There's a few great debates when it comes to eyeshadow, such as shimmery vs sparkly? How much shimmer is too much? When should you wear matte shadow and how should you apply it? Everyone seems to have an opinion on matte shadow, but the truth is it's not that difficult when you know the right techniques and have the proper tools. Matte eyeshadow can sometimes be a bit misunderstood and intimidating to use, but there are so many beautiful looks to create from it's texture.
Since eyeshadow is 90% blending, there are several ways you can master your favorite matte shades and look like a pro in no time. Keep reading my 5 Tips to Master Matte Eyeshadow and start practicing right away!
When applying matte eyeshadow, the basic first step is to use a primer on the lid. When applying matte shadow there needs to be something that it can hold onto, so it spreads and blends evenly. Applying matte textures with no primer can result in being slightly messy due to the shadow flaking. When you apply a primer, it allows the shadow to stick to the lid and stay in place, creating a great base for your eye makeup look.
Try using primers that are close to your skin tone, to not disturb or alter the color f the eyeshadow you choose.
If you're wanting to create a matte shadow look with a few different shades, it's imperative you use the right brushes to apply the shadow to ensure a perfect execution. When applying the base color (after following step one by using a primer) use a flat all over application shadow brush like this one here, and gently pat the shadow all over the lid to ensure the color is strong. Patting the brush on the lid with matte texture is ideal because it spreads it evenly.
Next, if you want to bring some depth into the crease, use a contoured crease blending brush like this one here, in a windshield wiper motion back and forth in the crease until you have thoroughly blended the second shadow. Spending a little more time on blending the shadow in the crease is the key to perfecting matte eyeshadow so the entire look flows nicely.
If the majority of the shadows you choose are matte, it doesn't mean you can't use highlighter to add some shimmer if you want. While some people apply the matte shadow on the brow bone as well (to not highlight fine lines) you can still incorporate shimmer under the brow if you choose and on the inner corner of the eye closest to the bridge of the nose to make the eyes appear wider. I love using liquid highlighters with matte shadows because the texture is so malleable.
If you want to keep the entire eye look matte, apply a concealer under the brow bone and blend to maintain consistent texture. This is a great trick to use with matte shadows, because concealer is natural enough in tone that you can't tell it's not eyeshadow.
When finishing the look with eyeliner, opt to line in between the lashes or under them to create a clean line that doesn't interfere with the shadows. It's imperative the eyeliner looks clean and polished with matte eyeshadows, because when it doesn't, it's a bit harder to fix than with shimmer shadows. For instance, with shimmer shadows you can smudge eyeliner and then apply more shadow on top of it and the shimmer disguises the mistake.
Matte shadow applied on eyeliner sometimes takes more work to blend. Using an angled liner brush and cream or gel liner is ideal for this look, especially one that holds up all day.
Curling your lashes and finishing with mascara is the last step to tying your look together. Sometimes when applying mascara you can tend to accidentally transfer some on the eyelid, so make sure you have q-tips handy incase you need a little clean up. Curl your lashes and apply two coats of the mascara of your choice, to tie everything all together. Are you ready to try your matte eyeshadow look for Spring?
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