8 Days of Christmas Eye Makeup Tutorials: Day 8


On hindsight, even though it has been fun and challenging posting a new look every single day for 8 consecutive days, I should have done it 8 days BEFORE Christmas, instead of after. Christmas is long gone and everybody’s in the mood to welcome 2012, yet I’m still churning out Christmas looks (You can definitely use them for other occasions, of course!). Lol. But I have to keep to my word and commit to what I promised.

Today’s eye makeup look will come with a step-by-step tutorial since it is a much coveted look created using the Vertical Gradient Method of eyeshadow application.

I will do that in 2012, however, and keep this post the same style as the rest of the 8 Days of Christmas Eye Makeup Tutorials series.

Here’s the list of products used to create this look and I’m sure you can pretty much figure out how to re-create this look, simply by referring to the Horizontal Gradient Method tutorial. =)


Eyeshadow Primer – UDPP Eden, NYX Jumbo Pencil Milk

Eyelid – The Face Shop Eyeshadow PK-103, NYX Irises, Kat Von D Beethoven Palette Speed Blue

Contour Area – None

Outer V – None

Highlight – NYX White Pearl

Inner Corner –The Face Shop Eyeshadow PK-103

Lower Lash Line –Urban Decay Naked Palette Hustle

Eyeliner –None

Eyelash Primer – Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base

Mascara – Lancome Oscillation Vibrating Infinite Powermascara

Eyebrow – The Face Shop Face It Designing Cake Eyebrow, NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil EP05 Dark Brown

Contrary to the previous look – 8 Days of Christmas Eye Makeup Tutorials: Day 7 – where the green contact lens didn’t look quite in place with the look, the lens looks perfect for this eyeshadow combination here.

This eye makeup look is very simple to achieve, but you’ve got to stick around with me if you wanna find out how exactly! Heh heh.


How-To Apply Eye Makeup Tutorials:

Part 1: Where to Apply Eyeshadow

Part 2: Horizontal Gradient Method

Part 3: Defining the Outer V

Part 4: Defining the Contour Area

Part 5: Vertical Gradient Method


Happy new year to all my dear readers! Thank you for reading my posts and talking to me. I’ve learnt a lot from you guys through our conversations and it makes me happy that I’ve helped many of you get better with your makeup techniques too!


See you in 2012!

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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • Sunny

    You REALLY rock blue!

    Happy new year Bun Bun!

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Sunny, and a happy new year to you too!!

  • Christina

    where did you get your contact lenses from? (i know it’s real random and unrelated to your post XDD)

    i love the look, by the way, just that i look silly with blue eyeshadow XD

    • Bun Bun

      They’re from Freshkon. Mine’s called ‘Gleaming Green’. I don’t dare to buy those brandless ones sold at pushcarts even though they’re very much cheaper and come in prettier designs. I mean, who cares if there are ribbons or lace designs on your lens? LOL! More importantly, I feel safer buying from the bigger brands.

      Nah, I don’t think you look silly in blue eyeshadow… Maybe just not the right tone of blue for you? You could try and use some blue subtly, and more brown around it, to neutralize the sharpness of the blue. =)

      • Christina

        ahhh they look lovely, will give them a try someday 😀 ribbons and laces on your lens??? HAHHA no i think it looks weird, though yes they’re much cheaper XD

        hmm… there aren’t many blues i’ve tried, yes. but i guess because i see lots of people wearing a single wash of sky blue eyeshadow and i didn’t think they look fantastic (how many people am i going to offend by saying this!! >.<)… so that's why i'm hesitant, heheh.

        • Bun Bun

          Oh yes, a single wash of sky blue eyeshadow has seen the downfall of many women who would otherwise look great without it. I hope you attempt blues soon, but with good balance using browns, for a start. Bet you’ll love it!

  • Sharlynn

    Lovely look and easy to follow as usual! I will be looking forward to being more beauty involved this year, I only sort of got going mid-last year. I love your blog, please continue being an awesome blog! Time for chinese new year looks maybe? Hehe…I’ll be doing something for the occasion for sure!

