use for future eye shadow looks, even if they’re not aqua-Aquarius based.
This is the point where I started to question things, but I didn’t want to jump ship a second time. I was desperately hoping that curled eyelashes and lots of mascara would fix it.
I did a Google search for "makeup for Aquarians." Maybe I could find a look with less… blue? I didn’t find much, other than another website that told me “there are pools of light in an Aquarius eye” and that these eyes look good with thick mascara application. Here’s hoping.
Mascara definitely improved this look, but I'm still not sure I would feel comfortable wearing it out of the house. I don’t know if it is down to my inferior makeup application, or the frankly impossible expectation that all people born within a certain time frame will suit a particular type of makeup.
If I believed in the impact of Mercury retrograde, I could use that to explain my failure. This is meant to be a bad time to try something new. I don’t know. I’m a very skeptical human being overall.
- Do you think I can pull off aqua and purple eyeshadow?
- Any ideas for how to make this look work? How seriously do you take astrology?