I’m one of those people who got into makeup late in my life, when I started working. Even then, I only started with a lipstick, then blush before I finally had enough confidence to try eyeshadow. Early attempts were pretty much disastrous but these days, I’ve hit upon a technique that works very well for me and that I employ with almost every eye look and colour combination. Its terribly simple and uncomplex so you can imagine my surprise that I quite recently received a few emails asking how I apply my eyeshadow. I never thought that it would elicit interest LOL! 🙂
So, I thought I’d share how I wear a work friendly eye look, and also how I apply my eyeshadow. Its not quite as marvellous or amazing as the many other eyeshadow tutorials you see out there, but I hope some of you may find it useful because its dead easy 🙂
Do note that you can use any colour combination. For my purposes here, I’m using just 2 colours to keep things easy – a light shade (beige) and a dark shade (black). Most people opt for brown shades for work. I shy away from brown so I prefer going with a black for definition and a light for colour and highlight.
1. Bare eye. You may prep your lid with a lid primer or dab some concealer or cream eyeshadow in a neutral shade over your lid. I curl my lashes first and apply mascara before doing my eye makeup.
2. Apply a light beige shimmer shade over your whole lid.
3. Take a black or dark shade and apply on the outer 1/3 of your lid. Don’t be afraid that it looks harsh or odd at this point.
4. Blend the dark shade inwards so there are no harsh lines. Add a dab of lighter shade in the inner part of the eye to lighten the colour if you prefer something less stark. Keep the outer part darker.
5. This is more or less how it’ll look with your eyes open. Lighter shade on the inside part of the eye, darker shade on the outer part, blended in the middle.
6. Using an eyeliner pencil or brush, draw a line on the lower lid, just a small part of the way to define the eye shape. Don’t draw it too long or that may look too harsh or stark for the day. Use a light coloured eyeliner pencil or using an eyeliner brush apply a light shimmer beige shadow on your lower lid. This covers up the redness that makes eyes look tired, and makes eyes look bigger and brighter.
7. On the upper lid, draw in your eyeliner on the top line and tightline if you prefer.
8. Finished look.
How long does this take me? Well about 5 minutes if I’m in a hurry or, if I have more colours to play with and more time on my hands, longer. I will also note that this technique works for me primarily because of the shape of my eye which is the classic shape of an Oriental eye, being long with not much lid space, and without deep folds. If your eye folds are deeper, you may have to take the colour up further so that its visible when you open your eyes.
And for completeness, here’s how I would wear this look to a slightly more serious work place than mine 🙂
Eyes: L’Oreal Infallible Colour Eyeshadow in Hourglass Beige and Eternal Black ; Cheeks : Chanel Les Tendres de Chanel Les Roses Travel blush highlighter palette; Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 60 Antigone
Whenever I play down my eyes, I tend to play up the rest of my face to keep things balanced because I’m one of those people who love colour 🙂
It is, as I have noted, uncomplex and not quite as elaborate as many other excellent tutorials out there. This is actually an adaptation of the Japanese layering method which I was using before this. It works well with sheer shimmery eyeshadow which is my texture of choice and I do it this way because its faster for me and defines my eye shape better. I hope some of you found it useful 🙂
I just realised that about 2 years back I posted a similar sort of look also using black and light shadow – tells you a lot about my personal style right? 😛 I went back to look at it and realized that I must have tweaked things as I went along the past 2 years, because I much prefer my present method – practice as they say, makes perfect 😛 Also, I’ve abandoned the heavier smokier look I used to do and am now going for a more defined eye look. Funny how our personal tastes change 😀
Would you give this technique a try or do you already do your eye makeup this way or in a similar manner?