Flower-Petal Eyes

A little bit hippie, a little bit crazy, a lot awesome.

The inspiration. (Photo by Chrissie)

Nothing fits the theme of Paradise, and the vibes of Los Angeles, to me more than flowers. Inspired by Chrissie’s flower eye makeup in her April shoot, I decided to make a 3D flowered eye look.

Armed with some flowers from my mother’s garden, some bold makeup colors, a tiny pair of scissors, and some eyelash glue, I put this look together. You’ll need some patience to do it, but it’s not actually difficult. It’s a little bit Flower Child, a little bit crazy, and a lot awesome.

What you’ll need:

  • A bold pink powder eyeshadow, like NYX Cosmetics’ Single Eye Shadow in Hot Pink ($5, drugstores or (For all of this stuff, feel free to substitute whatever colors would look best with your flower petals.)
  • A deep-violet eyeliner pencil, like Elizabeth Arden’s Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil in Black Violet ($16.50, department stores or
  • A bold purple eye shadow, like NYX Cosmetics Single Eye Shadow in Purple ($5, drugstores or
  • A small, stiff-bristled eye shadow brush.
  • Your favorite mascara.
  • Eyelash glue, like Ardell’s Lash Grip Eyelash Adhesive ($5, Sally Beauty Supply).
  • Manicure scissors like these. You can find these at any drugstore for a few dollars. Small sewing scissors would work, too.
  • Flower petals. Gerber daisies have ideal petals. I was NOT using Gerber daisies because I didn’t have any on hand, but lots of different flowers from a garden, a field, or a florist’s shop will work. Look for ones with petals that are long and narrow.

How to do it:

1. Cover your entire eyelid, up to the brow bone, with the hot-pink shadow. Smudge a little around your lower lashes too. I used my fingers to apply it because I’m MESSY!

2. Use the purple eyeliner pencil to line the entire outer rim of your eye; extend it outward a bit past the outer corner, and smudge it slightly.

3. Use the small eye-shadow brush to apply the purple shadow slightly above your crease, in a similar fashion to step four in my mod eyes tutorial.

4. Begin trimming the flower petals. You’ll need to snip the ends off and may have to do some reshaping. That’s why I recommend manicure scissors, because they’re so tiny and good for such fine work.

5. Apply the tiniest drop of eyelash glue to the back of each petal. You can smear it around with the tip of the glue tube to make sure it’s applied evently. Let it dry for about 20 seconds before sticking it on.

6. Stick the petals to your face! Place the smallest, shortest ones closest to the middle of your lid; while the biggest, longest petals will go at the outer corner (see the picture below).

7. Finally, add two coats of your favorite mascara.

I only did one eye, but I think it would look great if you did both. Try it at home and show me the results! ♦


  • ravenflamingo June 22nd, 2012 7:02 PM

    This is so creative! I want to do this for Halloween or something.

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  • Lurkingshadows June 22nd, 2012 7:07 PM

    This is beautiful. I’m definatly trying this. :)

  • Maddy June 22nd, 2012 7:16 PM

    That’s so insanely awesome and beautiful! I would love to wear one to school, but I don’t know how to/wear makeup.

    • Sea goddess June 22nd, 2012 9:29 PM

      Go for it!! I love wearing diff stufd for school and seeing people react like “OMG HOW U DID THAT! ” like that one time i wore the beehive that tavu did a tutorial on, everyone was loving it!!

      • Sea goddess June 22nd, 2012 9:30 PM

        Stuff* and tavi* oops hahah :)

  • MissKnowItAll June 22nd, 2012 7:48 PM

    I’m crying because this is so amazing

  • lorobird June 22nd, 2012 9:08 PM

    This is freaking awesome and beautiful! It could also probably be done with diy ‘petals’ made out of paper, no?

  • darksideoftherainbow June 22nd, 2012 9:27 PM

    this is really beautiful and inspired!

  • Sea goddess June 22nd, 2012 9:28 PM


  • ToriLynne June 22nd, 2012 9:36 PM

    Oh my gosh, this just changed my life forever, I am DOING THIS!!! Simply beautiful and inspirational and stunning and perfect.
    xo, Tori

  • cherrycola27 June 22nd, 2012 10:50 PM

    This is so amazing! It’s not even really my style, but I really want to try it because it looks so cool!

  • gabriellelynne June 22nd, 2012 10:58 PM

    I did this for my high school homecoming dance senior year! The theme was masquerade, and I won first prize for best mask, woop woop

    This is a picture, I used flowers that were growing outside my house because let’s be real I forgot to buy a mask

  • anemoneon June 22nd, 2012 11:38 PM

    This is too perfect!

    I’m hosting a Summer Solstice weekend party tomorrow and I am definitely considering trying this out! :o)

  • MinaM8 June 23rd, 2012 12:54 AM

    This is amazing, and soooo cute :)

  • Susann June 23rd, 2012 1:18 AM

    Your eyes are so beautiful!

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  • SFclaire June 23rd, 2012 1:32 AM

    This makes me so happy :) I wish I was bold enough to wear this. Maybe I should read that article on boosting confidence!

  • jadeione June 23rd, 2012 4:12 AM

    I’m thinking of doing this for SF Pride. Such a colorful and wonderful idea for a colorful and wonderful event :)

  • coleporter June 23rd, 2012 4:40 AM

    This is so beautiful. Thank you!

  • Lucille June 23rd, 2012 6:18 AM

    GOSH, that’s perfect!flower power, again, love it!

  • mayaautumn June 23rd, 2012 4:21 PM

    wow, its crazy but brilliant!
    love it

  • jacquelyn June 23rd, 2012 10:17 PM

    for anyone who may be allergic to flowers or wary to use real ones, fake petals from the craft are always an option! ;)

  • julalondon June 24th, 2012 12:26 PM

    One word: BEAUTIFUL.

  • Sophii June 24th, 2012 6:11 PM

    I love this! I am definitely going to try it out this summer. I’m going on holiday to portugal so might try it with some more exotic flowers :)

  • ThePuNkR0ckeR June 25th, 2012 9:35 PM

    you look somuchlike emily blunt!!

  • HollinsCollins July 5th, 2012 7:35 PM

    Hannah??? You’re gorgeous!

  • Latikaa July 17th, 2012 4:19 PM

    I just love it! Hannah, you’re fabulous. I’d try with a friend, and…


  • thunderbolts August 27th, 2012 12:23 AM

    Hannah you’re so pretty! Love this! :D

    And btw I wrote something based on this article! feel free to comment!

  • kaho takamura May 19th, 2013 7:16 PM

    How created! How interesting!
    There’re no reason we won’t try it at a next event!
    It’s gonna be parfect!
    Thanks, ROOKIE! :)