Common Eyeshadow Mistakes

eye mistakesIn our challenges to find the best look for us, the ideal lip stain for our skin tone, the right match in foundation or pressed powder we have come across do’s and don’ts. Here at TheBeautyPlace, we love the diversity that eyeshadow brings to makeup and beauty looks but we also want to avoid these common mistakes from occurring.

Too Much Shadow Everywhere. As with all other makeup, you don’t want to apply too much eyeshadow on your lids or too much below the line. If you must apply it below the eye, only dab it on the lower lash line. Any lower and you will look exhausted.

Matching. Avoid matching your eye color with your eye shadow. They make your eye color look flat as opposed to the main goal – making the iris shine.

Here’s a short color theory lesson to add to your bag of eyeshadow tricks:

Blue eyes go well with warmer shades. They are opposites – blue eyes are cooler thus your shadow colors should be warm shades. Golden browns, gold, champagne, pale orange – take your pick.

Brown eyes are neutral allowing for some more variety – bronze, peach, purple, navy, teal and greens. If you want to go for a brown shadow, opt for one with shimmer or gold in it to avoid a flat look.

Green eyes go well with sepia, rust, pinks and purples. Even browns with reddish undertones can work as well.

Hazel eyes are trickier. They have a wider range of tones – between green and brown to flecks of gold and gray. Play up the colors with gray, dusty pink, deep purples, yellow-brown and burgundy. Frame the eye

Harsh Lines. We will rarely use just one shadow. For the perfect smokey eyes we use more than one color. The third mistake to avoid is not blending the shadows with a shadow brush. That begs the question, what about the applicators that come with the shadows? The sponge applicators leave a lot of pigment on your lid that a brush allows you to gradually add.

No Contrast. Eye makeup is not complete without some contrast. Mascaras and eye liners frame your eye while the shadows are supposed to brighten and open up your eyes. You may not need both the liner and mascara depending on your look, but mascara is always a yes.

Are there any other eyeshadow mistakes you’ve seen or done? Let us know!

Stay beautiful!

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