I'm a Liquid Eyeliner Addict, But Can This Tutorial Tempt Me to Use Eye Shadow?

Updated 08/04/19

This month at Byrdie UK, we're focussing on the idea of being reborn, using the start of spring as a catalyst to reconsider our beauty identity—who we want to be and how we want to behave within the beauty space. We're all well aware of the transformative powers of makeup, so why is it that so many of us find ourselves applying the same makeup look day in and day out, especially when there's so much joy to be found in adventuring beyond the bounds of our beauty comfort zones? That's why we're putting our money where our mouth is, challenging ourselves to try out a makeup tutorial that's a far cry from our individual style to see if pushing the boundaries can teach us anything about our own beauty identity. For this week's #ByrdieTriesIt, social media editor Alyss comes to terms with bright, bold makeup.

Given that most of the makeup artists I regularly stalk tend to stick to the same earthy hues and liquid liners like me, I struggled to find someone who screamed "out of my comfort zone" for this challenge. That is, until I stumbled across Paris-based ASOS insider Anaëlle Postollec, founder of Sans Tort magazine. Postollec doesn’t shy away from colour; in fact, she doesn't shy away from anything. Bold brights, glitter, liquid lip lacquers—you name it and she's carefully applied it to her incredible freckled face.

(Whereas I tend to opt for a more subtle flick of an eyeliner, a touch of mascara and my trusted Laura Mercier under-eye concealer.) Don't get me wrong, I love experimenting, but my version of experimenting is adding a selection of muted brown eye shadows to my lids and then applying the aforementioned liquid line. So can Anaëlle's fiery inspired look change my mind about colour? Let's see, shall we?

Anaella Postollec makeup tutorial: Alyss Bowen with red eye shadow
Alyss Bowen

I'm going to start by saying that I have in no way, shape or form got this look locked down, nor can you really see the intense colour pay off from this photo (damn you, British lighting). But that being said, I really loved the use of colour—especially using red tones. It's not a colour I normally opt for, and I love the way it looks with blue eyes. I decided to mute the look by going sans lip lacquer and by using my beloved Glossier Haloscope highlighter as an eye gloss instead of the Lime Crime Cleopatra Diamond Crusher's Lip Topper (£16) Anaëlle used.

And you know what? I don't hate it—but I don't think I'm brave enough to go all-out fire like Anaëlle for a day in the office. Shop the products I used below.

Anaella Postollec makeup tutorial: Nars Most Wanted Eyeshadow Palette
Nars Most Wanted Eyeshadow Palette $55
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Anaella Postollec makeup tutorial: Revolution Pro Supreme Eyeshadow Palette in Allur
Revolution Pro Supreme Eyeshadow Palette in Allure $6
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Anaella Postollec makeup tutorial: Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone
Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone $18
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Anaella Postollec makeup tutorial: Essence Lash Princess Lash Effect Mascara
Essence Lash Princess Flase lash Effect Mascara $8
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While I didn't go as intense as the tutorial, I definitely think the use of eye shadow is going to come into my day-to-day routine from now on. I really enjoyed experimenting with pink and red tones, and now that I know they suit my skin tone and eye colour, I could see myself rocking a rustic eye look to work or out at night. That being said, I don't think going all-out with the shadow is for me. And you know what? That's okay. Makeup is about wearing what feels right for you, and I'm more than happy toning it down.

Opening Image: Imaxtree

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