My name is Lindsey and I am a makeup junkie. There, I said it! I somehow feel absolved 🙂 I’m going to share my favorite eye shadow tips and tricks that I’ve picked up from my makeup artist Sister, various makeovers I’ve had done, and years of playing with different looks.
Before you even start with the eyeshadow…
These three steps won’t take you longer than a few minutes and trust me they’ll make a huge difference in the look and duration of your eyeshadow.
Moisturize your face, neck and even your eyelids. I like to use an oil-free moisturizer without SPF because I’m breakout prone.
Next you’re going to want to apply a very thin layer of concealer to your eyelids. I like Mary Kay’s regular ‘ol concealer in Ivory.
Finally, and perhaps the most important pre-eyeshadow step, apply an eyeshadow base. I’m usually an eclectic makeup person who will use any brand, but I’ve found MAC truly has the best eyeshadow base. It’s called “Paint” and I use the “bare canvas” shade. I’ve tried the paint pots as well as the sticks, but didn’t like them near as much as the “paints” in tubes.
My eyeshadow can get a bit crazy, because I LOVE color. But my normal, everyday, to be taken seriously, eyeshadow look is a layering of browns & bronze. I start off with a bronze pigment from MAC. I can’t read what the name of it is because it’s been beaten up in my makeup case, but it’s a golden bronze pigment. Closest to their current shade “pink bronze.”
This goes on the majority of my lid up to the crease. If you’ve never tried a pigment before you’ll be wowed with it’s staying power, especially on top of your amazing three step eyeshadow priming job 🙂 The pigment is very concentrated so I typically dab my brush on the lid and then tap it on the edge before pressing it onto my eyelid. A little bit goes a really, really, ridiculously long way in this case.
Next I use MAC’s brown down..
or satin taupe
in the crease and corners of my eyelids. Create what my Sister calls the “pac-man” shape 🙂 < Be sure and blend your "crease colors" really well using an up and outward circular motion. My favorite blending brush is also from MAC.
Blend with very little pressure so you’re just gently spreading the eyeshadow up into the brow bone area.
Finally you’re going to use a lighter matte eyeshadow for under your eyebrow. Using a metallic eyeshadow up there doesn’t photograph well, and draws attention away from your eyes. It can be done nicely, but I prefer to use a matte color since I tend to use metallic on my lid quite a bit. I use “orb” by MAC.
To finish this look off I go for a dark brown eyeliner and black mascara. Thinly line your eyelids and use a brush to smudge that “perfect” looking line a bit. My favorite mascara is Mary Kay’s “Ultimate” mascara, a very close second would be any Lancome mascara. Both brands make some pretty awesome mascara 🙂
I’m also a fan of great lash, can’t go wrong with the pink and green tube!
The next makeup post will go through some helpful foundation tips to get you the coverage you’re needing without the caked on look 🙂