Tuesday, March 8, 2011


1. First be sure to use a good eyeshadow base so that your eyeshadows stay put. While many bases are colorless or made in “nude” shades, there are some like MAC paint pots that come in a variety of shades that can make your eyeshadow more vibrant and pop.

2. Where you place shadow colors is important since darker colors make things look smaller and lighter colors make things appear larger. So for instance if you have close-set eyes, you’ll want to avoid applying darker colors on the inner portions of the eyes as this will make the eyes seem even more close-set. Highlight shades (either very sheer shimmery eyeshadow in beige, gold, or silver; or an eyeshadow or concealer about 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone) go on the brow bone and in the inner corners of the eyes.
3. Apply lighter colors first especially if your eye brush collection is limited. And be sure to dust the brush into a towel or paper towel to remove the previous color’s remnants off the brush.
4. When you apply color move the brush in a very quick and small circular motion. Use an eyeshadow blending blush like MAC #224 for softer blending or a densely packed one like MAC #217 for heavier blending. Avoid “muddying” colors by blending lightly at the line where they meet. If you have trouble with bigger brushes, use a smaller blending brush like MAC #231.

Some other blending brushes that are excellent are sigma brushes. Everyones eyes are different shapes and sizes so what might be a perfect brush for me might be too small for you. But it is good to have a range of blending brushes you can achieve different looks.

The smaller and denser the brush is the more it is going to blend in one spot and not blend a large area. The larger and softer the brush is, it will blend a large area and is good for smokey eye looks.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Pigments are basically highly concentrated loose color powders that come in different finishes: Matte, Metallic and Frost. They are a dream to blend, do not streak or cake and last forever. And since they go on super pigmented, you only need a teeny bit each time. You can also mix them together to get the color you want.

Another awesome thing about pigments is that they are multi-purpose. Below are some of the ways you can use them:

*Eyeliner: Wet your liner brush with saline solution or MAC Water Base Mixing Medium and line away.

*Blush: Use a small powder brush and apply with a light hand.

*Highlighter: Same as above. Some good colors are Vanilla, Lily White, Frozen White, White Gold, Pink Opal, Provence, Fairlite, Naked and Frost.

*Lipgloss: Mix with clear gloss and apply. Some good colors are Apricot Pink, Pink Pearl, Rose, Electric Coral and Fuschia.

*Nail Polish: Mix with clear nail polish and apply.

MAC pigments are about $20. If you find one that you fall in love with, it is worth it to buy because you can do multiple things with it.

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