Using a pencil brush to warm up your winter eye makeup

My MAC 219 pencil brush was one of those purchases that I thought would be routine-changing, but I've never gotten much use out of it for it. This look changes that because it's all about the pencil brush. I used it for this defined eyeshadow look and for smudging and blending my liner.

Prime. I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden (matte beige).
Use a wet pencil brush to draw a V shape at the outer corner of your eye. This is NYX Rust, a gorgeous metallic red. (I have the NYX eyebrow pencil in Charcoal through my brows.)

Blend the edges with a fluffy brush. This one came in an Ipsy bag and is from Mirabella.

Add a bit more of the color with a dry brush (so it's less pigmented) to fill out the V shape and approach the center of the eyelid.

Shade the rest of the eyelid with a matte brown. This is Faint from Urban Decay's Naked Basics palette.

Line the top and bottom lash lines with brown. This is from Wet and Wild and I'm using a MAC gel liner brush. I added Urban Decay Abyss liner in the inner corners. I read that blue liner makes the whites of your eyes look whiter. Were I doing this look again, I would probably extend and blend the blue liner out more.

Highlight with a gold liner (Urban Decay's Eldorado is discontinued, last I heard, but gold liners are abundant in drugstores) in the inner corner and fill in the waterline. Gold waterlines really warm everything up, and bonus for me, this stood out a lot when I put my glasses on. I hate my glasses sometimes because the frames obscure whatever I do on my lids, but skipping eye makeup makes me look like a walking pair of specs!

Curl the lashes and apply mascara. Here I used L'Oreal Illegal Length fiber mascara.

A few more notes on wearing red eyeshadow. Make sure you neutralize any redness on your face and in your eyeballs (I had my eye drops on hand for this look!) because if you don't, red and reddish eyeshadows will make you look sick or strung out. The gold on the waterline is my favorite part. You could do a nude liner or white in the waterline to neutralize redness there, too.

What do you think of my look? What's your least-used beauty tool?


  1. pretty! i love these kinds of tutorials because i'm a tool with makeup :(

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  2. VERY pretty!!!!!! Does it stay on better opposed to regular shadow? I'd say I use my lash curler the least... I just don't need to use it... I'm not sure why I even bought it except for not feeling like a real woman w/o one! haha

  3. I don't know that it stays longer, but it's more intense. My friend's sister went to Africa for Peace Corps, and she asked Natalie for a lash curler as a going away present! She just had to have a lash curler in Africa to feel pretty!

  4. I like simple stuff! The easier, the better, and you can just use colors to mix it up.

  5. Love it! Never thought about using a pencil, gotta try this.