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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Eye Shadow Basics

Hey everybody, I just had someone ask me about the basics of eye shadow and how to apply it. If you look at the two pictures below, it may help you understand a little bit more of the terminology I'm using. So, let's get started!

First, you may want to apply some kind of a base like an eye primer or a cream shadow (NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils are great for this) just to keep your eye shadow from creasing (eeew!) and to make the color pop more! ELF, which can be found at Target has a pretty good eye primer for just a buck if you're on a budget.

Ok, now that you've got your base, my basic eye shadow routine consists of 3 regions: the lid, crease, and browbone (or highlight.) You can pick just about any color you want for your lids really, but whatever color you choose, I typically pick a darker shade to put in my crease. As for the browbone color (right under your eyebrow), most people typically use a lighter color in order to highlight the brow and make your eyebrows look higher and more arched. Also, just a tip. You can apply a lighter, shimmery color right in your tear duct area to create a more awake look for those draggy days. Hope this helps. <3 =]

If you find yourself struggling with picking colors that coordinate, drugstore palettes are great for beginners because they have a lot of quads, trios, or even duos that have each color labeled as to where they go and how they look best on the eye. *wink wink* :)

That's just basic eye shadow application, but remember, feel free to break the rules! Make-up is meant to be fun and creative (at least to me anyway!) Experiment, play around with color, and create a look that makes you feel confident. That's the most important thing. <3

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