My love affair with eyeshadow has been reignited fairly recently in the grand scheme of things; after writing it off as being ageing and unflattering back in my late teens, and experimenting with some embarrassingly bright shades in my very early twenties, I stuck with my old faithful slick of black eyeliner and dared not decorate my eye area any further.
Somehow, slowly and surely, I’ve discovered just how flattering the right shade, the right blend, of eyeshadow can be. A highlight in the inner corner, a soft blend across the lid, a smudge below the lashes – it all comes together for a sophisticated look if you play it right and choose carefully. Being still cautious of eyeshadows, I stick to a very carefully-selected edit of products – and here they are:
I picked up the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette about a year ago – I wanted one, I wasn’t sure which, and I had a voucher burning a whole in my purse. A fatal combination usually, but I’m still so pleased with my decision here. In case you haven’t had the lowdown on this palette, Naked 3 is based on pink shades, so there’s a variety here – from the palest ivory blush, through to deep roses and mauves flecked with gold, and even a black packed with pink glitter (haven’t tried that one yet though…). The formula of these shadows is velvety and buttery, and so, so easy to blend. Any combination of shades ends in a flattering sweep of colour that lasts all day long.
I’ve reviewed this before with not so much positivity, but the H&M Beauty eyeshadow in Ingenue has grown on me in the last few weeks. I don’t use this anywhere but right in the corners of my eyes, to brighten up my look during early mornings in the week. It’s very stark so I have to be careful to go very easy, but used lightly, it’s a great way to help me look wide awake on the commute and beyond!
For something more dramatic than my usual look, I’ve been experimenting with Stila’s eyeshadow in Copper (picked up for £2 in TK Maxx!). This is a richly pigmented, shimmering shade of copper; blending is most definitely the key here. I use this very lightly with my favourite blending brush, and work it carefully into the outer third of my eyelid and blend out, before smudging under the lash line. This is definitely no daytime look, but it’s gorgeous and glamorous for evenings.
My final two favourites are a real steal; both are from Makeup Revolution, and were just £1 each. I use the shade Touch Me, a soft ivory, as a base colour for any richer shades to go on top of, or as a neutral tone to even out my lids on days when I want to wear a bold lip instead of a dramatic eye. I love the shade Finally, a soft, shimmering pale champagne pink that is so incredibly flattering and simple to wear. For the price, both shadows are really velvety and easy to blend, making application super quick and simple when I’m rushing through my morning routine. I’ll definitely be stocking up more from this range!