Tutorial Tuesday: Glacial Dust Makeup Tutorial

I had two inspirations for today’s makeup tutorial. First, the inspiration for the name. If you’ve ever seen waters surrounding a glacier, you’ll know that it can be a really bright blue-green color. It’s amazing, like something you would see at the best ocean beaches in the world. At Glacier National Park in Montana, US, they have these waters. The water turns this color because of ‘glacial dust.’ This was the inspiration for the name of this look, as well as the general color scheme.

I also got inspiration for this look from Christine over at Temptalia. She uses MAC to get some amazing eye makeup looks, and lately she’s been doing makeup similar to what I’m going to do here.

The biggest difference is that I won’t be using MAC. Not that I don’t like it or anything. I just want to show that you can do very similar makeup techniques with many different makeup brands.

So, Read on to learn how to do this Glacial Dust makeup technique featuring blue and green shades of eye shadow.

Just like always, you need to start with a clean and un-makeup’d face.

At some point I’m going to get sick of showing you my unmakeup’d face. Seriously.

Before you move on to any other steps, you need to get your face ready. This is different for everyone, but usually includes facial lotion, foundation, and translucent powder. To learn more, read up on this at one of my previous how-tos: Priming the Canvas: Getting Your Face Ready for Makeup.

Now it’s time to get all of your materials ready. This is what I used for this blue and green eye shadow tutorial:

If you click on the picture, you can see everything close up. This is what I used, in order:

  1. Cupcake Cult Eye Primer
  2. Several Shades of Luzier Eye Shadow (detailed list below)
  3. L’Oreal Pencil Perfect Eyeliner in Black
  4. Mary Kay MK Signature Waterproof Mascara in Black
  5. Almay Hydracolor Lipstick in #545 Pink Pearl
  6. Cover Girl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers in Lemon Splash

On to the tutorial!

Up until now, I haven’t used eye primer in any of my tutorials. Primer has two different uses. First, it helps smooth out your makeup so that it doesn’t crease over time. Second, it creates more vibrant colors. This is why I used it. Normally I like my eye shadow to be soft, but not this time. I wanted it to really stand out.

I used this creamy eye primer by Cupcake Cult with my fingers. I covered it on my lid wherever I planned to put shadow. You can’t really see it, or I’d put up a picture.

These are the shadows I used. Good luck finding them. Although they are by Luzier, who sells their makeup online, they don’t carry these colors anymore. Just for posterity, these are the colors in order of use:

  1. #1947 Antique Blue
  2. #1922 Pacific
  3. #1936 Honey

Use the first, blue eye shadow. This blue is very shimmery. In fact, all the shadows are ultra shimmery for this makeup tutorial. You want to be bright and shiny for this.

As you can see in this closed view, you should apply the first blue shadow to the eye in an arch in the crease. Start at the outer corner and work up and around like in the picture. I implore you to use an eye shadow brush instead of sponge applicator. As I detailed in Battle of the Makeup Applicators: Powder, Eye Shadow, Blush, it is just a better makeup brush to use.

The next color is green:

Here’s the open view. You should put this green eye shadow on the empty space in the middle of your lid. You should also blend it into the blue so that they look…well..blended.

This is what it looks like when the eye is closed. You can see that the green on the main part of the lid melts in with the blue in the crease and outer corner. It’s looking more and more like Glacial Dust every step.

On to the next step:

The yellow shadow is used as a highlighter. It is also used in order to soften up the previous colors.

Check out the closed view:

Sweep this pale yellow from the inside corner of your eye and along the lash line about an inch. This will brighten up your eye significantly. You should also sweep it just below your eyebrows and into that blue shadow. This will soften the line so that the makeup doesn’t look so gaudy and harsh.

Eyeliner! For something a little different, I put the black eye liner only on the lower eyelid, above the lashes. This gives the eye a bit of an interesting pop. I used Loreal Pencil Perfect Eyeliner.

And here’s the eye with mascara. The finished eye. Mascara both the top and bottom lashes. It’ll look better. I used Mary Kay MK Signature® Waterproof Mascara in Black.

You’re not done, though. Don’t forget the lips.

Since I was doing something pretty bold for the eyes, I wanted something soft for the lips. I used Almay Hydracolor Lipstick in #545 Pink Pearl. This is a pretty pale pink with a bit of shimmer. I then topped it with Cover Girl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers in Lemon Splash to make it glossy and smooth.

Done! That’s it! A classy professional makeup tutorial in only a few steps. Check out the after photos:

Frankly, I was proud of myself with this look. It’s different from what I normally do. I’d say I did a good job trying to match the looks that people get with MAC cosmetics.

If you try this, let me know. I want to see a picture!


Tagged as: , , , , ,

1 Comment

  1. Nice! 🙂

Leave a Response