Q&A: How do I put on eye shadow?

Thursday, April 03, 2008

A lot of clients and friends of mine always ask me this question: "How do I put on eye shadow? What colors do you think will suit me? What products, what tools?"

Hmm... Let's see how I can explain this the simplest way I can. Try this technique: Break down your eyes in 3 parts: your brow bone, crease, and your eye lid.

Choose one part that you would like to put emphasis on. Would you like to emphasize your
brow bone with shimmer? A matte ivory color maybe? More depth in the crease? A beautiful color on the lid? No matter what you choose, remember to keep it simple. It doesn't have to be that complicated. Remember this most important tip: If you would like to add depth, use dark colors. If there's something you would like to bring out, use white or reflective colors.

Let's talk about colors. Well, I always promote wearing ANY color you want, it just has to be the right one that is perfect for your skin tone. Colors are either warm or cool. If you have warm skin tone, colors with orange or peach undertones would look best on you! Even earth shades! Try apricots, golds, rose browns, etc. If you have a cool skin tone, use colors that have a bluish undertone such as blues, mauves, rose, even burgundy!

Can't decide how many colors to put on your eyes? Don't be intimidated with palettes, you don't have to use all of them at once! Choose 2-3. Light, medium, dark. I apply the medium shades first, then the lightest one to blend the edges since you will be putting this color on the top part of your eyes. Use the darkest to line your lash lines to add more drama.

Let's talk about Products. There are so many cosmetic products right now in the market so take your pick. Choosing one that would best suit your skin depending on the level of sensitivity, so take your time.

The most important tip I can give you is to blend, blend, blend! You don't want any visible lines one your eyes. One shouldn't be able to tell where the color begins and where it ends. It should be flawless and smooth.

Photo credits: Hair and Makeup by Sabs Hernandez / Photographed by Kate Hassaram / Model Ghaffy Borres

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  1. i still need you to help me with the eyeshadow! what do you use if you kinda want to make them look smaller?! to bring out the color of your eyes?! wahaha! i sound so clueless! you know i'm just starting to appreciate make-up!


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