The Starting Off Project *Week Eight* Eye Shadows

Eye shadows, yay! One of my most coveted items, I have an array of shades from every spectrum of the rainbow. I love to use bright colours when I’m feeling creative and I wear my favourite MAC shades on a day to day basis. Here’s a run down of the ins and outs of eye shadows.

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Eye shadows do not necessarily come in just powder form. You can find creams, pencils, and mousses in a variety of textures like shimmer, glitter and gloss. I like to mix it up with textures but stick to powder eye shadows as that is what I own the most of.

Applying eye shadow is not necessarily an art however practicising techniques can help create a professional look and once you become more confident you will find that you experiment that little bit more. The basic techniques of shadow application are pretty straightforward and even beginners can do it.

First of all, I always prime my eye using a MAC paint pot. Not only does this stop creasing, it can be used as a base shadow for a neutral daytime look. Apply the paint pot all over the lid and up to the crease. If you want to apply a further base shadow over the paint pot use a light colour and pack the colour into the paint pot.

Using a fluffy blending blush like the MAC 217, layer a deeper medium shade onto the outer corner and blend into your socket line. You’ll find that you may need to keep blending to get this right, and it does take practice. Blend the harsh lines away with a fluffy brush and a powder that matches the one you are using on your face.

Take an angled brush and apply a shadow along the lash line for a natural daytime liner. Or use your favourite eyeliner. See my tips and techniques in The Starting Off Project Week Seven.

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Some of my favourite shadows are by MAC and Urban Decay. One of the most covet-able palettes that have been launched in the last few years are the Naked palettes by Urban Decay. I must hold my hands up and admit that I am in love these and you really do not need any more neutral shades once you have these beauties in your possession. The only teeny downside is, is that I would swap some of the glittery shades for more matte and satin finishes.

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I also love the colours that Urban Decay have in their collections. These palettes are the Book Of Shadows 2, the Sustainable Shadow Palette and one that I received as a PR Sample from a few years ago.

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I also am totally in love with my MAC palette. I have been collecting these shadows for a few years now and I finally plucked up the courage to depot them into a double 30 pan palette. I’m already considering a second. Oops! Here’s how I depotted the shadows.

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So, thats eye shadows for you! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask and if you would like to see any swatches on colours just let me know. Don’t forget to search #theSOproject on Twitter to catch up with all the other fab blogs. See you next week for Lipsticks!x

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