Even though it’s well established that I am fairly make-up obsessed, I don’t actually wear that much on my face on a day-to-day basis. Somewhat ironically, I prefer a ‘barely there’ kind of makeup look.
Naturally, this means that intricate eye shadow looks are not my forte. That’s not to say I don’t own heaps of eyeshadow and watch countless cut crease, halo and smokey eyeshadow tutorials on Youtube! I 100% do. It’s just that I’m not very good at doing those looks myself. Go figure.
Recently I’ve fallen in love with pink and orange shades of shadow, but without the necessary skills to execute an amazing eyeshadow look, I’ve also discovered the lazy way to make those colours pop with little to no effort required.
First thing to keep in mind when trying to cheat your way to an amazing eyeshadow look is to choose colours that will have a wow-effect, even when used on their own.
Opt for a highly pigmented colour that contrasts your own eye colour. I have green eyes, so purple would be a good choice to make my eye colour pop. If you have brown eyes, a bronze or copper shadow will bring out any gold flecks in your eyes. Similarly, rust or warm red tones will make blue eyes stand out.
Another great hack I’ve discovered is to use a primer to make sure the one eyeshadow you do use lasts as long as possible, plus it gives the pigment an extra boost. Obviously if you’re not an eyeshadow aficionado then there’s no point splurging on an expensive primer but there are many cheap options from the drugstore, like this one from NYX.
Likewise, if you’re not using eyeshadow on a daily basis it’s likely you also don’t own one thousand and one different brushes. But hey, I’m a big fan of using hands to apply makeup. Hands are A) totally free and B) can actually be more effective than brushes as they help warm up base products so they melt into the skin and in the case of eyeshadow, help press the colour onto the lid for ultimate colour payoff.
Once you’ve applied a base, simply rub your finger gently in your colour of choice and press it onto the lid, starting in the centre and moving outwards. Make sure you don’t swipe with your finger as this will shift the shadow and make the application uneven.
Repeat this as many times as you like until you get enough colour on the lid. Don’t worry about being precise as this look is not really about that! Plus you can clean it up and blend out the edges later using your blush or bronze colour.
This is really as complicated as it gets! I will revert to this eyeshadow cheat whenever I want to look like I put heaps of effort into my makeup or just feel like being a bit more playful.
My favourite shadows to use for this technique are reds, oranges and pinks. It’s also good to choose a colour that has a bit of reflect in it as opposed to a matte shadow because the glitter particles will make the look even more eye-catching. NYX and Makeup Revolution make excellent, affordable eyeshadows and my favourite high end eyeshadows at the moment are this palette from Dior and Charlotte Tilbury.
Are you an eyeshadow kind of person? What’s your typical eyeshadow look?
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