by Lauren Silverman '17
David Bowie was a multitalented artist whose eccentric, androgynous appearances caught the attention of the entire world. This makeup tutorial was inspired by both the color schemes of his album art as well as Bowie’s general luminescence. Follow the guide and video below to learn how to create this (mostly) wearable look!
All of the eyeshadows I used are from either Urban Decay’s Naked 2 or Electric Palettes. There is a product list at the end of this article.
*I filled in my eyebrows before starting the eyeshadow, but this is optional.
1. Because you will be using using some colors rather than just nudes, prime your eyelids before starting. It’s not necessary, but you may find that eyeshadow stays longer and creases less on top of primed eyelids.
2. Let the primer dry for about thirty seconds. Take an orange color- any type of orange will do- and apply it to your crease. Make sure to cover your entire crease and blend it upward toward your eyebrow.
3. With the same brush, apply a brown shadow over the orange. Blend it less so the orange is still visible on top.
4. Take a silver or white eyeshadow and apply it all over the lid.
5. Using the same brown eyeshadow as before, apply it to the outer corner and blend toward the center of the lid. Then take a black eyeshadow (ideally matte) and apply it over the brown in the outer corner as well. Blend it up into the crease, but do not let the black overpower the orange that is already there.
6. Take a flat brush and apply a light blue to the inner crease- it should start around the halfway point of your crease and go to your inner corner (NOT on the lid). Blend to soften harsh color transitions.
7. A brow highlight is optional but highly recommended. Take a shade lighter than your skin tone (a highlight color from a contour kit will work) and line the bottom of your eyebrow with it, blending into the crease.
8. Now take a light white or silver eyeshadow to use as your inner corner highlight- it should be lighter than your lid color (and hopefully more glittery). Apply it to the inner corner of your eye and around to your lash line. Gently press it onto your entire lower lash line (just below your bottom lashes, not above).
9. Next, line your eyes with a white eyeliner. This step depends on what kind of eyeliner you prefer to use. You may use a pencil, but keep in mind that it is harder to create an eyeliner wing with a pencil applicator. I recommend either liquid or gel to make the best wing. I actually used liquid lipstick as my eyeliner for this look, applying it with an angled brush. (A note on using lipstick on the eyes: Make sure your lip product is eye-safe before applying it anywhere in the eye area. Products not meant for the eyes may yield unwanted results.)
10. Create a wing at the end of your eye using the same eyeliner.
11. Use a black pencil eyeliner and apply it to your waterline- this is the area just above your lower lashes.
12. From the end of the eye, guide a thin line of black eyeliner under the white wing you made in step 10. You should make a line that just traces the wing that is already there- try not to extend it. (I recommend liquid liner for this step.)
13. What would a Bowie-inspired makeup look be without glitter? Using loose glitter or glitter eyeliner, cover around the outer half of the white eyeliner, starting from the wing and gradually tapering off in the middle of your eye. Make sure it is most opaque on the wing to create an ombre-like effect. After this, put on some mascara to complete the look. Any color will do, but I used black.
-Urban Decay Primer Potion in “Anti-Aging”
-Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette (“Slowburn,” “Gonzo,” and “Revolt”)
-Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (“Busted,” “Verve,” “Blackout”)
-Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in “Drug Lord”
-Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Perversion”
-Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in “Trooper”
-Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in “Spandex”
-Urban Decay Perversion Mascara