I don’t know about you, but when it comes to makeup, I’m usually soemone who tends to go for quite a neutral eye on a daily basis. However, its fun to shake things up every now and again, especially since summer comes with a rather packed social calender. And the Tropical Eye makeup look wins hands down for a summer party, rooftop drinks or an evening out on a holiday.
I recently visited the Kiko Milano store at the Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester where one of their mega talented artists recreated the look on me in a way that was realistic, achievable and budget-friendly and I absolutely love how the the whole look has such a summer holiday vibe. The warm orange hues remind me of a tropical sunset, the teal reminds me of a cool blue ocean, and the bronzed skin reminds me of long walks on golden sandy beaches.
She created the look with products from their Limited Edition ‘Jelly Jungle’ collection, which looks so poolside fresh and summer ready to me. The collection features two gorgeous to-die-for eyeshadow palettes, a cooling gel eye mask kit, (which I have been using non-stop), a couple of bronzers, liquid highlighter, cream eyeshadow, coloured eyeliners and mascaras, gel fragrance, some awesome mermaid-looking makeup tools and – wait for it – non-drying metallic liquid lipstick (which, let’s face it, as about as easy to find as a unicorn!).
What makes this collection so special? Well, for starters, it is made from natural ingredients and enriched with the goodness of superfruits. All the product formulas are lightweight and comfortable – perfect for use in this heat wave and the cute transparent plastic packaging means it is easy to throw into your beach bag when you go on holiday but that it will also look chic when you pull it out for a touch-up. I love the idea of using the cooling eye mask when lying out by the pool or even using it to ease a bit of sunburn. Overall, it is the perfect summer holiday makeup collection and, as always, is super budget-friendly.
She started out by creating a smooth base with Kiko’s super lightweight Second Skin Foundation and Skin Tone concealer (neither a part of the Jelly Junge range) and then started to work on the warm orange-toned hues on my eyes using the Jelly Jungle eyeshadow palette in Tropical Sunset. I have to say it was a refreshing change to not have a makeup artist do winged liner on me! It seems like everybody tends to do them these days, but I genuinely think that if your shadow technique is strong, it does the talking for you, so you don’t need to top it off with intense black winged liner.
She curled my lashes, applied mascara and gave my face some warmth and a subtle bit of definition with the Jelly Jungle collection bronzer in the shade ‘Warm Monsoon’. She then finished the look off by dabbing on some orangey-red lipstick to balance out the orange eyeshadow. Et voila!
**This post is in collaboration with Kiko Milano However, all opinions are entirely my own and I would never endorse brands / products I don’t genuinely believe in / wouldn’t buy or wear personally.