How to apply quad eyeshadow?
Hi, I love the new eyeshadow quads that just came out. However, I don't know how to apply them without looking like a clown! I purchased a "tropical lagoon" shimmery palette: Jungle Green, Nude, Bronze & Chocolate Brown. I have Blue Eyes & Fair Skin. Please help! Thanks!
ok I'll go ahead and answer this using my imagination and the wonderful links ran8 has given.
Blue eyes really stand out with golds and bronze colors so here are my suggestions:
1) take the Nude color and sweep that all over the lid up to the browbone.
2) Take the Bronze color and apply and blend that into your outer corner and crease.
3) take the Jungle Green color and using an angled liner brush apply that on your upper lash line slightly winging it out in the outer corner. Applying this color wet may give it a bit more intensity (wet the brush not the shadow).
4) apply your mascara
For a bronze look with a pop:
1) Take the Bronze color and apply that just on the lid, then take a clean blending brush and blend the color out into the crease.
2) Take the Chocolate Brown color and apply that in the outer third of your eye blending it back and forth from the middle of your eye to the outer corner of your eye trying not to blend it in the crease too much. ( you want to keep the intensity more on the lid)
3)Take the nude color and apply that on your browbone and the inner corner of your eye as a highlight.
4) Take the Jungle green color and using a wet angled liner brush line just under your lower lash line slightly winging it out at the outer corner.
5) Take a deep brown eyeliner and line your waterline and upper lashline.
6) Apply mascara to top and bottom lashes.
I hope that helps!
A good rule of thumb is for the lightest color to go on the browbone, the medium color to go on the lid, the next darkest color to go on the crease, and the darkest color to be used 1. in the outer corner OR 2. as a liner OR 3. in the true crease.
With the colors you described, I would use the nude all over, the bronze on the lid and the jungle green in the crease IF you can smoke it out in a subtle way - there is a NARS tutorial that shows a nice BLENDED look of a blue and a green duo that is marvleous. If you don't have a subtle hand, I suggest the nude all over, the bronze on the lid and up into the crease and the jungle green as a liner.
If you use the vibrant color as the complimentary color, you won't look like a clown. For example, try the medium browns over the lid, darker color for the creasework, and the vibrant eyeshadow can be used on the lowerlashline for a pop of color that isn't too much. The sea greens and aquas are really pretty for spring without being too much! I do this with a lot of my colored eyeshadows. Also, you can spice up a neutral eye by using a color in the crease. My favorite is to do a brown smokey eye with a touch of acid green in the creasework. It sounds gross but looks lovely!! lol.
I'm not 100% sure what the colors would exactly look like on you, but here is an idea:
1) Use the nude color on your brow bone and on the very inner corners on your eye around the tear-duct area.
2) Use the jungle green or bronze color on your entire lid (not eye area).
3) Use (if you used the jungle green color on your lid) the bronze color from your crease to a little below the brow bone (not all the way to the brow bone).
4) Use the chocolate brown color in your crease (only use a tiny amount) and take and angled brush and use the darkest color as an eyeliner.
Hope this helped!