Hands up if you’ve ever bought an eyeshadow palette and only used one or two colors? Or have you bought a coordinating trio or quad and only ever worn the shades individually? That’s what I thought. The likelihood of most of us using more than two shades at once is about as likely as us contouring our faces before work every morning. Even with the palettes that smartly label where to put each color, the idea of going for a gradient eye still fills many of us with trepidation (how much of that is brow bone and am I suppose to highlight it all?) Applying the wrong color in the wrong spot will make you look like a clown or a 10 year old who stole her sister’s makeup box and colored on her face.
Here are some great hacks on how to wear eyeshadow palettes correctly:
1. Eye Diagram
Let’s start with the basics shall we. If you have no idea where the waterline is, how are you going to apply the shadow correctly?
Figuring out the correct way to layer your shadows if half the battle. Follow the chart above then blend to perfection.
Confused about whether the light brown or medium shade goes on the crease? This shows you what shadow to put where, kind of like instructions for assembling an Ikea desk but better.
Now that you know whether you have hooded or almond eyes, and you know the correct order to apply your eyeshadow, you can go try out a few different versions of your most flattering look.
This handy-dandy diagram shows you how to gradually increase your colors. Perfect if the thought of adding a second shade of green fills you with terror. Baby steps.
A well-placed dot of white eyeshadow will make you look like you’ve had 8 hours of sleep, even if you really had 3 and 4 cups of coffee. If that isn’t magic, I don’t know what is.
It’s time to graduate to the big color league. When you know where to put the emerald green, it really isn’t that much of a scary color after all. Promise.
Do you have a palette with one color that doesn’t seem to quite go with the rest? They didn’t make a mistake at the factory, it’s supposed to be there. This tutorial is proof.
Gold, peach and turquoise? Yes please. You think it wouldn’t work but it does. Why would they put the colors in a palette then?
Layering neutral shades can be just as pretty as layering different hues of sparkly purple.
Your smoky eye got a bit too smoky? This ingenious tip shows you how to get a crisp line, no matter how wobbly your hand.