I’m very excited about today’s post because it’s pretty much what I talk about every day and now I just have a chance to write it all down in a helpful (hopefully helpful little blog).
I really appreciate all of your questions! Thank you so much to those of you who write me… I love to hear from you guys. I got a question the other day from a reader and this is what she said:
I rarely wear any eyeshadow … and I am embarrassed to say that it’s pretty much because I have no idea what the heck I am doing. Do you have any eye makeup/eyeshadow techniques so I don’t look like a hooker???
Yes, yes, yes, I do have some ideas and some things you can try. It’s a shame when people don’t wear eyeshadow because they don’t think their doing it right. You gotta DIG IN and EXPERIMENT and I’m sure that you can get the hang of a good eyeshadow look for everyday.
Since she didn’t address whether or not she wanted makeup tips for an everyday look or a night out look, I’ll talk a bit about both. Here are some general tips.
- Make sure you are using an eyeshadow base or primer. In my opinion, it just doesn’t make any sense to put on eyeshadow if it is not going to stay the way you put it on!! Eyeshadow bases make a HUGE difference. It’s really simple, if you want your shadow to stay on all day, if you want it to look more professional, if you want it to stay the way you put it on and not get muddy and creased, USE A BASE! My favorite are MAC PAINT POTS… they are awesome. Use a color like Painterly or Soft Ochre for light skin/groundwork for dark skin. All are great neutral bases. (I’ll put a photo at the bottom)
- Make sure you are using the right tools. I think eye makeup brushes make a HUGE difference when doing makeup. Two basic ones to have are a flat short rounded top brush for packing color on the lid and a longer fluffy crease brush for blending color into your crease. I will post pictures of 2 examples at the bottom.
- Mix Shimmery shadows with Matte Shadows. You can create a beautiful makeup look with just a simple shimmery shadow all the way across the eye. Or, after you apply the shimmer on your eye, use a matte shadow (something flat, without shimmer) and blend that so slightly into the crease. This will give the illusion of a larger more contoured eye.
- Don’t be afraid of color. I think there are certain people who think they should be wearing a certain color eyeshadow , that there is one magical one for them out there that is going to be the best. No. Eyeshadow colors are just like color theory in art class. Basically, if you have blue eyes, an orange, bronze, or warm brown tone shadow is going to make the blue really stand out. Why? Because it is opposite on the color wheel. So, whatever color your eye is, look at a color wheel and the opposite colors on the spectrum are the color shadow that will make your eye color look more vibrant! Make sense? Another thing, because I say orange will make blue eyes look more blue, that doesn’t mean you have to go get a bright orange shadow! There are shades of orange that are light shimmery and beautiful for an everyday eye look. One more thing, a blue-eyed person can look beautiful in browns, greys, purples, greens…any color as long as it is appropriate for the event..day or evening. This goes for every other eye color out there.
- When doing a smokey eye think simple. I think there is the misconception that a smokey eye is very difficult. Without going into much detail. Apply your base. Choose the color…MAC’s knight devine, Twinks, and Mulch are simple choices. Pack on color only to a hair below where your crease starts. Then take a clean fluffy brush and starting in the crease just buff that line out so that its soft and smokey. Apply a dark eyeliner on top and bottom, add mascara. Boom. Done.
- Make eyeliner easy. I think eyeliner makes a simple eye look really pop! (I like the no-eyeliner look too, but I think I favor a little eyeliner, especially in the winter.) Choose a dark brown or dark charcoal, black if you’re wearing darker eyeshadow colors. Gage your eyeliner to the depth of your shadow. Use liner a little darker than your shadow and always apply eyeliner after shadow to make it pop more! Eyeliner on top and a little underneath (not all the way across) will make the eye look more round. Eyeliner just simply on top will make the eye look a little more horizontal. Pencil is great, gel eyeliner is smoother , crisper and lasts longer if you can get the hang of it. Check out MAC’s DIPDOWN fluidline. (Picture at Bottom).
- Finally, use a light color for highlighting. A very light shimmery shadow, a shade or two lighter than your skintone will look great under the brown and in the tear duct area of the eye. This small step will pull any eyelook together fast.
Here are some photos:
MAC DIPDOWN FLUIDLINE
Hope this was helpful! Talk to you all soon.