Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Choosing An Eyeshadow Applicator

Not only do you have to pick out the perfect outfit, you have to decide on a hairstyle that fits your current mood and personal taste and find just the right eyeshadow applicator to give your face the perfect look. One important thing to bear in mind when deciding on eyeshadow kits is the look that you’re going for, or at least the look that you favor the most. If you favor a minimum of makeup with very few shades, you’ll more than likely want to use a sponge-tipped applicator, your fingers or a cotton swab. If you like something with a touch of the dramatic, you’ll want to look into getting high quality eyeshadow brushes.

One Layer or Two?

If you only want to apply a single color over your eyelids, you can use whatever you’d like for an eyeshadow applicator. For a more intense color combination, a sponge tip applicator or clean fingers will do just fine. Sponge tip applicators have very little use other than applying color to your lids. The reason for this is that it’s rather difficult to blend your make-up correctly with a sponge tip applicator. You’ll want to make sure that you select the stiffest one that you have in order to give yourself more control over where your eyeshadow will go. 

The Right Blend

If you want to blend your eyeshadow as you apply it, use a clean fingertip. Makeup professionals recommend that you use your ring finger since it’s not as strong as your other fingers and your makeup will look softer. If you’re looking to blend your eyeshadow into the crease of your eye or under the lash, you’d be better off using a cotton swab for an eyeshadow applicator. For sweeping eyeshadow along your eye, a tightly bunched cotton swab will serve you better while a softer cotton swab is recommended for better overall blending. 

Brushes are best if you plan on using more than two colors. Flat and soft brushes with dense bristles are perfect for a color that you want to spread over your eyes. Crease colors call for a stiff, dome-shaped brush that fits perfectly in the crease of your eyes, so don’t be afraid to try out more than one before making a final decision. Brushes that are too big might give you more color than you’d like.  

Blending brushes are perfect for softening and highlighting the edges of your eyeshadow. These types of brushes are also great for gently smudging one color into another. If you have trouble finding a blending brush, they’re shaped a lot like crease brushes, except they’re usually a bit larger and have a bit of fluff to them as well. Even though a blending brush should be soft, it shouldn’t be so soft that you can’t work with it. You can also use an eyeshadow applicator to apply shadow liner. Just find one that has stiff, thin, short bristles that is angled or flat. Tight lining is done best with a flat brush while an even line is best done with an angled brush.

Even though it might take you a while to find the perfect eyeshadow applicator, you’ll be well-pleased once you do, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours.

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