As Black women, we come in different sizes, complexions, hair textures and eyes colors. Our eyes are arguably one of your strongest assets. It’s said, the eyes are the windows to your soul. Due to Covid 19, Many of us have reduced the amount of makeup we wear, because of face masks. Because most of our face is covered, this is all the more reason to brush up on your eyeshadow skills. What kind of brush should you use? What are all those different sections of a palette for? Let’s go back to the basics.
· Enhance Your Natural Eye Color
Choose an eyeshadow shade that brings out your natural eye color. Find colors that best complement your eyes. Here’s a good place to start:
Hazel Eyes: If you have hazel eyes, try using green eyeshadows. You can bring out the brown flecks in your eyes by using browns, coppers, and bronzes.
Green Eyes: If you have green eyes, try using colors like a plum-colored shadow or rust—like shades are also gorgeous.
· What Is Your Eye Shape?
· Decode Your Palette
You might be tempted to open an eyeshadow palette and just go for it. It is important to know which sections correspond to each part of your eye. There’s a so many varieties of palettes out there, but here’s a general breakdown of your basic eyeshadow quad palette
Lightest color: This is your base color. Apply this shade from your upper lash line all the way up to right beneath your brow. You can also use this color in the inner corner of your eye to add a bit of brightness. Next is your lid color, as it’s slightly darker than the base. Brush this over your lid from your upper lash line to your crease.
Second darkest: This is applied to the crease for a contouring effect. This should go over the area where your brow bone meets your lid to create definition.
Darkest color: Use an angled brush to apply it to your upper lash line. Make sure to brush where the root of your lashes meets your lid so there’s no visible gap.
· Learn How To Blend
Blending your edges can makes the difference between your eyeshadow looking flawless and looking like a mess. Try not to smear. Use a light touch and gently sweep your brush along your lid, blending harsh lines.
· Purchase the Right Brushes
There are a lot of eyeshadow brushes out there in every shape and size. Here are the three (3) most important ones you should own:
Basic eyeshadow brush: The bristles are flat and stiff, and you use this for all-over color.
The bristles are soft and fluffier for seamless blending.
Angled eyeshadow brush: This is a precision brush that is perfect for lining your eyes.
· Take Care of Your Tools
For the safety of your eyes, cleanliness is key. Run your brush under lukewarm water and then pour a small amount of baby shampoo into your hand. Swirl the brush in the shampoo, rinse well and pat dry with a clean cloth.
Written by Erica Morris