Black eyeshadow; bet you did not think of it. And yet, it is much more than the usual fancy dress dos and goth looks. Black eyeshadow can actually be your outlet towards a lot of creativity in your makeup, if only you are willing to experiment a bit, with a shade that is not so versatile, but sexy as hell. Be it to create smokey eyes or to add an edge to your otherwise pastel eye makeup, you can have a lot of fun with black eyeshadow, yes, with or without kohl or eyeliner. It is sultry enough to perk up an entire look on its own, without any other eye makeup product to accompany it.
We guess we have sold the product enough to you. Enough words now is the time to talk shop. Let us take you through the magic of this darkest of the dark shades that will definitely add a smokin’ hot edge to your look, whenever and wherever you want it. Are you ready? Here are the best of black eyeshadow looks that you will definitely love.
- 1. Smokey wings
- 2. Dual wings
- 3. Cat eye liner
- 4. V-shaped cat eye
- 5. Metallic party look
- 6. Everyday look
- 7. Golden affair
- 8. Smoke all around
- 9. Monochrome look
- 10. Blue-black look
1. Smokey wings
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Intense black smokey wings, you bet they are damn sexy, both to create and to flaunt. The best way in which you can create this look is by applying black eyeshadow, matte or glitter, on your eyelid and blending it well towards the crease. Then take a black eyeliner and draw out the wings. There, you are done with your smokey black-winged look. This one is definitely growing to draw some eyes towards you.
2. Dual wings
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What’s better than one wing? Two wings! That’s right. This is a look where you get not one, but two wings coming out of your black eyeshadow look. And trust us when we say, it looks smokin’ hot. Do you want to give it a light look? Then ditch the eyeshadow and just go with the plain eyeliner and maybe blend it a little. You want a more intense look, try the eyeshadow first, and then line both, the upper and the lower lash line, and then extend the wings.
3. Cat eye liner
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This is a black eyeshadow look with one hero product, and that is your eyeliner. This is where you line the eyes with a thickness just enough to cover the entire eyelid, or 3/4th of it. It is winged out a little towards the edge to give the entire black look a cat-eye appearance. It’s quick and edgy, perfect for those who are on-the-go.
4. V-shaped cat eye
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This one is a sharper cat-eye look using the colour black, predominantly. This one is particularly amazing when you use a liquid liner. The reason being, you can create sharper and darker lines with a liquid liner than you would with a crayon or even a pencil liner. These usually are good when you wish to smoke out or smudge your eye makeup. The first step is to apply black eyeshadow. Alternatively, you can apply a black crayon and then smudge it out. Thereafter, pick your favourite black liquid eyeliner and create a thin and sharp line and then extend it in a V-shaped wing. This is chic and corporate, whichever vibe you wish to channelise.
5. Metallic party look
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Running late for a party because you were caught up at work? This is one look that you can create very quickly and with a few products. Get the best grey and glitter black eyeshadow and apply it all over your eyelid. Blend the edges well to avoid any sort of ugly lines or even fallout. Once you are done smoothing out the base shadow, use a liquid liner to create a thin line. Wing it out if you want. The reason we suggest a liquid liner is because those work best on metallic and glitter eyeshadows.
6. Everyday look
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Yes, it is possible to create an everyday look with black eyeshadow. Black is not just a party shade, after all. Just get a good black, preferably matte eyeshadow, and sweep it across your lids. Do not forget to blend it well. The key lies there. Then wrap off your look with a neat liner and open up your eyes with mascara. The key is being neat and smudgy when you want to; whether it is for work or for a party.
7. Golden affair
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Had a tiring day and do not have the time to put on a full face of makeup? We have a trick for you. If you have been sporting a matte black eye makeup look the whole day, use tissue paper to even out the blurring and smudging to make the edges neater. Post that, take out a golden eyeliner and create a fine line over your black eyeshadow. Or you can apply golden eyeshadow and use a black liner to strengthen the effect. This fleck of gold will add an edge to your eye makeup and make you totally ready for the evening!
8. Smoke all around
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Now, this is where you have got to be careful. Otherwise, it can easily extend into the panda eye territory and make you look tired and withered instead of sexy and perky. And trust us when we say, that is never the goal. This is pretty goth in nature, so it works best at parties and other themed events. You can create it using a matte eyeshadow or a creamy metallic one, take your pick. And again, we repeat, blend it well. The eyeliner and eyeshadow go both above and below, surrounding the entire eye instead of just the upper portion. Be careful the way you apply the eyeshadow. As we said, you do not wish to go into the panda zone.
9. Monochrome look
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You talk about black eyeshadow, you have to talk about this amazing monochrome look, also known as the black and white look. Again, this may not be your peppy everyday affair, but this is one look that you can definitely carry to the brunches and parties if you have the edge and panache for it. We know we have talked about blending a lot. Here is where we bend the blend rule, just a wee bit. All you have to do is apply a pale grey or white eyeshadow, in sync with your tone and complexion. Then, create a long and thick wing outlining it, using a black eyeliner. Remember to cover the inner corners as well and take it all the to cover the outer edges of the lower lash too. There, you have an amazing ‘Batwoman’ look on your eyes!
10. Blue-black look
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Blues go just amazingly well with black eyeshadow and liners. It creates a gorgeous deep-sea effect that you may otherwise miss out on when you use just black. Make sure that you pick a blue that does not blend in or overpower the black and actually pops out to give that gorgeous ombré effect. For best effect, use a blue liner first and then outline it using a black one.