Galaxy Eye Makeup Tutorial
But first, a bit of an explanation.
If you follow my Instagram, you know that I’ve recently become obsessed with painting galaxies on things.
It started with these galaxy jeans. I painted galaxies on a pair of black Old Navy skinny jeans using fabric paints. (I followed this tutorial for painting the galaxies.)
Then I was even more ambitious, and I made this galaxy dress. I made the dress from scratch, using an older version of this free pattern from On the Cutting Floor, then painted on the galaxies.
So, it’s only natural that I’d do it with makeup, too! I’m surprised it took me this long to try this.
Galaxy Eye Makeup Tutorial
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Black eye shadow base
- Eye shadows in black, beige, light blue, light purple, lime green and white
- Black eyeliner
- Black mascara
- Eye shadow brushes
Let’s get started!
Using a brush, paint on some black eye shadow base. I used NYX Eye Shadow Base in Black. While you can skip this step, your black space might not be so black.
Don’t worry about it looking good. You’re going to be putting eye shadow over it. Speaking of which…
Cover all of that black base with black eye shadow. For all the eye shadow in this tutorial, I’m using colors from the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette, but any matte black eye shadow will do.
I used an eye shadow brush to cover all the black base with Black Metal, as well as a thin rim on my lower lid.
Get your eye shadow brush a little wet, squeeze out any excess, then dip it in a light blue. I used Synth. (For more info on applying eye shadow wet, check out this post from the early days of Makeup Files: How to Apply Eye Shadow Wet.)
Paint a few spots on the black. Don’t do perfect circles or anything. Splotches work best. I did different combinations of spots on each eye so the two look different.
Paint the purple right next to the blue splotches, painted with a wet brush.
Throughout these last few steps, make sure that you’re still keeping some black in the look. That’s your empty space surrounding the galaxies.
This step is a bit more complicated, so just stick with me.
First, you’re going to need a white eye shadow. I used Skulls. Because you’re going to be messing with it quite a bit, you might want to choose a white shadow you don’t really care about.
So, you need to get this eye shadow really wet. In the previous steps, you just got the brush wet, but now I want you to get the water in the eye shadow. Really get a puddle in there, like you would with watercolor paints.
To create the stars, hold the brush about an inch away from your closed eye and run your finger quickly through the brush. This flicks little dots of color on your eyelid.
You’ll probably have to play with the amount of water and eye shadow you use, as well as how you flick the bristles. It all depends on your brush and eye shadow, but once you get the hang of it, you should be covered in stars.
You’re done with the eye shadow!
Finish up the eye makeup with black mascara and eyeliner. I used IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara on the top and bottom lashes.
Because the eye shadow is so dark, I skipped eyeliner on the top lid. Instead, I just lined the lower waterline with Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner.
And you’re done!
While I wouldn’t normally wear such dark lips with such dark eye makeup, I thought, “what the heck?” I used a combo of NYX Simply Vamp Lip Creams in Bewitching around the rim and Temptress in the middle.