Even for the most style-conscious, proper eye shadow technique can be a little confusing. How does blending work? Can you combine wild colors? Where does which shadow go?
Not to worry. Although the world of eye shadow is infinite, the following steps will point you in the right direction.
Choosing Colors for Your Skin
Most importantly, you must choose shades that complement your skin tone, or you risk a clownish or Halloween-y look, which is not what you want for the everyday. The best way to find colors that work for you is to play around, but generally pale skin calls for paler shadows than darker or more tanned skin. And if you have a “winter” complexion, you can get away with deeper colors than people who have a “spring” complexion that calls for pastels.
Combining Matte and Shimmer Shadows
Although it’s always fun to play around, when you’re learning stick to this rule of thumb: shimmer on your eyelid, matte on your brow bone. That doesn’t mean you have to use a neutral on your brow; you just don’t want a bright glittery swath there. Instead, try a highlighting color: light blue, pale pink, subtle gray or stark white.
Monochromatic Versus Multicolored Looks
The monochromatic look involves choosing varying shades of, say, brown: darker near the lash line and progressively lighter toward the brow bone. Multicolored approaches might involve green along the lash line, chartreuse over the lid and light yellow on the brow bone. Experiment!
When you’re finished applying shadow, run your finger or a brush over lines between two colors. Alternately, dust the whole thing with a light coat of cream-colored shadow.
Next time you’re stuck in front of the mirror trying to figure out what the heck to do with those beautiful