How to cast shadow? Powerful eyes with one or more colors

A palette of eyeshadow with infinite colors is one of the dreams of those who love makeup.

And the variety is great: powdery, creamy, liquid, compact. Some have the most intense pigmentation, like the compact, others are wild and easy to apply and correct, like the creamy one.

Compact shadows are more velvety and ensure a good hold. They are easy to spread and the drier consistency allows mixing with other shades (such as the gradient effect).

They can be applied with brushes or even with your fingers. The trick is to train so that the result is perfect.

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How to put eye shadow? Step by step

There is no secret to putting eye shadow, in fact, it is quite easy. Just choose the shade (and there are many!), The form of application (fingers or brush) and apply the product throughout the region that you want to pigment, usually the eyelid and the concave, or under the eyes, close to lower lashes.

To make it even easier, here is a complete step-by-step on how to apply eye shadow:

  1. Apply the primer first: this enhances the color of the eyeshadow making it more pigmented and also ensures that the eyeshadow lasts longer;
  2. Choose the color of the shadow; 
  3. Choose the applicator: it can be your fingers or a brush (soft to smudge, harder to deposit the shadow);
  4. Apply the eyeshadow: as delicate movements (taps or back and forth), apply the main color over the movable eyelid area;
  5. Make a gradient: apply a darker color to the outer corner and blend to blend the tones;
  6. Brighten the inner corner: pearly or lighter shades can be applied to the inner corner of the eyes;
  7. Smoke to the line of the concave: this helps to uniformize the tones and avoid marked lines.

You can mix colors or use just one. That gradient effect is very nice with a good smudge, to avoid heavy markings.

Even when the choice is just one shade, investing in a fluffy brush to smudge well gives a great result.

The ideal is always to make circular and back and forth movements, smoothing the make up.

You can use more colors too. The logic is the same, always blurring well so that the tones are not marked.

It is also worth applying on the lower part of the eye, close to the lower lashes. This enhances the eyes.

Then, you can finish your eyes with a perfect outline !

Can you apply eyeshadow with your fingers?

Yes, you can . But the texture of the shadow can define whether you should use a brush or your fingers.

For example, powder eyeshadows should be applied with the brush that will make them stronger and more defined. Creamy shadows can be spread with your fingers.

However, if your intention is to use a kitten-like eye (with more defined features), use a brush, which will bring a more uniform and professional result.

If you are going to make up with your hands, wash them well before you start. In addition to preventing problems with infections, finger hygiene prevents dirt from interfering with the color of your make-up. 

Tips on how to apply shade to everyday life

Eyeshadow is such a wild product that it ends up becoming one of the most used items on a daily basis. Going from light lighting the eyelids to black smoky, it can transform any production.

With this in mind, these tips can help apply eyeshadow in a correct and practical way.

How to choose and use a single color?

Passing a single shade color is pretty easy. First, choose a shade that matches the makeup you want to do.

The color of your eyes can be an indication of which shades look good:

  • Black or dark brown eyes: black, dark gray, lead, copper, bronze, orange, blue, green shadows;
  • Light brown eyes (honey): brown, salmon, champagne, bronze and pearlescent;
  • Blue eyes: brown, gold and bronze;
  • Green eyes: purple tones, wine, pink, gray and graphite;
  • Gray eyes: lilac, graphite and black.

But, in makeup, there are not many rules. So, regardless of the color of your eyes, test various shades of shade and use the ones you like best.

After choosing the color, choose whether to use your fingers or brush.

Finally, take the chosen shade and spread it over the areas you want to highlight (eyelids, concave and lower eyes).

Preparing the eyelid before applying eyeshadow, that is, using the foundation to match your skin tones, can make your makeup more uniform.

Applying a little bit of primer on the eyelid before the eyeshadow is another trick that favors better fixation and durability of the product.

Try to spread the product from the inside of the eyes (close to the nose) to the outside (towards the ear or the forehead). This helps to spread better and also avoids excess product.

How to mix two colors of eyeshadow?

There are several ways to pass more than one shade of shade. With two shade colors, you can mark the outer corner, the concave or the inner corner.

One of the advantages of using two eyeshadow colors is that you can do several effects: gradient, straight or round smudge, kitten etc.

To make a striking look, the color of the outer corner should be darker than the color of the rest of the eyelid .

This same shade, used in the outer corner, can be used to mark the concave, creating the sensation of depth.

In order to make an illuminated look, the color of the inner corner must be lighter (the lighter, the better) than the color of the rest of the eyelid .

You can also use just one color on the entire movable eyelid and another lighter color on the eyebrow arch. This, in addition to illuminating the look, will lift you up.

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Shading is no secret and there are many colors to choose from. The application of this product can be done with your fingers or with a brush.

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