Irish Spirit Makeup Tutorial | Makeup Mondays


This morning we unveiled our wearable St. Patty’s Day makeup tutorial (which can totally pass for a Loki-inspired look, too!). Now let’s kick it up a notch with our bright makeup inspired by the Irish flag. I normally like to wear really bright colors on my eyes and it all started when I took a chance and decided to wear some bright yellow eyeshadow. It took one bright color and I was hooked. Don’t fear the colors, Nerdship. They are your friends.


While we’re on the subject of bright eye-shadows, have I told you lately how much I adore Sugarpill Eyeshadows? I have mentioned it before in the DIY Sugarpill post but guys… seriously… I’m addicted. They are ridiculously pigmented and a little goes a LONG way. Added bonus: they’re not ridiculously expensive. You get 3.5 grams for $12 versus MAC shadows that are $15 for 1.5 grams. Winner winner chicken dinner!  My favorites are Buttercupcake (bright yellow), Poison Plum (cool purple), Tako (super matte white), and Velocity (vibrant royal blue). Are you a Sugarpill fan? If so, what are your favorite colors? If not, why the frak not?

Anyways, I figured that I could show you guys two different eyeshadow looks for St. Patty’s Day. One more subtle and this one – which is super vibrant. I’m a huge fan of this look! It’s bright, cheery, and your not-so-average-take on a smokey eye. Normally when one thinks of smokey eyes – it’s always a dark crease. Since we’re going for the whole “look to wear on St. Patty’s Day” I decided to not go all stereotypical and just paint my whole eyelid green. Instead, I took my inspiration from the Irish National Flag (Republic of Ireland, to be specific):


Alright, I guess I should stop blabbing and share the “how-to” for this makeup tutorial. Onward we go then, Nerdship!

Products used:

-L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Fair
-MAC Studio Fix Foundation Powder in C2
-MAC Concealer in NC20
-BH Cosmetics 28 Neutral Palette, for contouring
-MAC Cosmetics Mineralized Blush in Warm Soul

-MAC Prep & Prime Lip
-Urban Decay Lip Pencil in Nude
-Revlon Matte Lip Balm in Audacious
-Really Nude Lip Stick (can’t remember the name right now)

-Aveeno Clear Complexion Face Lotion
-Urban Decay All-Night-Long Makeup Setting Spray (*must have in your kit)
-Clear-Eyes Multi-Symptom Eyedrops

-Urban Decay Eyelid Primer in Greed
-NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk
-Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (Foxy and Venus, specifically)
-Sugarpill Eyeshadows in Tako, Buttercupcake, Flamepoint, Acid Berry, Midori, and Bulletproof
-MAC Eyeshadow in Velvet Moss
-Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Zero
-Kat Von D Liquid Liner in Trooper
-Lit Cosmetic’s Clear Glitter Base
-Lit Cosmetic’s Holographic Glitter in Rich and Famous
-Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Stagedive
-Urban Decay Skyscraper Mascara


**** NOTE ABOUT PRODUCTS:  If you do not happen to have the specific items listed, don’t fret. Just swap them out with something you do have – though I highly suggest the Sugarpill stuff. Yep. And on that note (DISCLAIMER) all of these products were purchased by me and me alone. No companies have provided any of these items to be featured or reviewed and the thoughts listed on this blog post are solely my own.

