Diary / Beauty / Sep 26, 2022
Bobbi's 10 Best Eyeshadow Tips
Written by: Bobbi
Photography by: Ben Ritter
Need eyeshadow advice? You've come to the right place. Here are my best tips for applying and wearing eyeshadow...
Start with a Clean Slate
Whenever you’re applying eyeshadow, start with a clean lid — this will help you avoid creasing and keep the color even.
Make Pink Work
Pink, peach and other warm-toned eyeshadows can make the eyes look tired (or like you’re hung over) if you don’t apply them correctly. Use mascara and a dark shadow as a liner or a pencil to define the eyes. Avoid applying these pink-toned shades directly along the lash line.
Use Your Hands
If you’re applying a cream shadow, your fingers are going to be the best tool for tapping and blending the shadow on your lids. If you’re using a powder shadow, grab a brush to apply and use your fingers to blend.
Embrace the Power of Brown Shadow
Brown shadow is one of my favorite hair products. Yes, hair. With a shade that matches your hair color, you can use it to touch up your roots, hide greys, and fill in sparse areas that show when you pull your hair up into a ponytail or bun. The Best Eyeshadow in Dark Brown is great for touching up any grays along your hairline. (I’ve also used The Brow Pencil and Best Pencil to do it too.)
Do Your Eyes First
Do smokey eyeshadow before any other makeup so you can clean up spills before adding concealer.
Don’t Forget Your Brows
You can use powder shadow to fill in your brows when you don’t have a pencil or gel on hand. For brows, use a shade that is the same tone as your brow color. If you have black hair, go with a slightly softer shade, like a dark ash brown or a deep brown-black. If you are blonde, keep the shadow in the same tone as your brow hair.
Always Wear Mascara
Black mascara looks good on everyone. Look for the blackest mascara you can find and start by coating the top lashes. Coat the entire lash, getting as close to the root as possible. Don’t be afraid to layer— just make sure you let it dry between coats to avoid clumps.
Start With a Base
Light shadow shades are the best base, especially for a smokey eye. Use them all over the lid to help get rid of excess oil to even out the tone of your eyelids. From there, you can add medium and dark tones to build your look. Light shades can also be used under the brow bone to help open up the eyes.
Grab a Q-Tip
Keep a Q-tip and clean brush handy for cleaning up any mistakes. Trying to clean with your finger will only make the mess worse. Use an oil-free makeup remover, like a micellar water, to remove what you need.
Use Shimmer Shades as Highlighter
Light shimmer shades are great as highlighters. I like to use Just A Sec in Linen and Golden Peach to the inner corners of the eyes and under the brow bone. (You can even use them on your cheeks if you’re in a pinch.)
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