With eye trends reigning supreme all of 2021, and expected to do the same in 2022 too, we're geared up to look our best-selves even while wearing a mask. But eyeshadow application isn't easy — from harsh lines to awkward shimmer, there are plenty of ways to go wrong with eyeshadow. That's why, we've compiled a list of our top dos and don't when it comes to eyeshadow application. Whether you're a novice or an ace, you need to take note of these eyeshadow dos and don'ts so your lids can look on point. Read on ahead!
- DO: Use a primer
- DON'T: Use shimmer as a transition shade
- DO: Create dimension
- DON'T: Over-blend
- DO: Wet your brush for shimmery shades
- DON'T: Be afraid to experiment
DO: Use a primer
Priming your lids won't only increase the intensity of the shadow pigment, it'll ensure your shadow is crease-less and make it stay on longer as well. A regular primer or concealer can do the job of priming your eyelids too, so make sure your eyeshadow has a steady base for seamless application.
DON'T: Use shimmer as a transition shade
Transition shades are supposed to blend the colours you're using in your eye makeup seamlessly. Using a shimmer as a transition shade would defeat the purpose, since it would reflect light and look stark, without blending the powders properly. Instead, opt for a matte shade that's a shade or two darker than your skin tone to create an impeccable transition.
DO: Create dimension
Creating dimension is the easiest way to make your eyes look dramatic, and it involves using dark and light, shimmery and matte shades to demonstrate a 3D effect. One of the easiest ways to create dimension is to start with a transition, matte shade on the crease, followed by a darker, matte shade on the outer corner. Once blended, use lighter, shimmery shades on the lid and the inner corner for bigger, brighter eyes.
Blending properly is an important step in the eyeshadow application process. Do it too soon, and you're left with harsh lines that look strange. In fear of under-blending, though, many tend to over-blend, and their eyeshadow ends up looking patchy and uneven. Don't worry though; if you've over-blended, you can easily hit the reset button and start with your lightest colour.
DO: Wet your brush for shimmery shades
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This hack works best for shimmery shades — if you feel like your glitter isn't depositing enough pigment, simply dampen your brush a little bit with a mist, and work the eyeshadow into a little paste. This will help you avoid patchiness and awkward-looking glittery eyes.
DON'T: Be afraid to experiment
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2020 and 2021 have been all about above-mask makeup, and if you're scared to experiment, put those fears to rest — make your eyes the real eye-catchers already! With a plethora of eye trends to choose from, ranging from y2k to graphic makeup, you know you're spoilt for choice. And who knows, it may just end up looking cool AF! Go forth and experiment.