How to apply three shades of eye shadow

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Playing up your eyes is the best thing about make up. However, with the myriad of shades and tints available it is difficult to decide where to start. This guide will show you how you can put very easy looks together and apply your eyeshadow like a pro in no time!

Eye shadows come in many forms; powders, cream, stick, pressed, loose. The pressed powdered form is the most popular. With a little practice, each of them can be used in many different ways. For starters, you need three colors, one for your lid, one for your crease and one as a highlighter. You also need specific brushes to work with each kind of shadow. If you are just getting started with make up, you will like the Maybelline Expert Wear quads which have the lid, crease and brow colors already labeled for you. Most quad and trio palettes are color coordinated (with a medium, dark and highlighter color) so you don’t have to worry about mixing and matching single eye shadows.

For the application:

The three brushes just mentioned are a flat, densely packed brush for your lids, a blending brush for the crease and a pencil brush for the inner corners of your eyes. Say you want to create a smoky look; you will take a charcoal grey eyeshadow with your flat brush and pack it on to your lids. The dense bristles of the brush allow for the color to go evenly. Next take the crease brush and use matte black eyeshadow to deepen the outer “V” of your eyes. Blend into the crease to avoid any harsh lines. This will create depth and add dimension to your eyes. It also makes your eyes look larger than they are. Lastly you will need your highlighter color. Highlighters are normally light, shimmery colors that are applied into the inner corners and brow bones to brighten the eye area. These are the lightest shade in any palette. Use the pencil brush to apply the highlighter in your inner corners and brow bones

If you want to experiment with fun colors, then remember to chose shadows that are sheer and not to opaque. Sheer colors allow for layers to be built up whereas opaque colors look too harsh.

Once you have mastered these basic techniques, there is a whole host of things that you can do with your eye shadow. Use the “foiling” technique to create an even intense color. This is just applying your eyeshadow with a damp brush so that the pigment really stands out. Play around and you are sure to come up with your own unique techniques.

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