Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Helping Eye Shadow Stay Put!

Oh wow it's been a while since I've been blogging but here are some really useful tips on eye shadow longevity I have recently learned and am very excited about!

1.) After applying all of your foundation base (including on the eyelid), apply either a regular primer such as this one I'm trying out at the mo and find very soft and drying for oily areas:

or a specific eye primer like my favourite Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, before applying any eye shadow or liner.
2.) If you are a little short on funds for buying expensive primer products such as these, I recommend using talcum powder over your foundation on the eyelids. Tap some talcum powder on the eyelid and sweep off with a fluffy brush (All before applying liner/mascara etc). I usually find this fool proof for regular day to day and nightime makeup. (Maybe not so much if you are exercising or it is a sweltering hot day however!)
3.) Now, if you want a really quick fix to this problem and don't mind using dark/more dramatic colours, I have HAVE HAAVE to let you know about this amazing beauty find.

This was my first experience of using any of these new 24 hour eye shadows on offer from a few companies at the moment and needless to say I was pretty skeptical as I have NEVER found an eye shadow which doesn't crease on my hooded, oily eyelids.

So I tried out Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow and was delighted with how long lasting they are. I am fond of neutral, light and smokey tones of eye shadows and therefore while they are very long lasting, the the one flaw I found with the line was that the colours are all very dark and shimmery - more suitable for nighttime. The most neutral shades I found were the colours: Permanent Taupe and On and On Bronze (Tough as Taupe and Bad to the Bronze in the U.S.).
I use Permanent Taupe as a base for a smokey eye all over my eyelid and for a more natural but still dressy, light look, I use On and On Bronze all over my lid.
Following application of the shadows on the lid, each of the shades can be blended into the crease of the eye using a crease brush and a mixture of my FAVOURITE crease tone - a mix of:
            and the brown colour in:        

I then blend the crease colour out with the cream colour in that Natural Collection eye shadow duo, up to the eyebrow and complete liner, mascara, and the rest of the face. Here are the final looks created:

Permanent Taupe:

Blended finished eye with crease colour and highlight 
Unblended colour (without crease colour or blending)

On and On Bronze:

Unblended colour (without crease colour or blending)
Blended finished eye with crease colour and highlight

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