Blending eyeshadow – it’s not just for runway models. This extra step means the time spent applying make-up on eyes before work or a party gets noticed. The tools for application can be your finger or specific make-up brushes. What you really need to know is the right combination of colours for you, and where exactly on your eye they look best.
Clara: I use the Too-Faced Chocolate Bar ‘Semi-Sweet’ eyeshadow palette, starting with the ‘Caramel’ colour. I put that all over my lid in about two coats.
Next I put the colour ‘Frosting’, from the same palette, in my crease using a Real Techniques angled shadow brush (the “crease” is where your eye socket and eyeball meet). I put it in my outer “V” (the slanted line between the end of your eye and the top end of your crease) as well, just to make my eyes look more cat-like. I have big eyes so this makes them more sultry.
Last, I use a Too-Faced shadow again in ‘butter pecan’, which I dab on the inner corners of my eyes, then blend it all together with the ‘Caramel’ colour again. With shadow colours in general, I stick to gold and bronze tones to compliment my brown eyes.
Anabelle: I start with the Anastasia Beverley Hills Shadow Couture ‘World Traveler’ Palette. I use the colour ‘Morocco’ which is like a warm brick brown, and that goes on the crease of my eyelid. Then I deepen the crease with the ‘Fudge’ colour, followed by ‘Soft Peach’ all over my lid and smudging ‘Noir’ right along my upper and lower lash line to thicken up the lashes.
Next I use my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Opal’ to highlight the inner corner of my eyes.
The trick with my look is that I always blend outwards, because the way my eye folds you wouldn’t see all my blended eyeshadow otherwise. So I always go a little above where my eye creases.
Chanel: Because my eyelids have extra fat and space, I start off with a lighter colour that goes all over my lid. I’ve recently been using Maybelline’s Hyper Diamonds Palette in ‘Berry Diamonds’ so I use the lighter shades from that. When I’m using the darker shades in the palette I find it useful to look up while I’m applying just so I can see what it looks like on my eyes.
We’ve all mentioned our eye creases, and I’ve found a helpful way to find mine is to use the pointy end of a make-up brush and press it against where my eye folds. That sounds confusing, but you’ll feel it even if you can’t see it. So if I want my eye look to be a bit more dramatic, I just bring the shadow up over that crease so you can see it with my eyes open.