Eye Shadows Buying Guide
Eye shadow is one of the more creative aspects of makeup. You can choose to naturally highlight your eyes, paint your lids crazy colours, or to make your eyes appear smaller or larger. Eye shadow comes in virtually every shade one could think of, so be prepared to have a wide selection to choose from. Some eye shadows are sold in single form, while others come in palettes that can contain anywhere from two to thirty different shades.
Tips on Choosing an Eyeshadow
- You get what you pay for usually in the world of cosmetics. Here eye shadow is no exception. The pricier forms of powder eyeshadow contain higher quality pigments and a finer consistency. That means pricier shadows will be richer in color and be easier to blend. They might even last longer and have less of a tendency to crease. As for cream shadows, don't worry about spending an arm and a leg since it won't make much of a difference in the quality.
- Get top of the line eyeshadow in the shades that you'd wear most often. Feel free to buy a cheap bright blue eye shadow if you are just wearing it for a costume.
- Color choice is completely optional. Everyone will have a preference as to whether they like earthy neutrals or bold shades best and nobody can tell you that you aren't allowed to wear green eyeshadow if you want to. But remember that depending on your hair and skin tone some colors might naturally be better matches to bring out your best features.
- Experiment with cheaper eyeshadow. If you are looking for the perfect shade, try buying a cheap, large eye shadow palette. When you find a colour that you love, go out and buy the shade in a higher quality form.
Eye Colour and Eye Shadow Guide
There are a lot of factors that go into whether or not an eye shadow looks good on you. Eye colour can play a part, but skin tone, hair colour, confidence, season, time of day, personal preference, and the quality of the shadow all play a part. Darker shades usually look better at night, and bright, wild colours look best in late afternoon and early evening. Keep experimenting until you find the best shade for every occasion. Here are some basic guidelines for matching eye colour with eye shadows.
- Neutral tones like beige, brown, and taupe.
- Taupe, gold, and beige.
- Caramel, gold and brown.
- Deep brown and golden shades.
Eye Shadow Types
- When you want to apply a one, two, three, or four color design to your lids, always be sure to properly prep your eyes with concealer and/or foundation so that the color stays and doesn't smudge.
- Use separate brushes if you are using more than one color.
- Always tap or shake of the brush before applying the color so that it won't become caked.
- Forget using the foam applicators included with the cheaper variety of shadows that are mediocre to poor quality.
- Blend always! There should never be obvious lines where you apply shadow.
- Do not match the shadow to your outfit when using bright colors unless it is subtle.
- Unless you are young enough to sport them, avoid bright neon shadows.
Top Eye Shadow Picks
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