Hola! Welcome back to another installment of my epic quest to demystify the world of eye shadows so that you can look your most sophisticated and pulled-together with minimal know-how. We are still on the topic of cream shadows. We’ve explained cream shadows, done product reviews (more this week), an all cream FOTD, but things would be incomplete without a quick tutorial. So, here you go. I promise it will be easy.
Applying the shadow
Before step 1, I, of course, filled in my brows and used a concealer one shade lighter than my skin tone under my eyebrows and down the rest of my eye to even out my skin tone. The added effect are brighter eyes.
- Swirl the fluffy brush in the pot of cream shadow (your choice of colour). Swirl just enough to pick up the colour. It’s easier to add more than to take it away.
- Apply the shadow in a back and forth, swift sweeping motion. You really can’t do this part wrong. As the arrow in the picture indicates, be sure not to go beyond the crease on your eyelids. For you ladies (or guys) who don’t have a visible crease or prominent browbone, you can do this test by applying the shadow up to a conservative height, then open your eyes. If you can’t see the shadow too much above your lashes when your eyes are open, then you’re in a good place. Obviously, if you are going for a look with higher placement of shadow, then do your thing.
- By this point, you should buff out the edges of the shadow you applied using that same fluffy brush, or a clean one if you have it. By this, I mean along the top line of the shadow. Hold the brush near the bottom of its stem to ensure you use a light hand. Gently sweep back and forth along the top line of the shadow where the crease is to create a gentle fade of the colour. This ensures your shadow looks more polished.
- Using a flat shader brush with a fine brush edge, or a flat liner brush, dip the brush in the cream shadow.
- Sweep the colour just underneath your bottom lashes. Connect the colour to the outside edge of cream shadow applied to your eyelid.
- This ensures that your work looks balanced and symmetrical. Your eyes also appear more open this way.
Polishing the look
7. For this step, I used a navy blue eyeliner with the charcoal grey because sometimes we need to give black liner a break. Choose your own colour combination, but be a little inventive with it! Line along the top part of your lashes. Make the line thicker towards the outside of your eye. You don’t have to do a full flick, but do an uptick with the liner when you get to the outside edge of your eyelid.
8. Using the fluffy brush from earlier, gently sweep back and forth over the liner to blur it out. This makes the look softer. Of course, you can keep a define eye liner look, if you choose.
9. Line the water line. Earlier you lined underneath your lashes with the shadow.
Voila. Add mascara and you are all set! Easy, wasn’t it?!