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Think about your makeup for minute. What’s the number one way to make your eyes really pop? Eye shadow, of course! While that’s a pretty obvious fact, actually executing a gorgeous eye look is a whole other story. From smoky eyes and cut creases to a dozen different colors ranging from matte to shimmer finishes, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed and forget everything you learned about applying eye makeup. To say that the perfect eye look is an acquired skill is an understatement—but it’s something you can definitely master with a little patience and the right know-how. Ready to get schooled? Avoid these common mistakes and up your eye shadow game.
When it comes to makeup in general, blending is the most important thing you can do in order to achieve a natural, effortless look. This is especially true when it comes to eye shadow. There’s nothing worse than chunky, geometric application that makes your eyes the focal point for all the wrong reasons. The easiest way to avoid this little mistake is to stock your bag with the right brushes. These are three worth adding to your makeup bag:
All-over eye shadow brush: This medium-sized brush should be used for the base color of your look.
Blending brush: The dome shape is perfect for buffing out all the edges for a super-natural look—even when you use unnatural colors.
Smudging brush: This brush is typically used for eye shadow application right along the lash line. The short, rounded brush makes eyeliner-esque and ultra-precise inner eye highlighter application easier than ever.
Look, we get it—with so many hues to choose from, why not pair some together, right? Well, be careful. When you combine too many colors at once, you risk taking attention away from your eyes and putting all the focus on your elaborate makeup. That doesn’t mean you can’t play around and have fun with your eye makeup—just be strategic about it. if you want to embrace the rainbow, stick to one vibrant color and pair it with an array of neutrals. For example, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Army Camo and the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Cool Ivory would pair especially well together.
While it may seem counterintuitive to do your eye makeup first, it’s actually a great idea because it gives you the chance to clean up any flaking eye shadow on your cheeks. And that means you’ll be able to stop re-doing your concealer every time you see a pesky speck of fallen glitter.
It’s easy to get a little carried away when you have a whole spectrum of colors and a lash-to-brow area to fill, but trust us: When it comes to eye makeup, less is definitely more. And by that we mean less eye shadow in general and less coverage as a whole. Whether it’s the base, the crease, or the highlight, use as little as possible to nail the look. There are two exceptions to this rule, though. If you’re going for a geometric eye look or if you’re using really sheer neutrals that are impossible to mess up, then feel free to pile on the color.
We’re not talking about matching your eye color to a complementary palette—that’s A-OK. We mean literally matching your eye color to your eye shadow—such as blue with blue or green with green. Instead of tying everything together the way you likely imagine it will, the eye shadow may actually stand out as the focal point, allowing your actual eyes to get lost in the mix. Brown eyes are an exception to this rule—they can pair with any color for serious allure (lucky!).
Of course, when it comes to your eye makeup choices, it’s all about personal preference and what you feel most beautiful wearing. But by following a few simple rules, you can upgrade your eye shadow routine and look even more gorgeous than before.