Oh, the opportunities that are available to you in an expansive eyeshadow palette! The problem is, many people tend to become overwhelmed by the abundance. Instead of just going for the two or three shades you know best, take full advantage of every option in your palette!
Get the Lay of the Land
Begin by opening your palette. Locate the lightest colors. These are used under the brow bone and in the corner of your eye to highlight. The medium hues blend and define the shape of the eye that you are striving to create. Finally, the dark shades are applied to the crease and around the lines of your lashes to bring about depth.
Use Your Palette to Bring Forth Your Desired Shape
When you take full advantage of all the colors available in your palette, you can have many different options when it comes to the look you achieve. To make your eyes appear wider apart, use attention-getting darker colors on the outer half of your lid. To reduce the look of deeper-set eyes, use a medium shade on most of your lid, but then augment it with a darker color on the outer creases. By so doing, light will be drawn to your eyelid, creating a more open effect.
Make the Most of Every Part of Your Eye
Light shades such as champagnes, whites and reflective colors help to brighten your entire eye.
Just strategically apply them to your brow bone and the inner corner of your eye.
Medium shades in the crease of your eye lead to a look of shape, depth, and dimension. Use your brush to add either a warm or cool color into the most sunken-in area of your eyelid, being careful to blend away any noticeable lines.
For the outermost V of your eye parallel to the end of your brow, use a dark color to bring out that smoky, sexy look. Make the most of your eyelid’s hollowed-out section with the glam of a mysterious, dark hue.
Where to Experiment
The area below your lower lashes is the perfect canvas for trying new things. If you have colors in your eyeshadow palette that you just don’t know how to use, try applying them here. Bright colors add an extra pop while dark ones impart shape and definition.
Brush for Success
Now that you know that you don’t need to restrict your use to just your top favorite colors in your palette, you’re probably wondering if we have any application tips. Since blending is the name of the game, you will want to get a big, fluffy brush. For contouring, change to a shorter, denser application tool.
If you’re not sure which palette would be your best introduction to the art of blending, we recommend one that features basic and neutral shades. Once you get the hang of the technique, you can branch out and be as bold as your imagination allows. Believe us, the sky is the limit.