Monday, April 12, 2010

How to Apply Eyeshadow Like a Pro

Have you ever wondered how to apply eyeshadow like a makeup artist? I've always felt that blush, mascara and lipstick are pretty straight forward but somehow when it comes to eyeshadow, I've never really figured out how to create that all-out glamorous look or perfect smoky eye. I typically use neutral browns and a bit of shimmer in the corners of the eye area to create a wider-eyed look and try to keep my makeup very natural looking.

Growing up my mom never taught me how to wear shadow as she encouraged me to stay away from makeup to keep my skin as pure as possible. Once I did start wearing some, I wore mascara but never really eyeshadow for a long time. I've got the gist of which colors go where in terms of intensity on the eyelid area, but have always wanted a really soft, dramatic, blended look that didn't look so 'everyday' for special occasions.

If you've been trying to figure the eyeshadow thing out too, then you're in luck. One of my blogger friends Sarah Mae of 'Like a 'Warm Cup of Coffee' recently posted this video below wherein her sister shows us how easy it is to make shadow work for you. I hope you'll check out her blog, she's got a lot of other great posts too!

Do you have any makeup or skincare tips that you want to share with us? Oh, and let me know if you found the video helpful. :) I tried out the tips mentioned and while it just required a small tweek in the way I applied my shadow, it turned out really pretty!


  1. My recommendation for eyeshadow (having to learn from myself from a mom that doesn't wear it either) are:

    *Primer, primer, primer-Urban Decay makes the best imo

    *Follow with a creme eyeshadow or base to make eyeshadow more vibrant-I always had a problem with powder eyeshadow looking like nothing on my lids after I applied a primer. If you apply a MAC paintpot or a Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in a similar tone as to the lid color you plan on using, the powder will be true to life,more vibrant and last longer.

    *The right brushes-A tip to keep in mind is the larger the brush the more subtle/blended the look, the smaller the more intense.

    *Don't blend too much- blending is important I know, so I used to blend till the cows came home and it all ended up looking muddy. Blend the edges or where needed only.

    Great post! Have a lovely day everyone : )

  2. Thanks so much for the link! I've gotten away from eye-shadow the last few years and am ready to get on that train again! :)

  3. Really great tips! I am going to try it & see how it works for me!

  4. Thanks Karla for this link, I'm loving it! I always struggle with shadow, feel like if I put the dark colors on I look like...( I won't say) so I stay safe. I would love to have the sexy eye sometime though! OK I'm IN LOVE with the cream you sent! Thanks so much!!

  5. Thanks for the great tips Logan! Cathy, I'd love to hear how it goes. Kristin, I'm so glad you liked the link and are enjoying the cream! :) It's been drier than usual here lately and I've been using mine too, it's such a lightwight gel and I love that it is fragrance free.

  6. Thanks a lot for sharing this tips.
    I love your post.


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