Celebration Makeup: My 23rd Birthday


Photo by: Alexandra Folino

23. It’s not the biggest landmark birthday by any means. But for some reason I felt like this birthday marked a big change for me. Let’s start by saying: I’ve never felt a deep connection with my astrological sign. I know the idea of astrology can be a rather divisive topic, and I even have to say that I myself don’t necessarily believe in it either. But when everyone else has pulled out their zodiac signs and moon signs and what not, I’ve never been able to relate.

You see, I’m not really a leo. Sure, I can have a dramatic flair from time to time, and I’d like to consider myself a leader. But outwardly confidant, dominating, blunt, spontaneous, and egotistical? Not so much. Despite my prior feelings, somehow the past year has made me grow stronger in the positive aspects of this astrological sign — and I’d like to say I’m now a stronger, more vibrant person. And with that, I’ve become someone who’s not afraid to rock a bright, fun eye look. Even yellow.

So that’s exactly what I did for my birthday makeup look this year. Below, check out how I achieved this bright and sunny eye look in a few very simple steps.

Before getting to the eye makeup, I did my usual face makeup: Too Faced Born This Way foundation, a little Nars concealer on some blemishes, Glossier Cloud Paint cream blush in Beam, Urban Decay Naked Skin cream highlighter, and NYX Micro Brow Pencil.

To prep the eyes, I went over the entire lid with a taupe. Next: with a windshield wiper motion, I gradually began to deepen my crease with a warm caramel brown. Then, I packed on a bright, matte yellow all over the lid, again gradually building up color until it was to my liking. With a clean brush, I blended, blended, blended to make the crease and yellow lid transition smoothly. I then grabbed a little bit of the taupe and caramel color, together, and placed that under the eye with a pencil brush. To finish the eyes, I popped a sparkly, champagne color on the inner corners and blended into the yellow (ever so slightly).

To finish the look, I added a thin line of MUFE brown Aqua XL liner and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara on top and bottom. Et, voila. That’s it! Sure it’s not the craziest most glam look in the history of birthday makeup, but I’d like to say I’ve become someone more comfortable with flaunting a bright yellow eyeshadow. And for someone who loves the color yellow as much as I do, that’s a pretty exciting thing to say. So here’s to 23: may this year bring me even more confidence, so I can play around even more with my makeup. What’s next? Glitter tears? Black lipstick? We’ll just have to wait and see 😉

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