Updated: Mar 27
I like to teach my daughter (now 5 years old), that make up makes us "fancy", not "beautiful". Our self-worth should not be tied to what we look like. With that being said, there are days that we want to feel "fancy", or highlight some of our best features... (yes, I love my eyes - they show my smile, even when half of my face is covered by a mask when I leave the house these days).
Eye shadow takes practice, and some pro tips... we are going to share some hints here so you can try something new on that beautiful face of yours.
Great news - putting your eye shadow isn't difficult at all. It really is just a matter of finding a technique and your personal style. Don't worry if it takes a few tries to feel right to you.
Check out these tips:
Always apply a base coat on your eyes just as you do to the rest of your face. Loose power works or you can apply your foundation to the eye area. It gives a nice even palette to work with.
Blend, blend and then blend some more. I can't stress this enough. Try an experiment. Blend one eye and then just use a brush and apply the other eye. You'll instantly know what I'm talking about and you'll never forget to blend again.
If you want dramatic eyes, take your eye shadow brush, dip it in water, and then into the shadow, then apply. It will give you a much deeper, more dramatic color.
If you have blue eyes, experiment with purple, violet, taupe, gray, deep blue, and black. Funky colors include fuchsia, turquoise, and silver.
If you have green eyes, try purple, plum, forest green, brown, and khaki. Funky colors include light green, gold, and bright purple.
If you have brown eyes, how about champagne, copper, brown, apricot, khaki, and beige. Bold colors include royal blue, tangerine, hand hot pink.
Everyone can wear navy, powder blue, and charcoal. Fun colors include silver.
Apply a lighter shadow in the inner corner of the eye to reflect and make your eyes look brighter.
If you want your eyes to appear larger, use a light color on the inner corner, and a darker shade in the middle of the eye area.
Practice until you get the application of your eye shadow down to a science. When you've had enough practice, your makeup will look more natural and more polished.
Apply your dark shadow only to the eyelids from the lash line to the crease in the eyelid. Apply your medium shadow from just below the eyelid crease to the brow bone.
Highlight along the brow bone. Doing it this way will make your features stand out naturally.
Remember that while you're practicing all these steps, you should take notice of what works best for you; how YOU feel with your eye shadow.
And, like I teach my daughter, it's your inner beauty that will shine through; make up just accentuates your features and gives you a chance to express your creativity.
Credit: Tandy McBride Independent Consultant and Group Leader The Body Shop at Home
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