My 3 Favorite Cocktails Interpreted As Eye-Makeup Looks

Wear a vodka tonic, tequila sunrise and Irish coffee on your face without them being thrown there.

Today, I'm sharing three different eye looks for you that were each inspired by some of my favorite cocktails. What better place to find inspiration than a tasty adult beverage, right?

I've used lots of different makeup here today, but I've made sure to name each product should you desire to go out and purchase something yourself. That said, you can substitute some of these products for things already in your makeup stash.


Vodka Tonic

So, if I don't order a glass of wine or cider, I almost always go with a vodka tonic. I remember the first time a friend recommended one to me way back in my college days. She explained that it was the perfect drink because "you hydrate yourself while you drink!" The logic made sense at the time.

A vodka tonic is named for the ingredients used, obviously: vodka and tonic water. There's almost always a slice of lime thrown in for good measure, too.

After applying Urban Decay Primer Potion, I pulled out my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and applied W.O.S., a creamy, pinkish beige that matches my skin tone--across my entire lid up to the crease.

Using my Japonesque 213, I applied Naked 2--a matte, pale taupe--from the Naked Basics palette into the crease and blended it all out.

Next I grabbed my e.l.f. studio liner brush, slightly wet it and applied Urban Decay Vert--a bright kelly green--across the entire upper lash line. I also applied it to the inner corners of my lower lash line.

For the remaining 3/4 of my lower lash line, I applied Urban Decay eyeliner in Crave--a black/brown--and blended it out with an angled liner brush.

To complete the look, I finger-patted Urban Decay's Midnight Cowboy Rides Again--a pale beige base with silver glitter--across the lid. I did this to mimic the fizzing of tonic water.

I then applied two coats of CoverGirl Clump Crusher.

Tequila Sunrise

I must first tell you about the association I have with tequila sunrises. You see, when I lived in Korea, there was this cute little bar/live-karaoke place run by a jolly man in his mid-40s. I imagine he was popular with the foreigners in town, as his English was pretty good and he was exceedingly friendly to all the waeguks who wandered in. He loved performing old American rock songs for bar guests, even if there were only a few of us in there.

Anyway, I remember the first day I walked into his bar. I grabbed the dingy menu, which, not to my surprise, was completely in Korean. I was still learning how to read Hangul at the time and took my time scrolling through my choices. Typically, I'd just aimlessly point at something and hope for the best, but there was something I actually recognized on this menu!

Now, unless you've sat in a foreign country yourself, desperate to regain some sense of normalcy in what should be a very normal setting (a bar!), you may not understand the joy I experienced as I slowly sounded out "teh-kee-la sun-ra-ee-juh" (데 킬 라 선 라이즈) in my head. I was so proud of myself for reading and understanding what in the world this combination of circles and lines meant that it became my go-to drink pretty much everywhere in Korea. To this day, whenever I have a tequila sunrise, I think back fondly to my little stint in K-town.

Anyway… here's the look.

I started with an even coat of NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, a chalky white that'll really help my colorful eyeshadow pop. I blended this in with a concealer brush.

Next, I grabbed my bh Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Palette, which I wrote about recently. With my 213 Japonesque brush, I applied Saturn (pale yellow) to the inner corners of my eyes, Venus (bright orange) to the center and Jupiter (reddish pink) to the outer corners, creating an extended V shape.

I really blended all three colors together to create a nice gradation across the lid. To blend the shadow along my crease, I used a tapered blended brush with a bit of Saturn on it.

I think these bright colors really call for some jet black liquid liner. I used Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Intense Black along the lower lash line and ever-so-slightly winged it out. I also applied Make Up For Ever's Aqua Eyes eyeliner in black along the lower lash line and smudged it out, then applied two coats of Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara.

Irish Coffee

This is one of my all time favorite cocktails throughout the cooler months, which may have something to do with the fact that I'm a coffee junkie. Fun fact: I was a barista at this hip cafe throughout college, where I was able to consume basically as much coffee and espresso as I wanted.

Anyway, Irish Coffee is the perfect starter beverage on a night out with friends. It gives me some pep before the night's festivities, and I love how it feels cupped in my hands on a cold night.

For this look, I wanted to create something warm, dramatic and suitable for low light shenanigans.

After applying Urban Decay Primer Potion, I grabbed my Urban Decay Naked 1 palette and applied Smog up to my crease with my Japonesque 230 brush. From the same palette, I applied Virgin just under my brow and to the inner corners of my eyes.

Then, using my Japonesque 213, I applied Crave eyeshadow (from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette) along my crease. I extended Crave out to create a V-shape on the outer corner of my eyes and then blended it all in with a clean, tapered blended brush.

To help create an additional sense of warmness, I applied my Urban Decay eyeliner in Crave along the length of my upper and lower lash lines, slightly extended beyond the lid. Then I used an angled eyeliner brush to really smudge it all out for a smoky finish.

Because I was going for a night time look, I opted for some faux lashes. I'm wearing KISS Looks So Natural Lashes in Shy. After applying lashes, I added two coats of Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara.

What's your favorite cocktail? Dare you create a makeup look inspired by it?