Tips and Tricks
Secret #1: Blending is keyOk, well I sorta knew this, but I wasn’t sure HOW TO BLEND. You use three : The base, usually a very light taupe, a highlighter for the crease and a main color for the lid, but how to get them to look as if they merge into each other like the colors of a rainbow?
My secret: Start light then go darker. Brush the base color to the entire eye up to the brow bone (base is the lightest color), the lid color (the medium color) and THEN apply the highlighter (the darkest color). Also, don’t be too heavy-handed or you’ll have to start over.
Extra tip: Practice makes perfect. Play with your makeup a few days before a big event.
Secret #2: Choose shadows that make the color of your eyes popGone are the days when beauty experts advised against blue shadow. Matching the color of your eye with a shadow actually brings the color out (think blue shadow on blue eyes). At the same time, contrasting colors make eyes pop too (think a deep jeweled blue shadow on deep brown eyes or gorgeous with blue eyes).
Secret #3: Never apply deep color to your browbone — unless you’re doing a cover shoot for VogueYou don’t want the drama too much shadow brings. Apply shadow up to the browbone but don’t apply shadow ON the bone unless it’s a color.
Secret #4: Highlighter can make or break your lookWhen dark shadow to the crease of your eye, be careful to blend only on the outside edge. Get to and you’ll cause your eyes to look teeny and beady.
Secret #5: Set shadow with a great basePrimers are super hot right now because they help set makeup that stays for hours. I’ve found the secret to keeping shadow in place for hours is a shadow base, or primer. Almost everyone makes them but I swear by Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.
I apply at the beginning of the day and sweep my favorite Christian Dior shadow over it and the shadow stays on all day long with nary a smudge, even through hardcore workouts with my personal trainer. You cannot beat that.