How many times have I declared myself a cosmetics novice? Is the tally up to 87 by now? Somewhere in that range, I’d wager. And it is STILL TRUE, even though I have honed a tiny little group of makeup skills since launching this blog five years ago. And so it is with some hesitation that I share a relatively recent eye makeup discovery.
I’ve finally realized that brown and black eyeliner are both fine, but if I go for purple on my top lid it makes my eyes look bright and clear. (I use the liner pictured above, Rosie Jane Eye Define in Grapevine. The slanted tip makes a world of difference somehow.) And it adds a bit of color to my complexion, which is always welcome.
But eyeshadow? Not worth it. I don’t know if I have deep-set eyes, small eyelids, wee eyeballs, or some combination thereof, but I’ll tell you this: Eyeshadow is wasted on me. You cannot see it, it makes no difference, and it just ends up a smeary mess after a few hours of wear. And since it takes time and skill to apply properly, and I’m short on both, I’ve taken to skipping it altogether when I do eye makeup.
Let me show you what I mean.
Here’s me with no eye makeup at all besides undereye concealer:
And here’s my current eye makeup process. I line my top lid with a bit of purple.
My bottom lid gets a very light line of dark brown to about the 2/3 mark.
Then mascara on top and bottom.
It’s a light, fairly casual look but I love it. And the little peek of color is visible and effective, unlike any eyeshadow that would be completely hidden after application.
Just to prove my point further, here are photos of me smiling. We shot these first, the day before the series you see above and before I realized that virtually EVERYTHING about my eyes is obscured when I smile.
Smiling, with nothing but concealer:
Smiling, with purple and brown eyeliner and mascara:
Hardly any visible difference at all. You can only really see a contrast if you get right up in my face and/or zoom in.
I do realize that there are techniques that involve application of eyeshadow above the crease that could totally help my eye makeup pop, but I’m yet to find one that fits my barely-there makeup preferences. I will occasionally do some champagne-colored shadow just to add a bit of shimmer, but most of the time I simply don’t see the point.
I’m SO curious to hear if many of you are eyeshadow skippers, too. It seems like every eye makeup tutorial I’ve ever seen has 95 steps, most of them involving applying and blending four-plus shades of shadow. Does anyone else find eyeshadow superfluous? Just use some colorful eyeliner to perk up your eyes? Is this something that 90% of the world is already doing and I just didn’t know it? (Highly possible.) Or are there simple application techniques that might work for someone with eyes like mine and I just haven’t found them yet?
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