Metallic Beetles & Snakeskin Inspired Makeup

18 Aug

I entered yet another makeupgeek contest (she’s my idol, how could I not?); this month’s theme is metallic inspired. A lot of entries were inspired by silver, gold, etc, so I decided to be a little different and add some color. 2 hours later (I am not exaggerating here), this look was born.


Continue reading for more pictures, a list of products used, and a tutorial for this look!




I went a little crazy, as you can clearly see 🙂 The tutorial for this one will be LOOONGGG, so please bear with me. It was for the most part me smearing colors onto my lid until I got something that I liked. Hence, one eye only.

Products used:

– Too Faced Shadow Insurance (I borrowed my mother’s, tehe)

– Milani Shadow Eyez Pencil in Brown Deluxe

– The Balm Nude ‘Tude Palette: (Sleek) matte dark brown, (Serious) matte black, (Sultry) matte medium brown, (Sophisticated) shimmery brown, (Sexy) matte red/purple

– Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon Palettes in Comfort Zone: blue-brown duochrome and I’m Getting Sunburned: bright gold

– L’oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Continuous Cocoa

– Wet ‘n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in Dark Wine

– Covergirl Lashblast Mascara in Black

– Milani Liquid Eye Liner in Black

– Mesh (I used a mesh bag for washing laundry, you could also use fishnet stockings or the bag that fruit comes in…basically anything with that snakeskin pattern that you don’t mind getting covered in eyeshadow :))


1. Prime the eye and any areas you plan to cover with mesh.

2. Cover the entire lid with a brown eyeshadow base and blend the edges with your finger.

3. With a flat eyeshadow brush, pack on a dark brown matte shadow to the inner and outer corners of the eye. Blend out.

4. Pat a black matte shadow over the brown. Blend like crazy.

5. Blend the edges even further (starting to see a pattern?) with a medium matte brown shadow, a shimmery brown shadow, and a fluffy brush. Blend like your life depends on it.

6. When you’re satisfied with your excellent blending job, pat a blue-brown duochrome shadow onto the center of the lid with a flat brush. Blend into the brown/black.

7. With a pointed crease brush, apply a bright gold shadow to the inner corner of the eye as a highlight.

8. Line the lower lashline with a matte reddish purple shadow.

9. Line and tightline the upper and lower lashlines with a black eyeliner.

10. Apply your favorite mascara. If you’d like, you can stop here for an interesting and sultry evening look. But if not…

11. Cover the chosen area with mesh. Make sure you’re holding it securely; if it shifts during application, the pattern will be muddy.

12. Pat, don’t drag, a matte reddish purple eyeshadow over the mesh. Keep the color concentrated in the center of the area and fade toward the edges.

13. Gently lift the mesh and voila! Snakeskin!

14. Contour your cheeks strongly to contrast the snakeskin pattern.

15. Apply a dark red lipstick and you’re finished!

I hope you enjoyed this strange look, please let me know what you thought or suggest future looks in the comments below! Cheers all ya’ll 😀


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