Eye Shadow Hacks for Everyone

Applying eye shadow can be a really fun, creative way to express yourself; it can also be intimidating if you’re not quite sure how to do it.  With that being said, I put together my top eye shadow hacks that are perfect for those wanting to take their eye shadow game to the next level.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Applying Eye Shadow

Do’s of Eye Shadow Hacks:

  • Use transition colors.   Transition colors help bridge the gap between light and dark colors.  For example, let’s say you’re going to use a dark brown color in your crease and a light, off-white color on your upper brow bone (near your eyebrow).  It’s going to be difficult to get a smooth blend from the dark crease color to the light highlight color, so you add a medium tone color in between.  This gives a more gradient look without letting the dark crease color overpower the light highlight shade.
    • Another example would be if you’ve applied a light lavender color all over your eyelid, and you applied a deep purple shade in the outer V.  Even with using a blending brush, the dark color can overpower the light color.
    • So, by adding a medium tone purple in the center of your eyelid, you will get a much smoother looking transition from the light color to the dark color.
  • Use a flat brush or a sponge when applying a single color all over your eyelid.   Basically, if you use a fluffy brush to apply the all-over color, you’re going to get fall-out.  Fall-out occurs when the eye shadow “falls out” (or “falls off”) of the brush onto your cheeks and the area around your eyes.  For this reason, fluffy brushes are not recommended for all-over eye color application.   A flat brush or sponge brush will better hold the color with little to no fall-out.  This means less mess for you, and it’s quicker to apply your makeup because you don’t have to go back and fix anything.
  • Use a small brush with bristles that are more stiff when applying color to the outer V to make your eye makeup more dramatic.  Personally, I like to use a crease brush.  Using a small brush gives you more control over where the color is being applied and allows you to be more precise.
  • Add a blending brush to your arsenal of makeup brushes.  Blending brushes make your life so much easier!  These fluffy brushes are used to blend colors together, resulting in a much more smooth, flawless look.

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Don’ts of Eye Shadow Hacks:

  • Neglect using eye primer.   Primer is very important.  To be honest, I didn’t use it until a couple of years ago because I didn’t know what the heck it did.  Just like face primer, eye primer helps your makeup stay in place.  It also helps prevent creasing, and it’s going to help the color be more vibrant.  In turn, this helps you save money because you won’t need to apply as much eye shadow to get the look you desire.
  • Overdo it with the highlighter color.   You can use either a matte or shimmer shade for highlight, but you don’t want to apply too much.  An easy way to lightly apply it is to hold your brush towards the back end (away from the brush).  This gives you a lighter touch when applying versus holding it closer to the brush end.
  • Apply your eye shadow after your foundation.  I repeat, “Do not apply your eye shadow after your foundation.”  Remember that fall-out I mentioned earlier?  If you do have fall-out, or mess up your eyeliner, or smear mascara on your face (or any other number of random things that can happen when applying eye makep), and you have already applied your foundation, you’re going to mess it up.  This means you have to go back and fix it, which takes more time.  By applying your eye shadow before your foundation, you don’t have to take this risk.  You also won’t waste time fixing the mess.   This takes stress off of you and helps you get ready quicker.


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