The Spring Beauty Trend That I Liked So Much I Stole It: Gradient Lower Lids

I was glad they had finally deviated from the soft spring pastels that are constantly threatening to kill my vibe.
Publish date:
March 9, 2015

I find the word trend very triggering because nine times out of ten, the trend in question is recycled and boring. I know that all trends are inherently recycled, but I’m not talking about a certain style or silhouette coming back into fashion a decade later. I’m talking about, you know, the usual suspects: pastels for spring, jewel-toned eye shadows for fall, glitter polish for the holidays. That sort of thing.

I will proactively refer to the 10 of you who will put the .gif of Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly saying “Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking” in the comments. THAT. That is exactly what I mean.

That’s why I was stoked when I saw that Refinery29 has this big beauty feature that embraced bright, bold colors for spring 2015! Before I even saw the looks that were created for the spread, I was sold on the idea.

Even if it turned out that I wasn’t crazy about what they dreamed up, I was glad they had finally deviated from the soft spring pastels that are constantly threatening to kill my vibe.

But then I saw this:


This was the second look of the feature, and when I had finally scrolled through everything, I creeped right on back to it to get a second look.

Color gradients on the eyes aren’t exactly a new concept, neither is color on the lower lids, but there was something about this one that I couldn’t stop looking at. So duh, I tried it out for myself.

And I did so in a video, which is only marginally better than my last. I basically just shot this to redeem myself from that mess.


To start out, I primed my face with Maybelline’s Master Prime Blur + Redness Control Primer to balance out any redness that might show through my skin, since I would be using blue and GREEN for the final look. Then I threw YSL’s Touche Éclat concealer pen under my eyes to cover up my iconic dark circles, and then finished off my face with Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder Foundation. Basically I just wanted to look good for the camera.

Using Sonia Kashuk’s Smudge Brush, I started with putting the CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow in Sapphire Flare, $4.49, onto my lower lash line.

I put two drops of Visine directly into the pot to transform the baked shadow into a liquid, making it easier to work with.

Doing this allowed me to pick up and apply more shadow than I would have if the product was still dry, and also to build color more quickly. I just didn’t want to be beating my lower lid to death, trying to get the color to pop. I’m fragile.

It’s no secret that I’m no DIY bitch, and I really don’t like manipulating my makeup to do things that it's not expressly meant to do, like taking eyeshadow from a powder to a liquid, or making an eye shadow into a liner or whatever. I so respect the people who have a ton of tricks to make their makeup more versatile, but I’d just as soon go out and buy a liquid shadow in the exact same shade of a powder shadow that I already own than risk ruining the powder. That said, this worked really nicely. When I messed with it, the Flamed Out shadow applied like a dream, even to my water line!

When I thought I had gotten the blue shadow where I needed it to be, I took the Flamed Out shadow in Lime Light, a terrifying shade of lime green, and applied it directly under the blue.

I patted on a line of green, and then went over it again, doubling up on the color, because I knew I was about to diffuse it.

Then I tried this thing called "blending." I grabbed Sonia Kashuk’s Medium Eyeshadow Brush and focused on marrying the two colors, without overwhelming the blue with the green. When I had them nicely blended, I noticed that Refinery had used a little more green than I had, so I took my fluffy medium eyeshadow brush and went back in with the green, lightly blending it down, making it just a little more visible.

And here is the finished product:

I LIKE IT. I like it on myself almost as much as I like it in the photo. Is it just me, or is this actually kind of wearable? I mean, I'm not going to do this to, like, go to the bank, but out for a night? I've done worse.

I got it right on my first try, which for new beauty looks and techniques isn't always the case.

Is this cool, or am I playing myself? I'm not looking for your validation, except for the fact that I totally am. Would you do this? What colors would you use? What are you into this spring? Tell me everything in the comments!

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