I got a request from the lovely Lina over at Ritzypin for an "Explain like I'm 5" eyeshadow tutorial. Here it is! I'm going to cover the basics, and I've selected a look that works on most eye shapes.
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LET'S GET STARTED.
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
To kick off any eyeshadow look, you're gonna want a kick-ass eye primer. Everyone has their favorites, and it really is a trial and error kind of thing. I dig MAC's paint pots, but I've made a list of some other tried and true picks.
- Benefit Stay Don't Stray ($26)
- MAC Paint Pots ($20)
- Urban Decay Primer Potion ($20)
- Stila Prime Pot ($20)
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($18)
- NYX Eyeshadow Base ($7)
- ELF Studio Eye Primer ($3)
Eye primers help to keep your eyeshadow from creasing, makes it last longer throughout the day, and makes the colors brighter and easier to blend. Really, it's the miracle product behind any look. For everyday wear, you'll want to pick an eye primer that is close to your skin color.
PRO TIP: Be careful not to use TOO much primer. If you over apply, it will just make the product obsolete. Blend out with your fingers and make sure any creasing in the product is smoothed out BEFORE you apply your base eyeshadow.
LET'S MOVE ON TO THE EYESHADOW PART.
As I previously mentioned, this look will work on most eye shapes, but not all. This look is a very good place to start, because once you have this technique down, you can experiment with different colors, darkness, etc. more easily.
Basically, when I am teaching someone new about eyeshadow, I recommend three colors: light, medium, and dark. Building up color from the lightest shade to the darkest is the easiest method (I've found) for beginners. That way, you're not diving in with a black that is darker than the heart of Satan and hoping for the best.
PICK YOUR THREE COLORS AND LET'S DO THIS!
I chose MAC Gesso (light), MAC Brule (medium), and UD Tease (dark).
WHAT BRUSHES DO I USE?
As a general rule of thumb, I like to recommend smaller, denser brushes for eyeshadow placement and larger, fluffier brushes for blending.