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The Beginner’s Guide To Wearing Colourful Eye Shadow
Fri, 22 June 2012 1:42PM
I have some brightly-coloured, sparkly MAC pressed powder eye shadows (my favourite shade is Aquadisiac), but how do I wear them without looking ridiculous?
If you’re usually a less-is-more sort of girl, wearing colour, be it an acid-blue t-shirt, yellow nail polish, or a slick of coral on your pucker can be particularly daunting. The good news is, once you break the ice and learn how to apply the product correctly and wear it with confidence, there’s no looking back.
The fact that you have headed out and invested in some brightly-coloured shades of shadows means you’re already half way there. Although pastels will forever be a hit, right now, wearing pops of colour, such as neon accents or colour blocking has never been cooler, so here are a few helpful hints to help you work the trend into your everyday makeup.
Options 1: Try a soft wash.
The beauty of a pressed powder is that they’re brilliantly buildable. You can take baby steps, by starting with a faint wash of one single colour across the eyelids. When it comes to keeping the colour looking subtle, using the correct eye shadow brush is key. As a general guide, the fluffier, fuller the brush, the softer the finish. All you need to do is gently dust the powder working it from the inner corner of the eye so that the product gradually fades as it reaches the crease line toward the outer corner. Then, if you’re keen to amp up the drama, you can continue layering the shadow, or try working a deeper shade of the same colour on to the outer corners of the eyes for a more contoured-looking finish that’s ripe for the PM. To complete the look, keep it simple with a coat or two of mascara and a soft, almost-nude gloss on the lips for shine that won’t compete with the shadow.
Option 2: Coloured liner
Wearing eye shadow as a liner is one of the fastest ways to dabble in the colour trend and can easily be adapted for both day and night. When it comes to applying the shadow as liner, you can use a short, rounded brush, like MAC Brush 215, $45, maccosmetics.com.au, to gently dust the powder along the lower lash line for a soft, almost-cloudy-like finish. Or, for a sharper, more defined-looking hit of colour, use a flat, eye liner brush to create a clean sweep of shadow which will also help to play up the sparkle.
Hot tip: dampening the brush with a bit of water will make the shadow appear more punchy. Plus, it also helps to keep fallout on the low down.
Now, go forth and colour, colour, colour!
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Posted by: Eliza Ashe