Saturday, March 24, 2012

5 Tips: So you LOVE eyeshadow but aren't sure how to apply it...

Last night I had the opportunity to attend a party where us girls were trading clothing. I did bring some clothing, but more importantly I brought... MAKEUP! Yeah, because that's what I have to trade - all that stuff I hoard and am not using. Well one lovely lady started asking me tip because she LOVES eyeshadow but doesn't know how to use it.

Secret: Often, I think the same thing - I too love eyeshadow but don't know how to use it. But I have picked up some tricks. Here are the recommendations I have to this lovely young woman:

My Favs:
MAC 249, MAC 224, MAC 219, Sephora Angled Liner
  1. Remember the basics - A wash shadow (applied all over the lid), a little liner, and mascara can make you look like a million bucks. So start there. It's easy, it's quick (3 minutes tops!) and you'll be fine.
  2. Use a Base - They keep your shadow in place, can pump the color up and make it more vibrant, and in general just make what you want to do easier. My favorites, depending on what I'm trying to do, are Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. I only use the last one when I have problems with fall out.
  3. Brushes are important! - Think about what you're trying to do and use the right shaped brush accordingly. I like a shader brush like MAC 249 for patting the shadow on my lid. I'll use my MAC 224 for blending in the crease.  And I adore my MAC 219 pencil brush for precise application. My Sephora Angled Eyeliner Brush is the BEST brush for me for lining. Kicks my MAC eye liner brushes collective asses. Get a variety of brushes, play with them, get to know their personalities.You'll be happy later. And, while not technically a "brush", don't forget an eye lash curler.
  4. Pencils are AWESOME - So many companies are making shadow pencils now, plus regular kohl pencils are smudgy enough that if you're in a hurry or your brushes are dirty you can totally just draw your eye on. Go for it! Worse thing - you just remove it and start over.
  5. Blogs and YouTube can help you - If you can think it up, chances are someone has a "How-to" out there somewhere. Just search and get inspired!
And there you have it. Those are what I try to remember when I'm not really sure what I'm doing, as well as what I would tell a "newbie". Of course you want to think about your product, if it's the right one for the job or the best one for you, but the most important thing is to just get started. Don't be afraid because you can always remove what you've done and start over.

Specific products mentioned here can be found at MAC Cosmetics, Sephora, and Fyrinnae.