Green, gold, and brown eye makeup looks

I wrote about Whip Hand Cosmetics in January when I got their Green Beret loose pigment eye shadow, which I just LOVED. Over the last couple Beauty Army shipments I’ve collected two more shades: Locked & Loaded and Special Forces. They’ve all really impressed me, so I created three different eye makeup looks using each of them.



Though they come in small containers (these are the sample sizes, the regular sizes are larger but still on the small side), you can get a lot of mileage out of loose pigment eye shadow. Aren’t the label designs darling? I still get a little thrill when I pluck them out of my makeup bag.



Here they are by themselves, from left: Special Forces, Green Beret, and Locked & Loaded. Each of these are shimmery and easy to blend and apply.


Locked & Loaded


For this look I applied  Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight – $20 all over the lid and brow bone to keep the shadow in place. Then I used Locked & Loaded – $14 on the lid, and MAC Eyeshadow in Mulch – $15 in the crease of the eyelid and just above it. I used MAC Eyeshadow in Shroom – $15 along the underside of the brow for a little reflection and contrast. I used my favorite eyeliner, Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Noir – $5.67, which I extended beyond the eyelid and flicked up a bit at the end (this makes my small eyes look bigger and more open). Finally, I finished with Benefit They’re Real! Mascara – $23.



I actually think this eye shadow would look better on someone with green, hazel, or blue eyes. If you really want to make your eyes pop, use a contrasting color. For instance, my eyes really stand out when I use purple or green, because it complements the brown, and brings out those tones in my eyes. Since I already have brown eyes, the brown shadow doesn’t do as much (but it still a nice, basic look).


Special Forces


I don’t own any eyeshadows in colors similar to Special Forces, so I am really excited about this look. First I applied my handy Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight – $20 all over the lid and brow bone. Then I used Special Forces – $14 on my lid, in the crease, and just above it. Normally I wouldn’t use it all over my lid, but I got a little carried away. That’s okay, it ended up working out! Next I used MAC Eyeshadow in Trax – $13.08 in the crease of the eyelid. You can see that I blended it onto part of the lid, and also a bit above, but you can still see the Special Forces poking out on top of it, which I think looks really neat. Next Estee Lauder EyeShadow in Pink Flash – $13.99 just on the brow bone below the eyebrow for highlighting, and also in the inner corner of the eye. For eyeliner, I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Crash – $19, another favorite. And finally Benefit They’re Real! Mascara – $23.



You can see that this look makes my brown eyes pop more–the sandy gold color on the lid and the purple on the brow bone are more of a contrast so each color stands out.


Green Beret


This is the darkest and heaviest of the makeup looks, but I think you can still get away with wearing during the day. First I applied, no surprise, Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight – $20 all over the lid and brow bone. Then I used Green Beret only on the lid. In the crease and just above it, I applied MAC Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe – $15, and MAC Eyeshadow in Shroom – $15 on the brow bone. I know in this post I said I was breaking up with Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner – $16 but I lied. I love it too much. It looks too good. It just takes awhile for the liner pen to resoak itself in eyeliner…so be it. We all have faults. Finished up this look with Benefit They’re Real! Mascara – $23.



Like with the gold and purple in the previous look, the green and black here are a nice contrast to brown eyes.

So those are the Whip Hand Cosmetics looks! Give these lushly pigmented eye shadows a try and let us know what you think!

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