08 December 2011

The art of eyeshadow.


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While I'm certainly not claiming to be an expert on applying eyeshadow, I do often get questions/comments about how I do it, so I thought I'd share that with you today =)

Kindly disregard the scary faces I make when I put on make-up... Carter's even made comments to me about it. It's not pretty. Also? My camera battery died when I was trying to take pictures for this post, so I hope you can still get a sense of application from my iPhone pictures below...

When I apply make-up, I always concentrate on my eyes last. Not sure if that's what you're suppose to do, but we all have our routines, and this is one of mine. Here's a "before" shot...
I have some fun color palettes of eye shadow, but these are my go-to colors depending on what I'm wearing {browns or blacks}...On this particular day, I'm using all 4 colors in the brown palette on the left and then the white color in the black palette on the right. Yep... I'll be applying 5 colors total on my eyes. Here's how it works:
  1. The dark brown in the top left will be my liner {applied with a thin liner brush.}
  2. The color to the right of it {my absolute FAV} will be my base lid color.
  3. The color below that {bottom right in brown palette} I place on top of the base color to give it more shimmer/dimension.
  4. The deep purple color I use as a "highlight" color.
  5. The white color {bottom right of black palette} I use under my brows.
The first thing you need to do is apply the base color{s} on the bottom half of your eye {by "half" I mean halfway between your lashes and your brow.}
Once the base color is applied, I do the white color under my brows next...The next step is the highlight color {in this case the deep purple.} To apply this, I just put the shadow on the very tips of the brush and then sort of press it into the crease of my eye where the lid folds like this...
The next step is the use the thin liner brush to apply the darkest of your shadows {in this case the dark brown} along the top outer edge above and below your eye. In the pic below I have liner on my left eye {your right side in the pic} but not on my right eye {your left}...
You can kinda see how my left eye "pops" more.

Lastly, you apply mascara.... and viola, done. Here's a better pic of the layers of the shadow:
And the final product?
Again, I apologize for the cell phone pics, they're not the clearest, but I think you can still get a general idea of application! =)

Questions? Comments? Like my scary faces?

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5 comments:

Mandy@ a sorta fairytale said...

Pretty! I totally suck at putting makeup on, no joke.

Whit said...

Looks lovely! What is the almost entirely gone shadow? It looks beautiful.

I used to do my eye makeup everyday. Then I got a job where I work in front of a computer screen and I rub my eyes constantly. Now I just use mascara and go. All that MAC going to waste. :( Sad.

Sarah @ It's a Vol said...

Pretty!!! What brand are the two eyeshadow pallettes?

RoriGMakesTHREE said...

What brand are the eyeshadow pallettes?

Kimberly said...

Haha, you're a MAC girl too! I think I have every one of those colors, except the pink one in the bottom right. ;-) Gotta love it. You should go back and identify all your colors for people....

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