Eyeshadow is color or pigment put on the eyelid and/or put around and under the eye, usually above the lashline and below the brow, and also sometimes at the lower lashline. Eyeshadow can be used as effect to brighten the eye or make it appear deeper or larger. It is often used to put colors on the eye to make the eye more attractive, bring more attention, or for fun.
Do I need eyeshadow?
Haha, no, you don't need it =). It is based on your preference! A lot of people like me, put on eyeshadow for fun! Eyeshadow is versatile and can be used for many occasions. It can make you look cute or sexy, whichever and whatever way you like. I use brown and champagne colored shadows for everyday and I go crazy with black, silver, purple, etc. for clubbing and what not XP. So, no you don't need it, but you can definitely have fun with it!
Types of eyeshadow:
-eyeshadows can be shimmery, matt, glittery (larger flecks of sparkle than shimmer), and metallic
-they can be loose powder, pressed powder, baked, cream
There is an infinite array of colors times the types of eyeshadow and you have everything possible in the universe! XD More dramatic eyeshadow has many vivid shimmery colors like blues, yellows, red, etc. The most natural/nude eyeshadows are neutral matt shades, especially shades of browns and peaches.
Tools to apply eyeshadow:
You can use applicator sponges, brushes, or your fingers.
Most Western people, like me haha, use brushes but it is very common in Asia to use applicators. You can also use fingers to pat on eyeshadow to make it more pigmented. Or you can use your fingers to apply cream eyeshadow, which will help warm up and spread the product better. Really, use whatever you feel most comfortable with!
How and where to apply eyeshadow?
First (before anything else), as usual haha, start of light and layer it on until you like it. Second, blend well unless you want a more edgy defined effect.
You can use eyeshadows as eyeliners as well. People (like me) tend to do that because they give a much softer, sweeter and more natural appearance. You can give a light smokey, smudged appearance by lining the top of your eyes with eyeshadow and blending it out.
Many people use a light champagne or white colored eyeshadow right on the browbone or underneath the eyebrows to give a lifted effect and also make the eye appear deeper/have more dimension. Also, many people use a shimmer light skin toned eyeshadow for the inner corner of the eyes to make the eyes brighter and more awake. Some people like to put darker shades in the crease/eyesocket area of the eyelid to deepen the depth of the eyes.
Eyeshadow should usually be at and above the upper lashline and below the brow. I recommend not to bring eyeshadows too high, the max should be halfway between the eyelashes and the eyebrow. It look really strange if you put eyeshadow too high on your eyelid.
It is optional to put eyeshadow at the lower lashline. People usually put eyeshadow at the lower lashline when they are going for a "smokey eye" effect. They do this, because without eyeshadow on the lower lashline the strong makeup on top would be too heavy and over powering, so putting it on the lower lashline balances it out.
Brushes are good for pressed powder and loose powder. Fingers are good for cream eyeshadows. Sponge-tipped applicators can almost do anything however I don't like them because I think they don't apply evenly or are easy to blend with. I also think that sponge-tipped applicators are not very gentle on the eye and cause some tugging.
You can apply eyeshadow wet or dry. Meaning, you can dampen your brush with water and mix it with some eyeshadow before you apply. Some eyeshadows are made for this, like baked eyeshadows, you have to check if your eyeshadows can do this. People like this because they can get more pigment on their eyes.
I heard and read a lot about oh in this 4 color palette use this color for the lid, and this for the crease, and this for the outer corner and all that complicated annoying stuff. NO, you don't have to listen to that. Actually you shouldn't because if you look at diagrams carefully, they are based on one generic type of Caucasian (usually) eye. No one's eyes are the same size or shape, therefore, it probably won't look good on you. As to where to apply dark or light shades, that is based on what you want, your eyeshape, eye size, eyecolor, and distance between the eyes. Therefore, experiment with makeup, try new things and find ways that suite your tastes! I'm not saying that other makeup tutorials won't work for you or something crazy like that, you can definitely try them but you should change it to fit your eyes the best and then you make it yours! =)
Try to get eyeshadows that are well pigmented (that means that when you apply it, you see color well and it doesn't look like nothing), are buildable, blend well with the skin and other colors, that don't smudge, don't crease, and don't cause fallout under the eye.
If you are new to eyeshadow and you are not sure what to get and you have a budget, I recommend using flexible, natural eyeshadow colors such as browns, and buy a small 2-3 color palette. A pretty good drugstore brand to try out is NYX, their eyeshadows are very pigmented, and they're known to be a dupe of MAC. Or you can try Coastal Scents, or BH cosmetics. They are all very affordable.
If you want something higher end, probably generally better in quality and you have the money then MAC, Urban Decay, Stila, and Too Faced are all good choices. I especially like Too Faced and Stila because most of their colors and palettes are natural and neutral. Urban Decay is very dramatic and their eyeshadows are pretty bright with a lot of shimmer, some people like that. Though Urban Decay has 2 Naked Palettes that have many beautiful neutral shadows! MAC is well, MAC haha, they have a variety of shades and the majority are excellent, there are some random ones that aren't good, but generally MAC is pro.
Personally I am really cheap and lame haha, I use NYX or other drugstore brands. I love the high-end brands but they are toooo expensive X(, I don't even have a Naked Palette from Urban Decay...T_T. I prefer to spend my money on good brushes and eye primers because a combination of those 2 can make any crappy eyeshadow work well!
So, this post got really looong and detailed at the end! These intro to makeup posts are usually for beginners so sorry if I overloaded your brains XD. However, I hope that you got the information you were looking for. And if you didn't, please comment or ask questions in the comment box below! I am very happy to talk with you and answer questions!
Thank you for reading! I will see you later! X)