Eye Shadow: Do’s and Don’ts
In this article we are going to show you some eye shadow do’s and don’ts. I have all the don’ts on one side, and all the do’s on other side. If you are having trouble with blending or eye shadow in general and brushes, don’t worry we have some solutions for you.
Table of Contents
No. 1: Primer
First thing we are going to talk about is priming your eyes. Don’t not prime your eye. Here is one side of eyes without primer. There might be some oils on your skin that are going to min into the eye shadow and make it really difficult to blend. Without primer eye shadow is not going to look vibrant and also not going to last longer.
Here is the other side of eyes with primer. You can use primer or concealer, it depends on you.
Prefer to use concealer over shadow bases because concealers are a little bit more hydrating. You should choose shade according to your skin tone.
To apply concealer, take your concealer shade and use a little dot of it and blend it in. To blend it you can work with beauty blender and use bouncing motions, and make sure that your process is flawless smooth and your eyes look like a nice canvas. If you want to clean up your brows you can do it with clean flat brush.
Next take face powder or an eye shadow that is similar to your natural skin tone and apply it on your eyes. This will help you to set your skin in place and also fill in any line so set it on top of smooth surface and it will help your brush glide onto your eyelid super smooth.
No. 2: Transition Shade
Next don’t is don’t start with a dark shadow in your crease. Starting with darker color is going to make it really hard to blend out and it’s also going to look very harsh and don’t use ant random brush. This is only going to make it harder to blend. If you already have blending problems then this is going to make it worse.
Do start with a transition shade that is in the shade range that you’re going with. Tap off the excess because you don’t want too much product on your brush. Now take tapered brush and apply your shade on outer area of your eyes. Apply it with light hand and keep your hand towards the back of the brush and use back and forth motions. Use tapered brush so you can find crease easily. Blend into the crease and use a little bit at a time.
You can use two or three transition shade in your crease to get a smooth look. You should start with a light shade and then gradually go to darker shade, so you will have nice gradient you want. So use your second shade right below the first shade with very light pressure, go back and forth or windshield.
No. 3: Add Dimension
Next thing you should do is to add dimension to your crease and for that you can choose the darker matte shade.
Don’t use big and fluffy brush with lot of product at once. Because your product will go to everywhere rather than getting that on precise area.
Use a small precision brush with a tapered end. You should use this on your lower lash line, so tap your brush in the shadow and then tap the excess off and start with a small amount at a time. Hold your brush a little bit closer to the bristle because you will need to apply a little bit more pressure in a precise area, so use circular motions and follow your outer V. Remember that shadow gets buried right into the brush, so you’ll always have enough to work with.
No. 4: Blending
Next thing is blending your eye shadows and for that use clean blending brush. So, make sure that your blending brush is always fluffy and clean.
Don’t hold the brush too close to the handle, it will make difficult to blend, and the result may appear difficult.
To blend perfect use fluffy brush and hold your brush near the back of the handle. So, it will help your brush to lightly glide over your shadow. It will also give you a airbrush effect and make your shadow look perfectly blended.
No. 5: Lid Shade
For Lid area use any shade that you like.
Don’t use fluffy brush to apply your lid color because it will get everywhere, specially if you are using a shimmer.
Use a shadow brush with a high density, to apply the shadow exactly where you want it without it fluffing out and spreading all over your face.
No. 6: Highlighting Brow Bone
Now its time to highlight your brow bone and for that you can choose matte shade.
If you want simple look then don’t use too much shimmer with the wrong brush.
Use matte color and blend it into other color, so it will look smooth. If you had applied dark crease color much then you can clean it with it.
No. 7: Lower Lash Line
Don’t use super dark shadow on your lower lash line. Don’t go to lower because it will look like you are pulling your eye down and have nor gotten sleep in about 10 years.
Use transition shade like you did with the crease. Start with light shade and then use darker shade until you get the intensity that you want.
Here is some do’s and don’s for your eye shadow. If you are happy with the technique you are using right now then its fine. But, if you want to give a salon type look to your eye shadow then you should definitely follow this. These are some basic tips that you can try for your eye shadow and avoid making mistake.