Makeup Monday: Eye Shadow Basics

Adding eye shadow to your eyes might seem to be a relatively easy process (after all, you are just applying some color over your lids), but knowing how to apply your eye shadow properly and what color to choose where does require some basic know-how and skill. 

When it comes to eye shadows, the types, range and choice of colors available today is almost limitless. And although this is great, it can also be pretty overwhelming. So help you out, keep these tips in mind…

·        If you’re a first time user of eye shadow then use powder shadows until you’re used to applying makeup, as cream, mousse and pencil eye shadow varieties can be tricky to use.

·        When it comes to color, look for shades that are neutral (light brown earth shades are universally flattering and will pretty much suit every skin tone) and ones that will match your eye color.

·        Most eye shadows come in a trio of complimenting shades in different depths of color which are designed to work together. If you’re not sure what shades to use together then these packs are really handy because they do all the guesswork for you.

·        Eye shadows are also available in single color options, which allow you to restock a specific color or give a bolder color a try without being stuck with other shades you might not use.

Most eye shadows include a pointed tip sponge brush that you can use to apply your shadow until you are ready to use an eye shadow brush. 

Alternatively, you can buy eye shadow brushes that have a long handle and a brush made of soft bristles. This allows you to apply a lighter coat of shadow and gives greater application control.

When it comes to deciding on the type of eye shadow brush to use, it really is based on personal preference, give both types a try and then use the one you prefer.

**Your eye shadow brush/sponge should be cleaned at least once a week with some mild shampoo and warm water and then left to air dry.**

Eye Shadow Application

When it comes to the application of eye shadow, remember these tips…

        To apply eye shadow, dip your brush into the product, blow off any excess powder and then sweep it across your eyelid.

        Start from the lower inner eye of your top lid and go right out to the edge of your eye.

        The most important tip to remember when applying eye shadow is to blend the shadow with a blending brush. The color should look like it naturally belongs on your eye and there should not be any visible harsh lines or edges.

      Try applying a light coat of shadow first and then build it up with further coats (and blending) until you've got the depth and color that you want.

        Use the three color rule of choosing three complimenting eye shadows (this is where those trio packs come in handy), sweep the lightest shade over your entire eye area.

       Use the darkest shade over the crease of your eye.

    Use the medium shade on your eyelid closest to lash line.

                   Use a blending brush to blend shadows together

                                     Blend, Blend, Blend

 Blending is important because it removes any definite lines between colors and makes shadow look more natural

My final eye shadow tip is to start with neutral tones first and then work your way into creating dark, dramatic looks or bright, funky looks when you've become used to blending the shadows together and are confidant with what works for you.

I hope these eye shadow basics will help you create a great look for your eyes. 

For more makeup tips, please see my other Makeup Monday posts.