October 15, 2013

Starting Off: Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow is one of my favourite types of make up. It is applied over your eyelids to, usually, make a person's eyes look a little wider and also more attractive. Now - this isn't me saying that you need eyeshadow to look more attractive! It's just that that is generally why people apply it. not to mention that it makes your eyes stand it a little more and it another way of adding some colour to your face.

To apply eyeshadow is easy, you can use either your finger or a brush and the eyeshadow is applied all over your eyelid and up onto your brow arch if you wish. I personally find that using a brush works so much better when I apply eyeshadow, as blending is much easier and you don't waste product by getting it stuck to your finger!

I have a few do's and don'ts when it comes to applying shadow! Firstly, always apply your eyeshadow before your liner and mascara. Otherwise, your shadow will overspill onto your eyelashes and you'll be left with lashes not nearly as black as when you first applied the mascara. Another thing to mention is that it's probably, unless you can get away with it, not a good idea to go for bright colours when experimenting with eyeshadow. I can be pretty daring with my make up but I still only tend to add a teeny bit of colour to the outer corner if I'm going for a brighter look. It's also a good idea to not go for too much shimmer. A frosty/shimmery eye does look fantastic, particularly on a night out, but if you're just starting off with eyeshadow or a bit unsure of what suits you best, it will probably be better for you to stick with more subtle shadows and pigments until you realise what your eyes look best with.

I love buying eyeshadows almost as much as I love buying lipsticks and more recently they've been my product of choice when in the drug store looking for something to buy. I love eyeshadow palettes too as you can create so many looks with them. Today, I've pictured my two most-used looks for you!

Please excuse my bare face and dark circles! I wanted to show you what my eye looks like with zero make up on - veiny and dark! So that's why I choose to wear eyeshadow on a daily basis :)

The more neutral eye: I just go over my lid with a neutral/cream shade and use a tiny bit of NAKED's Naked and Buck in the outer corner for shading. 

Subtle smokey eye - because my eyes are so big, I struggle to get away with a dark shadow over the entirity of my eyelid as I end up looking like a drag queen! What with my light hair and paler complexion, I tend to apply darker shadow in the outer corner and make a gradient as I get closer to my nose. PS SORRY FOR HOW GROSS MY NOSE PORES LOOK :(

My shadow collection is something I am very proud of, but also something that I have spent far too much money on! I love Urban Decay for shadows but I've recently become a big Sleek and MUA fan. I've even got some Benefit although it's not half as great as my UD stuff. I got a huge palette from Sephora in Summer too, which is my go to when I fancy a bit of a different look!

If you're unsure if eyeshadow would suit you, or you daren't splash out the cash just yet, I would definitely recommend the MUA Undressed palette. The colours are virtually identical to those in my NAKED palette and the pigmentation is almost as good. At only £4 you really can't go wrong with it.

See below for the real NAKED versions - these dupes are lacking a bit of shimmer but are almost identical!

A recent purchase - the Sleek Vintage Romance Palette!

The most used shadow from my NAKED palette - SIN!

I use the Urban Decay Shadow brush to apply my shadow. It has no faults!
 How do you apply your shadow? Do you have NAKED? What's your most used shade!?

Lots of love, Steph xxxx


  1. That eyeshadow looks amazing, definitely going to try and recreate this one!!

    Hannah xxx

  2. I love your photos in this post! Seems the UD Naked palette is in most peoples collections too!
    Great post! :D


  3. I want the original Naked palette so badly!! I already have Naked 2 and Naked Basics so I definitely don't need it, but it looks so pretty in the photos! :) x

    Rachael | overdosedemaquillage.blogspot.com ♥

  4. Gorgeous palettes and LOVE the look you created :)


  5. I love the naked palette to :) The MUA undressed palette look gorgeous

    Sophie xxx


  6. I love the Stila In the Light palette, its so lovely

  7. love shadow recently, i've somehow learnt how to do it and not look like a drag queen.. well i dont think so..

    great post anyways!


  8. Sin in the Naked palette is my favourite eye shadow!


  9. Very jealous of all your palettes!
    I've nominated you for the versatile blogger award! Hope you join in http://stephsinsidevoice.blogspot.co.uk/
    keep blogging!


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