Tutorial Tuesday: Soft Rust Makeup Tutorial

Soft Rust? Is that even possible?  Well, yes, when it’s on your eyes.

Today, I’ll be teaching you how to get a beautiful rusty colored makeup look on your eyes, as well as a soft rust color on your lips.  This look is going to be a bit more subtle than what you are expecting, I’m sure.

Where you wear this look depends on how comfortable you are with makeup on.  I could wear this anywhere, including work and on a date.  Those who aren’t used to a lot of makeup may want to limit this look only for special occasions.

So, get ready for the Soft Rust makeup tutorial.

First, as always, we start with a bare, naked face. Sounds dirty, doesn’t it?

Here I am!  No makeup – so sad.

Since foundation, powder and the like are very dependent on your own preferences, and really repetitive, I won’t detail that here.  You can learn a bit more about the subject, though: Priming the Canvas: Getting Your Face Ready for Makeup.

After that, you need to gather your supplies.

You can see what I used in the picture above.  If you have something else that gives you a similar look, feel free to use that instead.

Here’s what I used, in order:

  1. Cupcake Cult Eye Primer
  2. Luzier Eye Shadow
  3. e.l.f. Brightening Eye Liner in Black
  4. Loreal FeatherLash Water-Resistant Mascara in Black
  5. Mary Kay MK Signature NouriShine Lip Gloss in Sweet Raisin

That’s all you need.  The first step is primer.

I use Cupcake Cult Eye Primer to get a smooth and vibrant look.  If I would have skipped this step, the overall look of this eye makeup would look much softer in the end.  You may want to keep that in mind.

These are the eye shadows I used, Luzier Eye Shadow.  I used them in the order based on the numbers in the picture.  I used:

  1. Penny
  2. Burgundy Ice
  3. Honey

You’ll do fine if you use colors that are similar, since these will be hard to find.

With the first color, Penny, sweep it along the crease of your lid, starting at the outer corner of your eye and working it into an arch.  This is a rusty, shimmer color.  The color should be densest and darkest on the outside of this arch.

I use a medium shadow brush (as you can see in my equipment picture) as opposed to a sponge tipped applicator, as it’s just better.

Next you’ll use the second color, Burgundy Ice.  This is a mixture of yellow and burgundy shadows.  Sweep this on the main part of your lid and into the crease, blending it with the first color.  You should also put it just above your crease as well.  You can already see the first color mellowing out.

You will then use the third color, Honey on the rest of the lid.  Blend this into the inside corner of your lid.  You should also blend it on your brow bone just under your eyebrow for a little highlight.

That’s it for eye shadow!  It was just that easy.  Next, it’s eyeliner.

Normally, I will line the entire top lid.  Not today.  Instead, for this makeup look, you should start at the outer corner and draw a line only to about halfway across your upper lid.  The line will be thick at the corner and thinner as you draw inward.  Don’t line the bottom lid.  I used e.l.f. Brightening Eye Liner in Black.

Ahh, mascara, one of the most important parts of any look.  Today, I used Loreal FeatherLash Water-Resistant Mascara in Black on both the top and bottom lashes.  Be careful not to get it all over your eyelids and face.

Finally, the lips.  I chose a lip gloss, Mary Kay MK Signature NouriShine Lip Gloss in Sweet Raisin, that has the same sort of rusty color as the makeup on my eyes.  It’s a tinted gloss so I completely forewent the lipstick.

And…we’re done!  Time for the after shots:

Clicking on any of the pictures in this makeup tutorial will give you a bigger view.

I ended up really liking this look, and I plan to wear it often.  Soft Rust goes well with a lot of clothing, since it tends to be pretty neutral.

Next week, I’ll have a makeup tutorial using MAC Cosmetics, since my shipment should be coming sometime today.

Until next time!

What did you think?  Would you be comfortable wearing Soft Rust to work, or is it too much?


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1 Comment

  1. i love this. but i can’t find the eye shadows 🙁 i’ve been looking for something like that ‘penny’ color for some time now. know where i could possibly find something similar that wont cost me $70? haha no joke, i saw eye shadow at sephora for that price the other day. I NEED A JOB!!

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