You don’t need to buy gel or fancy eyebrow pencils to give your brows a perfect shape. In fact, using a powdered eye-shadow on your eyebrows will give them a more natural look. It is also easier to fill in brows and shape them to perfection with eye shadow because it’s easier to blend in harsh lines or remove excess color. To enhance your eyebrows, pick a shade that is slightly lighter than your brows and keep in mind that an added benefit of using eye-shadow on your brows is that you can mix colors to create a more natural finish. Use a stiff, angled brush and gentle strokes of the eye-shadow to color the brows, then blend out with a softer, rounder brush to soften the arches.
If you have trouble hiding your dark circles with the average under-eye concealer, try using a cream or matte orange shadow. As crazy as it sounds, blending orange with blue will cancel each shade out. So, applying orange shadow to blue under-eye circles will result in a perfectly blended tone that not only conceals the circles, but will also brighten your eyes.
Illuminate & Highlight
Illumination can make your skin look amazing, but they can also be expensive. The good news is you can achieve the same look with eye shadow. It is best to use a color that is two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. Highlighting should be done on the high points of your face, including brow bones, cheekbones and the bridge of your nose. Highlighting in areas where the light will catch can also make your eyes look bigger and brighter. Use the lightest shade on the corner of the eye, under the brows and along your lash line. Apply use a stiff angled brush, then blend away the obvious lines using a larger, softer round brush.
While you may love your ink, there may come a time where you might want to cover it up. Instead of applying thick, sticky products designed to cover tattoos, grab your eye-shadow palate. Choose an eye shadow that is closest to your skins undertone. This is a time-consuming process, but it works, especially on smaller tattoos. The first step is to apply a primer to the tattoo area, thin apply a thin layer of foundation on top of the primer. This will help lighten the colors of the tattoo. Spray a thin coat of hairspray over the foundation and allow to dry (this really will keep the foundation in place). Use a sponge or thick brush to apply the eye shadow and apply another coat of hair spray, then another layer of foundation. Set with another shot of the hairspray and tada…what tattoo?
If you love the look of bronzer, but hate the cost of investing in a true bronzer, use your eye shadow instead. You can use powder, cream, matte or shimmer, any of it will produce the same effect as a bronzer. To avoid a washed out look, it is best to use a shadow with red, yellow or orange undertones. If you use a cream shadow, adding a little moisturizer to the eye shadow will reduce the glittery look. When using powder shadow, using a big, fluffy brush will help to remove the excess sparkle.
To create your own unique nail tint, simply scrape off a small amount of your favorite color eye shadow onto a paper plate or bowl. Mix the eye shadow with a neutral or clear nail varnish and apply to your nails as usual. Make sure to blend well to prevent small bubbles or bumps in the nail tint.
Custom Lip Color
Whether you love the look of a nude lip, have ran out of your favorite lipstick or want to experiment with fun, new colors, you can create your own custom lip color with eye shadow. Simply mix the eye shadow color of your choice (cream or powder) with clear lip gloss or lip balm. Blend well and apply to your lips using your finger.
Now that you have a few tips and tricks for ways to use your eye shadow other than on your eyes, your on the right path to getting thrifty and creative with the makeup you already have in your makeup bag. Consider experimenting with other ways to use eyes shadow, such as adding a temporary splash of color to your hair, contouring cheeks or creating the perfect eyeliner.