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Posted by: sharon | 2012-07-05

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Eye Shadow Basics

hi joy can you email me the steps to apply eye shadow. many thanx sharon

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Joy Terri - Make-up Joy Terri - Make-up
- 2012-09-03

To look beautiful, enhance your features without decorating your face. You need to be able to see the features before you see the make-up. In other words, you need to see eyes before you see the eye-liner or eye make-up!

Step 1: Highlighter: Highlighters are very light eye-shadows such as white or cream, or soft pastel or icy eye-shadows such as pale blue, light lilac and soft pink. We call these eye-shadows ‘highlighters’ because they ‘highlight’ specific areas and make the area appear larger and more prominent.

Highlighter is almost always applied to the brow bone area to accentuate and enhance the natural bone structure around the eye. If you have small or narrow top eyelids, also apply your highlighter to the eyelid to open or widen the eye area.

Step 2: Shading Colour: Any medium to deep shade can be used as a shading colour. Apply this in the crease, extending upwards to shade unwanted prominence of puffiness. Ensure a natural and continuous flow into surrounding areas, by softening and blending edges.

The natural brown eye-shadow colours will look good on all skin tones and all eye shapes and they are easy to work with allowing you to blend and soften the shadows into one another.

Step 3: Blending Colour: A blending colour is one that is a shade in between your highlighter and your shading colour. The blending colour is always applied to the boundaries of a shading colour to soften the edges, extending towards the highlighter.

It is essential to include blending colours in your make-up collection, as hard edges are a ‘no-no’ in make-up art. Without a blending colour, we are more likely to result with a ‘striped’ eye-shadow application as it can be difficult to get a very gradual fading from a deep colour to a very light highlighter.

Step 4: Framing Colours: These are either your darkest eye-shadow colours which can be used instead of eye pencils to add definition to the frame of the eye. The framing colour is applied close to the lash-lines, as well as the outer corner of the eye. This dark shade emphasizes eyelashes by giving the illusion of the lashes seeming fuller at the root. Have fun!


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