You may find colors like brilliant green, deep purple, sultry gold, and bright opal all in the same eye ahadow quad, and for good reason. When you understand the color wheel, it will all make sense!
Here’s the basic breakdown:
*Colors that fall on opposite sides of the wheel yield a high contrast, high impact look.
*Colors that are close to each other on the wheel work together and are great for creating a more subtle, graduated look.
Most eye shadow quads have a combination of four colors:[text_box icon=”number1″]A pale shade that can be used all over the lid or as a highlighter under the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eye.[/text_box] [text_box icon=”number2″] A medium shade that can be used in the crease or on the lid.[/text_box] [text_box icon=”number3″]A contrast color. That’s the color that does not seem to “go” with the rest of the palette. (Monochromatic palettes will not have a contrast color – you can juxtapose the lightest and darkest shades to create dimension.)[/text_box] [text_box icon=”number4″]A dark color that can be used to line the eyes, create depth and contours, or be used on the lid for a smoky look.[/text_box]
These four colors alone can be used to create countless looks – smoky, natural, daytime, night time, contoured, you name it.
I chose a random drugstore quad (Revlon) to demonstrate two practical looks that can be used any time of day or night.
*The color palette in this quad is purple – it includes pinks, plums, and sage green for contrast.
The Daytime Vixen
Definition, contours, and contrast – that’s the “Daytime Vixen.”[text_box icon=”number1″]Apply the lightest color in your palette to the entire lid. You may want to use an All-Over lid brush for this job.[/text_box] [text_box icon=”number2″]Using a smaller eye shadow brush, apply the second darkest shade (sage green) to the outer corner of your lower lid. Apply this shade using gentle, short strokes, carrying the color towards the middle of the lid. Make sure to blend hard lines.[/text_box] [text_box icon=”number3″]This is the most technical step – take your time. Using a tiny eye shadow brush, apply the darkest shade in a subtle “V” shape to the outer edge of your lower lid.[/text_box] [text_box icon=”number4″]It’s time for the medium shade. In this case, it will be used to blend the dark purple into your crease. Using a small contour brush, apply the medium color (second lightest) to the center of your crease. Your intention is to blend the dark purple contour so that your makeup looks seamless.[/text_box]For a night time look, darken the outer edges of your eyes with the darkest shade. Use a dark eyeliner and finish with an extra coat of mascara. [clear]
Subtle and Sultry
A gradual transition of colors that looks hot and sultry, but still subtle. This time, we’re going from lightest to darkest.
Remember, these are just two ideas. You can use one, two, three, or all four colors at any given time. For everyday neutral looks, I like to use only one or two colors. I use the lightest color on my entire lid followed by the medium shade in the crease for a little definition. Sometimes I’ll forego the contrast color all together. It’s up to you![/message_box] [clear] [clear] Sponsored by: Fig and Lily
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