Break It Down – Grungy Spotlight Eye Using Kat Von D Beauty 10th Anniversary Palette – How To! (Cruelty Free/ Vegan)

After using the warmer tones for softer/ everyday looks a tonne since it came in to my life last month, I wanted to have a proper play with the Kat Von D Beauty 10 Year Anniversary Palette (UK* / IE*) (read more about it and see swatches here) and use some of the shades I maybe wouldn’t automatically go for as well as going for a more grunge glam!

It’s such a gorgeous palette (both from a quality/ application and shade selection point of view) and unusually for me (queen of the warm tones), found myself drawn to the deep teal shades so that what I used! I kept the transition area (socket) warm to keep it more ‘me’ and had to get that beautiful pure gold (the whole collections theme) shade Egypt in there somewhere so that somewhere became a spotlight!

So if you fancy recreating the above eye look yourself, or are just in need of some eye makeup inspo (you can totally switch up shades or use your own favourite palette using this as a guideline) keep reading while I break it down for you!

I started off with most of my base on for this (I usually do eye makeup before base altogether, but the KVD 10YA Palette has so little fall out it only needed a tiny under eye clean up post eyes and before setting powder) and brows done using some of my current staples…

Primer – Fenty Pro Filt’r Retouch Primer
Foundation – Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte in 120 – lighter shade so I could bronze
Concealer – Revolution Conceal & Define in C1 
Setting Powder – KVD Lock It (UK* / IE*
Contour – Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Stick in Fawn* 
Bronzer – Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer in Rosewood* 
Highlight – KVD Beauty 10 Year Anniversary Metal Crush Extreme in Gold Skool (UK* / IE*)
Setting Spray – KVD Lock It (UK* / IE*)

KVD Super Brow 24hr Pomade in Taupe & Medium Brown (UK* / IE*)
Anastasia BH Clear Brow Gel*

I primed my eyes with concealer patted on with the Zoeva 144 Soft Concealer Brush* for this eye look and didn’t set it so the the intensity of the shadows would be stronger. I highlighted my brow and inner corner with a tiny bit of the KVD 10 YA Highlighter and went straight on to my crease shades.

Applying lightest first (a mixture of Nancy and Gina) using the largest fluffy blending brush, then Malice (with a medium sized fluffy brush) and lastly Adele with a small tapered blending brush…getting closer to the crease and using a smaller brush the darker the shade you use, a good general rule! I repeated all this under the whole lower lash line, bringing the shadow down pretty low for a grungier look (ofc).

Next…using a firm smaller brush I packed the shade Carolyn (a gorgeous deep but muted teal) on to the inner and outer corners of the lid, leaving the centre of the eyelid free of colour and using the smallest blending brush just ‘blurred’ the edges in to the crease colours. With the same firm brush and Carolyn shade also smudged it along the lower lash line too, really pushed up in to the lashes and blended lower in to the warmer tones. Now’s the time to line the waterline (lower) and tightline (upper) for a more intense smoke. I used the KVD Everlasting Lipliner in Skully (UK* / IE*)…it’s super black, creamy and lasts way better than most eye pencils! I used a bit of KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper (UK* / IE*) along the top lash line (and lower inner corner too)…didn’t go for a big wing or anything major, just a thin line to intensify and help to blend in my lashes when I put those on.

To make the spotlight pop, using the same Zoeva 114 Brush I patted a little extra concealer in to the centre of the lid. It just gives lighter brighter shadow a good neutral base so you see the true colour of the shadow and it keeps it bolder and brighter rather than just patting it over other shades. I used Egypt as the main spotlight shade and patted on a tiny bit of the highlighter in the very centre with my finger to add dimension and even more glow! After going back in with that darkest teal shade Carolyn (just over where I’d placed it earlier), I used Leafar (the most stunning glimmer emerald shade named after KVD’s new husband @prayers) to seamlessly but lightly blend the gold and dark teal and give that extra pop of colour. At this stage too, just give everything a final blend/ going over to make sure there’s no hard lines of edges.

I finished off with mascara (I’m loving the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof (UK* / IE*) at the mo what with warm weather and the occasional hay fever/ eye water…buildable, full lashes and it holds a curl amazingly well too!) and a set of lashes from my faves @lonewolfcosmetics. These ones are ALPHA from their Lux line of course cruelty free/ vegan and as well as giving super fluffy glam volume, they’re comfy too! Lashes just really finish off a stronger look like this to perfection!

So there you have it…my grungy spotlight eye using the KVD 10 YA Palette and using shades I don’t normally go for! I really like how it turned out though…love the contrast between the cooler teal/ greens and that gilded Egypt shade! I think keeping my transition area warmer (in my comfort zone!) helped keep it more on the wearable side for me. If you prefer cooler tones, this would work just as well/ look really good with the shades Sarah and/ or Lala through the crease too!

Are there any other combos you want to see? Or other looks! Let me know if there’s a particular palette, shades or look that you’d like breaking down.
If you do recreate this or do any inspired eye looks (or any cool colour combos that might be inspo for me!) be sure to tag me on Instagram (@lydmakeup) so I can see!!

Lyd x



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