6 Eye Shadow Mistakes You Should Totally Avoid Making

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Nothing looks worse than badly applied eye makeup. Eye shadows deserve a little more respect, especially with the slew of bold colors and pigments available today. Remember your eyes have dimensions that you can play up using eye shadow cleverly. Check out these six most common eye shadow mistakes most women unwittingly make.

Matching your eye shadow to your clothes


Never match your eye shadow to your clothes. It is very old fashioned. Sure, you can use a sparkly eye shadow from the same color family, but nothing more. Try to focus on glamming up your eyes with contrasting shades.

Using the shadow applicator


It’s convenient to use the mini applicator or brush that comes with the eye shadow palette. However, sponge tip applicators tend to pick up a lot of pigment making blending tougher. Instead use a makeup brush that allows you to gradually add product to build the intensity you want.

Do not forget to blend


One of the most common eye shadow mistakes is not blending enough. The rule is to blend well, and then blend some more. While it’s great to experiment with different colors and ways of layering them on your lids, not blending enough can look tacky. The idea is to have a seamless, velvety finish with the color visible between the crease and brow bone. The quickest way of achieving this is by using a blending brush and moving it in left-right windshield wiper movements. Up your oomph quotient by blending different colors. Ideally, use no more than three colors on eyelids to keep the look wearable.

Applying eye shadow after concealer

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Most women apply concealer and foundation before tackling eye makeup. Usually, flecks of eye shadow fall on the under-eye area, undoing all the hard work. The right way to do it is by applying eye shadow before dabbing on under-eye concealer.

Using shimmery shadows on dry lids


The skin on your eyelids is delicate, prone to creases and lines. Using light reflecting shimmer shades on lids draw attention to lines and creases, ageing you beyond your years. Leave the shimmer and sparkle to girls in their 20s. You’re far better off selecting matte or satiny finish eye shadows for an ultra-glam look.

Skipping eye liner and mascara


It’s like going to work bare feet. No matter how electric and striking your eye shadow, the only way to truly define your eyes is by finishing up with eyeliner and mascara. While eye shadow brightens the eyes, mascara and eye liner create the shape and outline. The quickest way to add polish to your look is by a quick lashing of mascara as you step out the door. If you do not like a liner because it smudges, try a liquid eyeliner or gel pencil. They are more resilient and stay in place for hours.

Try making these changes and you will definitely see the difference.