Monet's Water Lilies is My Current Eyeshadow Inspiration

I chose shimmery shades to create that glistening feeling that I get from looking at the paintings.
Publish date:
June 17, 2015
nyx, art, eyeshadow, claude monet

The other day, I saw an image of Claude Monet’s painting Water Lilies, and I was so drawn in by how dreamy the artwork is. It is such a gorgeous scene, and it inspired this eye makeup.

Unlike Mari’s textured Monet eye makeup look of the painting Irises In Monet’s Garden, I mostly drew inspiration from the colours of the Water Lilies to give it that Monet-esque touch. I also chose shimmery eyeshadows to create that glistening feel that I get from looking at the paintings.

All of the products I used are also cruelty-free. The eyeshadow is from a brand called BYS (only available in NZ and Australia), and they have a very affordable eyeshadow palette with lots of bright colours which is what I used here (but there are plenty of similar, afforable colors available in the US and Europe).

I started off with my foundation and brows done. I kept it light, as I don’t really like looking like I’ve got too much makeup on when I’m playing up a feature of my face.

Then, I smudged my NYX Jumbo Eyeliner Pencil in Milk all over my lids. This creates a base for the eyeshadows I’m about to use and makes them more vibrant. If you have oily eyelids, you can also put on an eye primer before applying this.

Using a small eyeshadow brush, I added a shimmery blue eyeshadow on my inner and outer corners. Don’t worry about blending it too much yet, as we’ll do that once all the colours are where we want them.

After that, I swept some shimmery purple eyeshadow into my crease, adding some depth and dimension. Then, I added shimmery green eyeshadow to the centre of the lid. I also placed some of the shimmery blue eyeshadow on my lower lash line to balance it out, as it was looking a little too heavy on the top.

I blended it all out using a fluffy eyeshadow brush. This transforms it from harsh colours to a soft and delicate look. I also added layered more eyeshadow on the colours that I thought needed more intensity. Blending is really important here, so take your time!

For the finishing touches I curled my eyelashes and applied false individual eyelashes. I have really straight, short and sparse eyelashes, so this really opened up my eyes and brought focus to them. I didn’t put on any mascara because I think it gives the false eyelashes a wispy and natural appearance.

I also didn’t feel that eyeliner was necessary as my eyelid space is so small that all the eyeshadow and lashes felt like enough to bring definition to my eyes. However, I think that smudging out some black or brown eyeliner at the lash line could also look really nice.

I used a light pink blush and applied it with a light hand. I also did a light amount of contouring. The final touch was putting on my all-time favourite lipstick, Thalia by NYX, which is a lovely pinky-nude colour.

Which artwork have you wanted to turn into a makeup look?