If you’re anything like us, you find beautifully bold eyeshadow colour totally drool-worthy. But actually applying it? That’s a little daunting.
Well darlings, it’s time to ditch your plain old neutral eyeshadow look in favour of something more strikingly colourful. And we’ve made it easy, with just 3 simple steps.
Step 1: Use a primer
The trick to perfect eyeshadow application, whether you’re going bold or not, is always to use a primer. We recommend Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion which is available in 5 shades - including 2 shimmers for a highlight effect. Primer provides a smooth base for your eyeshadow, helps it to wear longer, and ensures that bold colour is highly visible against your skin. It’s especially important to use eyeshadow primer if you have tanned or dark skin, otherwise your eyeshadow will fade against your natural skin colour.
Step 2: Add a layer of neutrals
Nude eyeshadow acts as another layer or primer to make sure that your bold colour pops when you apply it. It also looks good on its own, if you’re not quite ready for in-your-face colour. We love the peachy tones of Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette - 12 matte shades of neutral, smoky pink and brown. Apply a medium shade to your lid, a darker shade in your crease, and a light shade just under the brow.
Step 3: Add a splash of colour
If you’re feeling brave, apply a bright, bold colour to your entire lid. Otherwise, you can still get a colourful effect by keeping it subtle. Apply colour just to your lash line or smudge a little colour in the centre of each lid. Our favourite bright palettes are NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette in Ash (icy metallic blues) or NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette in Phoenix (fiery red with a hint of shimmer). Each palette has 16 shades of rich, powerful pigment with velvety texture and professional staying power.
However you wear your eye makeup, don’t forget to finish it off with eyeliner and lashings of mascara to frame your eyes. If you’re going all out, match bold eyes with bold lips. For a subtler look, pair bright eyes with a slick of barely-there lip gloss.