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Eye Shadow

There are many different ways to enjoy the fun of make up. Yet the makeup items a woman uses can vary from several dozen to a few basics – a foundation, lipstick, and something like an eyebrow pencil. To a moderate makeup user, an elaborate pallet of eye shadow colors with assorted brushes and tips may seem too perplexing to use with finesse.

Learning the basics is actually quite simple. With a little practice, anyone can master the secrets of a beautiful eye shadow makeup. Here are a few tips how to naturally enhance the look of your eyes.

Applying eye shadow: the basics

There are two basic rules to follow when applying eye shadow.

First:

The eyeball is naturally darker towards the outside than the inside. For a natural impression of depth, apply the darker color at the outer corners of the eye.

Second:

Blur the border between the eye shadow and neighboring skin for a natural gradation.

No matter how many colors you find in an eye shadow set, the colors are usually divided into three types – light, intermediate, and dark. These can be applied by following the basic procedure outlined below.

  1. Light colors
    First, brighten up the eyes by applying the light color over the whole eyelid. If you want good coloration all round the eye, a thickish tip or brush will work best.
  2. Intermediate colors
    Next, blend in the intermediate color working from the outer corners of the eyes inwards. The outer corners of the eyes tend to droop as we get older. For a youthful look, apply more color at the outermost corner the eye, carefully blending in the color to obscure the borders between the shades. Meanwhile, the inner corners of the eyes need only a light dab of color. This is important to remember, as color applied too heavily at the inner corner will look gaudy.
  3. Dark colors
    Finally, apply dark color along the upper and lower lash lines, again applying more color at the outer corners and more lightly inward. If your upper eyelids tend to droop down over the eye shadow, try applying dark and intermediate colors over a wide area. The eyes will look larger and well balanced with dark color applied over the outer one third of your eye lid. Look in the mirror to make sure that the eye shadow is visible on the outer sides of the eyes with your eyes open.

If any of the eye shadow color on the upper eyelid leaks onto the lower eyelid, conceal this by applying the intermediate color on the outer side of the lower eyelid, as well.

With a little practice, you will master the technique of eye shadow application much more easily than you expected. Once you are used to it, you can start working with more colors to compose new and beautiful makeup effects.

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Priming the eye area and selecting the eye shadow

A makeup base and foundation usually go on before the color cosmetics. Yet many woman tend to skip this step when it comes to eye shadow. This is a mistake. Prepare your eyelids for eye shadow with an eyelid base (also referred to as “eyeshadow base” or “eyelid primer”) formulated specially for the skin around the eyes. Eyelid bases enhance the moisturizing effect of eye shadows and prepare the lids for smoother, crease-free, longer lasting eye shadows.

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Selecting the eye shadow color

Eye shadow can be purchased in a multi color set or as a single color. Eye shadow sets are most easy to use as they give you a ready choice of harmonious color gradations and textures.

If you have blue, green, or hazel eyes, choose an eye shadow color that complements the color of your iris to enliven your eyes and bring out the most striking effects. (Complementary colors are colors that fall on opposite sides of the color wheel.) If you would like to use an eye shadow within the same color range as your eye, remember to select a shade lighter than your eyes and to use eyeliner and mascara to highlight the subtle difference between the color of your iris and the eye shadow color on your lid.

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Choosing the right colors for your eyes

Blue eyes

Earthy tones such as grays and browns work well with blue eyes, as do orange, pink, purple, and coral.

Green eyes

Shades of brown or earth tones draw attention to green eyes and help them look natural at the same time. Shades with red undertones like burgundy, maroon, apricot, peach, or plum bring out green eyes nicely.

Hazel eyes

Hazel eye color is a blend of sundry hues which pairs with many shades of eye shadow. Neutral colors such as browns bestow a gorgeous, fail-proof look. Bluish colors also work well.

Brown eyes

Count yourself lucky if your eyes are brown. Brown eyes go with just about any color of eye shadow. Match the color with your outfit, the season, or the occasion.
Even brown shades of eye shadow will enhance the beauty of your eyes. Greens and pinks also work charmingly, as they play your eyes up. Shades like olive, khaki, and gold also work well with brown eyes.

Asian eyes
Asian women, with their brown eyes, should go for color. Those with flatter facial features look gorgeous with several layers of eye shadow colors which build up just the right amount of depth.
Fresh colors such as green and pink usually look best on a balmy day, while darker shades such as Bordeaux red or khaki work better in cooler, calmer weather. When in doubt, your safest bet is a color variation with neutral shades such as beiges and browns.

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Eye shadow textures

When concerned about fine lines and wrinkles in the eye lid area, stay away from shimmery colors and choose eye shadow sets with moist textures and good coloration.

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