SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSMOKIN’!– Jim Carrey in “The Mask”* on Firebrick eyeshadow (early 2000’s)
Do you ever feel like you woke up one day in a world where everyone is rocking pops of colors out the wazoo? As I sit here with my usual, standard makeup look, I felt like everyone around me was standing out as I blended in. I was struggling to incorporate more color into my looks until a little fire was sparked inside of me- Firebrick. I found Firebrick to be the most wearable pop of color and it was the easiest for my nude-loving self to incorporate.
For those of you a little more on the conservative side, a bright warm orange may seem intimidating to throw into your everyday look; however gently blending a bit of Firebrick into your crease or transition area allows you to spice up an otherwise average eye look.
Once you’re feeling a little more aquatinted to adding color into your makeup, I recommend you jump right in and start having some fun! There are plenty of ways to make a statement with Firebrick; here are some of my favorite techniques!
Drop Shadow! Daily, I blend the same two warm browns under my eye for a subtle hint of drama; swapping my usual shadows with Firebrick gave my eyes a bold pop that isn’t overwhelming. To do this, dip into the shadow pan with a flat brush like MUD 410 or 400. Gently run it back and forth under your lower lash line, building to your desired opacity.
Pack it on! I spiced up an evening smoky eye by adding Firebrick on my lid, creating a look that helped me stand out in a crowded room! To achieve this red-hot look, use warm browns in your crease and outer corner of eye. Deepen the shades as you concentrate more on the outer “V” and work your way down. Once you’ve built your standard smoky base, liberally apply Firebrick to your lid using a packer brush like MUD 350. If you want to kick it up a notch, dampen your brush and apply Firebrick wet by patting it over your existing shadow.
Pro Tip: To achieve a vibrant editorial look, apply a wash of Firebrick eye shadow all over the lid on a wet brush.
While I will always be a monochromatic, nude-loving makeup artist at heart, Firebrick has open the door to get me out of comfort zone, stay on trend, and have a little fun!