I have gotten quite a number of requests on how to do eyeshadow on single eyelids. I personally have double so I’ve cooked up a few things that can help. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions!

Tips
* To create the effect of a crease in the lid, use a deep color at the inside corner of the eye and extend it horizontally midway between the lash line and the brow bone. Blend and blend some more to avoid a harsh line.

* Skip dark liner on the bottom lash line because it would only close up your eyes even more. Use eyeshadow instead and line only up to the midpoint from the outer corner. You can also try bright colors for lining. Teal and violet will make brown eyes pop.

* When using eyeshadow, make sure the color shows up even when your eyes are open. In other words, apply it a little higher than you would on someone with double eyelids.

* You can use lighter shades to open up the eye area. Remember also to highlight your brow bone and inner v.

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A lot of you have been asking me about highlighting, so what exactly is the deal? Basically, when you highlight a feature, you try to make it more prominent.

How To Do It
Highlighting different areas give different effects. For instance, highlighting the bridge of your nose will make it look taller while dabbing a shimmery gloss in the center of your lips will create an illusion of thicker lips. Other areas you can highlight are:

* Brow bone
* Inner corner of the eye
* Under the eyes
* Cheekbones
* T-zone (skip this if you have oily skin)

Want to know how to make your foundation melt into your skin and look uber natural? Here are a few tricks you can use.


* Less is more. It is easier to build up the coverage than tone it down. Always start with little amounts then add in more if necessary.

* Using a foundation brush can help to give an airbrushed look. I highly recommend MAC #190 foundation brush.



* Set your foundation with a spray to take away any cakiness. Try MAC Fix+, rosewater or even just spring water. Make sure you spray from at least 6-7 inches away.

* Check under natural light to make sure there are no streaks.

* For a natural look, use a tinted moisturizer or simply make your own by mixing your foundation with your moisturizer.

* When you blend foundation, start from the center of your face and blend outwards using light, downward strokes. Powder only your oiliest area to avoid looking too made up.

* If you have applied too much, tone it down by running a slightly damp sponge over your skin.

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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