Let Your Inner Mermaid Shine! // Tips for an Everyday Mermaid Makeup Look

Can I let you in a little secret? Come a little closer, we can’t let everyone hear.

I’m a mermaid.

Okay, so if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, or kept an eye on my Twitter account and have seen my frequent requests for a mermaid emoji, it probably comes as no surprise to you. In fact, if you’re a loooooong time reader of my blog (anyone out there?), you might even remember some posts about a mermaid convention.

Yep, that’s right! I said mermaid convention. I dug back into the archives and found some posts from the First Annual MerCon in Las Vegas that took place back in 2011. As soon as my mermaid bestie Heather and I heard about it we made plans to go! We stayed at a mermaid-themed casino and got to meet some fabulous mermaid authors and artists (including Catalina Garreton, whose work is still so much fun to follow all these years later!). The first day included panels with mermaid authors and a mermaid beauty pageant. On the second day Heather had an underwater mermaid photoshoot and we explored the Strip. (I giggled as I read this post, because 1) that taxi driver used to text me every holiday to wish me a happy or merry whatever the holiday was, 2) when people look for recommendations I still recommend picking up an expensive mocha at the Bellagio, because it is 👌🏼 (hopefully it’s still as good as it was back in the day!), and 3) the French restaurant we ate at wasn’t fancy, but it was delicious, and I still remember that meal. I wish I remembered the name of the restaurant!)

Unfortunately, that was the last year of the First Annual MerCon in Las Vegas, so the next year we attended the First Annual Mer-Palooza in Orlando. I didn’t post about that trip. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a rough trip physically and we weren’t impressed with the convention or the venue. (They had one or two more, but I don’t think Mer-Palooza is running anymore. Now the only convention that I’m aware of is MerMania in North Carolina, which I haven’t been to yet.)

All of this is to say that I have a background in mermaid life. And, back in the day, I used to show off my mermaid side on a daily basis with shells and starfish charms in my hair, and blue eye makeup. When we were at Mer-Palooza, we met Mish, who’s a Nigerian musician. He was there for another convention, so he and his manager got us into the convention the night he performed so that we could watch. When they found out we were there for a mermaid convention, Mish’s manager pointed to my eye makeup and said, “Oh, that explains your eye makeup.” Now that I’m writing this, I realize that sounds kind of rude, but it didn’t come off as rude at all. And even though the blue wasn’t just a “mermaid convention” makeup look, it was a mermaid inspired look.

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Let your inner mermaid shine through! Here are some tips to rock an ocean-inspired eyeshadow look filled with greens & blues every day!

Earlier this year I heard a rumor that a mermaid emoji is supposed to come out this year. FI-NA-LLY! (Except I thought it was supposed to come out in June and it’s not here yet. 😢) In honor of the hope that I’ll finally have a mermaid emoji, I thought I’d break out my old eye shadows (because yes, I still have them), and share my everyday mermaid makeup look with all of you. Mermaid life is the best life!

I only used MAC eyeshadow back in the day. The colors I always reached for were Shimmermoss, Moon’s Reflection, and Moonflower. Unfortunately, it looks like they don’t have these shades anymore, but any blues and greenish blues will do. I linked a few that I would pick up in this post.

5 Tips for an Everyday Mermaid Makeup Look

1 // Play around with the shades you’ve chosen. I usually used two to three different shades of blues and greenish blues each day. I’d also swap where I placed them on my eyelids each day.

2 // Put a neutral shade in the crease to help with blending and ground the look. Wear whatever blending shade you usually put in your crease, use some of your bronzer, or use a shade like Soba from MAC.

3 // Finish off the look with eyeliner. I didn’t in these photos, because my eyes were so watery with allergies and this was the third makeup look we shot that day. I grabbed some eyeliner to put on, but wasn’t sure I’d be able to get my eyes to stop watering if I did. A black or dark brown will also help ground the blues a bit. I’ve never had much luck with MAC eyeliners, so I always reach for the Urban Decay 24/7 liners. Perversion is the one I’d go for with this. If you really want to add an extra oomph (and I’ve been known to do this), you can also add some blue eye liner to this look to really make it pop. I’d usually use a mix of black and blue.

If wearing blue eyeshadow is a little much for you, you can still show off your mermaid love by using blue and green liners and a natural eyeshadow look. You still have your ocean-inspired makeup, but you can tone it down a bit.

4 // Keep everything else on your face neutral. You want the emphasis to be on your eyes.

5 // Wear it with confidence! That’s my general rule of thumb when it comes to wearing makeup. I don’t wear makeup because I think it’ll make me beautiful; I wear it because I love the creativity that goes into putting it on, and I love expressing myself with it. So if you like the makeup you put on, wear it with confidence! It’ll stand out more if you’re uncomfortable with it, than if you obviously enjoy wearing it.

Let your inner mermaid shine through! Here are some tips to rock an ocean-inspired eyeshadow look filled with greens & blues every day!

Let your inner mermaid shine through! Here are some tips to rock an ocean-inspired eyeshadow look filled with greens & blues every day!

