Creating a fabulous eye look is seriously an art form (there’s a reason that they’re called make-up artists). But learning a few simple tricks of the trade can take you from eye shadow zero to eye shadow hero. We compiled this list of our favourite eye shadow hacks.
Apply a Light Beige Base to Make Shadow Pop
Many people suggest using a pure white base to make shadows look their best, but that will make your eyes seem cartoonish. The results will certainly pop, but it will likely look artificial. Instead, use a very light beige shadow base, because the undertones are more natural than a stark white. This will help to reflect light waves back so any shadow applied over it will be truer to the shade they are in the pan.
Use a Large Oval Brush to Apply All Your Shadows
You can forget using a separate brush for every different colour of your shadow look. Use different brushes to apply each layer, including under the lower lash line. Simply sweep your base color over the lid, and then add more product to the targeted areas you want to be deeper with the same brush, just using different ends of the elongated brush head. Blend out with clean fingertips.
Create Depth With One Shadow
You don’t need to use multiple shadow colours to create a complex-looking eye look. Simply look for an eye shadow with a complex mix of pigments. They aren’t just one colour, but instead have several over-and-under tones, sometimes mixed with subtle pearl or iridescent particles. It looks dimensional because when you see it up close, you realize it has several pigment components and light refracting particles.Try a multi-dimensional shadow for an effortless effect that looks like it took time.
Use Post-It Notes to Make A Crisp Edge
Everyone has different standards for blending, but if you’re a fan of the perfect outer edge, this one’s for you. Apply a Post-It note to the outer edge of your eye to create a distinct line at the corner of your lid. Blend as needed, peel the note off, and voilaâ€”no rogue eye shadow.
Use Shadow as Liner
If you’re feeling a soft, blown-out liner look, turn to shadowâ€”not liner. Eye shadow makes a great soft-looking eyeliner. Here’s how: wet a linerÂ with a small amount of water. Then, draw on the shadow with a steady hand. Warning: be careful about regularly wetting your shadows. Most powder eye shadow formulas aren’t designed to withstand a moist environment, and if they don’t have the proper preservatives, a wet eye shadow pot can become a breeding ground for microbes.Small amounts of water, people.
Use Darker Shadows to Make Eyes Seem Bigger and Farther Apart
The ideal classic spacing for eyes is for both eye openings to be the same and for the distance between the eyes to be the same measurements as the eye opening. Most people don’t have these classic mathematical measurements, so sometimes we can use make-up to stimulate these classic proportions. First, start with a lighter shadow applied all over the lid to create contrast. Then, he says to use a darker shadow beside the outside corner of each eye, blending outward toward the hairline. Then, trace a line of that same dark shadow along the upper and lower lash lines. Using both shading applications together will make the eye look like it shifts outward from the center of the face.MYNEWSHUB