Mellinger applied Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Moss, Angel, and Purple Dawn
on the lids, using a small, fluffy brush. She started with the green, applying it in the inner corner of the eye and blending out. She then grabbed a clean brush to apply the blue shadow to the center of the lid, then used the green shadow brush to blend the two colors together. Using another clean brush, she applied the purple shadow to the outer corner of the eye, then used the blue shadow brush to blend those two colors into each other.
She densely lined the top and bottom lash line with Dolce & Gabbana Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Acqua
, then used a short-bristled brush to blend the liner and finished with Dior Diorshow Blackout Mascara
, using a wiggle motion to apply it up the lash in order to create more drama.
According to Mellinger, the trick to getting your colors to blend is to make sure you use shadows in all the same consistency. Blending a powder shadow with a cream will only make the shadows gunk up. She also says it's key to use a fresh brush for each color, or to clean your brush in between — if you keep reusing the same brush to blend, it will cause the colors to muddy up and they will lose their vibrancy and distinction.
Think this look might be a bit too much for you? Mellinger says you can get the same effect using two colors, or if you're a total newbie, stick to one bright shade over the entire eye. The important thing is just to try something new. "Makeup can be anything you want it to be, and after you see the same old smoky eye over and over again, it gets boring," she says. "I love that we are more willing to experiment these days. Don't be afraid of color — embrace it!"
Photographed by Aaron Richter