Radiant Orchid Eye Look

Hello gentle readers.

Pantone declared that Radiant Orchid is the Colour of the Year for 2014.

Radiant Orchid. If you are of an age to have been wearing makeup in the 1980's you know that we've been here, done this. We didn't call it "Radiant Orchid" back then, but we wore this colour. Some of us *cough* wore the fuck out of it. Eyes, cheeks. lips, nails. Even brushing it through our blonde tresses... Yeah. And burned out on it. And declared to anyone who would listen (my fat face staring back at me in the mirror) that "I wouldn't be caught dead at a dog fight in that colour, ever again!"

Print my obituary and release the hounds. I am wearing Radiant Orchid. And I am kind of liking it. 

I am a bit astounded. I mean, me? Wearing purple, again? And enjoying it? What's next? Frogs raining down from the heavens? Dogs and cats living together? This is deep blue apocalyptic stuff, here. I am making a conscious choice to pull myself out of my deep neutral eye shadow rut and wear more colour. To embrace and revel in the bright, the bold, (bright and bold, for me, anyway) the fun side of makeup.

This Radiant Orchid look was created with a mix of drugstore, mid tier and high end range products. It was easy to do and would be simple to replicate, if one is so inclined. Would you like details?




I used:


  • Lorac Behind the Scenes primer all over my lids. 
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool, a shimmery white as a brightening base. (I loathe that shadow and need to get something else to do that job.)
  • Loreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Burst Into Bloom all over my lid, inner to outer corner, lash line to crease and along my lower lash line from outer corner to about 1/4 of the way from the inner corner.
  • Violet from my It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette in my crease and pulled up onto my orbital bone and blended out. (The Maybelline base made this matte shadow look like a shimmer.)
  • Sheer Joy was applied as highlight on my brow bone and the inner corner. 
  • Transforming Pearl was applied in a fine line from the inner corner to about 1/4 of the way along my lower lash line. (My photos didn't pick it up, but it was visible in person.)
  • I lined my upper lash line with Stila Smudge Stick in Tetra.
  • Mascara is one generous coat of Loreal Voluminous Butterfly in Black on my upper lashes. 
  • My brows were done with Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash. (This photographs a tiny bit warm but it is a true ash tone. I need to do a review post, don't I?) 





The full shadow look. I kept the application simple and blended it out well while not allowing the dark crease colour to blend too much into the lid colour. I wanted to keep that Radiant Orchid shade as true as possible.


The goofy special effects were used to cover the background comprised of a bathroom door that was left hanging open and my messy bookcase. Nobody wants to see that!

The rest of my face:

  • Revlon ColorStay foundation in 150 Buff.
  • Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer in Peach
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. (A review on this is coming soon.)
  • No contour this time but I used a little Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer to warm up my face a bit.
  • Maybelline Master Highlight blush in Pink Rose.
  • On my lips: Maybelline Color Elixir in Petal Plush. 

I am pretty happy with how this eye and all over look came together.

I did a bit of extremely amateurish airbrushing to correct the unhappy areas on the sides of my nose, courtesy of my current glasses and to brighten up my dark circles a bit. My lines and wrinkles, the sagging that is natural to someone of my age were, as always, left as is. I am forty-nine, I am the age I am and I am not going to hide it. I am horribly self conscious about my dark circles and the angry areas on the sides of my nose. Happily, there is something I can do to ease them a bit so that I feel better about showing my likeness to the world. I am not going to explain this, every time I post photographs of myself on my blog. But I felt that it needed to be said, this time.

So, there you have it, my Radiant Orchid eye look. I hope that you like it. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask them in a comment.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading, take care and have a beautiful day!