Eye makeup is many a woman’s favorite treat when she needs a little pick-me-up. Eye shadow palettes are a great option since they are fun to play around with and experiment to your heart’s delight. However, with so many different types of gorgeous eye makeup looks out there, you may feel inexperienced and that you do not know how to apply eyeshadow properly.
There is no shortage of makeup videos with lots of valuable steps, but learning how to blend eyeshadow can feel overwhelming. Here are the eyeshadow blending basics for a pretty, everyday look.
Have the Right Tools
Whether you are going for a sultry evening eye or a natural daytime one, using appropriate tools to put on your eyeshadow is key. A good brush applies your product evenly while feeling comfortable to work with when you hold it in your hand. After all, you want to be able to have the best control possible while learning how to create your new looks.
One great all-purpose choice is the Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Brush, which is a high-quality version of the essential eye brush that should be in every woman’s makeup bag. This beautifully handcrafted tool lasts for years with proper care, making it a great investment.
Or, check out the Jane Iredale Sculpting Brush. Its dense bristles allow for precise application of your eye shadow while carefully blending to give you exactly the look you desire. And, even if you are a blending beginner, it is simple to use.
Prep Your Lovely Lids
After making sure that your skin is properly cleaned, for best results it is important to prep your eye area so that your eye makeup goes on smoothly and lasts until you take it off. Using the Blinc Eye Shadow Primer with wand applicator is a surefire way to achieve your goal. It not only works to keep your makeup lasting for hours, but also contains anti-aging properties to assist with hydration while helping to prevent fine lines.
If you prefer to use a gel, the primer found inside the little tube of The Balm Put a Lid on It Eyelid Primer may be to your liking. This works on all skin types, but is especially good for those prone to oiliness. This wonder product helps give staying power for hours, too.
Conceal Any Bothersome Blemishes
Next, be sure you are starting with a fresh slate in terms of color correction. Use a good concealer to cover:
- Dark circles
- Spots of discoloration
- Pimples or blemishes
- Fine lines or wrinkles
The Jane Iredale Disappear Concealer works like magic to give you a clean canvas on which to place your eyeshadow, while using effective natural ingredients like Vitamin C, jojoba esters and willow bark extract to soothe and nourish your eye area. It is especially great for those with sensitive skin.
If you need a little extra coverage for your medium-toned skin, you should try the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit. This two-toned set contains both a cream concealer as well as a pressed powder to give you the coverage you truly need.
Play With a Pretty Palette
Now that your eyes are all prepped, it is time to learn how to blend eyeshadow. Start with colors you like and practice a few basic techniques until you are able to achieve the look of your dreams. Practice in front of a mirror, and take some selfies when you are done so you can evaluate how your finished product looks.
It is important to have either a palette or at the very least several coordinating eye shadows to properly employ the blending technique. Start with a light shade (so you brighten the eye area to make it appear larger) and apply in the inner corners of your eye to mid-lid using your dense eye brush. Stroke the brush back and forth, both at the top and along the crease, so you relax any edge of the shadow.
Then, go back near the center of the lid and apply a darker shade in the same color family towards the outer corner. This time, make little circular motions after the second shade is on, before tracing a “V” from the upper crease to the outer corner and then along the lash line.
Pick shades for a purpose. If you are going out at night dressed in party attire, you should consider a dramatic eye in bold colors, while lunch with the ladies might call for a more natural one.
No matter what look you are trying to achieve, you should spend some time practicing to get it just right. And be sure to vary your look and colors from time to time to keep them fresh.
Choose Your Formula Wisely
Eye shadows come in different formulations, including sticks, powders, and creams. You may decide that you find one easier to apply than another, or that one has greater staying power on your eyes. For example, some women find that the creaminess of the Youngblood Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow lasts for many hours after application. Even better, this super-cute kit of four fabulous shades is made of 100% pure luxurious minerals that are free of chemical irritants.
The Smashbox Full Exposure Eye Shadow Palette 24 Hour Shadow Primer comes with all of the shades that you need to create lots of different looks. It gives you the opportunity to vary between shimmer and plain so you can vary your blended eyeshadow combinations as you choose. Go with the subtle, more natural tones for daytime, and at night create a more daring look with bolder or more sparkly shades.
Check Out LaLa Daisy
Now that you have learned how to blend eyeshadow, it is time to treat yourself to some dazzling new shades so you can vary your eye makeup wardrobe. When you are looking to up your makeup game, check out the many beautiful eye products available at LaLa Daisy.
As always, our products not only make you look good, but make you feel good, too. By using as many natural ingredients as possible, we aim to show you that beauty and well-being can go hand in hand. Our extensive selection of eye makeup and brushes is matched by our incredible assortment of lip, cheek and face products so that with a little help from LaLa Daisy, you can create the look you wish to project to the world.