Creating a polished eyeshadow look can be difficult, especially if you're just beginning to wear makeup. The very idea of adding color to your face may have you thinking it's just too hard to master. If this sounds familiar, take heart. We've created five short videos to help you get better results faster.
One of the most common complaints among makeup lovers is that the colors in the palette don't look the same when applied to the skin. One of the reasons for this stems from your natural coloring. Light colors often disappear entirely, and deep colors sometimes lose their richness. If you have trouble with your eyeshadow, here are some tips that can help.
1. Amplify color with white base
Have you ever purchased a new eyeshadow color only to have it let you down? Some shadows look gorgeous in the pan, but that color doesn't always translate to your lids. One way to get a more true-to-life result is to lay down a white base with a creamy eyeshadow pencil. Our quick video will show you the difference between a lid without the white base and its much brighter finish over one.
2. Intensify with a black base
If your marvelous metallic shadow looks dull on your lid, give this makeup hack a try. Black eyeliner applied over the entire lid achieves two things at once. First, it acts as a primer with a bit of tackiness, which helps the shadow adhere better. Next, it brings out the richness in your chosen shadow. Take a look at this video, and you'll also learn another tip for achieving a more densely pigmented effect.
3. Use your eyeshadow brushes with medium pressure on your lids and light pressure in your crease
You probably never think about the amount of pressure you're applying when doing your makeup, but you should. If you're using heavy pressure, you're depositing a lot of product in a concentrated area. The end result can look blotchy and overdone. In this tutorial, we show you the difference varying pressure makes. If you want to blend your shades seamlessly, follow along with the video, and you'll get a subtle gradation of color that looks more polished and natural.
4. Prime your eyelids before eyeshadow
Applying eyeshadow primer may seem like an unnecessary step, but it really makes a difference in your look. Primer serves two functions. It creates a uniform canvas for color, and it helps the shadow stay in place longer. If you have any imperfections in your skin, your primer can also cover them up. In this tutorial, and you'll immediately see how much more uniform your eyelids will be when adding this important step to your routine.
5. Use post-it notes to create a crisp edge
Ever wonder how those YouTubers get such a sharp outer edge using eye shadow? Well, if you have trouble achieving it freehand, try this fun hack. In this tutorial, you'll learn where to place an ordinary sticky note and how to use it as a guide for shadow. The Post-it acts as a barrier, and when you peel it off, you'll have a crisp defined shadow line. No makeup remover needed.