Eyeshadow Tips: How To Blend Eyeshadow

June 6, 2006

For Sanura – sorry it took so long!

Definition of Blending
Blend:- to combine or associate so that the separate constituents or the line of demarcation cannot be distinguished.

When it comes to blending eyeshadows, the same definition applies. Basically, you try to mix the colors together so there is a gradation. And how exactly do you do this? There are a million ways – some prefer using fingers, some use sponges but I strongly suggest using brushes.

When you blend with a brush, you will not rub off the color like you do with fingers. The direction in which you blend does not matter at all – you can blend upwards, downwards, to the left or to the right. The key here is to make sure there are no sharp lines between the colors

Different brushes are good for blending different areas. As I have mentioned in some of my past entries, I prefer a large eyeshadow brush for blending eyeshadow on the lid and MAC’s #224 for blending color on the crease. My newest fave is MAC’s #239. I use it to blend eyeshadow on both the lid and the crease.


* Patience and practice is all it takes to mastering this skill.

* Always start with lighter colors before moving to something darker.

* Wipe your brush with a Kleenex every time you blend a different color or simply use another clean brush.
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  • Reply Anonymous June 7, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks for this! I was wondering if you could do a review for your favorite make up products/brands for teens, since the overall look isnt a lot of makeup such as how much makeup full adults wear. Thanks

  • Reply Phyllis June 9, 2006 at 10:57 am

    Sure I’ll do that. Check back in a few days =)

  • Reply Robbin June 9, 2006 at 9:16 pm

    do you think maybe you could do a post on mineral makeup (like bare escentuals) and how to use it? thanks

  • Reply Sanura June 10, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    Sorry I haven’t been around to see this earlier. Had computer problems.

    Thank you for this! The brush recommendations and the “use lighter then darker” tip really helped me out. I recently just got the hang of blending but it was still a bit sloppy. And I’ve been using darker shades first. I thought it would be easier to blend light colors into the dark colors than the other way around.

    After seeing this post, I went out and bought those brushes and after several attempts of using lighter shades first (didn’t realize I had to be a little more careful with the dark shades), my eyeshadow looks almost the same, but much cleaner and more well-blended. Thank you again!

  • Reply Anonymous October 25, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    wow, i’m a true mac makeup fanatic, I see i’ve met my match, this sight is madd crazy!

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