Have you ever wondered how Beauty Bloggers are able to create stunning and seemingly complex eyeshadow looks? It’s actually more simple than it looks. All it takes is learning the basics of eyeshadow application and knowing which color to use where. Once you get that down pat, then you’ll find yourself designing your own gorgeous looks all on your own!
Eyeshadow design is basically “painting” with pigment. Just as you would apply these principles to a painting or drawing, they should be applied to makeup as well. You want to work with your natural eye shape and place the colors where they will accentuate and open the eyes best. One of the common mistakes most people make ( myself included ) is arranging shadow and color in a manner which makes the eye appear smaller or closed.
Here are some tips and tricks to get you started on your journey to creating gorgeous lid art:
The first step is knowing where to put your shades. If you’re a total beginner, then choose some neutral shades to begin with. Step the entire eyelid with your first shade, which should be a medium shade ( as shown in the picture above ). Then take a darker shade and apply it to the outer corners of your eye lid. I’ve always been taught to do this in a sideways triangle shape. Imagine that the triangle is laying on its side with the point facing your temple. The third step is to add the highlight color ( this should ideally be two shades lighter than your starting color ) above your eyelid, to the brow bone. The look can be “complete” at this point, or if you like, you can add some sparkle or a very pale shade to the middle of the eyelid to create a beautiful highlight effect.
Blending is your friend. Don’t forget to blend the colors together, but only do so where the different colors meet. I’ve drawn you an example below of what you’re wanting to go for. You don’t want to blend out all of your contrast and highlight, but you don’t want it to look static and cartoonish, either. Unless you’re going for the “Cartoon Cel shading look,” that is. Yep, that’s a thing. Google Cosplay and Cartoon Cel Shading makeup and check it out. It’s pretty cool and it mimics traditional drawn animation.
Once you master the basics, then it’s time to move on to color. I love the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette. It has really dynamic colors, so this is the perfect palette to use if your goal is to master the use of color.
Now that you’re ready to take on eyeshadow, here’s a quick little shopping list for the things you’ll need to complete your look:
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette: First rule of thumb: don’t let the price tag scare you off. ABH is known globally for their beautiful palettes which will give you every bit of investment you’ve made in them back and then some. These are some of the finest eyeshadow palettes on the market which is why they remain a cult favorite. However, if it isn’t in your budget right now, don’t fear! There are plenty of brands out there which offer comparable and gorgeous palettes: MUA, Makeup Revolution and Hard Candy are some great budget friendly brands which have plenty of palettes comparable to ABH.
- Ardell Wispies Mascara: Ardell is known for quality eye products, especially their false lashes. This is a beautiful mascara which will help give you a dramatic lash effect. You can use it in conjunction with false lashes if you like.
- Lips: I recommend a beautiful red lip for a neutral look, like this DMGM Photo Fix Lip Color in Pretty Woman. If you’re using more colors, then it’s best to start with a nude lip. This MUA Pro Paintbox Lip Palette in Nudes is gorgeous and will give you a lot of freedom when designing your looks.
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