Properly applied eyeshadow should highlight the beauty of your eyes. You don’t want it to draw attention away from your eyes, but to enhance their natural attributes. Sloppy eyeshadow application can make you look older, worn out and detract from your appearance. Eyeshadow helps correct tired eyes, make your eyes look larger or smaller and make your natural eye color stand out.
Avoid matching your shadow color to your eye color. Paula Begoun, of the Cosmetics Cop website, recommends neutral shades in beige, tans, browns, pinks and plums. Unless you are aiming for a special effect, don’t use blues and greens. To enhance your eye color, select a soft shade that contrasts with the color. For example, use peachy hues on blue eyes. Light shades will give your eyes a rested appearance and make your eyes look larger. Darker colors can help diminish large eyes or eyelids.
Whether you choose to use a simple, two-color design or the more complicated application of four colors, blend the shades. You shouldn’t be able to identify exactly where one shade starts and the other ends. When using only two colors, apply either the lighter or the darker shade over the whole lid. The other color goes into the crease. Opt for shades that work together, such as cream and tan.
Using special effects on the eyes can prove tricky for the inexperienced. If you don’t think you can pull off applying a smoky eye look, you might want to stay with simple applications or risk looking like you stepped out of punk party. Limit shimmer to the brow area and use sparingly as it tends to draw attention to wrinkles.
The way you apply your shadow can prove just as important as choosing a color. Apply a layer of foundation over your lids prior to the shadow. This helps prevent problems like creasing and gives a smooth, neutral base. Use a separate brush for each eyeshadow color and tap excess off before applying. A clean brush works best for blending. Use small, circular motions and blend the crease color up and out.
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