Simple Eyeshadow

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A few weeks ago, my mom requested that I do a how-to video on eyeshadow. Since this week happened to be her birthday week, I was excited to do this video for her!

Eyeshadow can be a bit complicated; even daunting! It creases, it looks splotchy, it looks too dark- so many things can go wrong. Here are my best tips for eyeshadow success!

Start by priming your eyes. On the video, I demonstrated two different options. A primer is going to help your eyeshadow stick to your eyelid all day. The simplest option is using a product specifically for this, like the NYX Eyeshadow Base. You can also use something you might already have, like a concealer or a liquid foundation.

Make sure you set those liquid products with a translucent powder so they don’t crease up in the folds of your eye. I used Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer for the left eye when demonstrating this, spreading it with a Beauty Blender Sponge, and Aveda Mineral Loose Powder to set it. I used an E.l.f. Studio Powder Brush to apply that. Priming the eyes is a key step to great-looking eyeshadow that lasts all day.

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Next, use your lightest color eyeshadow (I used a Smashbox Filter Trio in Vanilla) to base the entire eyelid. Use a clean blending brush (E.l.f. Eye Blending Brush) to apply this. I chose a matte pallet because I like to start with matte shadows and only add shimmery shadows later if I want a special look. Shimmery shadows can enunciate lines on the eyes, so it’s always best to use less shimmer and begin with a matte base color.

Use a clean crease brush with shorter, more precise bristles (E.l.f. Eye Crease Brush) to apply your darker color (Smashbox Filter Trio in Sable) to the corner crease of your eye and along the lash line. Start with a minimal amount of eyeshadow and build depth with a few layers. This will keep the darker color from looking splotchy.

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Again, use your blending eye brush to apply more of the lighter color and blend it with the darker color in any areas that seem inconsistent or patchy. Use more eyeshadow than you think you need and layer it. It won’t look right with the first layer, but it will with several more.

Use an eyeliner pencil to line the top lash line. I used Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Raven. Draw a wider line on the outer corners and taper it off to a smaller line on the inside corner. This will make the eyes appear longer and larger. Smudge the liner with your darker eyeshadow color slightly using the crease brush.

Apply two to three coats of mascara (Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara) to finish the look.

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I also used a little foundation, bronzer and blush, and filled in my eyebrows- but I’ll save that for another tutorial!

Products used:
Left Eye- Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer 03
Left Eye- Aveda Mineral Loose Powder
Right Eye- NYX Eyeshadow Base 03
Smashbox Filter Eyeshadow Trio in Vanilla (base) and Sable (crease)
E.l.f. Eye Blending Brush
E.l.f. Eye Crease Brush
E.l.f. Studio Powder Brush
Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Raven
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Was this simple? Helpful? Did you try it? Please let me know what you think!

Watch the video tutorial here

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