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5 Simple AF Eyeshadow Hacks You’re Not Using Yet

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Eyeshadow sounds easy in theory, but it’s a difficult feat. Trust me, as a makeup artist, it’s one of the last things I was finally able to wrap my head around. But, it doesn’t have to be this hard, with a little trial-and-error, plus this guide! (That’s why I’m making it.)

One we break eyeshadow down, application will be that much easier. Here are 5 things you need to learn before you attempt any eyeshadow look.


1. Work those brushes

While you may be told you need a billion brushes, you just need 3! The first 3 brushes Arshia Moorjani talks about in this video are solely eye brushes. And trust me, those are the only 3 kinds that you need.

Want to create a smoky eye? Pack on the colour and then use the larger blush to blend upwards and around.

Want a cut crease? Use brush number one’s edge to create a sharp line in your crease. Use brush number two horizontally to blend another colour on top of that sharp line. It’s all about multi-purposing, rather than spending the big bucks!


2. Get that perfect finish

While it’s all about playing around with colours and textures, the one rule you should always follow to keep it pro is this: your crease and upper crease need to always stay matte! This is exactly what sets makeup artists apart.

In this video, Shruti Arjun Anand talks about the different kinds of finishes that eyeshadows have, her take on brushes, types of looks, etc… While this is great for a beginner tutorial, we suggest you skip to 3:44.


3. Keep It In Place

Don’t want to mess up your face? Afraid your eyeshadow is going run everywhere and have no shape? It’s okay, I’ve been there. Try the tape hack. If we can use it for eyeliner, then we can use it for eyeshadow too. It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3! Stick it on the sides, do your look, and then peel off.


4. Turn Up The Pigment

Give this hack a try for super pigmented eyeshadow. We all have that palette or a colour we absolutely love, but it just doesn’t seem to pop, right? Well, don’t throw it away just yet. Aside from the regular tip of using an eye primer, as mentioned above, try putting a white kohl pencil in that area and then applying the colour on top!


5. Clean The Fallout

Mix your primer and a little concealer and dab a little on top of the fallout. Then use a Q-tip in rolling motions on the concealer + primer mixture. Use another Q-tip on top of that, once again, to pick up any leftover stuff. Pat a little of the primer + concealer mixture on the area, once again. Finish with a small dab of powder.


Our beauty writer is also an amazing makeup artist (check out some of her awesome videos on the site!). This skincare enthusiast is also a bonafide globetrotter and boss babe.

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