3 Colorful Eye Looks Inspired By Insects

Who knew that something called a Southern Green Stinkbug could inspire such pretty eye makeup?
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October 15, 2013
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When I walk into a bookstore, I head to one of three sections: autobiographies/memoirs, philosophy/religion, or the little nook dedicated to field guides.

I'm fairly certain my fascination for the lattermost in that list stems from my childhood, which I spent mostly romping around in the great outdoors making friends with earthly critters a la Cinderella.

Snakes? Creepy, but ultimately cool. Fungus abundantly growing on a mossy, wet tree branch? Neat! That funky looking bug with the weird antennae? Let's see if I can try to catch it!

Who cares about the latest video games when you can spend time in your secret tree fort complete with swinging vine? (I'm not going to lie: While playing outdoors was my thang, my summer vacations were punctuated with daily viewings of Passions, the soap opera, and a plate of Pizza Rolls.)

Anyway, knowing all this, it shouldn't come as a surprise when I tell you I couldn't help but purchase A Field Guide on the Insect that I happened upon at a local thrift store. The fact that it's previously claimed by a certain Jonathan P. Ardans by way of childish scrawl made it that much more intriguing; and so for $2, I snatched it up without a second thought.

While thumbing through the pages, which smell exactly as you may imagine: old book (someone please make a perfume that smells of old books), the colors inspired me.

For the below eye looks, I tried to keep things simple by limiting myself to three palettes, some brushes, an eyeliner and mascara.

LOOK #1: NET WINGED BEETLE

The yellow and black Net Winged Beetle stood out to me for several reasons. First, I love beetles. Second, the contrast of yellow and black is too cool. Third, it's shaped kind of like an eye!

Here's what I did:

  1. I applied Urban Decay's Primer Potion eye primer.
  2. I applied the shimmery copper from the Too Faced palette with the Japonesque 230 brush.
  3. I applied the mustard yellow from the e.l.f. palette on top of the copper with the same brush.
  4. Using the darkest color from the NYC palette, I applied black to the outer two-thirds of my eye with the Japonesque 213 brush. I also used the e.l.f. eyeliner brush to apply the same shade to the outer two-thirds of my lower eye, blending well.
  5. I applied the NYX eyeliner on the upper eye, careful to get as close to the lash line as possible. I also used the lightest silver from the Too Faced palette to gently finger pat some glitter to the outer corners.
  6. I finished with CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara.

LOOK #2: GYPSY MOTH

How can you resist a critter called the Gypsy Moth? This super-pale eye look isn't necessarily wearable on the daily, but it's certainly a show-stopper. (FYI: This one is more involved than the other two.)

  1. I applied Urban Decay's Primer Potion eye primer.
  2. I finger patted on the cream illuminator from the NYC palette to just above the crease.
  3. Using the Japonesque 230, I applied the white shadow from the NYC palette on top of the illuminator.
  4. With the Japonesque 213, I applied two hairpin-shaped lines with the shimmery copper shade from the Too Faced palette.
  5. Using the e.l.f. angled eyeliner brush, I gently applied the darker gray from the Too Faced palette to the outer two-thirds of each copper line.
  6. I applied the same white shadow from the NYC palette to the lower lash line with my eyeliner brush.
  7. I went back over the copper/black lines with the copper again to blend.
  8. Using the Raw Color all-over shadow brush, I swept the white shadow across my entire eye and blended.

LOOK #3: SOUTHERN GREEN STINK BUG

Stink Bugs are so cute, no? For this look, I wanted to stick with mostly greens while incorporating some sheer white and a tinge of yellow.

  1. I applied Urban Decay's Primer Potion eye primer.
  2. I finger patted on the cream illuminator from the NYC palette to just above the crease.
  3. Using the Japonesque 230, I applied the silver shadow from the Too Faced palette to the outer two-thirds of my eyes.
  4. With the same brush, I applied a kelly green shadow (left side of the palette at the top) starting at the interior and around the crease. I blended with the silver shadow.
  5. Still using the same brush, I applied a tealish green (right side of the palette at the top) to the lower part of my eyes, blending with the other green and the silver.
  6. For eyeliner, I used my e.l.f. angled eyeliner brush and the darker gray shadow from the Too Faced palette. I extended the line just past the outer corner.
  7. To complete the look, I applied CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara.

Which of these three looks are your favorite? Have you ever been inspired by something kind of weird? Do tell!