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Dubai - United Arab Emirates | Thursday, 25 September 2014

101: Eyeshadow Blending and Application

Hello beauties,

I always get asked about eyeshadows, how you should apply them, what brushes to use for applying the eyeshadow, and how to blend eyeshadow properly. In this post I'll be tackling all those questions.

When it comes to blending there are two basic brushes you should use, a fluffy brush (Bdellium Tool 785) and a blending brush that is pinched in on the sides allowing it to fit perfectly in the crease or to blend eyeshadow flawlessly if flipped on to its side (Bdellium Tools 776). The crease is the area between your brow bone and the eyelid that sinks in.
The fluffy brush is usually less dense and more fluffy, hence the name. Because it is not heavily packed with bristles, the brush picks up less eyeshadow. Therefore, the eyeshadow is applied lightly on the eyelids. Use it with wind wiper motion to get an even layer.
On the other hand, the more 'pinched in' blending brush lacks in the fluffiness department but that is okay. This brush is a must have in every kit. It can be used in two ways that are so different but work hand in hand. Firstly, the pinched sides can perfectly fit into the hollows of the crease allowing eyeshadow to be applied precisely but at the same time blending it just enough. Secondly, when flipped the brush turns into a wide blending brush, used to blend the eyeshadow you just placed in the crease.
As for shadows, simple, when working in the crease and blending ALWAYS use matte shades. The matte shades in the crease are meant to create depth and increase the appearance of sunken hollows. While the light matte colors for blending above the crease and the brow bone are meant to create the gradient from dark in the crease to a lighter shade on the brow bone. This gives you an illusion of smoked out colors that disappear into your skin. If you still see edges then keep blending!
Start of with clean and primed eyes. You always have to prime. This is the glue to your eyeshadow.
Take a shadow that is close to your eyelid color. I mixed Cream and White from the Lorac Pro palette because I'm a pale ghost. This shade should be close to your skin tone. If you have a darker skin tone then go for darker eyeshadows.
Apply it all over the lid and up to the brow bone. Doing so reduces the stickiness of the primer and allows for easier blending and less blotchiness of eyeshadow.
I then took a peachy matte eyeshadow. This is what you call a transition color and its blended into the crease up to the brow bone. It is usually not that visible because its around one shade darker than your skin tone. If you have a darker skin tone, you can mix a peachy color like this (see below) with another brown eyeshadow to fit your skin tone.
Using a fluffy brush, blend it from your crease to your brow bone, easy. Its a light color, so no fuss.
Now take a matte shadow, two to three shades darker than the previous shade.
Take your pinched blending brush, apply it in the crease.
Turn the brush to its side (see picture below). Keep blending! See how the color is diffused and no harsh edges are visible.
Now your eye is ready for a nice shimmery eyeshadow on the lid!

That is really all it takes to get a perfectly blended eye. Good brushes, a few matte shadows that work together but are at different darkness levels, and patience.

Don't forget, Keep Blending!

That’s it guys, I hope you learned something new!

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  2. Oh my gosh, THANK YOU FOR THIS.

  3. This is an extremely useful and helpful post, Sarah!. Thank you so much for doing it!. May be you can do a step by step smoky look next time..

    1. I have one coming up in a week or two!!
      You asked at the right time! :D :D