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Eye shadow vs. eye color: don’t limit your self-expression!

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Blue eyes wearing blue eye shadow? Scandalous!

Blue eyes wearing blue eye shadow? Scandalous!

We’ve all seen those little four-color eye shadow quads made for brown eyes, blue eyes, etc. Those are all well and good but they prevent people from thinking outside the box. They think that just because a color isn’t supposedly meant to make green eyes pop, they can’t wear it. Any eye color can look good with any eye shadow color. The only occasional limitation I can think of is skin tones. Some skin tones don’t show certain colors well, but I’ve seen black skin rock bright yellow eye shadow (in that case I’d say the products gave her the advantage).

I have blue eyes and pale skin, so I think I’m an “autumn,” since warm colors brighten my appearance. And for makeup, I “should be” wearing browns. BORING! I’m not about to wear browns for the rest of my life. Besides, my eyes pop on their own without the help of makeup, haha. Sometimes I rock a little red, purple, green and even blue. You just have to experiment and I encourage you to try any color you want, regardless of your eye color. Don’t get me wrong, not every color complements every color and some won’t make others “pop” as much.

xSparkage actually discusses this topic and it’s where I base my opinion.

Not all brushes are created equal

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I learned how to apply eye shadow by watching makeup gurus on YouTube, if you hadn’t already noticed. I have learned tricks that I might have not grasped by simply reading the description on a makeup brush’s packaging. Sometimes brushes can be a substitute for the “proper” brush, like using a blush brush to add highlights (which I do). And some brushes are versatile, especially those used for applying eye shadow. For instance, an angled eyeliner brush can be used to apply liquid eyeliner or create a clean line of eye shadow (provided you wash it before switching over).

Makeup brushes

Shadow Brush: ideal for applying shadow to the lids (always pat, never smear).

Crease Brush: for placing shadow in the crease around your eyes.

Smudge Brush: can be used to blend two colors already on the lids or soften pencil eyeliner.

Eyeliner Brush: can be used to create outlines of eye shadow so things don’t get out of hand or for liquid eyeliner.

Contour Brush: similar to the crease brush but more concentrated shadow application (not blending it out as much, helps add definition in the crease).

Blush Brush: for the cheeks (I hope you mean your face!). Although I use the second one to apply highlighter when I’m contouring my face.

Hope that helps! : D