The Birchbox Beauty Diaries is a regular feature where one of our team members tries out a new beauty look every day for one week. Whether it’s lipstick or eyeshadow, different hairstyles or fun makeup techniques, we’ll give you five fun ideas for how you can shake up your routine.
Title: Brand Relationship Manager
A Week Of: Eyeliner
Monday: Sue Devitt Eye Pencil Intensifier in Bangalore, $22, birchbox.com
Who doesn’t love the idea of easy eyeliner? The latest shades from Sue Devitt’s line of Eye Intensifier Pencils makes glamming up a breeze.The pencil goes on thick, creating a liner/shadow effect, which was perfect because I was going for the smudgy less-perfected look. The finishing touch? Volumize your lashes with a thickening mascara such as the Benefit BADgal Lash or DiorShow Exstase. The contrast helps amp up the fun fun-yet-sophisticated olive color.
Tuesday: Le Metier de Beaute Liquid Liner in Aqua, $42, nordstrom.com
I’ve never been one to shy away from winged liner. This time, I wanted to take this look to next level by incorporating some serious color. Using the Le Metier de Beaute Liquid Liner in Aqua, I started from the inner most part of my eye and drew 1/8” line above my lashes. I then filled in this line to create a thick, dramatic burst of color. To create the wing, I extended my original line out and slightly up, making it gradually thinner. if you’re not sure how far to extend the wing, my trick is to use my eyebrow as a guide. Your wing should extend farther than this point.
Two eyeliners are better than one—especially when they work in unison to create a sultry eye. I wanted to see what happens when you breed a smudgy pencil, like Sue Devitt’s Eye Intensifier Pencil, with a precision liner, like Hard Candy’s Walk the Line Liquid liner. In this picture, my focus was entirely on the undereye, using Sue Devitt’s pencil (in Ava) to create a thick shadow-like line first. My goal here was to keep the line thicker towards the outer part of my eye, thinning the line as I moved towards the center of my eye. Then, I incorporated the liquid liner to contrast this smudginess by drawing a precise line underneath.
Thursday: Stila eyeshadow trio in Gilded, $20, sephora.com
Today I was feeling adventurous so I decided to use an eyeliner brush and powdered shadow. This is the perfect way to get that smokey-eye effect we all know and love because it creates a softer, more blended look. I used all three colors from this trio: the champagne color (same as their famous Kitten shade) as the base, the copper hue on the inner corners of my eyes for added drama, and the final touch was the dark chocolatey brown as the liner across the top lid. Pair this look with brown mascara and some bronzer and you’re in for a major dose of glam!
Friday: Estee Lauder ShadowStick in Bronze Goddess, $20, nodstrom.com
I came across a picture online of a really beautiful dewy eye and I had to give it a try. Stila’s Kitten was my base (I really can’t live without this product) and I was pretty generous with it on the top lid and under my bottom lash line. Next I used the Estee Lauder ShadowStick as a liner just along the bottom lashes. It’s such a gorgeous color (like a sunset) and the texture is fantastic. Then something awesome happened: I grabbed a shadow pot from Buxom in this great gold color called Poodle to top everything off and as I was applying it, I accidentally got some flecks stuck in the mascara I was already wearing. I loved the effect so much I ended up dusting the shadow all over my lashes to create a really interesting gilded effect.
Alta is obsessed with the two Sue Devitt pencils she used for this story. To check out the rest of the gorge colors we offer, visit the Birchbox Shop.