Sunday I had the opportunity to take another class at my local Sephora, this time with my friend and fellow makeup aficionado Julie.  I attended a different Colorful Eye Makeup Class previously, but the focus this time around was Radiant Orchid.  And as I hadn’t tried the Color of the Year on my eyes yet, I decided to step outside my comfort zone with more unique eyeshadow colors.

Sephora Colorful Eye Class Radiant Orchid

Starbucks in hand, Julie and I went to class prepared to dive in to color.  Our class agreed to try out the Bird of Paradise look that Sephora created for the #SephoraPantone campaign.

Sephora Colorful Eye Class Radiant Orchid Pamphlet

Our instructor and color specialist Nicole B (also my favorite SA ever…she just “gets” my makeup style and has the best recs for me) walked us through the entire eye look from eye cream and primer, through color, eyeliner, and mascara.  Then there was time for Q and A, an intro to the Sephora + Pantone Universe collection, and some after hours shopping.  I opted out of making any purchases (my store is holding a VIB Rouge Sale on Sunday), but I did walk away with some notes on color placement, blending, and making this look work.

My attempt in class ended up…less than stellar.  Muddled and with the colors ill-placed, I knew I needed a little practice.  But today I gave it another shot and the results are a major improvement.

Sephora Colorful Eye Class Radiant Orchid Closeup

Using what I had on hand, I began with eye cream and a rice grain amount of Too Faced Shadow Insurance – just like in class.  I seem to do best starting with the middle color, then adding the darker and lighter colors.  In class we went darkest to light, which is why I think I struggled.  My friend Julie rocked her version, but she said the order of application in class was more natural to her.

Sephora Colorful Eye Class Radiant Orchid Eyes

I laid down a base with a flesh toned matte eyeshadow from lashes to brow, then a matte fawn color in my crease.  This helped the actual color blend easier.  Using the blue from the Sonia Kashuk Island Dreams quad I rimmed the outer 3/4 of my eye.  I mixed NARS Mata Hari and Sonia Kashuk Flushed blushes to create the pink across my lid and crease, buffing toward my eyebrows.  Then I used the sea green from Island Dreams as my inner corner highlight and extended it to the inner 1/3 of my upper lids.

The real kicker was brightening the eye with Tarte emphasEYES Clay Liner in Splash.  This was limited edition, but Tarte Amazonite Blue is a great substitute.  I ran Splash along the base of my lower lashes and thinly at the inner 1/3 of my upper lashline and followed by tightlining with Too Faced Perfect Navy.

Sephora Colorful Eye Class Radiant Orchid Look

This just might be my most colorful eye look to date and pairing it with the coral cheeks and pink lips made it even more fun.  I need to keep practicing if I’m going to get this look as fierce as the Sephora model, but for now I’m pretty happy with it.

A huge thanks to the girls at Sephora for the phenomenal class.  I’m eager for class to be in session again!

Have you ever gone to a Colorful Eye Class at Sephora?

Disclosure: Some products mentioned in this post were provided by PR for review. I used them for this look because I genuinely like them.