Are you intimidated by eyeshadows? It's overwhelming to make sense of the dozens of palettes out there. If you're a little out of your depth, don't worry -- you're not alone. A lot of people tend to go wrong with their eyeshadow because let's face it, it's not as easy as swiping on a lipstick. But when done right, it can totally transform you from drop dead blah to gorge.
After you're done reading our pointers, you'll be able to apply your shadow like this lady here:
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And stop looking like you do now (believe me, we've been there too):
So, let's get started. Some common mistakes to avoid are:
1) Not blending your eyeshadow well
Blending is key. Blending different colours, one or two on the lid and another on the brow bone seems simple enough but if not done correctly, can be a big, fat mess. Make sure to blend and create a smooth gradient and stay away from creases and harsh lines.
Cosmo's pro tip: Practice blending using gentle motions with your blending brush. You can also use an eyeliner brush to draw a defined shape first and then gradually blend it out. If you spot any harsh lines after applying colour to your crease, use windshield wiper motions to soften them. Don't shy away from using your fingers for blending. They work great especially when blending cream shadows.
2) Not knowing your undertone
Don't know how to figure out what your undertone is? Just read this. Have you ever felt like some shades, even though they match your skin colour, just don't look right on you? This can be because the shade you picked doesn't really flatter your undertone. Based on your undertone, certain shades might be more flattering than others. If your skin has a more yellow undertone, a warmer colour palette will be more flattering while cool toned shadows generally suit pink undertones a little better.
Cosmo recommends: The Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette for warm/ yellow undertones and the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette for pink undertones.
Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette at Sephora for Dhs262
Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette at Sephora for Dhs169
3) Not knowing what works with your eye colour
Many of us are guilty of trying to match our eyeshadow with the colour of our eyes. However, instead of complementing our eyes, it kind of does the opposite. Knowing what colours complement, not match, your eyes, will make your peepers pop. Brown eyes look amazing with blues and purples while blue eyes pop with copper, peach and orange tones. Green eyes go wonderfully with golds and berry tones..
Cosmo's pro tip: Always opt for eyeshadow colours/shades that lie on the opposite side of the colour wheel of your eye colour.
4) Skipping eye primer
Prepping your eyelids with a primer guarantees that your eyeshadow applies smoothly. It's an absolute must of you're applying cream shadows and powders that are on the denser side. Also, primers help the shadows stay on longer and keep the shadow from falling on your face.
NYX Professional Makeup Eyeshadow Primer if you’re on a budget. Those who want to splurge a little more can try the Urban Decay Primer Potion which is a cult favourite.
NYX Professional Makeup Eyeshadow Primer for Dhs29.57 at lookfantastic
Urban Decay Primer Potion for Dhs104 at Sephora
5) Using the wrong applicator brush
It's always worth investing in a good set of eyeshadow brushes that allow you to gradually add product and blend as you go. And don't worry, they don't have to cost an arm and a leg. There's lots of affordable and amazing brush kits out there. If you're a beginner, these two brushes are good enough: a fluffy blending brush and a tapered flat brush. For cream shadows, a dense fluffy brush works best and is great for crease application. A flat brush is perfect for blending and application on the eyelid.
Cosmo recommends: The Fenty Beauty Tapered Blending Brush 210 and the MAC 227 Large Fluff Brush
Fenty Beauty Tapered Blending Brush 210 for Dhs126 at Sephora
MAC 227 Large Fluff Brush for Dhs190 at MAC
6) Applying Eyeshadow after Foundation and Concealer
Most people like to start off with base make-up such as foundation and concealer before they begin their eye makeup. This is a major no-no. Not only does it change the colour of the eyeshadow and make it look like a cakey mess but it also makes it incredibly hard to clean off any excess product that might have fallen onto your face during application. Always remember to apply your foundation and colour-correct/conceal after you’re done perfecting your eyeshadow.
Cosmo's pro tip: When dabbing concealer the under eyes, do so just below the lower lash line. And never apply concealer on your lids!
7) Not using the correct moisturiser
Hydration is very important when it comes to skincare and we cannot stress this enough! Always buy an eye cream to hydrate your eye area correctly. And no, your face cream will not yield the same results. It's always best to buy a day eye cream and one for the night for best results. When your eyes aren't well taken care of, there's no point in even attempting to wear shadow! It will be a big, fat flaky disaster waiting to happen.
Cosmo recommends: We love how affordable and light Neutrogena’s HydroBoost Gel is and how Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado provides intense nourishment and moisture to the eyes.
Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment for Dhs140 at Ounass
Neutrogena’s HydroBoost Gel for Dhs36 at Souq
8) Applying too much product
It's very easy to go overboard with eyeshadow. But crossing the line into the ‘too much’ territory means harsher lines and creases, as well as uneven application, making it harder to blend out. It also increases chances of shadow fallout. Always start with a little bit of product and build the colour up gradually.
Cosmo's pro tip: Remember to give your brush a tap to shake off the excess so that you don't make the mistake of applying too much shadow.
9) Using too many colours
There's a very thin line between being creative with your make-up and bearing a striking resemblance to Ronald McDonald. Making a statement is great but draw the line at looking like you have a rainbow painted across your eyelids. Certain colour combinations can sometimes be extremely unflattering, even when you’re trying to go for a more dramatic look. And please avoid using too much of bright or neon eyeshadows unless the occasion calls for it.
Cosmo's pro tip: If you want to play it safe, one colour works perfectly fine. But for beginners wanting to experiment with more colours, three is a good number to start with. The simple formula of dark, medium and light is very appealing and is the easiest to work with. Opt for a classic smokey eye consisting of white, grey and black for a fun night out.
In need of more tips? Cosmo loves these make-up gurus' take on eyeshadow do's and don'ts. Watch them break it down:
1) Roxette Arisa
2) Christen Dominique