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Eyeshadow techniques
August 5, 2018, 12:25 pm

Along with its wicked sister winged eyeliner, eyeshadow is one of the trickiest techniques to master. Even if you follow a YouTube tutorial second for second, you can still end up looking like someone attacked your eyes with a Crayola set. This is because eye shapes are extremely different, and what works for someone else might not work for you. Here are some tips that might help you create a beautiful eyeshadow look.

Eyes first, foundation second:  To make cleaning up fallout a breeze, always apply your eyeshadow before your foundation. Otherwise, hold a tissue under your eyes as you apply your eyeshadow, and make sure to tap out your brushes once you’ve picked up product. Applying your foundation and concealer second, however, will also allow you to cover up mistakes create cleaner edges.

Start with a neutral base:  It's always important to prep the eye area before eyeshadow to prevent creasing, create richer colours and increase longevity. Stick to oil-free skincare around the eye area before applying eyeshadow, and then follow with a primer to conceal any discoloration and absorb any natural oils. If you have very oily lids, you might want to follow your primer with a light dusting of translucent powder.

Light to dark:  Once your neutral based is nailed, it's time to move on to colour. When choosing your shades, aim for a mixture of light and dark colours, starting with the former first. This is because applying from light to dark will give you more control with your blending. It's always best to apply a small amount of product then blend and repeat until you have the desired effect, especially if you are a little heavy-handed. If you apply a dark shade and try to blend, blending will be harder for you.

An easy way to start out is by applying a lighter shade all over the lid (using your short hair synthetic brush), and then apply a small amount of the darker shade to your outer crease, and blend.

Use your crease to guide your shape:  Your crease is the natural fold in your eyelid, usually located where the top edge of your eyeball ends. Consider it a barrier for where your eyeshadow should sit if you're going for an everyday look.

Looking straight into the mirror and with your eyes open, apply your chosen shade with a brush just above your eyelid. This will guarantee that, whatever your eye shape, you will have shadow that can be seen when the eyes are open.

Be careful not to overblend: Blending is the best way to soften darker shades and create a smooth transition from colour to colour, but it is possible to overdo it. If your eyeshadow starts to look patchy and uneven you have over-blended. This means you have to start again with your lightest colour and blend.

Keep bright colours in the centre and on the lower lashline:  It can be easy to get stuck in a neutral rut with eyeshadow shades, but don't be afraid to try out some brights. For beginners, apply bright and pigmented shades towards the lashline and centre of the lid, until you become more confident with shadow placement. A fluffy blending brush will be your best friend for blending bright colours.

Brighten and define with concealer:  Once you've finished applying your eyeshadow colours, use your concealer with an angled eye brush or concealer brush to create really crisp edges.

Apply a concealer (one shade lighter than her foundation) from the inner corner to the start of the brow, which helps to brighten up the eye look and eye shape.




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