At the London Drugs event I attended in July, I discovered and fell in love with a specific shade of the NYX Prismatic Eye Shadows- Mermaid. It’s the most perfect mermaidy (we’ll pretend that’s a real word for the sake of this post) shade of green, and the day after that event, I went out to London Drugs and bought it because I couldn’t wait to try a look with it. It just so happened that about a week after I did my look with this gorgeous eyeshadow, some other lovely ladies in the Beauty Blog Coalition decided to come together and do a Mermaid Makeup linkup- perfect timing, no? So anyways, if you’re here because you want to see my wearable mermaid makeup tutorial, you’re in luck because you now have several gorgeous mermaid-inspired looks (ranging from totally amazing, unreal looks to my tame, toned down look, haha, and some gorgeous nail art as well) to check out!
1. Start with a black eyeshadow base all over the lid (but avoid getting it into the crease) as this will make all the difference when you apply the shadow over top- it’ll help get that really bold, vibrant look we’re going for. I love the NYX Black Eyeshadow Base, but I do find that it slips around on my lids a lot when there is no shadow over top, so you need to get shadow over it pretty quickly or you’ll need to reapply it.
2. Apply a light brown transition color into the crease using a fluffy blending brush. I used Light Brown from the Lorac Pro Palette 2, but any light, matte brown will do.
3. Using your finger, start packing on the NYX Prismatic Shadow in Mermaid all over your lid. Keep adding shadow until the color is as vibrant as you want, and then use your fluffy blending brush to blend the edge where you applied the transition color into your crease. This shadow really does all the work in this look for you- it’s so gorgeous!
4. Take a silver shadow (I used NYX Prismatic Shadow in Tin) and apply this along your lower lashline and in your inner corner.
5. Take any black or dark grey shadow (I used Black from the Lorac Pro Palette 2) on a smudge brush and blend this very lightly into the outer half of your lower lashline. Make sure it’s blended nicely into the silver you applied there as well.
6. Line the top lashline and wing it out at the end, as much or as little as you like. Because I have hooded eyes, I have to do quite a thick wing for it to all line up evenly when my eyes are open, but you can do whatever works best for you.
6. Lashes!! I first put on a couple coats of the BareMinerals Lash Domination Mascara that I’ve really been loving lately, and then I applied a pair of the ESQIDO mink eyelashes (I used BFF, which are super comfortable to wear, and I’m really picky with falsies).
7. I’m not going to go into detail for my face products because they’re just the usual, however I do want to make one point on the face part of this look- highlight, highlight, highlight! I used the lighter highlight shade in the glo minerals Shimmer Duo and highlighted the tops of my cheekbones, my cupids bow and the bridge of my nose. You can also add a bit of the highlight shade to your inner corners for extra pop.
8. Last but not least, lips. I wanted to keep them pretty neutral since the eye shadow color is so vibrant, so I went with Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Melted Nude, which has an almost orangish tint to it.
And that’s that! Pretty simple and straightforward for a fairly bold look. I hope you enjoyed my “wearable” version of mermaid makeup- be sure to go check out what everyone else did for their looks… that’s what I’m off to do right now![inlinkz_linkup id=558923 mode=1]