Ask Ellbee ~ Eyeshadow

Dear Ellbee,

I do a pretty good job with my makeup, but am intimidated when there are more than two colors in the eyeshadow compact!  How do I apply multiple shades?


Hi, Pam.

No need to feel intimidated. In fact, have a little fun! Here’s how:

The darkest color will always be used to define the lash line. Think of it as an extension of your eyeliner. Lay down color 1/4 of the way out from the inner corner to just past the last lash on the outer edge of your eyelid.

The lightest color is the highlighter. That’s the one you’ll sweep under your eyebrow and maybe dot on at the inner corner of your eye.

The second lightest shade is the base color. Apply it all over the lid, stopping short of the brow bone.

The remaining color should be a medium tone. Place it in your crease (not above it) and blend well into the base color.

Bonus Tip:  To ensure your eyeshadow stays in place, use primer (Ellbee likes Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion). Don’t have any on hand? Dab a light application of foundation onto your lid before applying shadow.  — Bat your eyes all you want; that shadow’s not going anywhere now!

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