    • Bun Bun

      When I think of CNY, I think of red, gold, orange, red… er, gold… orange… Hahaha… These are the HUAT colors!

      But yeah, I’m gonna do some looks, more so because I’ll be wearing something really different this year. I’m gonna wear a cheongsam. *gasp!* Gotta start dieting. And it’s WHITE – the color that adds pounds – some more! GOSH!

      Have you bought your CNY clothes?

      • Sharlynn

        Hah, yes very huat colors and it’s that time where all the traditional clothes are being sold like hot cakes! The last time I wore a proper cheongsam I think I was 10 or 12! I would love to get one made, I’ve heard of some stores that make traditional ones with modern clothes or any patterns so it’s more wearable besides for cny. But no, no specific cny clothes but definitely I’ve got new stuff to wear for the new year! Can’t wait for your looks!

        • Bun Bun

          The last time I wore one was when I was ONE! Lol!

  • San

    On a totally completely random note… I love your brows. LOL! Where do you do them?

    • Bun Bun

      Oh, my brows… I get them done only once in many, many, many, months. And I just go wherever is convenient. Like neighborhood beauty shops that charge from SGD 5-12. The most recent one was at Browhaus coz I bought a Groupon voucher which entitled me to get a brow threading session for only SGD 5. YAYS! Super love great savings. =D

      In between sessions, I just do the regular shaving and plucking or strays. That’s all.

  • Katelyn Tuyet Vy

    HI Bunbun,
    I just receive 5 Mac brushes in the mail, Wow, it helps tremendously with blending, i used to only use the brush that came with the eyeshadow or buy random ones from drugstore, and kept wondering why my eyeshadow never blends hehe, It does make a huge difference the good brushes isn’t it? One thing though, my eyeshadow looks dirty after blending. Is it because I’m using one brush for more than 1 colors? I only bought 5 brushes total ( 1 of each : 217,208, 239,188,219). So in order for me to make my color vibrant and clean do I have to clean the brush after each color used, or buy more brushes to use 1 for each color? From the video tutorial that I’ve seen, it look like they use the same brush for eyeshadows. By the way, I’m using it-cosmetic lid eyeshadow primer.

    • Bun Bun

      Wow! What a huge investment, buying 5 MAC brushes at one go! I usually buy one brush at a time, so that it doesn’t hurt so much. 😛

      If the colors are in the same family, then I usually don’t clean the brush. But if you’re transiting from one strong color to another, like from orange to purple, it’s good to use another brush, or at least turn to the flip side of the brush, otherwise the color will go on muddy. I will also gently wipe the excess on a tissue with each color.

      Hope this helps!

      • Katelyn Tuyet Vy

        I used to not do makeup at all, probably once a year or so when I went to wedding, other than that I never touch makeup. But recently I had an intense interest in makeup, so I toss out all my cheap drugstore stuff and went to buy all new high end products, I spent well over $500 in makeup within the last few weeks. I’m still practicing, don’t know what I’m doing yet. But thank you so much for your advices and tutorials. you are my life savior. I got inspired by you and Christine on If I could ever do my eyeshadow as good as you do, then all the credit would go to you because you are the first and only person that really taught me how to do it properly through your asian eyes tutorial. Like many other asian, i struggled with eye makeup but never figured out how and what I did wrong when I followed everything on other people’s tutorial, but when I came to your site, I was enlightened. So I just want to express my appreciation from the bottom of my heart.

        • Bun Bun

          Awwwwww….!! That’s so sweet of you to say that! I’m really happy my makeup tips and tutorials have helped you in such a big way! 😀 Your words motivate me to make even better ones!

          Actually drugstore brands are not necessarily inferior to high end brands, in fact, there are many great products from drugstore brands. I personally don’t equate high price to good quality.

          If you keep practising, you will definitely get better and better with applying makeup. All the best! And see you around! =)