how to make a statement eye wearable

Makeup has been a creative outlet of mine for a long time, and I go through the typical phases of a beauty junkie: I love foundation one minute, the next I’m using 2 different shades of concealer to achieve a your-skin-but-better look. I love a liquid liner cat-eye one minute, the next I’m all about a smokey eye with no liquid liner in sight. I’ll use brushes, then I start using my hands out of nowhere. Do I like stick or liquid formulas better? I need a product that does it all, but I still need to try allllll the products. It’s a never-ending love affair with its fair share of ups and downs. But it’s fun.

The 3 looks that inspired this post came from Instagram – the copper look from Katie Jane Hughes @katiejanehughes, the magenta look from Pat McGrath @patmcgrathreal of Kaia Gerber BTS at SS20 Versace, and the white look from Gigi Hadid @gigihadid of her Chanel Spring 2020 Couture runway look. If I were in a situation where I could reasonably wear these exact looks, I would. Alas, I am not, so I decided I would try my hand at making these looks wearable!

Cute, right? But might be a little shocking walking the aisles of Target or at a staff meeting.


For my recreation of these looks, the one thing they all had in common was a natural, bronzed base. I started by doing everything detailed in My Current Everyday Makeup EXCEPT the ‘eyes’ portion, because that’s what I experimented with! I also swapped out the Sunnies Face pink cheek tint for the NUDESTIX Allover Face Color in shade In The Nude, because the peachy nude tone felt like a better, more neutral fit with copper, magenta and white eye looks.

I used the Too Faced Natural Lust Palette for all 3 looks. These options from Makeup Revolution and Pixi have all the colors you need, and they’re under $25! As a tip for eyeshadow, and any powder product for that matter, always tap off excess product from the brush. Fall-out is no fun.

For the white eye look, I tried out the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pop-Matic Eyeliner and the NYX Epic Wear Eye & Body Liquid Liner.

Sonia Kashuk has some great brush sets available at Target right now! This set has all the brushes you need for most eye looks.


From a distance, the copper look appears to be a simple brown smokey eye. It’s when you get closer that this look really shines – literally!

  • Using the blending brush and windshield-wiper motions, I applied Embrace Me all over the lid to right above the crease
  • Then using the detail brush, I applied Embrace Me along my lower lash line
  • Going back to the blending brush, I popped a combination of Set In Stone and Hot To Trot in the crease
  • Using the shadow brush, I applied On Fire to the outer corner and crease
  • I ‘lined’ my upper lash line using the angled eyeliner brush and and a combination of Spank Me and Blindfolded
  • To finish, I tightlined my upper waterline with MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer (black), curled my lashes and applied 1 coat of Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Mascara


The technique for the magenta eye look is is very similar to the copper eye look, but requires more blending because Pinned Down really stands out from its neutral counterparts (in the best way possible).

  • Using the blending brush, I applied a combination of Love Language and Fall Hard all over the lid to right above the crease
  • I applied Spank Me along my lower lash line with the detail brush, and then to the crease with the blending brush
  • Alternating between the shadow and blending brushes, I applied Pinned Down to the outer corner and crease
  • I used the combination of Spank Me and Blindfolded again to line my upper lash line, and finished by tightlining my upper waterline with the black MARC JACOBS gel eyeliner, curling my lashes and applying 1 coat of UD mascara


The white eye look was the easiest, once I decided on which liner to use!

  • I applied a combination of Love Language and Afternoon Delight in the crease using the blending brush, and to my lower lash line using the detail brush
  • While I thought I would use the NYX liquid liner for this look, I ended up using the L’Oreal. I create a cat-eye in 4 steps, and drew a diagram below for you to follow along!

Step One: Start at the outside of the wing and draw an initial line, as if it’s a continuation of the lower lash line. Step Two: Starting at the tip of the first line, draw a second line to thicken up the wing meeting the upper lash line about an eighth of the way in. Step Three: Fill in the gap (if there is one). Step Four: Line from the inner corner of the eye to the wing, matching the gradual upward curve for a seamless transition.

  • Like the other 2 looks, I finished by tightlining my upper waterline with the black MARC JACOBS gel eyeliner and curled my lashes, but I applied 2 coats of UD mascara to give the lashes a bit more oomph

Et voilà, what would have been 3 eyebrow-raisers under normal circumstances are turned into wearable looks. Are there any looks you love from a distance, but haven’t tried because they’re too bold? Put your own spin on the look to create a wearable version, and embrace the steps along the way!

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