Easy Rainbow Eye Makeup

So this is a little out of my neutral loving comfort zone, no? Yes, that’s right – today we have a rainbow eye make up look which came about as a bit of an impromptu beauty playing session I had earlier this week. There I was innocently swatching away and playing with this trio of brightly coloured crayons that are the Illamasqua Sketch Sticks and next thing you know something came over me and I decided to give them a whirl and create an easy rainbow eye makeup look. And when I say easy, I really do man it – I am definitely not someone who has the time or inclination to spend 30 minutes painting on intricate details of eye make-up. Sure, it might look amazing but in my opinion life is way too short. There’s no exaggeration to say this look took under a minute to do. I didn’t have any other make-up on my face and have a few tips to help it last longer but below is a look at the Illamasqua Sketch Sticks and a easy peasy step by step rainbow eye makeup how to. IMG_2517IMG_2520

So these are the Illamasqua Sketch Sticks and they’re basically a festivals best friend. In that popular crayon style they come in a  selection of bright shades and with a twist up mechanism you have no worries about needing to sharpen if you go nuts drawing all over. They’re so pigmented the colour comes out as intense as above on one swipe. They’re also very cream and do blend easily.

There are seven shades in the Illamasqua Sketch Stick collection. Including:

  • Spirit (White)
  • Higher (Yellow)
  • Fly (Hot Pink)
  • Trance (Orange)
  • Trip (Lime Green)
  • Free (Blue)
  • Haze (Black)

For this look I’ve used Trance (orange), Fly (hot pink) and Free (blue).

On first glance I did my usual thing of ‘oh, they’re nice – I would probably wear the pink as a lip colour’. But then when I got playing with them it got me thinking about how easy they are to work with. Something that I’ve been toying with for a while is festival make-up looks that are easy and not as ‘out there’ as maybe full under-eye glitter or blue lipstick. No shame in either of those things, they look absolutely ace – but they’re just not my style. For festival looks I’d do something a bit more pared back (and low maintenance – last thing you want is to be stuck in a stinky port-a-loo trying to touch up an intricate eye look when you could be bouncing up and down in a crowd belting out your favourite song at the top of your lungs). So with just these three crayons I create the super easy rainbow eye makeup look below.

A few notes before I tell you the (very easy) steps to recreate it. Is it perfect? No. Am I make-up artist? Heck no. But is it fun? Yes. Is it easy to do? Massive yes. I really loved the finished result of this and with a bit of simple prep and finish reckon it would last well for a festival too.


How To: Easy rainbow eye makeup

  1. Apply foundation/eye shadow base to your eye lid – set with translucent powder. To create a solid base to make the look last without slipping into the eye crease.
  2. Apply colour. Start with a dab of orange (Trance) on the inner corner. Then blue (Free) on the outer corner. Then apply a bit of the hot pink (Fly) in the middle of the eye. Then very gently blend the edges between the colours so not to smudge them into each other too much. So the orange and the pink softly blend and the pink into blue creates a purple.
  3. Set. With a foundation brush or other small flat brush take some translucent powder and very gently press onto the colour to set. Press all the way up the lid to the brow bone. This will double up with the base to help keep it in place for as long as possible.

That’s it. Seriously. So easy.


On a total side note, it was really fun to have a good play with some beauty bits this week. Sometimes it’s all too easy to get caught up in some of the other sides of blogging and freelance work that I really appreciated taking an afternoon to just plat with products and get a bit creative. Safe to say it definitely gave me a big old beauty spark that I haven’t maybe had as often over recent months. I think play time is a new essential part of my week 🙂 I’d love to know what you do if you ever find yourself stuck in a rut and want to get out of it! Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions as would be fab to hear.

I’d also love to hear your thought son this quick and easy rainbow eye makeup look – looks aren’t something I do very often as I know I’m not a make-up artist so application is far from perfect. But if you wanted to see more of this sort of thing let me know and will definitely try my best!

Illamasqua Sketch Sticks * available from ASOS (£15)

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