Starry Night Eye Makeup Tutorial

Yesterday, I showed you how to come up with cool makeup color palettes based on your favorite paintings. Now it’s time to show you a fun example!

Starry Night Eye Makeup TutorialI used one of my favorite paintings, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, to create an eye shadow look using its blue/green color palette!

Starry Night Eye Makeup Tutorial: Color Palette GeneratorWhen I put Starry Night in the Color Palette Generator, I got dull and vibrant color palettes. I decided to go with the dull palette for this eye makeup tutorial.

But I needed to find eye shadow colors that could match! This is what I came up with:

Starry Night Eye Makeup Tutorial: Eye Shadow ColorsNo two colors were from the same palette. I used…

  1. Urban Decay Electric Palette in Fringe
  2. Stila Charmed Eye Shadow Palette in the bluish color
  3. BH Cosmetics 88 Color Matte Eyeshadow Palette in a seafoam green
  4. Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Rich Gold for the light beige color
  5. e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Palette in the light blue

Some of those colors match the original palette better than others, but I still like what I came up with. Now, for the tutorial!

Starry Night Eye Makeup Tutorial: Step 1Because we’re doing a colorful eye shadow look, I started with a base. I used the beige version of the NYX Eyeshadow Base all over my lid.

Starry Night Eye Makeup Tutorial: Step 2I decided to use the beige eye shadow color (#4) at the inside corner and up on the brow bone.

Starry Night Eye Makeup Tutorial: Step 3Still working with the lightest colors first, I used the light blue (#5) on the lid. I didn’t go above the crease for this one.

Starry Night Eye Makeup Tutorial: Step 4In the crease, I used the seafoam green (#3). I blended it upward toward the browbone.

Starry Night Eye Makeup Tutorial: Step 5To add some dimension, I used the darker bluish color (#2) at the outer corner of the lid and blended up toward the crease.

(I also added more of the light blue in this step since it started to disappear from the lid.)

Starry Night Eye Makeup Tutorial: Step 6Now, for the eyeliner! I used the darkest color from the Starry Night palette (#1) as a liner by applying it with a small, thin brush.

Starry Night Eye Makeup Tutorial: Step 7Because this eye shadow look is based on the Starry Night painting, why not add some sparkles to act as stars? I used the Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Midnight Cowboy on the outer half of the lower lid.

Starry Night Eye Makeup Tutorial: The Final LookAfter a liberal application of Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Va Va Voom Volume Mascara, the look was complete!

What do you think? Will you do this tutorial?

I love it! I think it matched the Starry Night color palette pretty well without looking like I copied a painting.

Let’s chat about it in the comments!


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  1. It’s gorgeous, love it!

  2. omg so you probably already know, but this is RIGHT up my alley, as was your previous post. Gorgeous look & obviously love the inspiration!

  3. Gorgeous look! I have always been in love with blues 🙂

  4. I really love shades of blue especially to the eyes. It looks like a very cool color. Gonna try this one. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I loved the pop of blue in this eye makeup! lovely!

  6. I really love your makeup tips and this is very useful in our daily life.

  7. Loved almost every shade specially the midnight cowboy one.

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