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.
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. Like this:
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.
Primer. This is a step I’m often tempted to skip but I regret it when I do. Not only does it give you a smooth clean base to work from it also makes your shadow go on better and last longer.
There are MANY options here so I’m breaking down my favorites based on your needs -
Urban Decay Primer Potion: If you are one of those people who struggles with eyeshdaow creasing constantly, if your eye makeup runs or if you have oily skin this one is a great choice for you! When I really want my shadow to stay and stay I go for this baby. Plus it makes your shadow go on very vibrant.
MAC Ochre Paint Pot: This is a fabulous option for those who have naturally dark or “see-thru” eyelids who want a little more coverage to get a good canvas and get a true color from shadows. It’s also my go-to when I’m doing a smokey or a highly blended look.
Brushes. There are SO many brushes and the further you go into your eye shadow love the more and more you can get in your collection (as some of you very well know! ha) but if we are talking essentials here there’s really only two you NEED. (I’m so bummed that the one I photographed here decided to sell out right before this posted! so I have added two very good alternatives!)
Crease Brush: This is a MUST have brush. It’s the perfect size to give you control over exactly where your shadow goes without being so small that it takes all day to get it on there! Fluffy Brush: This will be great for highlighting and blending.
Shadow. So so so many choices! We could talk about shadow choices all day long (and we will based on eye color, skin tone and all that fun stuff) but Eyeshadow School is going to start with technique so picking the “perfect” colors are on the back burner for now. Just one of each shade will do! (most of you already have three shades that will work great)
So get these in your loaded up in your backpack (Navy Blue Jan Sport – only one shoulder -if you’re cool:) and you’ll be set for class!
Thanks again for all your questions and suggestions for this series, they help me so much!
Love you all!
If you’ve followed the blog for long you might already know about my sister Rachel. She’s a FANTASTIC makeup artist and pretty much is the whole reason I got into it myself.
She was the artist behind the makeover I’m showing you today!
I thought it was fun because I think we often associate red lips with winter time but I LOVE them for summer too.
Vivianne is insanely beautiful and I love how this classic red look paired with some bronzed up cheeks really brightens her up!
I hope you guys like this feature, I look forward to it all week. Every time I see something cool or think of something small I want to share I get excited to put it on my Friday list.
I couldn’t agree more.
I ventured into a J. Crew store for the first time in forever last weekend and even though there’s no way in HE double hockey sticks I could fit into it right now, I still wanted to buy this shirt…just to look at it. The website doesn’t even do it justice!
Also, I am in need of some advice from mothers. With Christian I never tried and slings or baby carriers, I’d really like to with this baby but I don’t know where to start? Which ones are the best? Pros & Cons?