Hey girl hey! Eye shadow is such an art. It takes a level of patience and a level of skill that can definitely be achieved with practice. I’m sure most of us have experienced a time where our eyeshadow was patchy or looked dull. In today’s post, I’m going to be sharing my priming routine for eye shadow, as well as some tips and tricks on how to combat patchiness. If you are interested, keep on scrolling!
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1. Make sure to start out with clean eyelids.
This is the biggest part of making sure your eyeshadow looks perfect! If you apply makeup to an area that has old makeup on it, it won’t stick. To make sure your eye area is completely clean, start off with a makeup remover or micellar water. Either product ensures that your eyelid will be perfectly prepped. Good ol Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes are my favorite for this. They’re pretty much the only thing that gets my makeup off before cleansing, and they don’t burn my skin either! I have some other suggestions for you below to scroll through and check out!
2. Use a tacky eye shadow primer
I get asked often if eyeshadow primer is really worth the time and money. Unequivocally, yes! It is worth its weight in gold if you want your eye shadow to look blended! An eye shadow primer should have a little bit of tackiness to it to get any product you put on top to stick and stay on all day. One of the biggest mistakes I see with eye shadow primer is using too much. Typically, I apply a pea sized amount to one of my ring fingers, tap both of my ring fingers together, and apply to my eye. All you need is that tiny bit of primer for both eyes!
3. Conceal your lids
This is one tried and true makeup artist tip I always share with people. If you feel like you can never get your shadows to be true to color, this is the absolute best thing you can do. Grab any type of concealer you have, some powder or a light colored matte eyeshadow and apply it to the lid. You only need a very small amount of concealer. I like to apply it and blend with my finger, as your finger warms the product out and helps spread it to your whole lid. Once you have your lid concealed, set it with your powder or eyeshadow.
4. Make sure your brushes are clean
Clean brushes are the KEY to gorgeous eyeshadow looks. I suggest deep cleaning your brushes once a week, and spot cleaning with a brush spray daily. This helps keep them sanitary so your blending looks less patchy. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your brushes, this is your sign! Check out THIS video on how I clean my brushes!
5. Sweep thin layers of shadow at a time
My best trick to getting the perfect blend is to add your shadow in thin layers. Do not start out with guns a blazing, packing on the exact amount of shadow you want. It’s always easier to add more, it’s a lot harder to take away. Oftentimes when you add more, it creates a patchy look. To add less layers, grab some shadow on your brush, and tap off the excess by hitting your brush on either your hand or the side of your counter. Once you have taken off the excess, apply it to the eye in even strokes. Keep doing this until you have the color you want.
6. Use a setting spray to amplify shimmer and glitter shadows
This is the best tip I have to make your look pop! Spraying a setting spray to your brush when you use shimmer or glitter shades helps to give you the true color, and makes your shadows appear more pigmented. To do this, grab a flat eyeshadow brush, and apply some shadow to the brush. Then, grab your favorite setting spray or facial spray and spray the brush generously. Last, apply the shadow to your eye. You will LOVE how pigmented your shadows look when you try this technique. Pro tip: do not do this with matte eyeshadows! It will make them look super patchy!
Those are my best tips to help prevent patchy eyeshadow! As always, be sure to follow me on Instagram @mallyelizabethblog for all the tips and product reviews. I would love to see you over there!