I participated in a collaboration with some lovely ladies on Instagram and our theme was “The Darkside of Holographic.” The idea was to pair holographic shades with dark colors. I decided I wanted to play around with placing these shades on top of black to really intensify them. If you have never tried that, I recommend trying it right now! It creates such an amazing look. You can watch my video demo on my YouTube channel or keep on reading!
The Darkside of Holographic
The holographic palette that I used was the Kat Von D Alchemist palette.
This palette has four holographic shades: a pink, purple, blue, and green.
Sorry that it’s dirty – it’s well used! You can see here the swatches and the difference it makes to put the holographic shade on top of black. On the left is the holographic shade alone, swatched with a finger. On the right, I first applied black, and then applied the same holographic shade on top of it. Look at that difference! You can really see the Darkside of Holographic.
The Eye Look
To create the Darkside of Holographic look, I first covered my lid and up into my crease with black eyeshadow (I used Night Shoot from the Smashbox Create & Transform palette). Then I used a brush to apply the holographic colors in a gradient effect across my lid, starting with pink in the inner corner, then purple, blue, and green. I also did the same thing under the lower lash line. For my cheekbone highlight, I used all four colors in a gradient, but I did not apply black first.
The Lip Look
I also applied black lipstick and used my finger to place the holographic shades in patches and then covered it all with clear lip gloss. It created a really cool iridescent effect that reminds me of unicorn tears!
The Full Darkside of Holographic Look
Here’s the full look. It’s a little crazy, but I think it’s fun and artistic. I would not wear this cheek highlighter or lipstick out as regular makeup. I probably would wear a toned-down version of the eyeshadow, though! It looks really neat (and looked even better in person than in the pictures).
Overall, this was a really fun collab, and I’m amazed at the difference that applying holographic shades to black makes. I will be using this for future eyeshadow looks! Be sure to check me out on Instagram (@blenditlikebecker) but also check out these other lovely ladies who were a part of the collaboration: