Looking for ultra-versatile daily makeup ideas that will take you effortlessly from the boardroom to the bar? This eye makeup look is a sure-fire winner! Play your gradient wing down for subtle yet powerful office makeup and dress it up with plenty of sparkles once the sun sets and it’s time to let your hair down. Here’s how.
The gradient wing for daytime
The gradient wing is the subtle sister of the classic cat eye makeup trends. What sets it apart is the fact that you use eyeshadow rather than eyeliner to get the look. Use an eyeshadow palette that offers the same colour in numerous shades. We love the four-shade L’Oréal Paris Color Riche® Les Ombres Palette in Incredible Grey and the 12-shade Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette.
Start by applying the lightest first and blending before slowly introducing the darker colours, mixing them with a white eyeshadow, like the cream-based NYX Professional Makeup Eyeshadow Base in White, and blending them seamlessly into the wing you’ve created, as well as into the crease of your upper lid.
The gradient wing for night time
When it’s party time, you’ll already have the perfect gradient wing working in your favour. Now, all that’s left to do is jazz it up a bit! What better way to do so than with a generous sprinkling of glitter? Touch up your eyeshadow if necessary before applying some steadfast NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Primer.
You can get creative with the glitter that you use – be sure to experiment with colour and size and mix and match as you wish. For a fool-proof aesthetic, select two different glitters in two different sizes and, using your ring finger or an eyeshadow brush, apply the smaller glitter all over the darkest portion of your wing. Leave to dry before applying the larger glitter flecks on top, spreading out nicely so that both shimmers can be seen.
Voila! From the boardroom to the bar in 60 seconds flat. What’s not to love about the gradient wing?