Last week, Elizabeth reminded you how much fun you can have reacquainting yourself with eye shadow. Eye shadow is the first area of makeup application that captured my interest (well, that and the teal mascara I wore when I was 11 – it was, like, totally rad), because I truly felt like an artist, working with various colors to create wildly different looks with the same face. Call it experimenting with optical illusion.
When I first got my grubby little hands on a handful of Couleur Caramel eye shadows, I knew I had found a new playground, one the likes of which I hadn’t seen since my MAC-lovin’ days. The more shades I added to my collection, the giddier I got. Rich pigments, a variety of finishes (matte, pearly, and downright glittery), and a ridiculously extensive selection of colors (eighty, to be exact) give you free reign to create any look you can imagine. These long-lasting, 100% natural shadows run the gamut from natural taupes, greys, and beiges, to bright pinks, blues, and purples.
Some tips for making the most out of your shadow play:
2) Blend blend blend. Don’t be shy; mix purples and golds, pinks and greens, experiment with various combinations of color. A little intimidated by bright purple? Dampen it down a smidge with matte taupe for a look that is colorful but a bit less showy.
3) Pair natural shadows with bright liners. One of my favorite combinations is a mixture of shadows in matte light brown, pearly golden sand, and matte yellow beige, with a deep blue pencil (like Logona in Ultramarine). It does an amazing job of brightening the eyes without bringing to mind the look I mentioned earlier with the teal mascara.