I'm looking forward to reading other peoples posts on this weeks topic as I don't really experiment too much with eye shadows.
Generally, I stick to my lovely Mac sexpot pigment/glitter set which has lasted me such a long time, pigments seem to last forever! The nude/beige shade, Naked is great for day wear and is a great base. The black, Dark Soul is amazing for a smokey eye as it has a great subtle shimmer to it and the extra shades really compliment the two to create a great series of looks for day or night.
One of the looks I create for a night out is this...
- After applying a primer I use a damp brush to sweep Sunnydaze (a metallic bronzy-taupe colour) over the eyelid. I also add a little to the inner corner of the eye and under lash line to brighten the eye a little.
- Then I use an angled brush to make a V shape in the outer corner, up to the crease with Dark soul and extend this just over half way across the eye, getting softer as I go. I also lightly line the lash line with this too.
- To tone it down I blend with blending brush and round off the corners to suit my eye shape and smudge it slighly up towards the brow bone and under the lower lash line.
- Next, I highlight the brow bone with the naked pigment and add a small coat of reflects Antique Gold over top of eyelid which is a lovely goldy-brown glitter which easily takes a day look to night. And of course no smokey eye is complete without mascara!
I always hold tissue underneath to prevent fall lout ruining make up, I find this happens a lot more with pigments or Barry M's Dazzle dusts. I don't like doing eye make up first then doing the base around it, that sounds like far too much work to me!
For daily use I go for my Gosh smokey eyes palette in 02 Brown. The darkest brown is usually used as a liner while the others get played around with depending how natural I want my make up to look. It's nice and slim too so fits in a make-up bag perfectly without being too bulky.
If I'm feeling slightly more adventurous I add a goldy/greeny colour to my eyes using GOSH quattro eyeshadow in Green Valley. It's very highly pigmented, easy to blend, and has no fallout at all. I love Gosh for their eye shadows.
An old favourite of mine is the Sleek Storm Palette I used to keep it in my bag at work so I could turn a day look to night using some of the darker colours. Or it was brilliant for the day time looks too if I ever got in late and needed to finish off my make up when I got in (come on, we've all been there!). I completely used it to death and I really should repurchase as it really is brilliant for the price but I'm holding out for something a bit more luxurious like the infamous Urban Decay Naked Palette. I also need to invest in a nice palette with grey shades too. (any recommendations would be very welcome!)
One thing I don't get about eye shadows is that they STILL come with those little sponge applicators -who uses those things?!
I use my eco tools eye brushes and the thing I completely recommend for a good eyeshadow is to blend blend blend! oh and clean your brushes! it's never good trying to apply a nude colour with hints of navy underneath...
Please comment with your links if you have done the eyeshadow post this week and I'd love to read some tips and try out a few more looks!