Eyeshadow Application Tutorials and Tips

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend but I say makeup is what every girl should befriend, especially a good brown eyeshadow.

When used properly, brown eyeshadow can add depth to your eyes and make them look a gazillion times bigger. Plus pretty much any eye color and skin tone would look good with it. Need proof? Check out the following example taken from the latest issue of Easy Finder:


Before and After

Here are the different ways to apply different kinds of eyeshadows as requested by Joselle. Click here to learn more about the different kinds of eyeshadows.

Powder
Always pat (never rub) when you apply powder eyeshadow. That way, the color will adhere to your skin better and stay more vibrant. You can use:

* Sponge tip applicators – pick ones with small pores
* Brushes – try MAC #239 Eye Shading Brush
* Fingers

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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Getting bored with your regular eyeshadows? A quick way to vamp them up is to add a darker color with a pencil liner or cream eyeshadow underneath. This makes the color on top so much more vivid and adds a little twist to it. It can also bring out the sparkles in certain eyeshadows. Don’t believe me? Just check out the combos below (the color on the right is the original color):


MAC Smolder Eye Kohl + MAC Gorgeous Gold Eyeshadow

Today I will focus on how to pick the right color for your eyeshadow. While a lot of people tend to match their eyeshadow to the clothes they are wearing, this can make you look dated and might not work for everyone. To determine the right color, you will need to look at your natural eye color and your natural skin tone.

1. Natural Eye Color
Choose a color that complements your eye color but not one that matches your eye color completely. Sometimes a color that contrasts with it can make your eyes pop. If your eyes are:

Brown – try plum, taupe, bronze, green, blue, grey, neutrals and pretty much anything.

Green – try purple, gold, brown, neutrals and apricot.

Blue – try taupe, bronze, purple, grey, pink and neutrals.

Gray – purple, silver and peach all look hot on gray eyes.

Eyeshadow application is no doubt my favorite part of the makeup routine! Not only can you create different looks through the use of different colors, you can also use eyeshadow to alter the shape of your eyes and correct your flaws. For the next couple of entries, I will be focusing on the use of eyeshadows. But first, let us look at the different ways on how to correct the shape of your eyes.

Wide-set eyes

How to do makeup on wide-set eyes

To make wide-set eyes appear close together, blend a taupe or brown shadow from the beginning of the brow down the sides of your nose to make the eyebrows appear closer together. Use a darker color in the inner half of the eyelid and blend it close to the corner of the nose to “pull” your eyes together. Save the lighter color for the outer half of the lid. When applying eyeliner, start from the inner corner of the eyes and stop right at the outer corner. Do not extend the line upwards or past the outer corner.