Have you ever looked at The Winter Soldier and thought “damn, Bucky, slay!”?
Well, today I’m going to show you how to make his messy panda eyes even cooler by throwing bleached brows and red lips into the mix. It’s a really easy but effective look that can totally transform your features for the day. There’s something about the contrast between the messy dark eyes and the light brows that makes you feel incredibly badass, trust me!
Step #1: Brows! If your brows are dark like mine and you don’t feel like committing to a potential bleachapocalypse, don’t fret! There’s plenty of ways to achieve bleached brows that can be washed away at the end of the day.
My method is pretty much identical to that of the ultimate bleached brows queen: Steffanie Strazzere! She recently made a tutorial for Kat Von D Beauty that I can’t recommend enough; it’s super informative and really easy to follow.
Now that we are channeling our sister Mona Lisa it’s time to move on with the eyes.
Step #2: As we’ve seen on previous tutorials, the key to an intense glossy eye is to build up the colour underneath as bold as we can so that the gloss has a harder time disrupting the shadow as the day goes on. For this, we’ll start by applying our favorite primer all over; Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance does it for me. Then we are ready to begin layering the black on top. My go-to product when I’m doing glossy eyes (or really intense smoky eyes, for that matter) is Kat Von D Beauty’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, here in the shade Witches.
Don’t worry too much about being precise with the application, but make sure to blend it -with your finger- before it dries completely to avoid lines that could mess up your blending later on.
Step #3: Layers! Applying another swipe of Witches on the lid, we are now going to blend it towards the crease. For this I recommend using a clean fluffy brush. Once this second layer is dry, repeat the process a third time, working the product a bit further up the crease with each layer. Apply, blend, dry, and repeat. Don’t worry if it looks quite messy at this point, the eyeshadow will even things out!
Step #4: Once the base for the smoky eye is done, apply a black pencil liner on the waterline, top and bottom. My favorite is Urban Decay’s Perversion. Make sure you work the product between the lashes too so there aren’t any flesh tones peaking through.
Step #5: Time to blend those edges. With a clean blending brush, we are going to apply a transition shade. Since I don’t want to make this look too warm I recommend that you avoid using a brown shadow. Instead, go for a grey or taupe shade, like Lazarus from the Kat Von D’s Shade And Light Eye Contour palette. Don’t forget to blend the lower lid too!
Step #6: Dark matter! Literally, because Melt’s Dark Matter eyeshadow is one of the deepest and most pigmented shadows I’ve ever tried, a must have if you’re into intense smoky eyes like me! Pack this black all over the lid to avoid fall out. With the same fluffy brush we used before, blend it all over the crease, mixing it with the transition shade for a seamless blend.
Step #7: “Highlights!” Time to add a bit of dimension to the panda eyes. Pop a touch of Melt’s Industrial (or any other shimmery dark grey) all over the inner corner, and Melt’s Harsh Stone White (KVD’s Thunderstruck works beautifully too) to highlight the brow bone.
Tip: whatever highlighter you choose for your brow bones make sure you use it for your face highlights too!
Step #8: Lashes. A few coats of your preferred waterproof mascara and you’ve got yourself a perfect black smokey eye! Dark and intense like your goth soul, appropriate for every occasion.
However, if you want to take this look to another level stay tuned for the next step!
Step #10: Eye gloss! With a flat synthetic brush apply some clear NYX lid lacquer on both lids to create a glossy look. Clear lip gloss work too for this kind of look, but the slightly thicker consistency of the lid lacquer makes it a bit more durable.