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How to create a dramatic eyeshadow look

How to create a dramatic eyeshadow look

It’s time to have fun and try a new make-up look with some of the gorgeous new eyeshadow shades that are on beauty counters right now. Here’s how.

Brush up your skills

  1. Stick to a single tone of eyeshadow, using it in a sheer wash across the whole lid and pairing with a light application of darker liner close to the upper lashes. Complete the look with bold mascara and groomed brows.
  2. Use a bold cobalt or purple shade as an eyeliner or play it safe with dark purple or navy blue – these are softer and more flattering than heavy black. Also, navy makes the whites of the eyes appear brighter.
  3. Add a pop of bright lavender or blue to the inner corner of the eyes only.
  4. Elongate and lift the eye by using a darker shade on the outer third of the lid, taking it diagonally up towards the crease, past the outer corner.
  5. Gold/copper shadow works well with both blue and purple – try tracing it along the lower lashline as a contrast.
  6. Blend a pale colour into the lid and along the lower lashline. Then put a stronger pigment along the top and bottom outer lashlines using a small brush. A little white pencil on the inner rim of the eyes will make this look more vibrant.
  7. Blend a taupe shade over the lid. Apply a pencil close to the upper lashline and using an angle brush, smudge upwards and soften the line.
Eyeshadow

From the left: Almay Shadow Softies in Lilac and Sea Foam $12.95 each.
Maybelline NY Master Kajal Eyeliner in Lapis Blue $19.99.

Need to know:

  • Purple is a shade that suits pretty much everyone because it’s neither too cool nor too warm. It looks especially good with green, brown or hazel eyes. The dustier lilacs and pinky-purples work well with blue or grey eyes. Purple is also perfect for putting a twist on the classic smoky eye
  • Blues are trickier to wear. Opt for warmer tones if you have brown eyes and cool ones if your eyes are blue/grey

    From the top: Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencil in Navy Blue $12.59. Australis Cream Eyeshadow Duo in Caramale Crush $13.50.  4 L’OrÉal Paris Color Riche Eye Color Pencil in Ocean Blue $19.99.

    From the top: Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencil in Navy Blue $12.59. Australis Cream Eyeshadow Duo in Caramale Crush $13.50. L’OrÉal Paris Color Riche Eye Color Pencil in Ocean Blue $19.99.

  • In general, avoid glittery formulations. A satin or soft shimmery finish is going to be more flattering, particularly on lids that are showing signs of ageing
  • Always apply powder shadow with a brush. Dust off any excess on the back of your hand, then put on lids using a pressing and rolling motion to help prevent any falling onto the cheeks
  • Use a small angled brush when lining close to the lashes with a powder shadow. Wet the brush first for a more intense effect.
Eyeshadow

From left: Maybelline NY Expertwear Eyeshadow Quad in Amethyst Smokes $15.99. Youngblood Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Glamour Eyes $96.50.

Products to try:

  1. Almay Shadow Softies in Lilac and Sea Foam $12.95 each
  2. Maybelline NY Master Kajal Eyeliner in Lapis Blue $19.99
  3. Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencil in Navy Blue $12.59
  4. L’OrÉal Paris Color Riche Eye Color Pencil in Ocean Blue $19.99
  5. Australis Cream Eyeshadow Duo in Caramale Crush $13.50
  6. Dr Hauschka Eyeshadow Duo 09 $59
  7. Youngblood Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Glamour Eyes $96.50
  8. Maybelline NY Expertwear Eyeshadow Quad in Amethyst Smokes $15.99

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About Nicky Pellegrino

Nicky Pellegrino has been a journalist for over 20 years, both here and in the UK, and is a former editor of New Zealand Woman's Weekly. These days, as well as working on the magazine's beauty pages, she writes popular novels like Recipe For LIfe, The Italian Wedding and The Villa Girls. For more about Nicky check out her website www.nickypellegrino.com

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One Response to “How to create a dramatic eyeshadow look”

  1. debbyrolls Aug 3 2014, 7:29am

    how about posting pictures with the article?

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