Eyeshadow School Makeup

Eyeshadow School: The Wash

When I said I was going to start with the basics I was SO not kidding!
I know this technique might be a no brainer but I want to draw attention to the fact that no brainer eyeshadow can be just as gorgeous as any other more complicated type. So I’m starting with the very easiest and working toward the hardest….
Easiest of all – The Wash.
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Blend the primer everywhere you plan to put the eyeshadow which in this case is from your lash line all the up to your brows. Picture a parenthesis from the end of your brows to the corner of your eyes and fill in there. Β Like this:

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MAC Soft Ochre
Fluffy Brush
Light Shadow: Ring Leader from the Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette

To make it EVEN easier you could just use the paint pot and totally skip the shadow. I chose to layer on the shadow to give it a little shimmery something in this case.

Why I love it: It is just so simple and clean. To me it screams fresh and youthful.
Pair it with: Love this paired with a heavier lip or heavier eyeliner or with big lashes.
Who looks fabulous in it: If you have deep set eyes you cannot go wrong with this simple shadow.

P.S. I posted a video of the High Volume Crimping technique I used a while back on youtube if you wanna check that out!

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    swisswife
    July 17, 2014 at 4:40 am

    This might be dumb, but do you go all the way up to where the brow hairs are? And how far in (towards your nose) do you go? Can you maybe outline in black the exact area the wash is in? Sorry, but I really need help when it comes to eyeshadow!!

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      Katherine Willis
      July 17, 2014 at 5:49 am

      Hi swisswife! It’s typically the brow bone-you can feel with your finger where it is-below the eyebrow. Hope this helps!

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      Cara
      July 17, 2014 at 7:49 am

      So flag you asked!! There are no dumb questions! Especially at eyeshadow school, I don’t want anyone to feel unshadowcapabable after this! Haha I am creating a diagram right now to specify that better! I can see that I didn’t add near enough detail!

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    Olivarosegirl
    July 17, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Where did you apply the Mac Soft Ochre paint pot?

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      swisswife
      July 17, 2014 at 4:52 am

      I think the paint pot is under the shadow. Right?

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      Olivarosegirl
      July 17, 2014 at 4:53 am

      Oh, I see, the Mac paint pot is used as the primer right?

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        Cara
        July 17, 2014 at 7:50 am

        Yes exactly, everywhere you plan to put the shadow you want to put the paint pot first. Even if you put shadow beneath the eye:)

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    Jen
    July 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

    For those of us who are eye shadow challenged, you’ll need to be a lot more specific. I have the same questions as swisswife, but also, I always wonder how far out from the eye I should go. Is that a straight line from the outer corner of the eye to the eyebrow? Rounded? What? Help!

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      Bethany
      July 17, 2014 at 6:12 am

      Totally have the same questions πŸ™‚ Thanks Cara!! It’s a really pretty look!

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      Cara
      July 17, 2014 at 7:52 am

      So sorry! I’m adding a diagram of exactly where to put it! I’ll add it as soon as I can ( we just moved into our new house and they haven’t come to set up internet yet! Driving me crazy but I’ll get it loaded today for sure!)

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    jen2410
    July 17, 2014 at 5:36 am

    What colour could ii use that is similar from the Stila in the Light palette?

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      Catherine
      July 17, 2014 at 6:24 am

      If you like shimmer, Kitten is a really pretty light shade.

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      Cara
      July 17, 2014 at 7:54 am

      Kitten or champagne would be beautiful!

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        jen2410
        July 19, 2014 at 12:54 am

        Thank you! Im 46 and am cautious about using shimmer in case it is ageing πŸ™

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    Rebecca
    July 17, 2014 at 7:27 am

    So you did the first color all the way up to the eyebrow and the second one to the brow bone? Sorry I know you said it’s easy, but I need more details!

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    Jessica Johnston
    July 17, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Love how you are able to make everything simple!

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    Liezl
    July 17, 2014 at 9:11 am

    what did you use for the lippie?

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      Cara
      July 17, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Nyx lipstick in nude:)

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    Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse
    July 17, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I love how you are starting with the basics because it makes it so much easier to understand and follow. Also funny story…my sister used to always make fun of me for taking my eyeshadow up to my brow bone because she told me it was only supposed to go on my eyelid. For years I listened to her because was my “wise” older sister ha. Needless to say I grew up and started wearing my eye shadow up to my brow bow again. So funny how our siblings have so much influence over us!

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      Cara
      July 17, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Oh my gosh!! I have so many stories like that from my siblings. Things they tell you and years later you think wait… Was that even true?! Haha

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    SeaFerMe
    July 17, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I love going simple with my eye shadow and really heavy with the eyeliner too. πŸ™‚ This is kinda random but I’ve been searching for a good eye shadow primer but I can’t seem to find any that actually work for me. After a few hours my eye shadow is always oily looking a really gross haha. Let me know, thanks

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      Kaitlyn
      July 17, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Have you tried any of the primers from Urban Decay? They work the best for me personally, and my eyelids are decently oily.

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    Camille
    July 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Really love what you said about the deep set eyes. I have them and every time I try to add a deeper darker color to the crease, I feel like it makes my eyes look like black holes. I feel like I’m one of those people who need to stick with a light wash and really play up the eyelashes instead.

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    Denise McCormick
    July 17, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I’m relieved and entertained by the fact that I’m not the only one who needs this eyeshadow school to be SUPER basic and remedial. I headed straight to the comments, and the very first question by swisswife–and another later by Jen–asked exactly what I was wondering. Apparently you’ll have to really dumb yourself down and make this even more detailed and basic than you thought! πŸ™‚ But, oh, how grateful we eyeshadow ignoramuses will be if you do!

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    Lillie
    July 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    That’s me. Deep set eyes. Keep talking about them!

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    Tammy
    July 17, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Love this! Cara you are gorgeous! This light shade looks so refreshing for the warmer weather πŸ™‚

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    Ashley L.
    July 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    What brand brush is that?

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    Erica Skelly
    July 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Loving eyeshadow school! What’s a good MAC light colour?

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    Andrea
    July 18, 2014 at 5:06 am

    I really enjoy reading your blog! There are some very useful advice but I agree to the others – sometimes more details would be great. Btw. you look stunning! πŸ™‚

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    erin
    July 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

    So you’re using an eyeshadow in place of a primer? I’ve heard of 1st using a shadow close to your skin tone as a base. Is a wash the same as a base? Do you put primer on before the base/primer? Sorry, I get confused with terms and such.

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    erin
    July 19, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Sorry, I meant to type base/wash in the last line.

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