Day to Night: Orange Eyeshadow

by ionarosemccabe

Orange eyeshadow is a makeup look I’m really loving at the moment and one that is set to be huge over the next year. I find it especially compliments blue eyes and is a pleasant change from brown. It can be worn in the daytime for a natural, earthy look, or at night paired with contrasting eyeshadow shades to create a lovely reverse smokey eye.

Although I have actually used bronzing powder as a substitute in these images, I find it works just as well as eyeshadow and it really inspired me to try applying more of my makeup products in places I wouldn’t have normally thought of!



 MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC15
Bourjois  Little Round Pot Cream Blush in Healthy Glow
Topshop Glow Pot in Polish (browbone, cupid's bow and cheekbone)
 Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder (lid crease)
Lancome Grandiose Mascara (top lashes)
 Burts Bees Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit 

 I like to keep things pretty natural in the day and have ditched foundation as I feel it is way too heavy for my skin. I am, however, really liking peachy/apricot tones for lips,eyes and cheeks.

Applying cream blush to the apples of your cheeks with your fingers gives a freshly flushed look that doesn’t look too try-hard. Bourjois cream blush is an amazing budget find and I’m really impressed – the colour lasts ages and the warm, peach tone really brings out my freckles.

Burt’s Bees lip balm is another recent purchase that I can’t get enough of – I had really dry lips a few weeks ago and they were instantly moisturised within seconds of using this stuff! The smell is divine and also a huge plus.

If you don’t want to use bronzer for eyeshadow, I would recommend using MAC’s eyeshadow pot in ‘Orange‘.


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Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder
Lancome Le Crayon Khol (waterline)
MAC Smoke Luxe Palette Deep Grey Shade (below waterline)
 Revlon Metropolitan Photoready Palette - (brown shade)

As you can see, there is really not much to add to update the look for night-time. It literally took 10 minutes which is great if you’re like me and hate spending too long getting ready! I simply added bronzing powder in a ‘3’ shape (temples, cheekbones, jawline) to add definition to my face, filled in my eyebrows and added black eyeliner along with grey eyeshadow under the eye to create a reverse smokey eye.

I would have added a nude lipstick for a matte finish on the lips but couldn’t find mine, although I feel MAC‘s Myth would work perfectly for this look. A reverse smokey eye is supposed to be a little messy and a grey/black combination not only compliments the orange on the lid, but also doesn’t look as harsh as black on it’s own.

I’m really looking forward to sharing more day to night makeup looks with you all and would love to know what you think of this orange eyeshadow look in the comments box!