Fire in Your Eyes (a Carnival look)

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Hey you there
How you doin’
Can I ask you something
Are you dead or alive
When you’re drifting slowly away
I’ll be here to keep you today
With fire in my eyes
I’ll be like fire in your eyes
This Guano Apes song was running in my head while I was creating this fire inspired makeup for Carnival this year. I am not one to usually celebrate since here in The Netherlands it’s all about terrible music and naked bodies. This year however a few friends were coming over to visit and see the dutch carnival, so I decided to join and spring to the occasion of playing with makeup and create something different than what I wear usually.

I took inspiration from a look by the incredible Linda Hallberg (here) and went from there. The range of yellow, orange and reds I used on the eyes I then replicated on the cheeks and temples adding a red and orange ombre lip to seal together the look. The trick was blending, never stop blending, going back and forth between lighter and darker colors to create that seamless transition that is what we all aspire to make.

 Products used:


  • Nivea Men Sensitive after Shave Balm
  • Catrice All About Mat Plus foundation in 020 and 030 mixed
  • Catrice Liquid Camouflage 02
  • Makeup Forever HD loose powder


  • E.l.f. Eyelid primer
  • Morphe Brushes single eyeshadows in #32 Sunflower (yellow), #30 Flame (orange)
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Chickadee and Morocco (more here)
  • Neve Cosmetics pressed powder in Ember
  • Nabla Cosmetics eyeshadow in Fahrenheit
  • Inglot AMC Gel liner n.79 (red) for the winged liner and the brows
  • Kiko Colour Definition Eyeliner in 01 Burro in the waterline
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara
  • Eyelure n.117 Corner Lashes

Cheeks and Lips:

  • Morphe Brushes single eyeshadows in #32 Sunflower (yellow), #30 Flame(orange)
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Chickadee and Morocco
  • Neve Cosmetics pressed powder in Ember
  • Nabla Cosmetics eyeshadow in Fahrenheit
  • Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lip Crayon in Essential Red and Fab Orange (review here)
Finally I used some temporary hair color in red and gold to enhance the firey flame effect and I was very pleased with the final product..ok, minus the brows..the brows are not cool.. :p
And while I was at it I did my friend’s Deborah’s makeup transforming her in a roaring lioness. It was a lot of fun to play with lighter and darker foundations to create some dimension to the makeup and this exaggerated liner on her gorgeous big blue eyes.
So here are two Carnival makeup ideas! Are you celebrating Carnival in your country? Both in Italy and The Netherlands (the south mainly) it is a pretty big deal. If so, what are you dressing up as? Let me know in the comments below.

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