Sunday, 9 May 2010

EOTD: Layering eyeshadows

I seem to have this disease whereby I practice makeup application at night whilst watching the TV..I never used to do it before because I thought it would be a waste of makeup but now I realise that this practice makes my daytime makeup look better because I'm improving the whole time.

My original plans for this look were to have a shimmery lid and a darker colour on the outer edge.

This failed, mainly because I don't use a primer when I'm practicing and the shimmery colour didn't show up so I decided to layer my shadows and see what would get me.

So, here we go..this is what I used:
(The MAC is a 239, NOT a 230..which doesn't exist)

This is what I got..
That little feint black line is where I had a slight mascara mishap but I managed to blend it out a bit.

How did I do it?
  • Stroke the MAC brush in the dark brown eyeshadow and apply it all over the lid..blend it as well as you can.
  • Get the Boots brush and blend it in a bit more so that the edges are's pretty easy to blend.
  • Clean the Boots brush on a tissue and pick up the glittery shade and apply it all over your lid.  You can either apply it in sections and blend or apply it in layers and blend.
  • Whack on your mascara, it doesn't matter if you get some on the lid because..
  • Apply your liquid liner.  I find that doing a thin line first and then building it up is the best way to get a decent thick line.
I'm quite happy because I think the blending went ok and I actually managed to layer two shadows, usually when I try this, they mix and it looks like I've applied fingerpaint to my lids.  I think a lot of it has to do with Bobbi Brown shadows themselves, of all the ones I've tried to layer, these have worked the best.  I've put this palette in The Swatch Files and I would really recommend her shadows to anyone, I've used this palette to death and look how much product I still have left.

Anyone else ever tried layering shadows before? I think I might do this for some of my other palettes..


  1. Looks amazing, I've never layered before, I never think to do it.

    I do play with my make up in the evening just for the hell of it though lol

  2. Wow, I'm impressed with Bobby Brown I had no idea it was so pigmented. Awesome share :)


    xox Laura Beth

  3. oooh that's really pretty!
    i always do my makeup in the evenings when i know i won't be going out, you can have fun and go wild too lol

  4. Ooh this is a lovely idea and result!

  5. I love bobbi brown as well! & hey girl I just nominated you for a blog award! Check it out! and have a wonderful day!

  6. I think I've only layered once, I dont even know why I dont do it more LOL. I used to have the same attitude about not practising with my makeup (didnt want to waste it) but now I'll happy slap it on at 10pm with nowhere to go XD

    I also have a primer I use for days when I dont need 12 hours out of my makeup, so maybe you could get a cheapo one too just for use when practising at home? :D I actually really like the result without primer though!

  7. Rosie: I used to try before but it just melted into itself but this is pretty good for layering, I've got some more ideas and will be putting them up on here. Playing with makeup at night is brilliant, you don't have to rush to go anywhere so you can really take your time.

    Laura Beth: They're really good, super pigmented and great for darker skins yet they don't look bad on lighter skins too? Plus, they last forEVER!

    desiiGirl87: I love doing that too and it really helps for blending your day time look, I've been trying it with some bright colours and I am slowly getting there.

    Lillian: Thanks! That's why practicing at night is good because you can do whatever!

    Jhoy: Thanks! I'll have a look

    SilhouetteScreams: Haha, I do the same! Wearing my pj's with a full eye of makeup on but I am seeing improvement so I don't mind :D I ran out of UDPP so I'm using a Jemma Kidd primer for the daytimes which is ok but for night times I might use a concealer I have that is too light for my skin


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