How to Make Your Face a Rainbow

A crazy-colorful look guaranteed to brighten up your days.


When the Chanel Spring/Summer 2014 show pictures were released, I was immediately obsessed with the makeup because it reminded me of the aesthetics of super-queer ’80s pop-punk bands. And when I noticed that the colors just so happened to match this month’s moodboard, I knew I had to try it. While this might look really difficult to do, it totally isn’t—it’s kind of like filling in a coloring book, except on your face.


What you’ll need:


Step One:


Apply some kind of base, like a foundation or BB cream, to your face before starting on your eyes—this makes it easier to wipe off any mistakes as they happen. Then dampen your eye or lip brush on a wet paper towel and dip it into your first color. Since this is a painterly look, treat your shadows like watercolors—apply them wet for optimal vibrancy.

Step Two:


Now it’s time to play around! It might look I just drew lines around my eyes randomly, but I was being really careful: Every stroke followed my natural eye or brow shape. You’re going to be using four colors, so be mindful of how much of each color goes where. No one shade should be hogging the spotlight.

Step Three:


Draw outside the lines! Above the eyebrows, below the eyeball—it’s all good. Just remember to use your natural eye shape as a guide.

Step Four:


I pretended the purple shadow was part of a cat eye by drawing a rough wing on the outer corner of one eye and doing an upwards sweep near the other. I didn’t make them the exact same shape on both eyes because I intended this to be an asymmetrical look. I also put some purple near my eyebrow, next to the lighter blue. You can use the same little brush to apply each color; just wash it in between, and make sure it’s still damp when you apply each color (squeeze out any excess with your fingers so it’s not too wet).

Step Five:


With a green shadow, continue to accent the shapes you’ve already painted on by adding new lines and filling in spaces. Don’t overlap your colors—this look is supposed to be color-blocked, not blended.

Step Six:


Use the red shadow to fill in most (but not all) of the remaining space on your lid, to line the space immediately under one of your eyes, and to extend the wings of your cat eyes, if you like. (None of this is set in stone; play around according to your own whims!) Red eye shadows can be hard to find (especially bold, bright reds like this one), but red lip liner works just as well.

Step Seven:


Fill in all the blank areas with yellow shadow, then wipe away any lines that look too sloppy with a Q-tip dipped in a tiny bit of facial moisturizer.

Step Eight:


Brush eyebrow wax onto your brows to get any stray hairs under control, then fill them in with dark brown brow powder. Use a dark powder no matter what your coloring is (every model at the Chanel show had dark brows). I shaped mine with the brush that came with my brow kit and my fingers.

Step Nine:


Apply concealer under your eyes and blend well.

Step Ten:


Use a liquid eyeliner to add a black cat eye. After drawing the wings on your upper eye, extend the line under the outer corners, too.

Step Eleven:


Fill in your waterline with pencil liner so there’s no gap between your eye and the shadow. I don’t have black pencil eyeliner, so I used purple.

Step Twelve:


Apply a neutral color of lipstick. Mine was too pink, so I dabbed a bit of concealer on top of it to make it match my skin. Then powder your face for a matte finish and you’re all done! Here’s what the finished product looked like on me:


This was SUPER fun, even if it took a li’l while to do. It made me feel so much better after a horrible week—sitting down and listening to S Club 7 on repeat while playing with rainbow eye shadow can be therapeutic like that. Have fun! ♦


  • rosystars November 12th, 2013 8:00 PM

    Arabelle this is amazing and so are you. ((Now all I need is the courage to do my makeup like this for school.)) *sighs and lusts over these pics forever*

  • umi November 12th, 2013 9:08 PM

    i’m crying. i requested this on powderdoom and now im so excited and happy thank you arabelle omg

  • theweirdworder November 12th, 2013 9:11 PM

    This would be awesome to wear at a pride festival. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Krista November 12th, 2013 11:32 PM

    Get ready, riders on my morning train commute

    • pizzaface November 13th, 2013 2:52 PM

      If I could, I would defenitly give this comment a thumbs up.

  • themisfitprincess November 13th, 2013 1:23 AM

    Um hello Mardi Gras Fair Day! Colour pre-parade!

  • Chloe22 November 13th, 2013 9:02 AM

    Favorite DIY yet! You guys should do more designer inspired DIY’s- like the Schiaparelli sweater!

  • julalondon November 13th, 2013 10:51 AM

    Absolutely wonderful! I love you Arabelle!!=)

  • honore ford November 13th, 2013 11:48 AM

    I don’t ever wear make up, but this is something I would love to try!

  • pizzaface November 13th, 2013 2:48 PM

    It somehow reminds me of David Bowie on his album Aladdin Sane!

  • pizzaface November 13th, 2013 2:50 PM

    Though I think, even if I would succeed at doing makeup like this, it would be completely smudged out after 3 hours lol

  • o-girl November 13th, 2013 4:09 PM

    ARABELLE you are a goddess of makeup and high self esteem

  • luvcat November 13th, 2013 9:26 PM

    I love the layered color in your hair! I really want to do this myself but I need a tutorial to watch so I can feel like I know what I’m doing… IF U WANNA DO MORE HAIR TUTORIALS THT’D B MUCH APPRICI8

    • Arabelle November 14th, 2013 10:59 AM

      Hi cutie! Honestly that layered hair color situation is totally natural for me, that’s just how my hair fades. I am also quite terrible at hair (my dad or my friend color it) myself but I will see what I can do!

  • monalisa November 14th, 2013 2:22 AM

    just did this and so fab. i used pink instead of red because i have none. the effect is pretty good, but more fairy-princess-y. which is perfect as well. thankyou so much for the tutorial it’s fab

  • MeBeKi November 14th, 2013 10:23 AM

    This is magical!

  • Isabellla November 15th, 2013 8:33 AM

    veeeeeery beautiful!!!

  • xoxololita February 4th, 2014 7:09 AM

    yours looks amazing!
    I’ll have to try this out

    p.s. you are adorable<3

    xxBianca /

  • mangointhesky February 23rd, 2014 4:29 PM

    This looks like so much fun to do!