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How To Make Your Eye Shadow "Pop"!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hey Everyone!

One the main techniques in applying makeup that alluded me for years was how to make your eye shadow pop or look brighter or look bolder. With any color of shadow from neutrals to colors, these tips I learned over the years helped me create a more brighter, bigger, true to color eye shadow look!

#1 Prime You Lid with Eye Shadow Primer.

Eye shadow primers are created to allow your shadow to adhere to your eye lid and protect from creasing shadow. They also help the shadow stick better, helping the pigmentation build on the lid better. You apply a small amount on the lid then apply the shadow. There are sooo many great primers to choose from, depending on your budget. This is a step you never want to miss before you apply your shadow!

#2 Prime your lid with a white, cream, or colored cream base.

Here's what I do: I apply my eye shadow primer then I apply a chunky beige cream eye shadow pencil on top and blend it out. If you watch any You Tube beauty gurus, you have probably seen this step. This technique is one of my favorites to make my shadow pop. It creates a neutral base for the color to adhere to and look brighter on.

#3 Pack the shadow on with a stiff shadow brush.

This step helped me tremendously!! Take a small eye shadow brush, like the one above, press into the shadow, tap the brush lightly on the palette, then press the color in the base on my eye lid. I do this slowly and it creates more pigmentation on the lid with the eye shadow color. Just packing the color on top of its self helps the shadow look brighter!

#4 Foiling the shadow with water, eye drops, a makeup setting spray or mixing medium.

The foiling technique is when you wet your eyeshadow brush, dip the brush into the shadow and it creates a brighter shadow. This is a great technique for loose shadows and doesn't create such a mess with the shadow when you do it. You can also take some shadow, wet it then dip the brush into it. When I discovered "foiling" I used eye drops as my wet substance. However, water, mixing medium, or  a makeup setting spray , such as MAC Fix +, are also really great substances used to foil shadow.

I hope that these tips help! How are you making you shadow pop?

DIY Blotting Sheets....

Disclosure: All products were purchased by me.

Hey Everyone!!

I saw this really interesting "DIY". DIY blotting papers that are just roller end wraps. Roller End wraps are very thin sheets of papers put on rollers to set hair and preserve roller sets.

I went right into one of my hair  product supply drawers and pull out this 500 sheet box of end wraps, took one out and blotted my face....

It worked PERFECTLY!!! Soaked up all the oil on my nose and cheeks, which are my greasiest areas after a couple of hours.

What a great, cheap, very inexpensive way to use end wraps as blotting papers! I think I bought this box of 500 for $1.29. I used to love Clean & Clear's blotting sheets, but you don't get very many. I also love Boscia blotting sheets, but those girls are pricey for blotting papers. You can just got to Sally's Beauty Supply or your local Beauty Supply Store and pick up a box....

My suggestion on carrying these in your purse or makeup bag is to put a couple in a "snack" ziploc bag. Snack ziploc bags are really small but the sheets will fit nice and compact.

So are you going to use end wraps or roller papers as blotting sheets? Let me know!