shadow eyez

lexluxxe  asked:

Hi, got any tips or suggestions to make eyeshadow more pigmented? I feel like eye shadows end up looking chalky on me or just don't show up. I've gotten primer and I've tried different formulas/brands like Revlon cream palettes, NYX dream catcher, morphe warm palette. I don't want resort to the more expensive palettes like Lorac yet but I can't seem to get the hang of drugstore palettes. Thanks!

Hey girl!  Don’t worry - your eyeshadows still have hope!  Even the worst quality eyeshadows can have some life if you’re using the right base and method of application!

Good job getting yourself some eyeshadow primer - they’re important!  Eyeshadow primers help to prevent shadows from creasing by controlling the oils on your eyelids.  With good eyeshadows, they’ll make colors show up better and help blend out your colors better, but with chalky, powdery, poorly pigmented colors you need a little extra boost.  For that, I recommend getting an eyeshadow base!

So what’s the difference between a primer and a base?  When we’re talking about eyeshadows, a base has a tint to it, where a primer is usually clear, translucent, or very, very sheer.  Eyeshadow base can be skin tone colored, or any color of the rainbow!  I recommend getting one that’s either a little lighter than your skin tone, or a white one, because these can be used with pretty much any eyeshadow look.  Other colored bases should be used in coordinating colors with your look… for instance, a blue eyeshadow base for a bright blue eyeshadow look (but be careful!)

If you’re not ready to shell out the dough for a MAC Paint Pot, which are some of the most coveted and popular eyeshadow bases on the market, I recommend trying out some of the NYX ones!  They have a huge selection of different products that could be considered bases, but these are my favorites:

NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skin Tone - $7

I like this one because it comes in a convenient pot, so you can just dive in there with your brush (or fingers if you don’t share and have a hand sanitizer addiction).  The color of this isn’t super crazy pale, and works really well on people with darker skin tones as opposed to a white base.  The texture is smooth and creamy and makes colors very blendable and is just sticky enough to grip shadows without being crease-y.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk - $4.50

Yes, you’re seeing that right, they’re only $4.50!  If you’ve been around the beauty community online for a while, you’ll look at this baby like an old friend.  The hype around NYX Milk Pencil is real!  This is a staple for any brightly colored eyeshadow look.  It’s super creamy and very convenient because the pencil applicator is precise, and you could use it as an eyeliner or face paint or really anything your heart desires in addition to being a base.  

There are other great products that you could find at pretty much any drugstore that are very similar to these eyeshadow bases.  Milani Shadow Eyez are another of my faves, as are the Maybelline Color Tattoos. A makeup artist trade secret is using concealer as an eyeshadow base… just make sure you use your primer beforehand, because concealers normally contain oils that could cause your shadows to crease.

My last tip is to make sure you’re using the right kinds of tools and the right kind of application.  To pack color on your lids as much as possible, be sure that you’re using a flat eyeshadow brush, or even a sponge tip applicator.  Also, make sure you’re truly PACKING the color on, by patting it and building it, instead of sweeping it across your eyelid.  

Real Techniques Shading Brush - $6

For really stubborn colors, you can dampen your brush first with either a setting spray or a teeny amount of water or contact lens solution.  Applying your eyeshadow wet will ensure that it goes on as pigmented as possible!

I hope that this helps you out!  If you’re not ready to splurge on expensive eyeshadows, don’t do it.  You can create gorgeous makeup looks without spending tons of money on color, as long as you have the right stuff for the “behind the scenes” application!  

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O’ frabjous day! The Naturally Chic Limited Edition eye pencils in Almond Cream, Sand Dunes, Golden Bronze, Cafe Au Lait, Espresso Line, and Black Ink from milanicosmetics are now part of the permanent Milani Shadow Eyez Collection!

I adore the 12 Hr Shadow Eyez, as detailed in my last review. Buttery smooth, cruelty-free, paraben-free, water-resistant, and completely true to the ‘12 Hr’ name with ZERO fallout, even in the most sparkly shades. So stoked the limited edition shades are now available and here to stay — I missed them when they first came out, and I prefer these nudes over the more primary shades.

Best eyeshadow pencils I’ve ever tried, hands down. Far better staying power than the famous NYX Jumbo Eyes, and I think the colors are truer (one thing I don’t like about NYX’s golds especially are how orange they pull).

If you pick just one, try the Almond Cream — it’s a gorgeous matte multi-tasker you can use as shadow, highlight, and base.


- makeup forever step 1 smoothing primer
- nars pure radiant tinted moisturizer in alaska
- clinqiue cheek pop blush in heather pop
- becca x jaclyn hill champagne glow palette (pearl, champagne pop)
- (np) makeup forever mist & fix setting spray

- abh brow powder duo in medium brown
- abh clear brow gel
- milani shadow eyez in 10 almond cream
- sonia kashuk eye on neutral (matte) palette
- makeup forever 15 artist shadow palette (i-528, i-524)
- josie maran black oil mascara

- bite beauty luminous creme lipstick in pepper

Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hr Wear Eyeshadow.

This is the best eyeshadow pencil I’ve used. It’s infinitely better than NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencils. The longevity is even better than the Maybelline Color Tattoos, which is impressive. This is also extremely pigmented and creamy, but it sets fast. Once it sets, it will not budge so you have to blend it in quickly. This swatch lasted the entire day on my hand. It isn’t the best base because somehow, maybe because of its pigmentation, eyeshadows go on less vibrant. I’m trying to figure out a way to prevent this because this product cancels out the veins on my eyes and makes my eyeshadows last forever, but it just really lessens the pigmentation of eyeshadows you put on top. If you are using this as a base and not an eyeshadow, make sure to do a very thin layer. This also is a great nude liner- not too white, and not too yellow/orange like the Rimmel Nude liner is. It lasts all day on the waterline. Overall, this product is amazing for the price and can be a valuable addition to any makeup collection.
Pros: Longevity- no creasing for 8+ hours. Pigmented & creamy. Stays on the waterline all day if you use it as a nude liner. Perfect nude color- not too orange or yellow, a nice blend of warm and cool tones. I’d say it’s a neutral toned nude.
Cons: Though it does not crease, I noticed that the eyeshadows I put on top fade away. Not crease, but just lose vibrancy. Also, eyeshadows that go on top can show up as less vibrant.