Jul 03 2015

Bahamas Independence Day Eye Makeup Look


Something a little different from me. As promised, I’m trying my hand at posting more eye look, “tutorial” style posts. I’m still in the beginning stages of this process – but practice leads to improvement, no? 🙂 Anyway, in the spirit of The Bahamas’ upcoming national day (which is next week Friday, 10th July), today I’m featuring an Independence Day Eye Makeup Look.


Independence Day Eye Makeup Bahamas


Independence Day Eye Makeup Bahamas


Inspired by the colours of our flag, black, gold (yellow) and aquamarine, this look is quite colourful and not something I’d sport on a regular – but it’s a celebration after all. To create it, I used:

  • Dolce & Gabbana LE Colour Explosion Palette (reviewed here)
  • Wet N’ Wild LE Going in the Wild Palette
  • MAC Cosmetics Blue Peep Fluidline
  • Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Ink
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner
  • NARS Via Veneto Pencil Liner
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
  • Assorted Eye Brushes

Independence Day Eye Makeup Bahamas

Step One: Retrieving my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk from the deep, dark depths of my makeup drawer, I decided on a light layer of this white base to help the vibrant colors I’m using pop a bit (not that they needed much help).

Independence Day Eye Makeup Bahamas

Step Two: Using a small, dense blending brush, I buffed MAC’s Blue Peep into the crease, taking it rather high on the lid. It’s a fluidline but works quite well as a cream shadow. Then, roughly following the shape of my eye, I took Blue Peep around the outer eye and below the lower lash line. Finally, I used a fluffy blending brush to soften the edges of the bright blue.


Independence Day Eye Makeup Bahamas


Step Three: Using a flat shadow brush, I packed the yellow shade from the Dolce and Gabbana Colour Explosion palette onto the inner 2/3 of the lid and inner lower lash line.


Independence Day Eye Makeup Bahamas


Step Four (not shown):  I created a conservative wing using the Bobbi Brown Gel liner in Black Ink which I used only on the outer portion of the upper lash line. To line the inner portion, I used the Kat Von D Tattoo liquid liner which, due to the fine tip, makes it much easier for me to create a more precise line in that area. To polish things off, I lined the upper water line with NARS Via Veneto.


Independence Day Eye Makeup Bahamas


Step Five: Finally, for a little luminescence, I added the shimmering pale yellow shade from the Wet n Wild Going into the Wild palette to the inner part of the lid and tear duct.


Independence Day Eye Makeup Bahamas


Two coats of the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara and here’s the finished look:

Independence Day Eye Makeup Bahamas

What do you guys think? My eye shape and the folds on the outer corners of my lid make winged liner a real struggle for me. Usually, I prefer a small kitten wing or just a heavy top line. But I think this yellow and “aquamarine” Independence Day Makeup would look awesome with a really thick wing if your eye shape/lid space allows for it. When is your national day?



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  1. Such a great look girl! I like the bright colours. Ours is just black, yellow & red, which also gives some great eye makeup look options but we don’t really celebrate (at least not like the Americans) our national independence day a whole lot!

    1. Thank you, Ella. You know what’s funny? I actually did a black, yellow and red look using this very same Dolce & Gabbana quad when I first got it. Hehe. xo

  2. NYX Milk is such an asset! I use it under most shadows now, will not be without it. These shades are gorgeous on you too!

    1. Isn’t it? I don’t know why I’ve neglected NYX Milk for so long. Thank you for the sweet comment, Lorraine.

  3. That’s a beautiful eye look! I love it!! 🙂 xo

    1. Thank you so much, Katie! Have a wonderful weekend, sweetie. xo

  4. THIS.IS.AMAZING! You’re so talented at makeup application, and you pull off this bold look perfectly! Love it!:)



    1. Aww, thanks Karen. That made me blush. I’m self taught so always self-conscious about how these looks turn out. xo

  5. Wow, you can really pull of these bright colors. Looks very festive.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Thank you, sweetie. I wasn’t quite so sure I could pull it off to be honest but I was in a festive mood. Going to sport it again on Friday. 🙂

  6. That Wet n Wild palette is so bright and perfect for Summer! Such a pretty makeup look, you did a great job! xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

    1. Yes! I really do love this little W&W palette – they should have made it permanent. But I think they recently released some really bright ones for Summer that I’ve seen around online. 🙂

  7. Wowza, bright! But I like it!

    1. Thank you, Melissa! Definitely for a special occasion. 🙂

    2. And thank for your the MAC Blue Peep recommendation, BTW xo

  8. Wow that blue is gorgeous <3

    Pink Frenzy

    1. Isn’t it? MAC Blue Peep was definitely a fantastic buy! I need to thank Melissa for the recommendation!

  9. Whoa. Blue Peep is amazing! I find winged liner tricky due to my eye shape, too. Awesome job on this look, Kimmy!

    1. Thank you so much, Ingrid – huge smile on my face receiving such a wonderful comment from you – who does eye makeup so, so well! xo

    • brendabusybeeblog on July 5, 2015 at 4:04 pm
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    I really like these walkthrough style posts 🙂 And I love the finished look – it is so bright and fun! xx


    1. Thank you, Brenda! I really appreciate that. I’m working on trying to do more of these and to improve my technique so the positive feedback (or any feedback, really) is very much appreciated! xo

    • Nataile Brown on July 6, 2015 at 7:10 am
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    I’m truly excited that you decided to do some eye look tutorials! I love this look, especially that it coordinates with your National Flag. So cool! Such a good idea to use Milk as the base to make the bright colors pop. LOVE – 🙂

    1. Thank you, Natalie. I’m so happy that you are enjoying them! xo

  10. Wow, loving the super bright eye look! I’d love to experiment like that, I need to add some bold colours to my palettes 🙂

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  11. Aah my comment didn’t go through! Love the bright eye look and was just saying I need to get some bold colours so I can try this out! Di from Max The Unicorn

    1. Aww, thanks Di! I definitely love incorporating some brights every now and again. Makes things fun. 🙂

  12. What a beautiful, bright look!! Hope you have a fantastic day on Friday! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Christine! I’m looking forward to quietly celebrating and relaxing! Yay for 3 day weekends!

  13. Stunning eye makeup! I love the colours you used! So appropriate for your National Day celebrations! Have a fun day!

    1. Thank you, Ingrid. I’m looking forward to the weekend and hope you have a lovely one as well. 🙂

  14. Love that bright look and your step by step tutorial! I know your struggle, I can’t make a nice, thick wing either due to my eye shape and I’m so jealous of all those girls with big, perfectly shaped eyes, lol! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. Right? I can’t help but be jealous as well – I’ll never be able to do a big, fat wing, unfortunately lol. But I make do. Thanks for the lovely comment, sweetie. xo

  15. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever tried using a fluidline as a shadow before! How creative! I actually have a few from the Fantasy of Flowers Collection that I haven’t even used yet. They’re such pretty colors which is why I got them. But I can never seem to work them into a look as a liner. You’re full of great ideas, Kimmy! 🙂

    1. Really? Hehe. I’m glad I was able to share something new. It’s funny but this is only the second fluidline I’ve used. I automatically was like – yep, I’m going to use it as a shadow. Blue Peep is quite emollient, don’t know about the other shades, though. 🙂 xo

  16. Wow this is a stunning look! You did a fab job! I really want to wear blue eyeshadow now hehe xx

    Sweetaholic Beauty

    • Jaa on July 12, 2015 at 10:48 am
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    What a fun, festive look, Kimmy! You know I love colorful looks and I think you nailed it this time! Your instructions are super easy to follow, too. Looking forward to more posts like this! And Happy National Day! <3

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