Let your inner mermaid shine through! Here are some tips to rock an ocean-inspired eyeshadow look filled with greens & blues every day!

Do you want to go all out mermaid with a less wearable every day look?

(Of course, if you want to wear this in your day-to-day life, go right ahead! 👊🏼) Add a blue lipstick to go with it! I used Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Echo.

Let your inner mermaid shine through! Here are some tips to rock an ocean-inspired eyeshadow look filled with greens & blues every day!

Let your inner mermaid shine through! Here are some tips to rock an ocean-inspired eyeshadow look filled with greens & blues every day!

These pictures were taken by my lovely friend Heather (not my mermaid bestie, another Heather) and she snapped these shots as I put the lipstick on.

Let your inner mermaid shine through! Here are some tips to rock an ocean-inspired eyeshadow look filled with greens & blues every day!

Let your inner mermaid shine through! Here are some tips to rock an ocean-inspired eyeshadow look filled with greens & blues every day!

 

A Bonus Tip

If you’d like to be a little more subtle, but still rock more blues and greens than just a liner, pair one of your mermaid colors with a neutral, like All That Glitters. It’ll give you a nice natural look with a mermaid flair! (It’s included in the list of products if you click the picture below.)

PS – If you’re wondering why I’m not looking at the camera in any of these, it’s because of my allergies. These were taken in June and not only are my eyes red, they just look tired. I’m so excited that fall is almost here and my allergies are pretty much gone!

Let your inner mermaid shine through! Here are some tips to rock an ocean-inspired eyeshadow look filled with greens & blues every day!

So, tell me, how would you let your inner mermaid shine? 

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Kayla Grizzard
    September 13, 2017 at 10:06 am

    love playing around with makeup.

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    Charlotte
    September 13, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Your makeup is beautiful!!! Also who knew there were so many mermaid conventions!!?? I love that blue eye shadow… now I want to recreate this look myself 🙂 I can’t swim…can I still be a mermaid?

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    TheEmiTimes
    September 13, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I love your makeup. The eyeshadow is amazing!

  • Reply
    Beth Kondrick
    September 13, 2017 at 10:32 am

    This makeup is beautiful! I love mermaids! Have you seen any posts from Shybiker (Ally) about the mermaid parade in New York? It looks so fun. I’m personally a unicorn myself, but I love mermaids!

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    Jasmine Maria
    September 13, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Loving this makeup look. Definitely pretty.

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    Kimberly M
    September 13, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    That is so super pretty! I really wish that I could rock that lip colour! Va va va voom! It’s a fabulous shade on you.

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    Eli J. Pacheco
    September 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    I would imagine the sea water would be hell on pretty skin! Also, I’m assuming the makeup is waterproof, right? all three of my girls had mermaid phases and when I questioned their existence, they asked me “you believe the Rockies will win even though you’ve never seen them win it, so why not believe in mermaids?”

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    Summer @ Coffee With Summer
    September 13, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    OMG I’m obsessed with this, Crystal! I need to get some ShadowSense to create this look for my eyes!

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    lianne hempsall
    September 13, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Love this make up look! I wear green eye shadows a lot as I have hazel eyes and I think wearing green eyeshadow makes them look greener! I’m really loving the lip colour too but I don’t think I’d be brave enough to give it a go lol
    Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor

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    Kaitlin
    September 13, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I love these shades on you – you-go-mermaid-girl!!! 🙂 PS – I’m totally with you on a mermaid emoji!

    – Kaitlin
    kedgotwed.com

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    Amanda | The Light Owl
    September 13, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Love the color under your eyes! very pretty.

  • Reply
    Akaleistar
    September 13, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Such a pretty look! Love the blue eyeshadow 🙂

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    shootingstarsmag
    September 13, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Oh wow, I’m loving this!!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    Jordyn Upchurch
    September 13, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I cannot wait for a mermaid emoji! Hopefully it will have the same blue/green vibes as your eyeshadow look 🙂

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

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    Berniedette | PetiteAndToned
    September 14, 2017 at 2:46 am

    OMG, of course I want to be a mermaid like you! Looking good, sis!

    xoxo,

    Berniedette | PetiteAndToned.com

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    fairyprincessjord
    September 14, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Wow I’ve never heard of a mermaid convention but it sounds like MerCon was a blast. It’s too bad the convention in Florida didn’t live up to the Vegas convention!

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    Susannah
    September 14, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Wowie! That’s SO cool that you went to Mer-conferences!!! <3

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    Erica @ Coming up Roses
    September 15, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    OMG a conference?!?!?! I wanna come!! Also LOVElovelove the scale-like effect on your under eye. Beautiful!

    Coming Up Roses

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    Jen Enoch
    September 15, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    You rocked this look, and your photos are beautiful. I’d love to see some photos from that conference, an entire conference of mermaids sounds epic.

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    Courtney Connolly
    September 15, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Girl I get you!! I am a mermaid at heart and I always have been! Hence my blog name.

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