Friday, January 01, 2016

Eyeshadow Made Easy: My Top Three Tips + Tricks


1. Keep it simple

Less is more when it comes to eyeshadow. You don't need a million different colors to make your eyes pop. If you're a beginner, I'd recommend sticking with just one eyeshadow, or two at most. If your eyes are deep set, meaning they appear to sit deeper in the head, apply a light wash of pink, beige, or peach all over the lid to brighten the eyes and bring them forward. If you want to experiment with a second shadow, choose a darker shade in the same color family and apply to the outer corners in a "V" shape. If your eyes are protruding, apply darker tones all over the lid (think browns, plums, and navy blues). The darker shades serve to push the eyelids back so they don't look so overpowering.

Pro Tip: If you have close-set eyes, apply a light shadow to the inner corners to create the illusion of more distance in between the eyes.

2. Prime your eyelids


You don't need to go out and buy an eyeshadow primer specifically for the purpose of priming your eyelids. Just swipe a little concealer across your lids, blend out, and set with any flesh-toned powder (eyeshadow or powder foundation). This will act as a base to help your eyeshadow appear more true to color, make blending a breeze, and prevent creasing throughout the day.

Pro Tip: Apply a white cream base to make eyeshadows appear brighter and a black cream base to make eyeshadows appear more pigmented/true to color.


3. Bring it down to the lower lash line


Apply the same eyeshadows you use on your lids to the lower lash line. Not only will this make your eye makeup look more cohesive, but it'll automatically give the eyes definition as well. Use the same rule of thumb on the lower lash line as the lid: lighter shadows on the inside, darker shadows on the outside.

Have any eyeshadow tips and tricks of your own? Please share them in the comments!

xo – Sc
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