See Ya, Summer: We Have Your Labor Day Makeup Tutorial Right Here

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Who knew that celebrating Labor Day could be done with a few swipes of silver and blue shadow and a juicy red pout? That’s right — we’re serving you some patriotic makeup just in time for your end-of-summer festivities. Head to that BBQ with this subtle look and you’ll be the talk of the town (or at least the backyard).

What You Need:
Eyelid Primer
Silver or White Eyeshadow
Bright Blue Eyeshadow (or eyeliner)
Cosmetic Brushes
Red Lipstick

Step 1: Grand Old Primer
Apply a coat of eyelid primer across your entire lid to just above the crease. This is especially important if you’re wearing a glittery shadow! I’m using Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. If you don’t have a primer, substitute concealer.


Step 2: Of Silver I Sing
Once your primer has dried, apply your silver (or white) shadow. I’m using Revolt from Urban Decay’s Electric palette. To build color, pat your shadow brush onto your eye instead of swiping it across your lids.


Step 3: Blue Crush
Grab an eyeliner brush and slightly wet it. Dip the damp brush into your bright blue shadow (I’m using Chaos from the Electric palette). Draw a fine line from the inner corner of your eye and extend it just past the outer corner. Also apply a the liner along the inner lower corners of your eyes for even more impact. Note that you can use a blue liquid or pencil eyeliner if you prefer.


Step 4: Red Lips Forever
To really make this look patriotic, apply a generous coat of red lipstick to your lips. I’m using Rimmel Show Off Lacquer in Big Bang, a liquid-y blue-red that really pops.To make your lip color last longer, use a primer and liner before applying lipstick. Oh, and don’t forget your mascara.



Labor Day Makeup Tutorial

on 08/21/2014

About Wendy

Wendy Rose Gould is a latte-loving, vintage-collecting, cat-adoring beauty and fashion writer whose work has appeared both online and in print. While she grew up in urban Indiana surrounded by horse buggies and corn fields, she's since moved west to Phoenix (after a stint in South Korea) where cacti and haboobs reign supreme. Wendy believes a woman should never leave the house without enviable hair and a spritz of her staple perfume. And also mascara. Never leave the house without mascara.

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2 Responses to See Ya, Summer: We Have Your Labor Day Makeup Tutorial Right Here

  1. Bri B. 08/21/2014 at 12:39 pm #

    When I saw the photo I was like “hey, it’s Wendy from xoVain!”

    After using a wet eyeshadow brush in the shadow, what kind of condition was the eyeshadow in? I used a wet brush on Urban Decay Creep eyeshadow and it crumbled like a cookie. I managed to repair it, but I’m leery of using a wet brush on eyeshadow now.

    • wendyrgould 08/22/2014 at 1:06 pm #

      Aw yay! 🙂 Hi Bri! I gently swiped it in the pan, so it pretty much looks the same. 🙂 If you wanted, you could swipe the brush first and then spritz it with water!

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