Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Starting Out - Eyeshadow

Welcome to my eighth post of 'The Starting Off Project' - founded and set up by Stephanie from Steph's Inside Voice.

Catch up on my previous posts:
I'm Part of #theSOproject... Are you?
Starting Off - Skincare
Starting Off - Concealer
Starting Off - Foundation
Starting Off - Bronzer

Starting Off - Blusher
Starting Off - Mascara

Starting Off - Eyeliner

So, we've prepped and primed our skin with our skincare routine, covered our blemishes with our concealer, applied our foundation, bronzed and contoured and popped a little colour onto our cheeks, we started looking at eye make up in the form of mascara and eyeliner...

Now let's talk: Eyeshadow...

Eyeshadow is a type of make up used to enhance the eyes. It can shade, lighten, shape or brighten the eyes. It is usually available in powder, cream or pencil form.


Choosing the right colours, and applying eyeshadows to create different looks can be quite daunting. But done correctly and with good placement of colours, you can create great looks.

Experimenting is key. You may want to consider which colours suit your eye colour best.

Which colours suit your eye colour?
Brown Eyes - neutrals, browns, black, greens, blues, jewel colours, purples, taupe...
Blue Eyes - neutrals, gold, browns, purples, taupe...
Green Eyes - neutrals, pinks, browns, purples, taupe...

Eyeshadow is best applied on a good primed makeup base, with eyeshadow brushes. Sweep a nude or neutral colour over the whole lid up to the brow with a large eyeshadow brush. 
A simple eyeshadow application is done with just 3 shades. Apply a light, highlighting shade to the inner corner of your eyes, and just below the brow. Next choose the medium shade and apply to the crease of the eye, from the centre to the outer corner, then finish with the darkest colour in the outer corner, up towards the crease and slightly underneath the lash line, with a small brush. Then blend.
Google and YouTube eyeshadow looks for different looks and step by step guides for extra practice! ;)

Below are some great diagrams. The first shows where to apply 3 different shades and below is an idea of how to use different shades from a palette, such as the Urban Decay Naked palette...


Here are the Eyeshadows I have in my collection...

L-R - Dior 5 Couleurs Palette in smokey light (£40.00)* | Avon ColorTrend eyeshadow duo in sweet tarte (£2.50) | Avon ColorTrend eyeshadow duo in partygirl (£2.50) | Avon TrueColour 8 in 1 Eyeshadow Palette in nudes (£12.00) | MAC Eyeshadow in amber lights (£12.50) | MaxFactor Eyeshadow sample in almond* | MUA Pearl Eyeshadow in shade 1 (£1.00) | MAC Eyeshadow in shroom (£12.50) | Urban Decay Naked 2 palette (£37.00) | MUA Pearl Eyeshadow in shade 2 (£1.00) | No7 Eyeshadow trio in twilight (£9.50) | MUA Pearl Eyeshadow in shade 14 (£1.00) | MAC Eyeshadow in electra (£12.50) | MAC Eyeshadow in honeylust (£12.50) | MICAbella Mineral Eyeshadow in deep secrets (£14.95) | MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in joy & laughter (no longer available, limited ed) (£17.00) | MAC Eyeshadow in swish (£12.50) |  Maybelline Roller Eyeshadow in roller rink pink (no longer available) | MUA Matte Eyeshadow shade 17 (£1.00) | Kryolan Satin Powder in sp333 | BarryM Dazzle Dust in tan (£4.59) | MAC Eyeshadow in digit (no longer available) (£12.50) | MAC Pigment in kitschmas (£17.00) | BarryM Dazzle Dust in gold iridescent (£4.59) | MAC Pigment in tan (£17.00)

I try and clear my Makeup out on a regular basis, as I'm aware of the dangers of using out of date make up and these are the ones I currently own. 
I do use them all for different looks, but my most used is probably my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, I'm a a big fan of neutrals and you can create so many different looks using this palette, that it's my go to on a daily basis.

That's my take on Eyeshadow. Join me next week to talk Lips.
Remember to use the twitter hashtag #theSOproject to read more Eyeliner posts from the 120+ other bloggers taking part in this project.

Feel free to comment with your links to your Mascara posts as part of #theSOproject.



  1. Love the Naked palette! :)


  2. Your collection is absolutely beautiful! *-* I've been meaning to buy Naked 2 for a few months now, but I always end up hesitating!


  3. I love the photos you got from pintrest, that second one of the makeup look is stunning! And where would we all be without our NAKED palettes haha :)
    Fab post!


  4. Love the little quotes you add :) you have a lovely collection!



  5. Wish I could blend as well as in that image! Something to aim for! Great post.
    Liz xx



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