Eyeshadow Tips: How To Blend Eyeshadow

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.

Tips

* 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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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

5 COMMENTS

  1. 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

  2. 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!

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