Sunset eyes

I love wedding season and usually I’m working almost every Saturday on gorgeous brides from April until the beginning of November. Usually the weddings are six to eight hour days with makeup back to back to back. After the holidays wind down I realize that I start missing those weddings. I love the chaos and although there are stressful days it always feels worth it. When the Bride and her wedding party look as beautiful as can be, I feel happy & confident knowing I helped with one of the most amazing days of their lives. Lately I've been missing makeup.


To stay inspired during the less busy wedding season... I find myself getting inspiration from everything and everywhere. My husband snapped this picture down the street from Deeda and I couldn't help but feel mesmerized by the colors in the sky. The violet and sherbert-colored sky looked so creamy. Being a creative and a makeup artist, of course I wanted to make my own version of it.


My take on this Sacramento sunset was using 3 colors from the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca eyeshadow palette and a Tarte violet eyeshadow which I adore. To prime my eyelids, I used Urban Decays primer potion. This is my holy grail eye primer. Then using Kat Von D’s color Noble as a transition color, I worked it in my crease until it blended together nicely. Then using a smaller brush, I applied Analog into the outer v working my way up the crease and then blending with a fluffier eyeshadow brush. Next I applied a violet Tarte color in the inner and outer corner, leaving space in the middle to apply my last color. If I’m using something lighter on top of other shadows and I want it to pop, I will apply a concealer or the Caviar stick from Laura Mercier and pat the color in. This time I used my favorite Nyx concealer on the lid and added Lyrie in the middle and also in my tear duct. I added a little more of the violet underneath my eyes and smudged it in. I finished this look with Kat Von D’s tattoo eyeliner in a straight line to add some definition to my eyes. Of course I had to use strip lashes... But unfortunately I did not save the package to share which pair I’m using. Stay tuned for that information next time!


I love playing with color! Violet is one of the most universal and flattering colors. It can be as simple as using a lavender or an intense dark purple. Let me know in the comments below how you use color in your makeup.