Swan-Shaped Eyeliner And Mermaid Eyeshadow, Because You Are An Aquatic Goddess

A water-inspired eye makeup adventure featuring fancy-schmancy eyeliner shapes.
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A water-inspired eye makeup adventure featuring fancy-schmancy eyeliner shapes.

This is one of my favourite makeup tutorials ever, mostly because it wasn't on me. Although I LOVE this job, it gets a little tedious constantly taking photos of your own face. So I was pretty pleased when my friend volunteered to be my makeup guinea pig.

I've known Shyla since we were cynical 18-year-old university students who shared the same distaste for group work. While I remained somewhat bitter, she has since grown to be a lovely young thing, spiritual and positive in many ways.

Shyla and her Undine belly dancing troupe.

Shyla and her Undine belly dancing troupe.

We wanted to focus the look on something she could wear to her belly dancing performances. Did I mention she's in a belly dancing troupe? (For my Toronto babes, she also teaches a belly dancing/yoga/movement class every Monday at 8pm at AUM Yoga that's completely beginner friendly--I should know!)

Using this amazing Sephora Blockbuster palette I got from my mom for Christmas (with xoVain tutorials in mind, naturally), we went to town. Some of the colours are admittedly chalkier than others, but overall, I think it's a pretty great buy, especially when you're into experimenting with colours. The gel liners are pretty fantastic, too.

We decided on her blues and greens, with some heavy eyeliner in a sort of swan-like shape.

Shyla has beautiful, expressive eyes.

It's cropped like this because we already did the other eye and I am trying to keep an element of surprise. The front page pic doesn't count.

It's cropped like this because we already did the other eye and I am trying to keep an element of surprise. The front page pic doesn't count.

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First, I started with a yellow in the inner corners.

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Then a green on the rest of the lid.

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Finally, I used a darker blue on the outer corners of the eye and blended everything together with a round brush.

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Using a liquid eyeliner pen, I did a swan-like design on the outer corner of the eye. Since Shyla hates lining her lower lash line, we took the design only about halfway to give a bit of impact without being overwhelming.

Tip: If you're practicing a new design and get confused with the design after doing one eye, just take a picture of the eye you've finished, flip/mirror it on your phone, and copy onto the other eye.

Mermaid swan eyes

Mermaid swan eyes

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Here's the final look:

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She didn't even wash it off her face before leaving my house. I think I have an unintentional way of making intense looks look strangely subtle? Maybe she was just humouring me. 

What do you think: would you do crazy designs with your eyeliner?