If you’re wondering how makeup professionals get the best blend on their shadow, it’s as much about the tool as the products used. Bin those sponges that come in your palettes to make simple makeup looks wow. You can get away with using lower quality products if you have a good selection of brushes to help you.
You don’t need to buy big sets of brushes from luxury brands, Morphe, Sigma and Real Techniques offer great brushes at an affordable price. Start with a blending brush, a flat brush and an angle brush for the perfect eye look. Face brushes are more about user preference, an angled contoured brush, a small highlighter brush, an oval blush brush, and a big fluffy powder brush will cover everything you need.
Never underestimate the power of a good blending sponge.
Primer can help makeup adhere to the skin longer, smooth the appearance of pores and help mattify or give the skin glow. Choose a primer that suits your skin type, go for glowy if you have dry skin or matte primers if you have oily skin. Eye primer can also help you get the perfect blend on your shadow. Apply primer on the lid, all the way up to the brow bone, this will give your eye shadow something to stick to and help you with the blend. If you want your shadow to really pop, apply a white shadow like a NYX jumbo pencil to help shadow look bolder.
Never underestimate how important setting a good base is.
Achieving the perfect eyeliner can take years of practice but there are tricks to making it easier. Every makeup artist will tell you that a cotton bud dipped in micellar water can help clear up the edge, giving you the sharpest edge possible. To create two even winged eyeliner, try using a business card or a post-it note as a guide. Place it from the outer corner of the eye towards the eyebrow.
This will help you direct a flick that is even on both sides. First perfect the flick at the end, making sure it’s symmetrical. Then you can draw the line on the eyelid, starting thin at the tear drop and connecting the line to the flick.
A technique loved by makeup artists is known as the wiggle and roll. It involves wiggling the wand at the root of the lashes to create volume before rotating your brush as you move it up towards the tips. This will create a full yet fanned out lash.
We all love a YouTube or Instagram tutorial to give us makeup ideas and tips, but sometimes we can get so distracted in copying others that we lose creativity. Remember not everyone has the same skin colour, body and eye shape and undertones. Makeup is fun and no one should be tied down to influencer’s rules and makeup trends. Experiment with shapes, products and colours to perfect your own individual makeup style.