Step-by-Step Tutorial:


  1. After you’ve applied your foundation/contouring, prep your eyelids with Urban Decay Primer Potion in Greed and blend it out with your finger. Go ahead and blend it most of the way to your brow bone.
  2. Take NYX’s Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil in Milk and coat your entire eyelid. It’ll look weird, but that’s normal. We’re needing to create a pale canvas so that your eyeshadows POP!
  3. Blend the Milk cream shadow out with your finger. You’ll want to blend it out all the way up to your brow bone.
  4. After everything is all blended out nicely, take a flesh-toned eye shadow and dust that all over your crease and upper brow bone area. This will help you blend everything out seamlessly.
  5. Take Tako and place it in the center of each eyelid. Pat it on, don’t sweep.
  6. On either side of the Tako, pat Buttercupcake using a flat shader brush so you have a rich buildup of that creamy yellow color.
  7. Go ahead and place Flamepoint on the inner most and outermost corner of your eyelid. You’ll look like you have candy corn eyelids for a little bit but we’re going to blend in the next step.
  8. Blend your darker colors into your lighter colors. You may probably need to add a little more shadow while you’re blending just to make everything even. Pro Tip: No matter if you’re using one shadow or twelve, blending well can turn your makeup from okay to “hey babe!” It takes a little longer but practice will help cut that time down, lickety-split.
  9. Take Acid Berry on a fluffy blending brush and place/blend it into your entire crease. You’re going to want to blend this out a little above your crease as well.
  10. Time to start darkening your crease, so using the same brush as Acid Berry go ahead and begin to build up the darkness on your outer 1/2 of your crease with Midori. Blend. Blend. Blend.
  11. Take Velvet Moss on a pencil brush and add that to the deepest area of your crease, again we’re going to build up the color so we can create the illusion of more depth to your eye. After you’re done adding as much color as you’d like take a clean blending brush and blend out the edges of the green area so that there’s a smooth transition from both the eyelid colors and the fleshy toned colors on your brow bone.
  12. Time to line the lower lash line. Take Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Zero and smudge it along your lower lash line.
  13. Smudge/Smoke the eyeliner pencil out slightly and the pat some Acid Berry on top of it.
  14. Smoke the 1/2 of your lower lash line out further with Velvet Moss.
  15. Boost the vibrancy of your crease with Acid Berry. A little goes a long way.IrishSpirit_Makeup_pt2_wmkd_NerdsAndNomsense
  16. Take Foxy again and blend/smooth out the edges of the green. This look is very blend intensive but very worth it.
  17. Use a liquid eyeliner (I’m using Kat Von D’s liner in Trooper) and create an extended thick cat-eye, bring it down a little further in the corners. After you’ve made your line, take Bulletproof on a small angled eyeliner brush and pat it overtop of the liner to help make it last a little longer.
  18. Grab the Zero eyeliner pencil and tightline your upper waterline. Also, go ahead and line the bottom 1/3rd of your lower waterline. Pro Tip: If you have issues with tightlining your upper lashline, take a small mirror, look down into it (with just your eyes) and take your pencil and go ahead and tightline it while you’re looking down in the mirror. It will take some practice, but it makes things a lot easier.
  19. Take Venus (from the Nake Basics Palette) and run it right along your brow/brow bone. This helps create an illusion of definition.
  20. On a small brush, take some of the Lit Cosmetic’s Clear Glitter Base and apply that to the lower, inner corner of your bottom last line. Gently pat “Rich and Famous” on top of the Glitter Base. Let it dry for a minute or two.
  21. Right underneath the inner flick we created with the eyeliner (in the corner of your eye) take your Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Stagedive and add just a tiny bit of it to right underneath the line. This step is completely optional but it adds a nice pop of color.
  22. Break out the torture device and curl your lashes.
  23. Apply your favorite mascara. If you have thin lashes you can always apply a couple of coats (as long as you let it dry in between) or you can totally apply false lashes.
  24. VOILA! You’re finished with your eyes, now you can move on to the blush and lips. Keep your makeup on the peach side of things if you’re planning to compliment your look. Finish by sealing it up with Urban Decay’s All-Night Setting Spray.


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Keep being nerdy, Nerdship! We’ll catch you next Monday with some more awesome makeup posts – including one on how to make your own nail polish colors as well as how to contour like a pro no matter what your face shape is.

What do you think about wearing brightly colored eyeshadows? What would you like to see next time on Makeup Mondays? Let us know in the comments below! 


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