How to Do All of Your Makeup Using Only Eye Shadow
Eye shadow doesn’t get enough credit. Most people limit it to smoky eyes and washes of shimmery shadow, but we know eye shadow is capable of so much more. How much more? Scroll through to find out how to do all of your makeup using eye shadow!
Cream and liquid luminizers usually get all the glory when comes to creating a lit-from-within glow, but you get the same effect from eye shadow. Choose a hue a few shades lighter than your skin tone with a shimmer finish, and apply it with a fluffy brush to your brow bones, tops of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and anywhere else you would normally highlight. Like always, just be sure to blend, and your champagne shimmer shadow can take the place of any luminizer.
The main qualification for choosing a contour color is that the product is matte. Find a matte eye shadow that’s about two or three shades darker than your complexion and you’re set. You can even use your basic eye shadow brush to contour smaller areas like your nose. Need a crash course in contouring? Celebrity makeup artist Lauren Andersen breaks it down here.
We bet you have just as many blush and bronzer options hiding in your eye shadow palettes as you do actual bronzer and blush compacts. With blush and bronzer, subtle is best. Just pick a hue without too much sparkle (think satin finish for the slightest bit of sheen) and apply it as you normally would—you won’t even notice a difference.
Full disclosure: Eye shadow is not going to take the place of your heavy-duty cream concealer. But in a pinch, a matte eye shadow that matches your skin color will soften imperfections. Apply it with a precision brush and wet the brush to give the pigments a little more coverage. Try it to blur dark circles and diffuse areas that tend to get red, like around your nose and chin.
This one is probably pretty obvious, but still worth noting. From barely there to smudged out to precisely winged, eye shadow can be used to achieve any eyeliner look. In fact, it’s usually easier to get color right at the root with an eyeliner brush than it is with a pencil. Plus, you can mix shadows to create your own custom color.
Brow pencils may be convenient, but the color selection is hardly extensive. Eye shadow, on the other hand, comes in every color under the sun (including the shade that precisely matches your eyebrows). As long as you have a stiff angled brush, you can sculpt beautiful brows with eye shadow. Just use short, hair-like strokes as you would with your brow pencil.
Have a deep eggplant eye shadow that would look amazing on your lips? You’re in luck because making a lip tint out of it is incredibly easy. Just mix the shadow of your choice in with a bit of lip balm. Start with a small amount to create a sheer tint, or add more to intensify the color.
Do you have any alternative uses for eye shadow that we didn’t cover? Share them in the comments below!